Bay Phsar

Surrounded by rice paddies, Bay Phsar is the casual poolside restaurant at the Zannier Resort in Siem Reap, Phum Baitang.
Food at Cuisine Wat Damnak, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cuisine Wat Damnak

After leaving his post at Meric restaurant, in the former Hotel de la Paix, French chef Johannes Rivière opened what quickly became this town’s top eatery. It's housed in an airy, two-story Khmer bungalow adjacent to a Buddhist wat on the east side of the Siem Reap River. (Most tuk-tuk drivers know the way, but look for the blue sign with the cartoonish cooking pot.) Rivière’s multi-course, French-influenced Khmer menu changes nightly but may include grilled river fish with star fruit salsa, Tonle Sap Lake croacker fish served with stir-fried green jackfruit or frog braised with winter melon. Those with special dietary concerns should be clear about these when booking to confirm that these restrictions can be accommodated.

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Elephant Bar

Located at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Elephant Bar is Siem Reap’s most historically famous and celebrated bar.


Embassy is a unique fine-dining, white tablecloth Khmer restaurant located in Siem Reap with standout service.

Hang Bay

The fine-dining restaurant at Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang, Hang Bay is a must for hotel guests seeking a Cambodian gastronomic experience.
Dinning Area at Il Forno, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Il Forno

When nothing but a sizzling pizza will appease your appetite, these authentic paper-thin pies come straight out of the imported Italian oven. Fresh salads and homemade pastas are served too at this casual eatery with good English speaking service in the alley between Siem Reap’s two pedestrian shopping walkways.

Food at Kroya, Siem Reap, Cambodia


Kroya, the Shinta Mani’s nouvelle Khmer eatery, features a dining room with a ceiling festooned with fantastical Angkor architectural renderings. Kroya, which means “food” in the Royal Khmer language, serves bountiful breakfasts including authentic French croissants and pain au chocolat, a legacy of a former chef who has gone on to open Siem Reap’s classiest eatery, Cuisine Wat Damnak. Dine inside with cooling air-conditioning or outside on one of the half dozen day bed swings. Either way, order the lemongrass chicken burger and pomelo-prawn salad. The Khmer chef may be local but his cooking is world class, as are his desserts.


Laundry Bar

Laundry is a cocktail bar with a pub-like feel that is particularly popular with the European Expat community.

Le Cul-de-Sac

Cul de Sac is a casual French restaurant located just outside downtown Siem Reap that is often used as a stop on a food tour.
Food at Le Jardin des Délices, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Le Jardin des Délices

For a heartwarming lunch after a morning among the ancient stones, reserve a table in this courtyard café, where cooking and pastry students of the Paul du Brule School have prepared every dish. Sit on the tropical, flower-filled grounds of this hospitality training institute and sample the daily menu, which may start off with a Khmer banana flower salad and be followed by such Western fare as grilled beef tenderloin or poached fish in white wine. Certainly the chocolate soufflé made by these hard-working young students tastes all the sweeter.

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Lum Orng

The first farm-to-table restaurant in Cambodia, this buzzy spot in Siem Reap is located in a beautiful space around 15 minutes out of town.
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Martini Lounge

Happy hour in the upstairs river facing bar at La Residence d’Angkor is one of the most pleasant places to meet for cocktails in Siem Reap. As ceiling fans whir overhead, you can enjoy the river views and lovely colonial ambiance. The bar features an array of tropical fruit cocktails.

Dinning Area at Miss Wong, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Miss Wong

This old Shanghai–inspired lounge closed a gap between subdued hotel bars and Siem Reap’s backpacker club scene. The Kiwi owner trained his bartending staff who now possess an exhaustive knowledge of classic and creative cocktails. The menu includes dim sum, Singapore fried noodles and creative hot pots like a wine-marinated chicken thigh with cinnamon and star anise. Deservedly popular are the barbeque duck slider in plum and black bean sauce, served on a steamed Chinese bun with lettuce, tomato, onions and mayonnaise: it's like an American burger embracing the East.

Pou Restaurant

Pou is a casual, Cambodian restaurant that has turned street food dishes into contemporary plates, allowing guests to sample Khmer flavors.
Waitress at  Sala Bai Hotel & Restaurant School, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sala Bai Hotel & Restaurant School

Khmer for ‘school of rice,’ Sala Bai annually trains approximately 100 disadvantaged Khmer youths from around the country for jobs in this burgeoning sector of the Cambodian economy. Sala Bai students are selected through a painstaking admissions process by four social workers to confirm their potential as well as their extreme circumstances. The food stands on its own, especially the rice-paper rolls, which are Siem Reap’s tastiest. Open for breakfast and lunch between October and July only, the homey eatery is a favorite of the local Francophone community.

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Interiors at Sister Srey Café, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sister Srey Café

Brunch has not made its mark on Siem Reap but that may change with this riverside café run by Australian sisters Cassie and Lauren Gravett. The two-story eatery takes full advantage of Lauren’s background as a Melbourne barista. Sip her artfully topped lattes before digging into the juicy lentil burger, best enjoyed with a side of sweet potato fries. Linger over a cooling watermelon shake while listening with amusement to gap-year diners discussing the cheapest bus fares to Phnom Penh at the adjacent table.

SO 26

SO 26 is a popular, late night cocktail bar with regular guest DJs located next door to Miss Wong and Laundry.
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Sunset Lounge

Perfectly positioned to face the sunset, this cocktail bar at Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang looks out over rice paddies where buffalos roam.

The Glasshouse

For a quick bite, nip into the casual street facing café at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap called The Glasshouse, which has become a favorite spot for casual lunches, thanks to its generously stuffed sandwiches, Siem Reap’s best bagel and scrumptious homemade ice creams.


The Little Red Fox Espresso Cafe

For the best coffee in Siem Reap, head to this lively, intimate Australian meets Cambodia coffee shop, a local favorite in Kendall VIllage.
Lounge at Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Living Room

A stylish stand-out for cocktails in Siem Reap is the sexy black and pink-hued library at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, where guests can sink into Deco velvet love seats and admire the stunning pink elephant textiles hand-loomed by Weaves of Cambodia. This cooperative of land mine victims is overseen by American weaver Carol Cassidy and offers a fine example of the luxury goods with philanthropic origins increasingly produced in Siem Reap.

The Sugar Palm

A local and tourist favorite, Sugar Palm serves casual, made-to-share Cambodian food in a large dining room.
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Wild is a great option for a casual lunch, snack or dinner in Siem Reap where spring rolls and cocktails are the star.

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