Vegan Guide to Cambodia

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SEPTEMBER 2021: Due to COVID we have been unable to travel for more than 18 months, which means it's been impossible to update our vegan travel guides. Therefore we cannot be sure if the below inclusions are still open, so please contact them directly to check. For up to date information, check out the excellent HappyCow, which you can find via the link at the bottom of this vegan guide.

Published August 2016

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

Siem Reap is so vegan friendly that we made it our home, known to some 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 40 places where you can dine after an exhausting day exploring the temples but the following restaurants are some of our favourites.

sunset at Angkor Wat
Angkor Thom in Siem Reap


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 🙂

Cambodian Wedding Day Dip
Delicious vegan curry at Haven

Peace Cafe

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!

Veg G Table

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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 all veggie, 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.

Khmer Kreung Khtis at Peace Cafe
Raw passion fruit cheese cake at Sister Srey
falafel plate at Veg G Table Siem Reap


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.

Jaan Bai

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.

shiitake mushroom bao with slaw and peanuts at Jaan Bai
vegan food at Jaan Bai


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. Here is our Vegan Guide to Kampot with more details of the vegan food options in town, but in the meantime here are a couple of our favourites:

Ellies Cafe

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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?


Rikitikitavi is a great hotel in a perfect location on the riverside where you can enjoy happy hour whilst wathcing the sunset over the river. They also offer vegn breakfast for guests (upon request) and the main menu has a number of vegan options which were all very enjoyable, our favourite were the veg burritos which they happily ‘veganised’ for us.

vegan tofu salad in Kampot
Veg burritos veganised at RikiTikiTavi


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, for more details on where to find vegan food in Sihanoukville check out our Vegan Guide to Sihanoukville.

Dao of Life

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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, while your there check out the awesome vegan burger too.

Amazing vegan pancake stack at Dao of Life
Vegan burger and slaw at Dao of Life

Phnom Penh

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 you will need to find some vegan food. Our Vegan Guide to Phnom Penh has the lowdown but here are a few of our favourites here:

Hummus House

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.

ARTillery Cafe

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.

Evergreen Vegetarian

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. Travel bloggers, Justine from Travel Lush and Ali from Bottled Air have both included Evergreen in their vegan & vegetarian Phnom Penh posts, along with other favourites of theirs.

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.

Vegan Friendly Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Cambodia

Check out these ‘tried and tested’ vegan friendly luxury hotels and resorts in Cambodia that one of our team has stayed at. Each of them understood our request for plant based food and ensured that our experience as vegan guests was very enjoyable. We would always recommend contacting your hotel or resort in advance to advise them of your dietary choice, and then to follow this up upon check in by asking to speak with either the restaurant manager or member of the F&B team.

Other Vegan Guides to Phnom Penh

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. On Facebook you can join the Vegan Cambodia group and also Veg in Phnom Penh where you will find more useful information for your Cambodian vegan travel adventure.

Vegan Food Quest in Cambodia



  1. Bamboo Bar & Vegetarian restaurant April 4, 2017 at 12:30 am - Reply

    If you are in Sihanoukville, then be sure to visit Bamboo Bar. The largest selection of vegetarian and vegan food in the city. Cooking on clean water without using sodium glutamate. Open 24 hours 7 days a week. The kitchen works from 8am to 10pm. We will be glad to see you!

  2. Rita Christie April 4, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness thank you so much for this information, I can’t think what we would have done without it! During our 5 day visit we tried the Peace cafe, Artillery and Chamkar – all delicious! Big thank you!

    • Vegan Food Quest April 5, 2017 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      It’s so rewarding to hear that Rita so thank you for taking the time to tell us how we helped you enjoy yourselves. We’re really happy to have been useful, we love sharing our discoveries with other people and your appreciation really means a lot to us. Thank you 🙂
      Caryl and Paul xx

  3. beaman June 30, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I live in Siem Reap and i never heard some of your address. I’m happy to know this place now and i will try some.
    Thanks 🙂

  4. Shiva Shakti July 9, 2021 at 4:12 am - Reply

    This blog is extremely informative, and it is well written. We, at Shiva Shakti, are also a part of the food industry! We serve the best vegetarian food and a variety of dishes in our restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Please visit our website for more information, which includes our menu, catering services, and event planning services. Visit our website to know more

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