Many a meal has been eaten throughout my Cambodian holiday. We have not eaten expensively by any means, but I thought I would share some yummy places that will get your taste buds drooling at any price point.
I felt like we spent a few too many nights in Siem Reap, as I found Phnom Penh a little more interesting. It was difficult to find ‘smarter’ places for dinner in Siem Reap, but I can assure you that the local family owned restaurants were every bit delicious. For this reason we actually struggled to spend more than $15 USD a night for the three of us!
Here goes for my Siem Reap foodie list…
Soup Dragon: Our lunch spot everyday. In the hustle and bustle. Clean traditional Vietnamese. Get the morning glory and a lime soda to cool down.
Khmer Family Restuarant: In the main shin-dig area. If you’re wanting an industrial chic vibe. Modern exterior but traditional food.
MR Grill: As it reads, Cambodian grill. Every type of meat served in every type of sauce is on offer. Get the pippies.
Try Me Restaurant: Small and local. If you want a white thatched chair vibe. Traditional food.
Ly Ly: For the more adventurous. Whilst the surfaces aren’t clean the food is delicious. Local and cheap.
La Rivere: Roof top bar for a cocktail. Over looks the river.
L’Annexe: Great area that I wish we discovered earlier. Go here and choose your next nights meal. Up market French. Same prices back home. Amazing for a steak.
Fifty 5 Gelato: Western. On the main drag. Open air. Good coffee and juices. Chicken papaya salad and the polenta calamari.
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We would have liked more time here. There is so much history and culture. As we were driving around I kept remarking how cool each area was. In fact, I was saying this about the whole city. The city is quickly turning up market and hip places are appearing everywhere. What happens to a hipster when the bulk population already sits on milk grates?
Frizz: Local Cambodian. Family owned. Get the smoked chicken with eggplant and the orange beef salad. Cheap.
Romdeng: NGO supported restaurant. Food perhaps overrated but it is for a good cause putting impoverished children through hospitality.
The 240: For fresh western food. Vibrant surroundings and food. Wraps, sandwiches, salads and juices.
Black Bambu: Ice white modern setting. Great menu variation. Asian fusion. Share plates. Everything was delicious.
Bouchon: We went here for drinks. Up market French. Amazing setting. Great for a cocktail and olives. Looks good for a meal too.