The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Siem Reap

20th April 2018

Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Siem Reap

Siem Reap could rub you the wrong way if you tackle it from a certain angle. Much like Khao San Road in Bangkok, it’s easy to wound up exactly in the wrong place of the city (let’s hypothetically call this place Pub Street) and wonder what could have possibly gone wrong in such a quaint, culturally-rich, and spiritual part of the world. I did it, several people have done it, has Lonely Planet told us to do it? We’ve all got our reasons as to why we ended up in the most touristy and dare I say backpacker-damaged part of Cambodia whilst on the hunt for vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Siem Reap.

PSST… Looking for the best time to visit Angkor Wat? I warmly recommend getting your private guide in advance. I did this one and loved it!

But. Oh my. Once you know, you kinda don’t want to tell others that Siem Reap is the new hotbed for vegan digital nomads and yogis on a budget. A place where you’ll find all the health, wellness, yoga and veganism you were dreaming of finding in Indonesia or Thailand but couldn’t really afford once you started researching. For who knows where to look Siem Reap unveils itself as a place where all you can eat tofu nuggets rub shoulders with kombucha bars and a seemingly endless selection of socially responsible cafés. Here’s the vegan lowdown on the good restaurants in Siem Reap. Share responsibly.

The best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Siem Reap

1. PEACE CAFE

peace cafe siem reap

Peace Café works closely with several local NGOs, providing ongoing employment for local disadvantaged people that are trained by another local NGOs, as well as offering activities to the public (monk talks and yoga being some of them) and an amazing vegetarian and vegan menu, all of this in a wonderful garden. What I really loved were the salads, which you can order in small portion sizes, so you can try several of them at once. Samlor Korko Khmer, a traditional mixed vegetable soup with curry paste and coconut milk is also excellent. Great juice menu, too.

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2. HAVEN Restaurant Siem Reap

HAVEN Restaurant Siem Reap

Haven is a social project that teaches all of their employees and offers amazing quality traditional Khmer food, a lot of it vegan. A strong emphasis is also put on sustainability: they use only biodegradable materials in all of their takeaway containers, and source most of their products locally. You really have to try the tofu Amok, Cambodia’s signature curry dish, which is done amazingly well here. There are several great salads on the menu too, as well as a few vegan sweets. Beautiful outdoor seating area.

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3. GELATO LAB

gelato lab siem reap

Dat chocolate sorbet though. Mind blown. All you need to know. Go there. Have several scoops. Return. Every day. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. There are several other delicious vegan flavors including strawberry, passion fruit, dragon fruit, and mandarine, as well as great coffee, but that’s unimportant. THE CHOCOLATE SORBET. I REPEAT. CHOCOLATE. SORBET. That is all. You’re welcome.

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4. VIBE CAFE

vibe cafe siem reap

Vibe is so cool. Likely the coolest interior in town. On top of that, the food is amazing and all of it is vegan. I was all over their cashew sour cream, the creamiest and tartest dream of cashew creams of all. So, the tacos or the quesadillas are my prime recommendations – especially ordered with a side of extra cashew cream cheese. Or two. Or three. I’m told the burgers are also excellent. Fab drink menu too. Definitely one of my faves.

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5. JAYA HOUSE RIVER PARK

jaya house river park

One of the top restaurants in Siem Reap. Passionate cuisine by a celebrity chef in a wonderfully sustainable hotel, several vegan items already on the menu and many more can be made vegan on request. I recommend the smoked eggplant. Most of the ingredients are grown on site. Super attentive service. They have gluten free bread also and amazing swings to sit on pool-side. Also one of the top hotels in Siem Reap. Magical.

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6. ARTILLERY CAFE

artillery siem reap

Artillery quickly became one of my favorite spots to cowork with friends. They have amazing smoothies, kombucha, a full kale menu (!) at the time of writing, great coffee and fast internet. The interior is cozy and the staff is extremely friendly. A good place to buy some souvenirs too.

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7. SISTER SREY

sister srey siem reap

Another wonderful social enterprise that’s here to help Khmer students and have a sustainable impact on the community. Sister Srey has a beautiful interior to linger into for hours as you watch life go by along the river. The raw vegan options are really lovely, especially the cakes. The coffee is also excellent. To top it off, 20% percent of all profits go towards supporting individuals through education, health, and hygiene, and supports rural families.

