We’ve put together a list of the top restaurants in Siem Reap that are “fit for foodies.” If you believe that trying the local food is every bit as important as seeing the sites, then this is the list for you.
We’ve included the website and links to the menu for each venue. Many of these restaurants accept reservations with a link on their site. Reservations are highly recommended to ensure that a table is available for you.
The Bayon Coffee Shop offers fantastic pastries, cakes, croissants and coffees, including espresso drinks. There is also a pastry school onsight that teaches young Cambodian women the art of pastry making and hospitality for future careers. The bakery also supplies many of the baked goods for Siem Reap hotels and restaurants.
If you are staying at the Anantara Angkor, it’s a 7-minute tuk-tuk ride down the road for a quick latte, Americano or espresso and a pastry.
Take a look at the Bayon Pastry School & Coffee Shop Siem Reap menu here.
New Hope is a training restaurant that teaches cooking and hospitality skills to underskilled workers in Cambodia. Eating here supports the New Hope Foundation as they offer free health care and education to members of the Mondul Bei Village, Siem Reap. The food here is local Khmer with a modern twist, and the service is excellent!
Take a look at the menu for New Hope here.
Cuisine Wat Damnak offers an eight-course tasting menu that changes each month to take advantage of fresh in-season ingredients. The prices are a bit high compared to many Cambodian restaurants, but it is well worth it. Reservations are required, and they offer a set menu with meat for $45 per person or a plant-based menu for $38.00 per person.
You can see a typical menu on their website here.
Chef Mongkol at Changkran Khmer offers a creative menu of traditional Khmer-style cuisine in this fine dining restaurant. Guests can choose from a set chef’s menu or order a la carte.
Take a look at the Changran Khmer menu here.
This Cambodian-style restaurant is food fit for foodies. Poe is centrally located in Siem Reap, just a 5-minute walk from Raffles Angkor Wat hotel. The restaurant is open-air with an exotic Asian flair.
Check out the Pou Restaurant menu here.
Urban Tree is an Asian fusion restaurant serving a mix of French and Cambodian. Menu items are served on small plates at reasonable prices, so you can order several to try. If you are staying at our preferred budget hotel, the Vihara Angkor, you are right around the corner.
You can find Urban Tree Hut’s menu here. You’ll need to move down to the bottom of the page to see the actual menu.
Restaurant 1932 is a fine dining restaurant serving Khmer cuisine at the Raffles Siem Reap hotel. This is a great option if you are looking for a splurge night. While the prices are a bit high by Cambodian standards, the food is excellent, and the atmosphere is very upscale and chic. After dinner, stop by the Elephant Bar for a cocktail.
You can check out Raffles 1932 menu here.
The Source Cafe is located at the back of the BB Angkor Residence, a three-star hotel. If you are looking for a bit of comfort food and a taste from back home, then this is the place to go.
The Sugar Palm serves fantastic Cambodian food, family style, for sharing. Fresh ingredients, herbs, and spices are added, giving each dish a ton of flavor. The restaurant is centrally located in Siem Reap, a 5-minute walk from the Old Market across from Pannasastra University.
You can find Sugar Palm’s menu here.
JOMNO is across the street from Cusine Wat Damnak, giving you two great foodie restaurants to try in a short distance. The menu offers a choice of larger portions for sharing or small plates so you can try a lot of things. Or both! Prices are very reasonable, and most plates will be around $4.00 USD.
Check out the menu for JOMNO Modern Khmer here. Be sure to move down on the page to see the actual menu options.
Wild Creative is a fun restaurant that serves everything in a spring roll. Most of their small plates are less than $4.00 and served as three spring rolls. The food is an eclectic mix of things like veggies, cheese, beef, chicken, duck and more. They also have a fun bar that serves excellent craft cocktails.
You’ll find the Wild Creative Eatery menu by clicking here.
Spoons is another great training restaurant in Siem Reap that offers excellent food and great service. According to their website, their mission is to:
“enable underprivileged Cambodian young adults to become self-supporting through education, training, and employment opportunities in the hospitality industry.”
Spoons Cafe & Restaurant is centrally located, a ten-minute walk from the Old Market, on the opposite side of the Siem Reap River.
The menu for Spoons Cafe and Restaurant can be found here.