Budget Restaurants in Siem Reap
When it comes to eating out, many backpackers will frequently be on a budget. Luckily, you do not have to break the bank to dine out in Siem Reap.
Common Grounds – Cafe & Casual Dining
Some of the best budget restaurants of Siem Reap include the Common Grounds. This American cafe and coffee shop offers delicious western meals including grilled cheese, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and other more. It is a great place for a quick lunch or dinner after a long day exploring the region. In addition to great food, this cafe was also established with a great cause in mind. It is owned and operated by People for Care and Learning (PCL), a non-profit organization that aids the poor by providing them with training and the opportunity to work.
Taj Mahal – Indian Restaurant in Siem Reap
Another delicious yet afford restaurant on our Siem Reap restaurant guide is Taj Mahal, a delicious Indian restaurant. You may have heard of Chusska Restaurant — well, this one has taken its place and is arguably even better! Dishes start out at as little as under $2! It has both vegan and vegetarian options available, as well. Be sure to let your server know if you like mild, medium, or spicy!
Mad Monkey Siem Reap – Rooftop Dining
In addition to being one of the best accommodation options in the city, Mad Monkey Siem Reap has one of the most extensive menus for both guests and visitors to choose from. From international to Khmer dishes, this rooftop bar and restaurant is likely to please all those who visit. The rooftop area is complete with sand, giving it an epic beach vibe that no other venue in the city has. You can opt to eat your meal by the spacious pool at the poolside bar, as well.
Cafes – Best Coffee in Siem Reap
Get your caffeine fix at these amazing cafes in Siem Reap, Cambodia!
Sister Srey Cafe
Sister Srey Cafe is a social enterprise and delicious eatery duo in Siem Reap. It opened in 2012 with the hopes of serving up great coffee and to empower locals – and they have certainly succeeded at both. A percentage of food and beverage sales from Sister Srey Cafe supports APOPO Humanitarian Demining. In addition to supporting the removal of landmines, this cafe supports green initiatives, trains all of their staff English language skills amongst other studies, and much more. Do not miss out on visiting Sister Srey Cafe in Siem Reap!
Brother Bong Cafe
As you may have guessed, Brother Bong Cafe is the product of Sister Srey Cafe – the owner actually learned his barista skills there before opening his own coffee shop. Bunthoeun and his wife Leang Heng both have a love for coffee, which they share with the world at Brother Bong Cafe. In addition to caffeine drinks, this cafe has a variety of delicious breakfast menu items in addition to great coffee.
Footprint Cafes is a quaint eatery with a co-working space located on the second floor. While the venue itself may be small, all of the dishes here pack a powerful punch. This cafe is an expat and digital nomad watering hole, making it easy to strike up a conversation while enjoying one of the delicious food or drinks here. There are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items on their extensive menu, which consists of all-day breakfast items, international and Cambodian favorites, as well as desserts and light bites. Be sure to check out their specialty section, which features incredibly enticing smoothies like the Pdog’s Vegan Peanut Butter Smoothie ($3), made with homemade peanut butter, spinach, a fresh green apple, and a banana.
ARTillery Cafe – Vegan Restaurant Siem Reap
ARTillery Cafe is one of the best cafes and restaurants in the city. It appeases all diets with everything from raw to gluten-free and even plenty of vegan items on the menu. This cafe has been around since 2013 and has been pleasing diners with its healthy and affordable menu ever since. Be sure to check out the create your own bowl menu – you can narrow down every item you want thrown in, even down to the dressing, for only $6! If you miss out on visiting ARTillery Cafe in Siem Reap, be sure to check out its additional location in Phnom Penh!
The Missing Socks Laundry Cafe
Kill two birds with one stone at The Missing Socks Laundry Cafe, and laundromat and coffee shop duo. It is the only one in town that is open 24-7 and takes coins. This cafe is also an accommodation option, with four beds located above the coffee shop. When you stay, you get free daily breakfast, coffee, and a free load of laundry for every three nights that you book!
Khmer Restaurants – Cambodian Food
Get a taste for Cambodia’s delicious local cuisine at these wonderful Khmer Restaurants!
Marum Restaurant (Temporarily Closed)
Marum is a training restaurant that has a superb local menu at a relatively affordable price. The menu is broken up into distinguishable sections. First, there are the drinks: shakes and freezes, fresh juices and soft drinks, tea and coffee, wine, and a few cocktails. Then, there’s the food: for meat lovers, for veggie lovers, for fish and seafood lovers, sides, and desserts. The menu even labels which dishes are truly Khmer, though you can’t go wrong with any of the menu items here. Also, be sure to check out the onsite shop: Friends ‘N’ Stuff, which sells everything from wallets made out of recycled tires to bracelets made out of old magazines!
Chanrey Tree – Cambodian Food in Siem Reap
Chanrey Tree is the place to sample authentic Khmer cuisine in one of the nicest venues in Siem Reap. For starters, there is an upstairs that has air conditioning. The prices aren’t bad considering the lavish venue, with mains starting at $6.50. Be sure to check out all of the best Khmer dishes on the menu, including ‘Bok Svay’ Chicken Salad ($7.50), made with free-range chicken marinated in honey, rice brandy, and jackfruit before being pounded and mixed with green mango and flavored with basil and herbs.
Tevy’s Place (Temporarily Closed)
Tevy’s Place is a hole in the wall restaurant — but do not let its mundane looks fool you. We dined on one of the best Khmer-style dishes here — but that’s not even the best part. The delicious and filling dish was only $2! All of the servers at Tevy’s Place were warm and welcoming, and it’s no wonder why. This restaurant was set up to act more like a home than a dining venue. A small informational sheet tells customers of Tevy’s struggle and how owning her own restaurant has helped her support herself.
Tevy grew up in Phnom Penh, and she lost her father and three sisters during the cruel reign of the Khmer Rouge. She now takes care of her mother and wants all of her customers to know how much she appreciates each and every visit.
Whether you come for the affordable prices, the delicious Khmer dishes, or to support Tevy, you can’t go wrong by adding Tevy’s Place to your culinary exploration of Siem Reap.
More Information About Where to Eat in Siem Reap
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