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8. MORINGA BAR

moringa bar siem reap

moringa bar siem reap

Lovely British-owned tropical beer garden that serves excellent kombucha and vegan craft beer (a rare occurrence in Asia). Good waste-reduction initiatives, fully vegetarian menu (75% of which is vegan), including full meals and light bites (I’m told the bowls are great, but all I wanted were those damn finger foods!) Great cocktails (including some kombucha cocktail — that’s got to be healthy right?) The stars of the show here are the tofu nuggets in Texas BBQ sauce. HANDS DOWN. Other light bites I really enjoyed include spicy cauliflower bites, smoked eggplant dip, and samosas, but there is so much more. Some of the profits are redistributed to a local charity too. Lovely, innit!

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9. BANG BANG

bang bang siem reap

Bang Bang is a German-Canadian-British-Cambodian-owned bakery that offers several vegan baked goods such as sourdough, bagels, and a small selection of vegan cake. If you’ve been in South East Asia for some time, you probably know how difficult it is to find good bread in this part of the world, so fill your boots! It’s also a super lovely place to hang out and work.

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10. BABY ELEPHANT

baby elephant siem reap

Beautiful colorful tropical garden set around a pool, several Western and Khmer dishes, many many of them available vegan. In fact, the menu is 50% vegan. And they have amazing vegan hot dogs! The Angkor hot dog is the definite star! Great cocktails too, and an amazing place to stay (more on that below).

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11. THE LITTLE RED FOX

little red fox siem reap

The kitchen here team prides themselves on sourcing as many of their ingredients as possible from local growers, ensuring that small Cambodian family-run businesses from Siem Reap Province receive their continued support throughout the year. There aren’t that many vegan options on the menu and they are all light bites, but they are clearly marked as VG (them pesto toast pictured are delicious) and the coffee is absolutely bomb. It’s also a great place to come and work. Little Red Fox is also part of the Refill not Landfill project, so fill your water bottle while you’re here!

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12. THE HANGOUT

the hangout siem reap

The Hangout is a well-hidden spot in the center of the old town (there was a hostel attached, and then there wasn’t, but there might be again? Please let me know if you know!) Anyway, their menu features several vegan items, a vegan all-you-can-eat BBQ on Saturday, and all-you-can-eat tofu nuggets every Tuesday. They had me with their tofu nuggets all the sauce options.

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13. Chamkar House

chamkar house siem reap

A vegetarian restaurant Siem Reap couldn’t do without! Hidden in the middle of the old market around Pub Street in a small back alley, Chamkar is worth finding for the great local specialties they serve. Almost everything is vegan (everything is vegetarian) and I strongly recommend the wedding dip served with a fresh baguette! Yum!

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14. Vitking House

vitking siem reap

I let Paul and Caryl from Vegan Food Quest guide the way through their favorite vegan spots in Siem Reap, having been expats here for over two years. They took me straight to Vitking House, and specifically for the mushroom skewers. Now, do disregard the chewy door stopper knobs at the end of each skewer (I call this type of fake me squeasel — it is repulsive) but the mushrooms were juicy and meaty and spicy and amazing. Gotta trust the local vegans!

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WHERE TO STAY: VEGAN AND VEGAN-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN SIEM REAP

BABY ELEPHANT BOUTIQUE HOTEL

baby elephant boutique hotel

Opened in 2015 by a vegan couple, Baby Elephant has so many great things going on at all time, and is always improving and innovating with more. They have just won #9 bargain hotel in the world on Tripadvisor and Travelers’ Choice 2018, and that should speak for itself. The hotel is decorated in springy vibrant modern-kitsch colors with amazing illustrations by artist Tamara Venn, a fantastic pool and restaurant/bar adjacent to it, a yoga studio, spa, silver jewelry workshop, vegan-friendly cooking school, and much more. The hotel has two wings, one is mid-range and the other is more budget and prides itself to be an inclusive, family-friendly and LGBT-welcoming place.

Wonderful conscious owners working on the people-planet-profit model, taking great care of everyone and everything that is around them, guests included.

BOOK YOUR ROOM AT BABY ELEPHANT BOUTIQUE HOTEL NOW

VEGAN VILLA

vegan villa siem reap

vegan siem reap

For something a bit more private and intimate, there’s an all-vegan Airbnb in Siem Reap! Hosted by the lovely Caryl and Paul of Vegan Food Quest whom I have known via the interwebs for as long as I’ve been blogging. Meeting them in person was nothing short of coming face to face with mythological creatures that cook you amazing vegan breakfast and show you all the best spots in town. My own private vegan unicorns! Caryl and Paul were lovely hosts, and sharing a little slice of what it would be like being an expat in Siem Reap, rubbing shoulders with their local neighbors and other expats, was simply delightful. I really want to move to Siem Reap now.

