Vegan Guide to Siem Reap
Siem Reap should most definately 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
Wat Polanka Road
Ok so we’re a little biased as Vegan Villa is our home and we love it! It’s a new build 2 bed villa in a private gated complex with 24 hour security just 10 minutes from the town centre and 20 minutes from Angkor Wat. We love meeting other vegan travellers and sharing vegan travel stories with them so if you fancy staying in a 100% vegan house then check out our Vegan Villa listing on airbnb to enjoy a private AC room with private bathroom and each day we will prepare a delicious vegan breakfast just for you.
Rok Rak Street
Templation claims to offer “an oasis at the gates of Angkor” and we would have to agree, it is a beautiful luxury resort complete with mature gardens and a restaurnat adjacent to one of the largest free form pools we’ve ever seen. Where better to enjoy vegan food including a memorable tofu and eggplant dish, beautiful and tasty fresh spring rolls and a vegan burger, yes you heard us right, Templation has a vegan burger on their menu and like all of their vegan food its delicious! If you stay the night make sure and try the amazing homemade vegan hash browns for breakfast they are incredible…
Here is the detailed review from our stay at Templation.
Navutu Dreams $$$
Navutu Dreams is the only resort and wellness retreat in Siem Rear, they offer a selection of wellness programmes and retreats alongside daily yoga classes for guests and non guests alike. The menu includes a number of healthy and vegan options and the chef is happy to adapt other menu items to make them 100% plant based, it is a beautiful oasis and the perfect escape from the busy streets of Siem Reap, ideal for a mini break or just to enjoy a tranquil location for a vegan lunch or dinner.
Here is the detailed review from our stay at Navutu Dreams.
(v) Moringa Bar and Restaurant $$
Moringa Bar and Restaurant
136 Steung Thmei
Opening Times: 4.20pm-11pm (closed Wednesday)
Exciting new addition to the Siem Reap dining scene is Moringa Bar and Restaurant which is like an English Pub garden in a tropical setting. Dishes are all vegetarian, with many vegan options, alongside a selection of organic vegan craft beers and flavoured kombucha to choose from. The tofu nuggets with a choice of homemade sauces are just incredible and the caulicower bites are equally as good, so far we’ve loved everything we’ve tried and can highly recommend this place for the food, the drinks and the vibes.
(v) Yuan Sheng Vegetable Restaurant $
Yuan Sheng Vegetable Restaurant
Lok Tanuey Road
Opening Times: 7am-9pm every day
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.
Opening Times: 10am-11pm every day
Our favourite dosa in town 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. The father and son are super friendly and fully undertsand veganism meaning this is for sure the most vegan friendly Indian restaurnat in Siem Reap.
Lily’s Secret Garden
Lily’s Secret Garden
Opening Times: 9am-1pm every day
We are sad to say that Lily has closed the restaurant BUT we are happy to say you can join the lovely Lily for one of her cooking classes. Her vegan food is delicious and she is more than happy to offer an all vegan Cambodian cooking experience which includes a visit to a local market to buy ingredients.
Opening Times: 6.30am-10pm every day
Footprints is a socially conscious restaurant with a number of vegan options on the menu and a 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.
Bang Bang Bakery $
Bang Bang Bakery
Opening Times: 6.30am-10pm every day
Vegan cakes, vegan bagels and a selection of superb vegan breads anyone? Then look no further than Bang Bang Bakery 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!
Chanrey Tree $$
Opening Times: 11am-2.30pm and 6pm-10.30pm every day
Chanrey Tree is an up market option next to the river with an extensive vegetarian menu that has lots of vegan options; we love the fresh spring rolls and the soft tofu with smoked eggplant and chilli. It’s a popular restaurant so make sure to book a table in adavnce and ask to be seated upstairs so you can enjoy the cool AC…
Sok San Road
Opening Times: 8am-12pm every day
Another all you can eat vegan BBQ we hear you ask? Yes, there are 2 vegan BBQ’s in Temple Town and they are both pretty damn fine; this one is at the Hangout Hostel which is cool, funky and laid back making it the perfect spot to enjoy their bi-weekly vegan BBQ. The daily menu also includes other vegan options and every Tuesday they offer all you can eat tofu nuggets, nachos and vegan dips which is well worth checking out too.
Jaya House River Park $$$
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 River Park during which we enjoyed tasty and creative Cambodian, vegan cuisine.
Opening Times: 6am-10pm every day
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 has only offered a few veggie side dishes so it is great news that Chef Luu Meng and his team have now decided to introduce a vegetarian menu.
