UPDATED: September 2017
Siem Reap should most definitely be on your vegan travel hit list; you can see the magnificent temple ruins of Angkor Wat (and surrounding ruins of the ancient Kingdom of Angkor), eat great vegan food, enjoy cheap and chilled massages, shop in vibrant local markets or fairly trading boutiques; you can even stay in our very own 100% ‘Vegan VIlla’ AirBnB.
Because it’s such a popular destination with a huge local and international community, there are vegan options from a range of cuisines. You can get everything from a Southern Indian masala dosa to a kick ass vegan burger, as well as plenty of local Cambodian food in between.
There’s something for all budgets and occasions; you can eat dinner for $1 in a busy local noodle shop or eat in one of Asia’s top 50 restaurants and there’s restaurants that support local charities or train disadvantaged local people too.
Add a good variety of vegan Khmer street food and delicious vegan versions of the local cuisine including fresh spring rolls, creamy coconut based curries and spicy peanutty dips and you’ll find it hard to go hungry here.
Always committed to supporting our fellow vegan travellers, we’re sharing our favourite spots to eat with you in this Vegan Guide to Siem Reap.
(v) All vegetarian / vegan menu
$ Lots of options under $5
$$ Nothing over $10
$$$ Expect your meal to cost $20+ per head
NEW ENTRY: (v) Yuan Sheng Vegetable House $
We love Yuan Sheng Vegetable House.
Cheap, tasty, local dishes that are nearly all vegan apart from egg noodles in a few dishes; the staff are very helpful, the AC is a welcome retreat and everything we’ve eaten has been delicious.
Since opening it has fast become one of our favourites and other vegans (and non vegans) living in Siem Reap all seem to agree that this is one of the best options in town.
Yuan Sheng Vegetable House
Lok Tanuey Rd.
NEW ENTRY: Vanakkam $$
Our favourite dosa in town (closely followed by Dakshins) is from Vanakkam where they have an amazing array of veg friendly indian food that can usually be prepared vegan if you just ask the helpful staff.
We love having another options in town for our favourite South Indian cuisine!
NEW ENTRY: Lily’s Secret Garden $
Another new discovery is Lily’s Secret Garden in Wat Damnak (make sure you get the correct location on Google Maps as Lily also offers cooking classes at a seperate location). This small, simple and friendly eatery has a menu including many Khmer favourites with vegan options throughout the menu; we loved it when Lily came out from the kitchen to recommend certain dishes and suggest that she can make other vegan dishes not on the menu upon request as she loves cooking vegan food.
Check it out, you will not be disappointed…
Lily’s Secret Garden
NEW ENTRY: Footprints $$
Footprints is a socially conscious restaurant with a number of vegan options on the menu, but the really exciting news is that they have an ‘all you can eat’ vegan BBQ every Tuesday where you can expect vegan burgers, kebabs, potato salads, pasta, fried spicy potato wedges and the most amazing corn on the cob with coconut butter sauce.
The menu changes every week and we love it!
NEW ENTRY: Bang Bang Bakery $
Vegan cakes, vegan bagels and a selection of superb vegan breads anyone?
Look no further than Bang Bang as these guys have really got it going on…there’s not much else we can say other than put this place high up on your list!
Bang Bang Bakery
NEW ENTRY: Chanrey Tree $$
Chanrey Tree is an up market option next to the river with an extensive vegetarian menu that has lots of vegan options; we love the fresh spring rolls and the soft tofu with smoked eggplant and chilli.
It’s a popular restaurant so make sure to book a table in adavnce and ask to be seated upstairs so you can enjoy the cool AC…
NEW ENTRY: Hangout $$
Another all you can eat vegan BBQ i hear you ask? Yes, there are 2 vegan BBQ’s in Temple Town and they are both pretty damn fine; this one is at the Hangout Hostel which is cool, funky and laid back making it the perfect spot to enjoy their bi monthly vegan BBQ.
The daily menu also includes other vegan options and every Tuesday they offer all you can eat tofu nuggets, nachos and vegan dips which is well worth checking out too.
Sok San Road.
NEW ENTRY: Jaya House River Park $$$
The newest luxury, boutique hotel in Siem Reap has become one of our ‘go to’ locations when friends visit; the riverside property is beautifully designed, the staff are super friendly and the Sky Bar ‘happy hour’ (5pm – 7pm) daily is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail before heading downstairs for dinner where the chef and his team can conjure up some vegan delights by adapting existing menu options.
