Eating options span the full spectrum of tastes and budgets from the rudimentary Asian staples and pizza to authentic Khmer and sophisticated fine-dining featuring exotic local ingredients. The highest assortment of restaurants are in few blocks north of the old market, but there are appetizing alternatives along Wat Bo Rd and hidden in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Old Market area
Though Pub St is better known for its bars, a handful of places serve great food, many with seating upstairs so you can escape the partying milieu on the street below. Crammed along The Alley is a wider selection of restaurants that offer a generally quieter and more intimate experience. The local restaurants lining Phsar Chas have extensive, yet near identical, menus of cheap fried rice and Westernised approximations of Khmer dishes. At dusk the Kindergarten on the corner of Street 8 and 11 becomes a jumble of small BBQ stalls, replete with billowing smoke, noise, and the persistently entreating peddlers. The phnom pleurng here is the cheapest you will find.
Common Grounds Restaurant#719, St. 14 / Mundol 1, Khum Svay DangkumPhone: +855 63 965687Hours: M-Sa, 07:00-20:00Price: USD3-7Serving Western dishes; chicken tenders, grilled cheese, crispy chicken apple salad, german chocolate cake, seasonal muffins, cinnamon rolls and some Asian dishes. All profit goes to fund local humanitarian projects through NGO People for Care & Learning. Air-con & high speed Internet. Curry WallaTwo locations Sivatha Blvd & Night Market RdPhone: +855 63 965 451Authentic vegetarian & non-veg Indian food. Ecstatic Pizza#072 2 Thnou StPhone: +855 12 436 869Hours: 07:00-24:00Price: USD3-7Italian and Khmer food. Has been operating since 1994. Many kinds of pizza and pasta dishes. You can request your own pizza with either thin or thick crust. Western & English-style breakfasts any time. Fruit shakes, soft drinks, draught beer, wine. Free delivery available. Fresh at Chilli Si DangEast River RdPhone: +855 17 875 129Hours: 07:00-14:00Price: USD3Beautiful riverside garden out of the hustle and bustle. Local and Western food, play pool, relax on the balcony and use the free Wi-Fi with sunset views. Friday quiz, Saturday BBQ, Sunday roasts, specials everyday. Happy Herb Pizza#069 Mondul 1 Khum Svay DangkumHours: 07:00-24:00Price: USD3-7One of many nearly identical "happy" pizza shops in a row in Siem Reap. Menu of Khmer, Italian food and reasonably priced pizza. But of course the draw is to ask for your pizza to be "happy" for the special ingredient, though unfortunately since the amount used is minimal, a happy pizza is more a novelty item than a party. If you are looking for the special ingredient instead of a meal, you may order pre-made or in a bag for take away. McBuddha RestaurantEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: +855 97 967 7223Price: USD2-7Open seating, and the restaurant is run by a local Khmer family who serve everything with a warm smile. The owner used to be a tuk-tuk driver, he speaks English and can give you tips on places to see. The menu is extensive with Khmer and Western offerings, all cooked to order. Maharajah RestaurantSivatha RdPhone: +855 92 506 622Hours: 11:00-22:00Price: USD2-7Fresh, hygienic and authentic preparation. They use real Indian spices and most of the food is Halal. Takeaway or home delivery is available. Mother Earth Restauranta07 Sivatha RdPhone: +855 63 966-236Hours: 10:00-22:00Price: USD2-5Fresh, organic, homemade and healthy. All ingredient for the kitchen are claimed to be from organic farming, they serve great salads, hummus, falafel, shakshuka, and kebab, all home made, fresh and healthy. Kidush every Friday at sunset.
Taj MahalStreet 11Classic Indian dishes. All the food is halal.
