Probably one of the biggest questions that goes through every travellers’ mind while planning a visit to the grand Angkor Wat temple is whether they will be able to find good food around the city which mostly looks like an ancient outpost according to pictures. Well, the city of Siem Reap is right around the Angkor Vat archaeological park and is quite developed. Hotels, Restaurants, Cafes are easily accessible and serve some really good food. For a tourist spot that attracts travellers from all over the world, availability of authentic mouth-watering local dishes to cuisines from various other countries doesn’t comes as a surprise. When in Siem Reap, make sure to experience its lovely food scene at these places.
Cuisine Wat Damnak
One of the top rated restaurants in Siem Reap, Cuisine Wat Damnak serves Khmer cuisines with a French twist. Set up in a traditional wooden Khmer house, the restaurant is run by the celebrated chef Joannes Riviere, and is listed among Asia’s top 50 restaurants. Two menu sets are served at the restaurant that change fortnightly. For a fine dining experience at Cuisine Wat Damnak, make sure you book a table in advance.
A quite popular name in Siem Reap, Blue Pumpkin has multiple branches in the city, including one right at the entrance of the Angkor Vat complex. Known for its French and Asian food, it has a wide range of menu and serves juices, coffee, cakes, pastries, burgers, sandwiches, spring rolls, and many such western and Asian dishes for breakfast and lunch. It opens really early and is a good place to grab a breakfast before you go for a sunrise view of Angkor Vat.
Miss Wong Cocktail Bar
A gorgeous cocktail bar setup in a classy Chinese ambience, Miss Wong Cocktail bar is not just known for its wide range of cocktails, but also for its lip smacking Asian snacks and dishes. The bar attracts a generous crowd owing to its striking interiors, good music, amazing cocktails, and dishes like dim sums, fried chicken wontons, soy pork belly with noodles, bok choy and more.
Another celebrated restaurant in Siem Reap, Malis Restaurant serves authentic Cambodian as well as international cuisines, and the lavish setup of this fine dine restaurant on the riverside just adds up to the experience. The all you can eat breakfast at Malis is a real treat and includes unlimited beverages such as juices, tea, and coffee. The restaurant stays busy throughout the day, so we suggest booking a table in advance.
Discovering the street food scene in Siem Reap is an adventure in itself. Food stalls dot the markets of the city with a variety of Cambodian dishes on offer. Some of the famous dishes to try are Lort Cha (fried egg noodles), Num Pang (a mouth-watering baguette sandwich, Chive cakes, deep fried shrimp cakes, barbeque skewers, grilled squid, and more. Although most vendors do not speak English, almost every stall has menu in English with prices.