Phnom Penh is the busy and vibrant capital city of Cambodia and has some great vegan food options. We wish that we managed to spend more time there to further our research! In the meantime, we would love to hear from you with any obvious omissions, as this vegan guide to Phnom Penh will be regularly updated. Read on for some of our favourite locations for vegan food in Phnom Penh…
Cambodia Vegan Tour
We have been working with the award winning Vegan Travel Asia to create a series of immersive 14 day Cambodia Vegan Tours which launched in December 2022. Exploring the country and learning about the people, the traditions, the culture and the food that makes Cambodia such an enchanting destination. The itinerary for these small group tours will include spending time in Phnom Penh, Battambang, Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary and Siem Reap. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to join our Cambodia vegan tours!
Bong Bonlai serve a “fusion of Mediterranean and Asian flavours” in a courtyard setting next to a small pool, they also offer rooms as part of YK Arthouse making it the perfect vegan friendly option! We love the relaxed and informal setting and really enjoyed our avocado and black beans on toast. The team behind Bong Bonlai and YK Arthouse are passionate to advocate for veganism which we love, this is a business with a big heart, that’s for sure!
Sacred Lotus Cafe is one of our favourite vegan restaurants in Phnom Penh and should most certainly be on your list. Owned and managed by the lovely Krishnan and Neth, this vegan cafe / co-working space / homestay / yoga & meditation studio is well worth a visit. Delicious plant based food with both Western and Khmer dishes available will certainly keep you coming back for more. Don’t miss out on their $1 plant based coffees every Tuesday, and if you’re looking for a hostel room, look no further.
We only found this spot recently but we love their food, the vegan fish is excellent! The menu is nearly all vegan and the owner speaks perfect English, and fully understands what vegan means so you will have no issues eating here. She is considering changing the menu so that is 100% vegan which would be amazing, watch this space or check out their social media for any updates…
Another new addition to our Vegan Guide to Phnom Penh and it’s already a favourite of ours. Extensive veg menu with multiple vegan options and a staff team who are happy to help. Excellent, mock meats, mock fish and our favourite vegan sweet and sour in Phnom Penh. JC Vegetarian is open all day, unlike other local veg restaurants that tend to close between lunch and dinner, handy if you’re wanting to eat in the afternoon!
Opening Times: 7.30am-2pm and 3.30pm-8pm every day
This was the first vegetarian restaurant we visited in Phnom Penh back in 2014 and we loved their original location. They’ve since moved which isn’t as convenient but the menu is the same. The all veg menu is extensive with plenty of veggie or vegan versions of Cambodian cuisine and a variety of mock meat dishes. It’s a clean and simple establishment where the staff are friendly and many of the menu items cost around $2 which offers great value. The noodle soups, cheap and cheerful fried rice and anything with their homemade seitan mock meat are well worth ordering.
Mercy House Street 251 (junction with Street 222) Phnom Penh
Opening Times: 7am-6pm every day, closed Saturday
Mercy House serves Chinese style vegetarian food with many dishes containing egg so order with caution. It’s a sort of semi indoors / outdoors set up with simple seating and tables. Staff were friendly but spoke little English so our limited Khmer came in helpful to ensure there was no egg in our special fried rice (served with soup and pickles) or our sweet and sour fried tofu. Both were tasty and reasonably priced but possibly contained a little too much MSG? If we were in the area again we would go back, but there are other options in Phnom Penh that we prefer.
Expect to find noodle soups, mock meats and vegetable hot pots at this simple but very well regarded all vegetarian restaurant in Phnom Penh. Great value for money, friendly service and free tea with your meal at Maitreya Vegetarian Restaurant. This is the perfect option to get your mock meat fix when you’re in Phnom Penh.
We ate here and also at their Siem Reap locations many times over the years and were big fans of this local veg restaurant. Sadly, it transpires that many of their dishes contain ‘hidden egg’, we’re not talking a fried egg on top which can easily be removed at the time of ordering, but egg stirred through sauces and egg powder used in marinades. The staff are often unable to understand and explain exactly which dishes are vegan, and a meeting the the owners in an effort to update their menu was fruitless. This means that Vitking is best avoided if you are vegan but ok if you are vegetarian.
Opening Times: 11am-3pm and 5.30pm-9.30pm every day (closed Monday)
Having led the way for vegan Indian food in Cambodia for a number of years, they have now added dairy milk and dairy cheese to their menu which is very disappointing. The food has always been good here, that is not in question, we just wanted to be clear so that other customers understand that they are now a vegetarian restaurant and not a vegan restaurant.
The leafy, green and rustic setting, complete with vegetable garden is the perfect location for Farm to Table. They work hard in the community to promote healthy eating and the use of organic and local ingredients is at the core of what they create. Whilst not a vegetarian restaurant, the super talented chef serves up a selection of veg and vegan options which are clearly marked on the menu. The vegan food at Farm to Table has always tasted as good as it’s looked including this vibrant and tasty trio of bruschetta below.
Artillery has operated in Phnom Penh since 2013 and as well as serving lots of veggie, vegan and raw food they hosted events including art projects and wellness workshops. Sadly, they had to close their doors for dine in during COVID but their full menu is still available for delivery online. Dishes feature organic and local ingredients wherever possible with many nutritious and plant based options including the delicious ‘BBQ Jackfruit Tacos’ with flour tortillas, avocado and cashew cheese and the decadent yet healthy ‘Original Raw Cheesecake’ made with cashew cream, an almond coconut crust and topped with fresh passion fruit.
