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Food And Dining

Dining Out in Siem Reap For a comparatively small town, Siem Reap offers an amazing range of cuisines and dining venues. The emphasis is, of course, on Khmer food, which can be found at restaurants across town, but European and other Asian cuisines are also well represented, including Italian, Thai, German, Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and, of course, French. Given Cambodia's long relationship with France and France's gastronomic traditions, it is no surprise some of the town’s finest venues offer French cuisine. Also of interest to the gastronome, some finer venues are offering Khmer fusion and contemporary cuisines quite unique to Cambodia. Restaurants are scattered across the town but none is more than a 5-minute tuk-tuk ride away. Many restaurants, including several specializing in Khmer food, are concentrated in the Old Market area, especially around ‘Pub Street.’ Listings in dark blue offer a bar/nightlife venue in addition to being a restaurant. Listings in maroon also offer a traditional performances. Listings in maroon offer traditional performances. See Traditional Performances for more details.

 

The Old Market (Phsar Chas)

 and the Old Market area are 'must sees' when visiting Siem Reap. Of the various traditional markets in the Siem Reap area, the Old Market is the most popular with tourists and visitors, offering the greatest selection of souvenirs and curios of any of the traditional markets. And the area around the Old Market is burgeoning with shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, massage and more. The Old Market is located on the river at the south end of the Old French Quarter. During the day and into the early evening the south side of the market near the river is alive with souvenir and silk vendors hawking a wide variety of Cambodian handicrafts, textiles, statues and curios. The Old Market is also a good place to pick up post cards, tee-shirts and other small items if you haven't already bought them from the vendors at the temples. The north half of the market caters primarily to the locals, vending fruit, vegetables, meats, clothes, appliances and such. A number of inexpensive food stalls line the northern edge, serving local fare in interesting though sometimes hygienically challenged conditions. The Old Market closes at sunset, but many of the souvenir vendors in south section of the market stay open past 8PM. 

While the Old Market offers the greatest variety of souvenirs, the streets in the area around the market harbor several little galleries and boutiques, each with its own particular style, collection, art or specialty. The boutiques and galleries often offer higher quality, more select items, as well as more comfortable, often air-conditioned shopping venues. See page 55 for more information on boutiques and galleries. Other conveniences in the Old Market area include dozens of restaurants and pubs, especially along Pub Street, several travel agents and Internet shops, a couple of bookstores and several roving booksellers, convenience stores, banks and ATMs, and several reflexology/massage shops.   

 

Pub Street

After the sun goes down, the focus shifts a block east of the Old Market to 'Pub Street,' so named for the numerous and varied restaurants and pubs that line the road. It all began in 1998 when Angkor What? Bar opened its doors - the lone pub on a quiet street. These days Pub Street in packed end to end with bars, restaurants and shops. You can find all kinds of cuisines on Pub Street including Khmer, Thai, French, Vietnamese, Indian, Italian and a variety of other international foods. Most of the bars are open all day but really get going around 5:00PM as people return from the temples and come to take advantage of the various happy hour deals. In the later evening the street is blocked to motor traffic, allowing pedestrians to stroll easily. It's then Pub Street really comes alive as the curbside seating at the restaurants fills up and the bars crank up the music. The whole 'Pub Street' area is the center of nightlife in Siem Reap these days with most places staying open until at least midnight and couple place running until near dawn. Running parallel to Pub Street about a half of a block over is 'Pub Street Alley,' a.k.a. 'The Passage,' offering a somewhat more relaxed, artsy atmosphere - a narrow pedestrians-only lane lined with little galleries, shops, bars, cafés, Khmer restaurants and boutique guesthouses. The alley provides a quaint, shaded, tranquil retreat from the Pub Street crowds. And in a recent development galleries and bars are popping up along the other alleys around the Pub Street area..