We would suggest letting them know in advance that you are vegan so they can prepare something extra special for you.
Here is a review of our recent stay at Jaya House during which we enjoyed tasty and creative Cambodian, vegan cuisine.
Jaya House River Park
NEW ENTRY: Malis $$$
It’s very exciting that Malis, which is considered by some to be one of the best restaurants in Siem Reap now has an all vegetarian menu which is mostly vegan; since opening their menu only offered a few veggie side dishes so it is great news that Chef Luu Meng and his team have decided to introduce a vegetarian menu.
Pictures and further info to follow…
(v) Chamkar House $$
One of the few 100% veggie places town, Chamkar House has a branch in the heart of the popular Pub Street area as well as a more beautiful and spacious restaurant a little out of the town centre. The menu contains traditional Khmer food and is mainly vegan so there’s a good selection to eat your way through. Our absolute, hands down favourite dish is the ‘Cambodian Wedding Day Dip’, a peanutty, coconutty warm dip that has never failed to impress us. They kindly gave us the recipe too (get it here!)
Location 1 – Pub St. (best for people watching and being in the thick of things)
Location 2 – off National Road 6
Haven is the place to go if you want to eat good food whilst supporting a great local cause. The beautifully designed restaurant (a short tuk tuk ride from pub street) trains and supports vulnerable young people who may be from orphanages or very rural poor areas. The food is excellent, service is spot on and they can easily make vegan adaptions to the menu.
Chocolate Road, Wat Damnak area.
Veg ‘G’ Table $$
Nearly a fully vegetarian restaurant, this is the place to get freshly made, hearty, delicious vegan food like falafel plates with fresh, homemade flatbread, a vegan burger to die for (served with a mountain of sweet potato fries) and to try out whatever the weekly special is (we are really hoping the chilli laced with cocoa makes it on to the regular menu).
The value for money is exceptional and the quality of the food is great. Highly recommended.
Veg ‘G’ Table
Wat Bo Road.
Gelato Lab $
When you want a little sweet treat and you’re wandering around the Pub Street area, there’s no better place to go than the Gelato Lab who have an entire menu of vegan sorbets. If you can’t decide which flavour to try, they’re always happy to let you sample first. We love the fresh fruity flavours as well as the decadent chocolate sorbet.
Alley West (nr Pub Street).
Mie Gala $
Mie Gala is a busy local restaurant selling Khmer / Vietnamese dishes that will steal your heart. Very little English is spoken but with a bit of effort we can easily manage to order our favourite ‘Banh Sung’ noodle dish with no meat. Banh sung consists of rice noodles with fresh herbs and salad tossed in a sweet, sour dressing and topped with fried spring rolls (which in this restaurant are vegan). The fresh spring rolls can be ordered with no meat and are equally delicious. Opens from 1.30 but they seem to sell out of all our favourite things by around 6pm.
Wat Bo Rd (between Marum and the Catholic Church).
The Little Red Fox Espresso $$
Our favourite place to get a good, pure, clean coffee hit. Friendly vibes, community minded folk, great coffee and even has vegan food on the new menu; we love the sweet potato slices, with chick peas and tahini sauce…
There’s such a huge selection of different coffee brewing and preparation methods here that you know these guys take their coffee seriously. If you don’t have a caffeine habit then get one and get yourself down to the Little Red Fox.
Little Red Fox
Cuisine Wat Damnak $$$
Visitors to Siem Reap have a pretty special opportunity to eat at a highly acclaimed, award winning restaurant when they are in town. Cuisine Wat Damnak is the only Cambodian restaurant to have ever made the prestigious ‘San Pellegrino Top 50 Restaurants in Asia List’, and it’s well worth a visit for a special occasion. Expect local, seasonal ingredients and traditional Khmer dishes that have been refined to create an ever changing tasting menu, read more here. They will need to specially prepare a vegan menu for you, contact us so we can help you to book it.
Cuisine Wat Damnak
Wat Damnak area
(v) Peace Cafe $
We love the Peace Cafe and we’re pretty sure you will too. It’s a long standing 100% veggie restaurant with excellent labelling that points out the dishes that aren’t vegan (plenty of dishes are). The menu is a fairly international mix of everything including yummy brown rice vegan sushi, vegetable tempura, salads and Khmer curries.