Enso Cafe #50B Oknha Chhun Street 240 Phnom Penh 12207
Opening Times: 7am-8pm every day
Enso Cafe is a kind of modern, stylish cafe and ‘healing space’ with yoga and other classes available. The menu has many vegetarian options, some which are vegan and others that can be adapted. We really were spoiled for choice but decided on the Eggplant Lasagna and Beetroot Walnut Bread Sandwich. Both were excellent and the lasagna was outstanding. But, maybe we wouldn’t have called it a lasagna as there was no pasta or creamy sauce? Instead it was more of a melanzane parmigiana (without the parmigiana bit of course) and it was absolutely delicious; we would order it again for sure. The sandwich was great too but was outshone by the ‘lasagna’.
There are vegan burgers, vegan hot dogs and vegan taco options on the menu at this breezy rooftop bar opposite Toul Tompuong Market. It’s got a cool and laid back vibe, a perfect spot for sunset cocktails we’re sure. We were there at lunch and ordered the BBQ falafel hot dog with caramelised onions, tomato relish and chives, also the beer battered lemon tofu tacos. Both were decent with our favourite being the hotdog which was close to perfect. The tacos would have been good with extra salsa and chips as the portion size was a little small so keep this in mind and order big. The quality of the food was very good though and we would return for sure.
This is a killer rooftop bar with 360 degree views of the river and stunning sunsets. With the same owners as Sundown Social Club and the same chilled vibe it’s well worth a visit. Not just for the sunset views and creative gin based cocktails but they have a vegan pizza that was pretty decent too. The pizza has a garlic and artichoke base, topped with jalapeños, olives, spinach, caramelised onion, olive and fresh basil, it was perfect after a few cocktails. We resisted the temptation to order paprika French fries with garlic mayo but they sounded good too!
Bloom Cafe make cute and beautifully decorated cupcakes and always have a couple of vegan options. They used to have a cafe in Siem Reap but that’s closed now so it’s nice to be able to visit when we’re in Phnom Penh. The cupcakes are delcious and they can also make full sized vegan birthday cakes upon request. We love that they are supporting Refill not Landfill which is well worth checking out if you haven’t before.
We’ve dined at Malis in Siem Reap and it’s certainly the place to go for a special evening, the introduction of the all veg menu made this an even better option. The menu available in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh includes the dishes shown below, pineapple fried rice and the Malis vegetable red curry which was delcious and packed with flavour.
If you’re craving falafel, flatbread, hummus and salad whilst in Phnom Penh this is without a doubt the place to head. Located near the river front area and adjacent to many of the bus departure points this is often our ‘go to’ takeaway option when about to hit the road and we tend to visit at least once each time we’re in Phnom Penh. After all, who doesn’t like falafels?!
Opening Times: 11am-9pm every day (closed Tuesday)
Tempe or tempeh is a food from the gods and we just can’t get enough of it. We still don’t understand why this delicious and versatile soy bean product is predominantly only available in Indonesia (where it is absolutely everywhere) and the rest of Asia (and the world) have not caught on to just how good it is! Well, for a little slice of Indonesia and plenty of tasty tempe head down to Sumatra Restaurant where the friendly and helpful owner will help to make sure all of your food is vegan as well as delicious.
Lot 369 has an amazing vegan breakfast which is perfect for a Sunday morning after a late night out in one of the city’s fabulous cocktail bars, (trust us as we know this from experience). It really hit the spot, served in a bowl with tempe, homemade hash browns, spinach, tomatoes and baked beans; perfect breakfast food.
As ‘The home of healthy food in Cambodia, with vegetarian, vegan, and raw options’ you can rest assured that there will be plenty of plant based goodness for you to choose from at Backyard Cafe. As well as popular and healthy dishes including the Rainbow Bowl and the Poke Inspired Beet Bowl they also offer juice cleanses, a lunch delivery service and various wholefoods which are made fresh daily for you to take home.
Vibe in Siem Reap closed right at the start of COVID and their Phnom Penh outlet has also closed now too. However, their all vegan menu is available from Backyard Cafe for those who miss their wide array of super healthy plant based options. The BBQ Buffalo Cauliflower Bites below are made with gluten free flour and served with BBQ sauce and vegan ranch dressing, we also like the sandwiches including the homemade vegan feta with beetroot shown below which was delicious.
We miss vegan sausages and vegan butter so were very excited to find that Super Duper Supermarket had started to stock a number of export products including Earth Balance butter and Tofurky sausages. Be warned, their stock levels are erratic and sometimes there is nothing available and they also change the brands they stock from time to time. But if you’re in Phnom Penh and looking for vegan butter, vegan sausages or any other imported products this is certainly the place to look. Warning: satisfying those cravings for food from home can get pricey; you’ve been warned!
Fresh Orange Juice
Corner of st 130 and st 19 Phnom Penh
Opening Times: Every morning until they sell out
This is the coolest fresh orange juice stall we’ve ever seen and it’s in the heart of Phnom Penh. In fact, it’s our ‘go to’ spot when we leave one of our favourite restaurants, Evergreen Vegetarian House. Pay your bill, leave the restaurant, turn left and it’s 100m on the junction of street 19, on your left. 7000 riel for a freshly squeezed orange juice that certainly hits the spot! Take your own cup to avoid the plastic.
Vegan Friendly Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Phnom Penh
Check out these ‘tried and tested’ vegan friendly luxury hotels and resorts in Phnom Penh 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.
Of course, no vegan travel adventure would be complete without using the excellent HappyCow website or app, their Vegan Phnom Penh page currently lists 3 all vegan and 23 all vegetarian restaurants for you to choose from. HappyCow enlists ambassadors in each location to keep their information up to date and we are thrilled to fulfil that role in our current HQ of Siem Reap, Cambodia. There is currently no HappyCow Ambassador for Phnom Penh so if anyone fancies helping please get in touch!