Singing Tree CafeEntrance of Alley WestPrice: USD2-5An unusual place combining home-style cooking with environmental displays. Large mostly vegetarian menu comprised of both authentic Khmer food and grilled sandwiches and fresh salads, juices, and shakes. Sunflower Restaurant2 Thnou StPhone: +855 92 245 915Price: USD2-7The restaurant looks simple but the Hong Kong dim sum, Vietnamese pho and Chinese wonton soup provide a welcome variation from what you find elsewhere. VivaPhone: +855 17 838 854Price: USD2-6A bright orange Mexican restaurant. Burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas are reasonably authentic considering the location. They have some Khmer dishes if you want to eat more local food while enjoying the view over the balcony. La Volpaia Pizzeria Restaurant#20-22, St 13Phone: +855 63 764 184Hours: M-F, 11:30-14:30, 17:30-22:00; Sa-Su, 11:30-22:00Price: USD5-17Italian-style cuisine specialising in pizzas, pastas and grilled steaks. Air-con dining room, VIP rooms, outdoor and garden seating.
AhaThe AlleyHours: Lunch, 11:30-14:30, Dinner, 18:00-22:00Price: USD7-18The stylish interior with Khmer and international dishes. Some say the taste doesn't quite meet those standards, but where else can you eat dried snake in such surroundings?
L'AngeloLe MeridienProbably Siem Reap's most daring restaurant, serving fusionesque Italian cuisine like foie gras on a bed of white asparagus and balsamic vinegar ice cream in a setting so achingly modern that the only decoration is a cloud of black dots on the white wall. A full meal with a glass or two of wine on the side costs around USD100 for two.
Le MalrauxSivatha StFrench cuisine and Khmer specialties, all made with local and fresh products. Central city location that opens early in the morning for breakfast.
Meric at Hotel de la PaixSivutha BlvdAcclaimed by some as the best Khmer restaurant in all Cambodia, it is set in a chic hotel with a minimalist modern feel. The chefs source the freshest and strangest) ingredients to build their multi-course seasonal menu (USD31+ optional wine pairing USD16+). A typical set will include dried snake salad and grilled frog. Arrive before 21:15 for the 4 course fixed price Khmer meal with wine selection. Sit in air conditioned comfort, or outside tables and lounge furniture. The hotel also has a modern bar with local art displayed.
The Red PianoPub St2 floors. Serves a variety of Italian and other European food with Britney Spears music videos in the background.
Wat Bo Rd and environs
Outside of the main part of town in the sometimes dusty neighbourhood streets and area along Wat Bo Rd are some trendy restaurants and small local places serving the most authentic Khmer food.
Green StarWat Bo RdPhone: +855 9 225 5241Price: USD2-6Some say it's not the most authentic Khmer or Asian food, though still tasty and well prepared. That it supports the Green Gecko Project might be enough to convince your tastebuds to compromise just this once. Madam Beergarden Under ConstructionWat Bo RdPhone: +855 89 479 593Hours: 11:00-14:00, 17:00-24:00Price: USD1.50-5Thai and Khmer food in a nice atmosphere. Enjoy the garden or sit inside in funky environment. Cocktail, draft beer and soft drinks are served with lunch and dinner.
Silk LoungeTaphul RdHours: 07:00-22:00Price: USD2-4The menu might be short but the flavour and presentation of their Cambodian and pan-Asian dishes won't leave you feel like you're missing out on anything. The Cambodian curry, Singapore chicken rice, and beef soup stand out. The daybed style lounge seating is OK if you are limber but they have some regular tables if you prefer to eat sitting upright.
Viroth's Restaurant#246 Wat Bo RdPhone: +855 12 826 346Price: USD5-8Stylish Khmer restaurant that is often so full you will have to wait for a table. The extensive menu is a mix of Khmer and Asian-esque dishes and with some vegetarian options. Some say the food is not spicy enough but the outdoor setting is nice if it is not raining.
Alliance Art CafeWat Damnak RdPrice: USD15-25In a French colonial building built in 1953, on the former grounds of the French Cultural Centre. The cafe offers both French and Cambodian dishes within an art exhibition space. The food is good and it has a very stylish ambience. A good choice for a romantic meal or a business dinner.