Khmer Kitchen Restaurant 
Restaurant: Khmer Cuisine
Offering a wide selection of very affordable, authentic Cambodian and other Southeast Asian dishes. Amok, Luk-Lak, Sour Soup, Pumpkin Soup, Khmer Curries and more. Traditional favorites and many lesser known Khmer dishes. No MSG in any of the food. Comfortable indoor and sidewalk seating on the tranquil, traffic-free Pub Street alley. Most dishes for US$3 or less.
1) Pub Street Alley (The Passage), north end
11:00AM - 11:00PM
2) Pub Street Alley (The Passage), corner of Street
10 11:00AM - 11:00PM Tel:
3) Old Market area, Street 10, opposite the market
11:00AM - 11:00PM
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Testimonial
Ms.Carla Bozon-Philippines
Reviewed2013-02-05 02:31:45
This was our second visit to Angkor and our second time driving around with Phat. Travelling with a tuk-tuk is the best way to see Angkor - every morning Phat was there to meet us at our guesthouse, his tuk-tuk with it's little green cool box - full with ice cold water and even colder disposable wet wipes - at the ready. Phat could always suggest an itinerary for us, and was just a fountain of knowledge in general - after being driving his tuk-tuk around Angkor for 11 years, he knows the best times to visit each temple, the best photo spot, the quietest place. More than this, Phat is just a lovely person, considerate, paying great attention to detail and always trying to make things as easy as possible for us. The temples are stupendous, but the best times with Phat were when he was showing us 'real' life - taking us to visit his village, or to the local market. Angkor is great - driving around with Phat made it even more enjoyable. Visited November 2012
Email:carlabozon@hotmail.com
Ms.Carla Bozon-Philippines
Reviewed2013-02-05 02:31:45
This was our second visit to Angkor and our second time driving around with Phat. Travelling with a tuk-tuk is the best way to see Angkor - every morning Phat was there to meet us at our guesthouse, his tuk-tuk with it's little green cool box - full with ice cold water and even colder disposable wet wipes - at the ready. Phat could always suggest an itinerary for us, and was just a fountain of knowledge in general - after being driving his tuk-tuk around Angkor for 11 years, he knows the best times to visit each temple, the best photo spot, the quietest place. More than this, Phat is just a lovely person, considerate, paying great attention to detail and always trying to make things as easy as possible for us. The temples are stupendous, but the best times with Phat were when he was showing us 'real' life - taking us to visit his village, or to the local market. Angkor is great - driving around with Phat made it even more enjoyable. Visited November 2012
Email:carlabozon@hotmail.com
Ms.Carla Bozon-Philippines
Reviewed2013-02-05 02:31:45
This was our second visit to Angkor and our second time driving around with Phat. Travelling with a tuk-tuk is the best way to see Angkor - every morning Phat was there to meet us at our guesthouse, his tuk-tuk with it's little green cool box - full with ice cold water and even colder disposable wet wipes - at the ready. Phat could always suggest an itinerary for us, and was just a fountain of knowledge in general - after being driving his tuk-tuk around Angkor for 11 years, he knows the best times to visit each temple, the best photo spot, the quietest place. More than this, Phat is just a lovely person, considerate, paying great attention to detail and always trying to make things as easy as possible for us. The temples are stupendous, but the best times with Phat were when he was showing us 'real' life - taking us to visit his village, or to the local market. Angkor is great - driving around with Phat made it even more enjoyable. Visited November 2012
Email:carlabozon@hotmail.com
Cambodia Loca Tours & TransfersMr. Dave van Dalen & Sandra Visser-Netherlands
Reviewed2023-02-09 05:00:11
After reading a lot of positive stories on the internet and tripadvisor about mr. Sok Phat\'s \'\'cambodian taxidriver\'\' organisation, my girlfriend and I decided to book a view trips and transfers and we weren\'t dissapointed! In Siem Reap we went to the Temples (1 day with sunrise) and were accompanied by driver mr. Houn and tourguide mr. Vanna. All we can say about mr. Vanna is that he\'s one of the sweetest man we have ever met! He had loads of stories to tell, not only about the temples, but also about his past and the war, witch was fascinating to hear. Mr. Vanna knows so much about the temples that he's like a walking history book :-) and we've could have spent days listening to his stories if we would have had the time for it. Since the people of Cambodia don't make great amounts of money it's always nice to give people a tip and in this case driver Mr. Houn and tour guide Mr. Vanna They and specially Mr. Vanna definitely deserved it!! In Phnom Penh we did a tour to the killing fields, shooting range, Tuol Sleng prison and the Royal Palace with Mr. Sarath, and again we had a great day. Mr. Sarath has his own company (http://www.cambodiataxitour.com/), but works together with Mr. Path if tours are needed in Phnom Penh. Mr. Sarath will drive you all day around in Phnom Penh, wat ever you want. He is also a very nice guy and even invited us to come for dinner, but sadly we didnít have time. He is also very honest, he brings you to restaurants with no commission, so you donít pay to much, he just wants you to have a nice holiday! So this man deserved a big tip as well. We also arranged our transportation from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville with the help of Mr Phat, as well as other transfers to airports etc. Due to some miscommunication we missed our transfer, arranged by Mr. Phat, from Sihanouville to Phnom Penh Airport, but luckily there was another driver who could bring us. So everything went alright and there were no further problems. These things could happen and everything turned out all right. We hope that our recommendation will help to book even more clients, cause they did a great job and if we ever return to Cambodia we will surely give Mr Path a call! Mr. Phat can arrange all tours and transfers in whole Cambodia, he has his connections, so you donít have to look in each town for another company. They have excellent english speaking guides and drivers and the prices are very good and they wonít rip you off. (P.s., MR Phat: please give our best regards and a big hug to m.r Vanna and Mr. Sarath!). Best wishes Dave van Dalen & Sandra Visser form Holland Visited Frebruary - March
Email:d.van.dalen@hvl.nl
tour with Phat at Angkor WatSam Loew-Malaysia
Reviewed0000-00-00 00:00:00
Hi Phat, How are you? We are fine here. Just arrive back at Malaysia this morning. Thanks for your service for the 3 days at Siem Reap! Very good service! =) We will come back again in future ;) We also had a nice trip at Phnom Penh, but the mini bus to Phnom Penh is scarry because it is too fast! Where can I leave the good feedback for you? Thanks, Sam Visited May -2013
Email:sam.mcleow@gmail.com
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