Siem Reap is known for being the gateway to the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat temple complex. Enlivened by its many tourists, Siem Reap’s restaurants, cafes and food markets are abuzz with the best of Cambodian cuisine and ingredients. What makes the cuisine of this area distinctive is its unusual Khmer-French–Asian fusion, combining traditional, colonial and international influences, and creating a vibrant dining culture that celebrates Cambodia’s heritage. Following is the 5 Best Restaurant Coffees in Siem Reap:
1. Gelato and Coffee Lab
Authentic Italian gelato and sorbet in the heart of Siem Reap, made fresh daily with all natural ingredients.
It was a surprise to find an authentic gelato shop in Siem Reap. The gelati are keep in a traditional italian way to keep the taste of it and the gelato tastes awesome!
Some review on tripadvisor:
– Great gelato, really nice ambience: This was just a couple of doors down from our hotel, so we visited it every day! Loved the ambience, and the gelato was great!
– Amazing chocolate sorbet: Great range of gelato flavours. We tried several during our stay in Siem Reap and would thoroughly recommend the chocolate sorbet – it’s sensational!
2. The Little Red Fox Espresso
Located on the gritty backstreet of Hup Guan, an emerging coffee sipping-cum-shopping street that remains something of a secret, the Little Red Fox Espresso makes Siem Reap’s best coffee. No question. An early opener, the cool little cafe with a life-size portrait of Amy Winehouse above the bar sees expats kickstarting their day with caffeine shots soon after the Australian owners, barista Adam Rodwell, and hairdresser David Stirling, pull back the red curtains. And things don’t stop until they shut up shop around 6pm. The menu is short—it’s all about the coffee—although there are some breakfast items like homemade muesli, and sweets, like carrot cake. If you need a snip, David cuts hair upstairs (book ahead) while Adam overseas the excellent Cambodian staff downstairs.
3. Blossom Cafe and Training Centre
Try our edible art in the form of premium celebration cakes, cupcakes (gluten free cupcakes available!) And cookies. Our stunning signature cakes, cupcakes and cookies are baked fresh daily on the premises, and are even available in special takeaway gift boxes. Enjoy a fresh smoothie or coffee and fair trade tea while sampling an array of delicious treats at our stylish cafe. You can even bring your laptop and plug into our free wi-fi. Blossom Cafe is a training cafe for Blossom Training Centre. A not for profit organisation that provides vocational training and employment opportunities for Cambodian women.
4. Khmer Touch Cuisine
Khmer Touch Cuisine combines a contemporary interior design in our spacious new restaurant with recipes that were handed down from mother to daughter. We have perfected the art of blending spices such as lemongrass, galangal, turmeric and tamarind with kaffir lime leaves to create a paste called “kroeung”.
An essential part of traditional Khmer cooking, kroeung adds a subtle and sophisticated harmony of flavours to fresh fish, meats and vegetables. Our concession to modern cuisine is to substitute the 3 stone village fires with gleaming stainless steel appliances in our brand new kitchen.
You could enjoy your sweet dinner at Khmer Touch Cuisine with both, open air and air-con venue with our special menu of Seared Duck Breast on Mushroom, Glass Noodle Bed and Soya Bean Sauce for only USD49 and you will have an extra bottle of our best house wine from France or Chile for your option.
5. The Hive Siem Reap
In spite of the fact that my main criteria when choosing somewhere to live in Siem Reap was that I wanted to have a fully functional kitchen, 3 weeks after moving in my fridge holds little more than wine, beer, fresh ground coffee and mixers and I have eaten out every night! I don’t even have any eggs in the house and so when I decided I fancied a late breakfast this morning I took to Foursquare for a solution, thus happily discovering the joys of The Hive Café.
Opened in the summer of 2013 by two Aussie expats as a sort of side job from their full time positions as English teachers at a local university and at the Shinta Mani Foundation – a local NGO that focusses on “the three core areas of education, small business start-ups and health care” – whilst the Hive is not a training school or NGO like Haven or Marum, they still play their part by employing some of the foundations students to work with them in the café.