Our Vegan Guide to Cambodia will help you find somewhere to eat delicious vegan food whilst exploring this wonderful country; it lists all of our favourite restaurants, links to other useful online vegan travel information about Cambodia and also a few restaurants we’ve not visited yet but other vegan travellers tell us that we should!
We love Cambodia, the Kingdom of Wonder, where you can immerse yourself in rich culture and history and soak up the vibrance of daily life at every turn. See lush green rice paddies and picture postcard rural landscapes, visit rainforests and waterfalls, tropical beaches, riverside towns, floating villages or fast growing urban cities; Cambodia has something for everyone.
Siem Reap is is vegan friendly that we’ve made a home from home here. Otherwise known as ‘Temple Town’, it’s home to the magnificent Angkor Wat which should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list to see.
As a vegan traveller you won’t go hungry here, with multiple choices including vegetarian restaurants with plenty of vegan options and omni restaurants that also serve plant based cuisine. We’ve written a detailed and extensive Vegan Guide to Siem Reap that lists nearly 20 places where you can dine after an exhausting day exploring the temples but the following restaurants are our current favourites (in alphabetical order):
With 2 locations in town, Chamkar is a must visit for all vegan travellers passing through Siem Reap; plenty of traditional Khmer cuisine is on offer as well as some great salads but the dish that you should try is the interestingly named ‘Cambodian Wedding Day Dip’, a creamy peanut and coconut milk creation that is served with fresh chillies and slices of baguette – perfect for sharing a starter (or just order it and eat it all yourself as it’s delicious).
The lovely owners at Chamkar were kind enough to share the recipe with us which you can find here meaning you can make it yourself at home too!
You often read about organisations that offer help to those less fortunate than others, especially whilst travelling in Cambodia. Some of these organisations shine brightly above others, like Haven who train and support vulnerable young people, who may be from orphanages or very rural poor areas, to work in their very fabulous restaurant.
We love what they do and we also love their food; the menu is omni with a number of vegan options and they are always willing to veganise other dishes wherever possible. Pay them a visit to enjoy a tasty meal whilst supporting this great initiative which has been in Siem Reap since 2011.
You can even take your own bottle of wine and pay a corkage charge of $10 which goes straight into the tip jar (another great way to support the Haven family :))
The chilled out vibes, good food and service to match at the Peace Cafe never fails to deliver.
With part of their philosophy being to “nourish the body and soul of our customers” you can be sure that you’ll leave having enjoyed a tasty meal whilst enjoying supporting a social enterprise that has vegetarian cuisine at the core of its values.
Check out the gift shop where they stock a whole range of responsibly sourced gifts that you can either buy for yourself or to take home to friends and family…
So many dishes to choose from but please remember one of the ‘vegan rules of Siem Reap’ and that is that you must try the ‘Khmer Kreung Khtis’ at least once – you have been warned!
***Make sure your tuk tuk driver takes you to the new location by the river***
Watch this space for more and more vegan dishes finding their way on to the specials board and menu at Sister Srey as the lovely sisters / owners who are responsible for this Siem Reap eatery are both now vegan…
Sister Srey make an incredible raw passion fruit cheesecake and a raw macadamia nut brownie which we could happily eat every day.
In addition to the lovely food, Sister Srey is a social enterprise that supports and treats their staff as friends whilst providing “a stepping stone to a brighter future and a means for them to have skills and knowledge to approach the world empowered and confident”.
Check it out, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a coffee or juice overlooking the river…
Veg G Table
Veg G Table has quickly made it onto our favourites list on account of their falafel plate; all home made, with light and crispy falafels, creamy hummus and amazing flat bread thta’s worth travelling to Siem Reap just to eat. There’s also a killer vegan beetroot burger to try too, and on our last visit we enjoyed a delicious bean and lentil chilli, laced with cocoa and served with an avocado mousse and poppy seed flatbread.
It’s not all veggie, (there is always one meat dish on the menu) but the menu is mainly vegan friendly and has been created with passion and the love for tasty, wholesome food plus the portions are really generous too.