Must try dishes include the ‘Kreung Khitis’ (a curry paste, tofu, peanut and coconut dip with green beans), any of the sushi platters, the tempura and their Vegetable Red Curry with Tofu.
Oh and they have twice daily yoga classes, a cool shop, free Khmer classes, a vegetarian cooking class and they sell vegan cake. You see why we love it?
River Road, near Wat Polanka.
Garden of Universe $$
A lovely chilled out cafe / restaurant selling Thai food, coffee and juices. The owners are really friendly, the food is delicious and there is a whole vegetarian and vegan menu available. The vibes are chilled with a nice garden setting with hammock seats to while away the hours. Be warned (especially after all those mild Khmer dishes) the curries are authentically spicy, but so so delicious!
Garden of Universe
Kok Chork Village
Artillery Cafe $$
Artillery Cafe has a great selection of vegan food including some raw dishes too. If you love raw cake, zoodles, raw pizza and juices then this place is for you but they also do a good vegan burger and some other healthy vegan options that are cooked like pulled jackfruit tacos. Ask for the vegan bread option when ordering anything made with bread like sandwiches and burgers.
Read a full rundown of our favourite eating at Artillery Cafe and prepare to get hungry.
Wat Bo Rd.
(v) Banlle $$
The restaurant is in a peaceful garden setting (take mosquito repellent) and in addition to the menu that covers Khmer and Western vegetarian food, you can also eat chocolate brownies and coconut ice cream that is vegan. Savoury food to sample includes a soothing tomato soup and Eggplant fritters but leave room for the vegan chocolate brownie and coconut ice cream!
Street 26, Wat Bo area.
Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel $$
If you want a vegan pool day then head down to the Baby Elephant Boutique where you can eat a choice of no one, but two tasty vegan burgers plus delicious spring rolls, vegan pastas, tofu ‘fish’ and chips or even have a leisurely breakfast of tofu scramble and home made potato hash before relaxing by the pool. The food is great and the pool is lovely, as are the friendly staff.
Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel
Off Angkor Night Market Street.
The Dining Room at Park Hyatt $$$
A lot of people like to see some traditional Apsara Dancing when they visit Siem Reap and there are numerous choices to catch a performance with dinner (of varying quality as you can imagine).
The Dining Room at the Park Hyatt however can create a delicious vegan tasting menu (just book in advance and tell them you are vegan) which will tick all the boxes as you watch the Apsara show in this beautifully designed 5 star hotel.
Read about our experience at The Dining Room at Park Hyatt if you want some more details but trust us when we say you won’t be disappointed.
The Dining Room at Park Hyatt
(v) Vitking House $
Viking House have a couple of locations and is a local 100% veggie place where you can get your mock meat fix, we prefer the new location near Psar Nhe market . We like the taro fried rice (which they successfully made without the egg) accompanied by some vegan kimchi, also the hot plate with noodles is pretty tasty..
The mushroom skewers however are amazing and we can’t get enough of them!
There’s a nice atmosphere the staff are really friendly and the low prices make it a popular choice with local students and families.
Near Psar Nhe market and High School Road.
My Little Cafe $
Not veggie or vegan but a decent little local cafe in town because most of their huge variety of Khmer dishes have a veggie option with tofu that can be made vegan (just ask for no fish sauce or oyster sauce). It’s cheap, quick and tasty, making it an easy way to get your fill of local Cambodian cuisine; they also do takeaways too so you can pick up dinner to go if you need to. Our favourite dishes are the Khmer Vegetable Tofu Curry (a soothingly creamy coconut curry) and the Tofu, Vegetable and Cashew Nut Stir-fry.
My Little Cafe
Tep Vong Street.
Embassy Restaurant $$$
For the fine-dining foodies amongst you, Embassy Restaurant should be on your list of places to make reservation. As long as they know in advance, they’ll veganise their monthly tasting menu made with seasonal produce and using traditional Khmer flavours and recipes. All these wonderful delights are presented to you by an all female staff team too. They will need to specially prepare the vegan tasting menu for you, contact us so we can help you to book it.
Read more here about one of the monthly tasting menus we sampled at Embassy Restaurant; definitely one not to miss when you’re in town.
Kings Road, Angkor Village.
