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
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 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 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
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 is a family-friendly restaurant in the Wat Damnak area. Lily, the owner and chef, serves up tasty, traditional Khmer food.
If you’re interested you can even sign up for their Khmer cooking classes!
Soupko – Road 60
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
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 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 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
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.
These sandwiches are tasty and cheap. Two of them should cost $1!
Eat like the locals for a night. Get some fried noodles or some noodle soup!
Siem Reap Street Food Desserts
Whether you want fresh fruit, ice cream, or a Khmer dessert you’ll find sweet treats all around the old market area!
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.
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!