BOOK YOUR ROOM AT THE VEGAN VILLA NOW

BEST ETHICAL SHOPPING ADDRESSES IN SIEM REAP

Here are a few spots I recommend checking out for locally-made souvenirs

Saarti

An eco-lifestyle brand using natural, ethical products and empowering local communities through fair-trade employment. Candles, body, skin and hair care products, all hand-made in Siem Reap.

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Happy + Co

An organic and ethical farm that sells all of their produce on site as well as offering delivery, they also have a beautiful collection of locally made textiles.

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Made in Cambodia Market

Although the Old Market is totally worth a visit for the madness, Made in Cambodia is where you should be heading for nice quality textiles and kramas (the traditional Khmer checker scarf) and for all the local arts and crafts.

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MY FAVORITE SPAS IN SIEM REAP

Although it is my belief that nobody should leave without experiencing a cheap foot massage on Pub Street, for a real treat and a properly relaxing experience, head to one of these amazing spots.

Samathi

Still very affordable despite the luxury feel of the place, you’ll be treated like royalty at this beautiful and relatively new spa. Try the oil-free Khmer massage, a close relative of the Thai massage. Remember that they mean business when they ask if you like it strong. Medium is my recommendation 😉

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Khmer Relief

Tucked in a side street away from any noise, Khmer Relief offers a wide menu of treatments offered in peaceful dimly lit rooms by very friendly and caring staff. Nice fruit and tea at the end of the relaxing treatment.

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Phka Kravan

Ladies, if you’re gonna treat yourself to a blow-out or a facial while you’re here (and you should because it’s so cheap), this lovely beauty school is the place. They have the Saarti product range which is all vegan and the whole experience because it is provided by students, is very sweet and endearing.

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Also, check out the RefillNotLandill initiative which lets you refill your water bottle for free at various venues across the city. An amazing initiative that I urge you to support!!

16 thoughts on “The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Siem Reap

  1. noel

    I’m not a vegetarian but my these dishes look so delicious and beautiful, I would definitely want to try all of these places. Beautifully captured too!

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  2. anto

    I’m really curious what Siem Reap is like at this moment. I was there some 15 years ago and there wasn’t even western food back then. Happy to hear they have so many options for vegans these days!

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  3. Medha Verma

    I do not really care for vegan food but that chocolate sorbet is really mouthwatering! Thanks for this list of places, even if I don’t go for vegan food, some of these places sound like worth dropping by just for the food and ambiance. The mushroom skewers at Vitking House look yum!

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    1. Amélie Post author

      You don’t care for “vegan food”?? Hahahahahahaha. Veganism isn’t a country, you know, all of the food taste different… I’m pretty sure you already eat vegan several times a day.

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  4. Fiona Maclean

    Gosh I am surprised at how much vegan food there is on offer in Siem Reap. There’s a similar town, Ghent in the Netherlands where they have really embraced vegetarian and vegan dining. But, here is it more that a lot of the traditional food is veggie in the first place?

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  5. Chris Bloomfield

    The chocolate sorbet looks like enough reason for me to go! The Artillery Cafe sounds good too though, with it’s full kale menu. Siem Reap does look like a great place to find Vegan friendly restaurants.

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  6. Skye Class

    I would have never guessed there were so many vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Siem Reap! I’m wondering how many have opened since I visited in 2015. I also really like the list of spas to experience there. I’m looking forward to visiting again someday. One day for Angkor Wat just wasn’t enough, even though I rode over 40km on the bike!

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  7. Rosemary

    I had no idea there were so many vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Siem Reap. We traveled to Siem Reap with a focus on the local and authentic food specialties and did not run into a lot of vegetarian options. It’s great to have this as a guide to share with our non-meat eating community. Great list!

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  8. Vasu Devan

    Wow We’d gone to Siem Reap a few years back, there were not so many options in terms of vegan and vegettarian restaurants. However there were always vegan food available if you know how to ask. I don’t remember the phrase now, but we did not have much problem even on the streets.
    I guess if I ever I go there again , I shall try some of these options.

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  9. Christopher

    With so many blog posts about Siam Reap on the net its nice to read about something different. Not that the ancient temples are not impressive and i will make my way over there to experience it (or to satisfy my FOMO). Now if the list only included meat dishes instead of just vegetarian and vegan. But then I saw that Gelato Lab and remembered how friggin good vegan sweet treats can be!!! I would love to visit Moringa Bar and Bang Bang!!!

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