Where to stay – Vegan Villa
Siem Reap has its very own 100% vegan place to stay listed on Airbnb, run by two travel loving vegans who wanted to set up a place for other travellers to stay when they were in town.
Ok, we’re a little biased as Vegan Villa is actually our home but it really is a lovely place to stay when you’re visiting 🙂
Let us cook an amazing vegan breakfast for you (if we say so ourselves) show you the best spots for vegan dining including local cafes and street food that is suitable for vegans and point you in the right direction so your visit to Siem Reap as a vegan is as good as it gets!
Only a few hours away from Siem Reap is Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia behind Phnom Penh; despite the size it has a sleepy vibe and a thriving arts scene. Life revolves around the central market and tourists make a short visit to ride the bamboo train and see the surrounding countryside.
Our Vegan Guide to Battambang tells you everything we learned from our last trip there, which included riding the bamboo train.
Without a doubt our favourite dining option was the wonderful Jaan Bai, a social enterprise restaurant that had legendary chef David Thompson create the menus – when you visit be sure to sample the delicious shiitake mushroom bao with slaw and peanuts; you can read our restaurant review of Jaan Bai here.
A sleepy riverside town that is well worth a visit, Kampot is also where you’ll find some of the world’s finest pepper. Spend a few days here and discover plenty of vegan food options. We loved our day at Bokor National Park and would highly recommend hiring a moto and setting off to explore, it was a truly wonderful day…
We’re still working on our Vegan Guide to Kampot but watch this space for the full low down coming soon. In the meantime…
Ellies Cafe Kampot
Ellies Cafe Kampot was one of our favourites in Kampot; decent coffee, a nice ambience, friendly staff and a very tasty vegan salad with sesame crusted tofu – what more could you want?
On the coast and often only a stopover to the nearby islands, there are multiple vegan options including Khmer food, falafels, hot dogs (yes, vegan hot dogs!), pizza and quite simply the most amazing vegan pancake stack we’ve ever eaten, it was so good we went back the next day for more!
Dao of Life
These pancakes can be found at the wonderful Dao of Life which is an all vegan restaurant owned by the lovely Shazia and looked after on a daily basis by her über friendly local team; if you find yourself in Sihanoukville you need to visit here as many times as you can.
The bustling capital city of Cambodia is busy, busy, busy but it’s a key place to visit to transit through to other places as well as visiting the infamous and humbling S21 prison and the Killing Fields.
After some sobering sightseeing our top places to eat are:
You can find great falafels and other Lebanese food at Hummus House, it’s not a fancy place but fancy isn’t required when good falafels are on the menu.
Having recently opened to rave reviews in Siem Reap ARTillery Cafe is already a firm favourite on the Phnom Penh scene and well worth a visit, whilst not vegan (or vegetarian for that matter) they offer a variety of raw and vegan options including tasty pulled jackfruit tacos, a beetroot burger and their own homemade vegan mayo which is delicious!
Renegade Travels have included ARTillery Cafe in their veggie guide to Phnom Penh which you can read here.
We love Evergreen, a simple vegetarian restaurant (check with them which dishes contain eggs) that many fellow vegan travellers had told us about before we visited. Expect local food veganised, some delicious noodle soups, homemade seitan and some really tasty dumplings. Order the addictively tasty ‘fried mushrooms’ if you want to try one of our favourites.
Also, the owners are really lovely 🙂
Psar Thmei (Central Market)
Central Market is a great place to shop and an awesome place to go and see the wonderful fruits of Cambodia alongside some really good traditional food. Find sugar topped rice flour donuts, akor cakes, jackfruit sticky rice and more amid the hustle and bustle of this cool local market.
Check out our guide to Vegan Cambodian Street Food and be surprised as to how much of is accidentally vegan; you really don’t want to miss out on eating from the street when in Cambodia! Whilst not always the healthiest option it’s cheap, easily available and lots of fun hunting for your favourite street cart…
We hope our vegan guide to Cambodia has been helpful, for all things Cambodia check out the ever helpful Move To Cambodia website for a wealth of well researched and up to date info including this recent article ‘How to eat vegan and vegetarian in Cambodia’ which has some very useful language info cards and information about hidden ingredients to watch out for.
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