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Top 10 Khmer Restaurants and Dine With The Locals in Siem Reap (updated 2019)

Siem Reap’s Top 10 Khmer Restaurants and Dine With The Locals

Angkor Wat attracts droves of tourists from all over the world. This has created a huge culinary scene in Siem Reap. You can find pretty much any type of western food, from burgers to tacos to French fine dining. You can also find oriental cuisines such as Indian, Japanese, and Korean throughout the city.

But you’re in Cambodia; you want to discover Khmer cooking!

You are in luck, no matter what your budget is, you’ll find what you’re looking for in this list of our top 10 Khmer restaurants in Siem Reap!

Read all the way to the end for a bonus!!!

Siem Reap Budget Eateries

Want to dig into some tasty local food without destroying your budget? These three inexpensive restaurants will do more than satisfy your cravings!

Are you looking for an inexpensive hotel during your travels?

Hansa BBQ – Wat Bo Rd

Hanza BBQ Siem Reap 2017
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Hansa is a fun place to eat, especially if you’re in a group. It’s basically an all-you-can-eat restaurant for $5 but you cook everything yourself!

You will find meats, seafood, and fresh vegetables that you can grill up with friends and family. For dessert, grab some fresh fruit or traditional Khmer treat!

Pot & Pan – Sok San Rd

Pot& Pan Siem Reap Restaurant
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Pot & Pan is an amazing restaurant that serves cheap, yet delicious traditional Khmer food. They also have some western dishes on the menu.

Pot & Pan became one of my favorite spots because of the quality food for budget prices.

Tevy’s Place – Wat Damnak

Tevy's Place small Siem Reap Restaurant 2017

Tevy’s Place is a small outdoor restaurant. Driving by you may not even notice it unless it’s lunchtime. Her small food stall gets full of hungry customers! Locals and expats know that Tevy and her daughter cook up some tasty Khmer dishes at great prices.

Popular Siem Reap Restaurants

The following three venues are well-known and reasonably priced spots to eat delicious, traditional Khmer fare.

This list has popular restaurants Siem Reap covered but what if you’re in need of a hotel.

Khmer Grill – Wat Damnak

Khmer Grill Siem Reap restaurant

The only thing I can say about Khmer Grill is that they have great food.

Don’t believe me?

Drive by around dinner time when every single table is full! Or check out their 1000 reviews on TripAdvisor, while maintaining a 4.5 rating! That’s amazing!

Lily’s Secret Garden – Wat Damnak

Lily's Secret Garden Siem Reap restaurant Khmer Food

Lily’s Secret Garden is a family-friendly restaurant in the Wat Damnak area. Lily, the owner and chef, serves up tasty, traditional Khmer food.

Khmer traditional Food Siem Reap at Lily's secret garden
Khmer Soup (Vegetarian)

If you’re interested you can even sign up for their Khmer cooking classes!

Soupko – Road 60

Siem Reap Beef Soup Restaurant

Soupko is not only the name of this restaurant but also the name of a traditional dish!

Ko = Cow |Sekko = Beef

This is a great place to try with a large group as they bring out pots of soup, vegetables, and meat that you cook up yourself!

This is one of Cambodia’s favorite dishes. The restaurant looks traditional with great food to match! 

Fine Dining in Siem Reap

If you’re looking for a high-end dining experience in Siem Reap, the following restaurants are sure to please! All of the following Siem Reap restaurants require a reservation.

Book a high-end hotel to match!

Cuisine Wat Damnak – Wat Damnak

Cuisine Wat Damnak, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

You’ll need a reservation to eat at this classy spot. To check out their menu you’ll have to visit their website as they change to always have the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Malis – Along river

malis restaurant fine dining siem reap 2017
Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

Malis has a hefty goal ahead of them. They want to restore Cambodian cuisine to its former glory and turn Cambodia into a culinary destination.

With a goal like that you can expect the freshest ingredients, amazing service, and the tastiest dishes every time.

Mango Cuisine – Sok San Rd

Mango Cuisine 2017 Siem Reap Restaurant
Check out this delicious starter!

Mango Cuisine serves up delicious five-course meals mixing Khmer cooking with other international cuisines! They have amazing staff members that explain each dish to you and provide small talk.

Located in a cozy dining space, you’ll feel right at home in Mango Cuisine. A must try while staying in Siem Reap.

Mie Cafe – Road 60

Siem Reap Mie Cafe
Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

Mie Cafe serves up gourmet Khmer dishes in a lovely setting. Located in a traditional Khmer house with a lush garden, you are sure to enjoy your meal.

Street Food in Siem Reap

Every night along the river, near old market you’ll find plenty of street food carts. They mostly serve fried noodles and noodle soup. You can also find fresh fruits, juices, grilled meats, and desserts.

Sometimes I don’t bother going to a restaurant in Siem Reap and I decide to eat street food. It helps locals and you get to sit back and relax watching the busy streets.

Here are some of my favorite street foods in Siem Reap.

Khmer Sandwich

Tasty Khmer Sandwich street food Siem Reap
Customize your Khmer sandwich!

These sandwiches are tasty and cheap. Two of them should cost $1!

Fried Noodles

Siem Reap street food fried noodles & noodle soup

Eat like the locals for a night. Get some fried noodles or some noodle soup!

Siem Reap Street Food Desserts

Siem Reap street food fresh fruit cart
Fruit is cheap in Siem Reap!

Whether you want fresh fruit, ice cream, or a Khmer dessert you’ll find sweet treats all around the old market area!

Dine With The Locals

Last but not least, after you experience your meals at restaurants why not try meals in local houses which is often cooked by women who stay at home and they could earn little extra money for their families. This is impactful, authentic and unique. It creates an unforgotten memory for your traveling in Cambodia.

Travelers are having meals at a Cambodian grandma's house
Travelers are having meals at a Cambodian grandma’s house – Photo credit: Dine With The Locals

We want to hear from you! What restaurants in Siem Reap have you tried? What’s your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below!

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2 Responses

  1. Dear Bayonia

    I am writing in behalf of Tevy’s. She is both overjoyed and grateful that you included her on your list. Her Street Restaurant was a fantastic spot for a lot of reasons. Real cultural hot spot.

    I am a volunteer educator and have been walking alongside Tevy and her mother fir several years…helping where I can. The Authorities cleared all the sellers away. The great news is that Tevy’s Place Restaurant is now in Street 26 between Wat Bo Road and the River. See TripAdvisor.

    We hope all your readers will come and visit her again. She is still that amazing lady with the broadest smile and full of courage and passion. She employs a team of women and devotes some of her profits to the education NGO See Beyond Borders.

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