Sister Srey $$
Raw vegan cake anyone? Sister Srey is a cool daytime cafe that has a few vegan things on the menu but our favourite has to be the raw vegan passionfruit cheesecake (although their hand cut chunky chips are really good too!). They are adding new healthy vegan dishes to the menu all the time making this a great breakfast, lunch or early dinner stop.
Georges Rhumerie $$
What’s not to love about a place that serves a huge variety of rum and has some vegan sausages on the menu? Exactly. The french Chef and owner at George’s doesn’t pretend to understand why anyone would be vegan, but no need to when even though he doesn’t get us, he is still happy to make yummy vegan sausages served on top of a delicious fresh chopped salad. Rum cocktails flow here too…
Wat Damnak Village.
Kroya at Shinta Mani $$$
Kroya is one of our favourite places to treat ourselves in Siem Raep and should be another one for your must visit list when you’re in town, Kroya is the signature restaurant at the cool Shinta Mani Club, where you can eat gorgeous Khmer vegan food with a few creative twists from the talented Executive Chef and his team. Reserve one of the giant swing seats and sit back to enjoy your dinner with chilled vibes and top class service; laid back luxury at its best. They will need to specially prepare the vegan tasting menu for you, contact us so we can help you to book it.
For more details about the kind of food you can expect, here’s our detailed review of Kroya at Shinta Mani.
Kroya at Shinta Mani
Junction of Oum Khun and 14th Street.
There are a few different places to eat good Indian food in Siem Reap but one of our favourites is Dakshins on account of the authenticity of the food and the downright deliciousness of our favourite Southern Indian fare like masala dosas and uttapam. The sambar and chutneys are good, the spices are spot on and the service is speedy and friendly. Make sure you explain you are vegan and want no ghee or milk in your food.
(v) La Pasta $
With plenty of options in Siem Reap for pizza and pasta everyone has their favourite, to be honest we’ve got a few that we like but how can we not included the only Italian restaurant that has a separate vegan menu including spaghetti with vegan meatballs, almond parmesan and pizza with cashew cheese…
Certainly worth checking out, it’s very good indeed!
New Leaf Eatery $$
This is the only place to go for a full vegan breakfast, do not miss this when you’re in town as it really hits the spot…
New Leaf Eatery
75 meters east of Old Market, behind Angkor Trade Center, opposite the wooden wheel
Mo is a local legend; he serves up delicious falafel plates, creamy hummus, zucchini stew and other vegan delights including a dish called ‘Ask Mo’. Bring your own beer (including one for Mo:) and enjoy one of the most laid back and cool spots in Temple Town.
Nearly forgot to mention if you don’t like beer then Mo has a ‘tea buffet’ where you can create your own blends…
Central Market Street.
(v) Khmer Grill $
This place is always busy and rightly so; think generous portions, plenty of Khmer dishes packed full of flavour and a veggie menu with multiple vegan options marked and others that can easily be adapted.
The staff are really friendly so not only do you get to enjoy tasty food you receive service with a smile:)
Just past Wat Damnak
(v) Vibe $$
As the only all plant based restaurant in Siem Reap this place is a favourite with vegan expats and vegan travellers and rightly so; brand new, modern design creates a cool and funky vibe meaning it’s the perfect place to hang out with friends…
Enjoy dishes with exciting ingredients like tempeh, organic brown rice, fermented pickled beetroot and probiotic nut cheese and whatever you do don’t miss out on the raw desserts!
(v) Bambu Stage $$
The team behind Bambu Stage deliver a series of weekly shows including Temples Decoded and Snap! which explores 150 years of photography in Cambodia. Located in a peaceful garden setting, you can enjoy the educational and entertaining shows followed by a vegan feast like no other with multiple plant based and vegan dishes to sample.
Your ticket includes a welcome drink, the show of your choice and a meal; it really is worth a visit if your schedule allows…
If you are vegan please let them know in advance!
Tangram Garden near Wat Damnak
Cambodian Street Food $
If you know where to look then Cambodia has some great vegan street food options. We love eating from the street; just head to the local markets (best in the morning) and keep your eyes open when walking about.
If you love eating from the street then check out our separate guide to Vegan Cambodian Street Food.
We hope you find our Vegan Guide to Siem Reap helpful; have you ever been to Siem Reap? Add your favourite places to eat in the comments below so your fellow vegan food lovers (like us!) can check them out.
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