(v) Chamkar $
Opening Times: 11am-10pm every day (opens 5pm on Sunday)
One of the few 100% veggie places town, Chamkar 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!)
Opening Times: 11.30am-2.30pm and 5.30pm-9.30pm every day (closed on Sunday)
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.
Veg ‘G’ Table $$
Veg ‘G’ Table
Wat Bo Road
Opening Times: 11am-3pm and 6pm-9pm every day (closed on Sunday and Monday)
Nearly a fully vegetarian restaurant, this is the place to get freshly made, hearty, delicious vegan food like falafel plates with fresh, homemade flatbread, a vegan burger to die for (served with a mountain of sweet potato fries) and to try out whatever the weekly special is (we are really hoping the chilli laced with cocoa makes it on to the regular menu), the value for money is exceptional and the quality of the food is great. Highly recommended.
(v) Peace Cafe $ $
Opening Times: 7.30am-9pm every day
We love the Peace Cafe and we’re pretty sure you will too. It’s a long standing 100% veggie restaurant with excellent labelling that points out the dishes that aren’t vegan (plenty of dishes are). The menu is a fairly international mix of everything including yummy brown rice vegan sushi, vegetable tempura, salads and Khmer curries, must try dishes include the ‘Kreung Khitis’ (a curry paste, tofu, peanut and coconut dip with green beans), any of the sushi platters, the tempura and their Vegetable Red Curry with Tofu.
Oh and they have twice daily yoga classes, a cool shop, free Khmer classes, a vegetarian cooking class and they sell vegan cake. You see why we love it?
Artillery Cafe $$
Wat Bo Road
Opening Times: 7.30am-9pm every day
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.
Here is our review of Artillery Cafe.
Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel $$
Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel
A great option for somewhere to stay in Siem Reap if you are vegan is the Baby Elephant Boutique where you can eat a choice of not one, but two tasty vegan burgers plus delicious spring rolls, vegan pastas, tofu ‘fish’ and chips or even have a leisurely breakfast of tofu scramble and home made potato hash before relaxing by the pool. Non hotel guests are welcome, the food is great and the pool is lovely, as are the friendly staff.
(v) La Pasta $
Opening Times: 12.30am-9pm (closed on Monday)
With plenty of options in Siem Reap for pizza and pasta everyone has their favourite, to be honest we’ve got a few that we like but how can we not include the only Italian restaurant that has a separate vegan menu including spaghetti with vegan meatballs, almond parmesan and pizza with cashew cheese…certainly worth checking out as it’s very good indeed!
Central Market Street
Opening Times: 11am-10pm (closed on Monday)
Mo is a local legend, he serves up delicious falafel plates, creamy hummus, zucchini stew and other vegan delights including a dish called ‘Ask Mo’. Bring your own beer (including one for Mo:) and enjoy one of the most laid back and cool spots in Temple Town, we nearly forgot to mention if you don’t like beer then Mo has a ‘tea buffet’ where you can create your own blends…
(v) Vibe $$
Opening Times: 7.30am-9pm every day (closes at 4pm on Monday)
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!
New Leaf Eatery $$
New Leaf Eatery
behind Angkor Trade Center
Opening Times: 7.30am-9.30pm every day
This is the only place to go for a full vegan breakfast, do not miss this when you’re in town as it really hits the spot, there are other vegan dishes on the menu and this is a lovely spot to relax and enjoy some tasty food knowing your money is going to a great cause at this ‘not for profit’ restaurant in Siem Reap.
(v) Green Go $$
366B Angkor Night Market St
Opening Times: 12 midday-11pm (closed Wednesday)
All vegetarian and mainly vegan restaurant offering a relaxed space for food, drinks or to catch up with some work as it is also a co-working space. Vegan food includes pizzas with vegan cheese, home made bread with tasty dips, mushroom ravioli and chick pea and pumpkin curries, you can enjoy a glass of vegan wine or a craft beer with you food too!
Gelato Lab $
Opening Times: 9am-11.30pm every day
When you want a little sweet treat and you’re wandering around the Pub Street area, there’s no better place to go than 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 cavours as well as the decadent chocolate sorbet.
Mie Gala $
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Wat Bo Road
Opening Times: 1.30m-6pm every day
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, the fresh spring rolls can be ordered with no meat and are equally delicious.
Little Red Fox $$
Little Red Fox
Opening Times: 6.30am-5pm every day (closed on Monday)
Little Red Fox is our favourite place to get a good, pure, clean coffee hit, friendly vibes, community minded folk, great coffee and even has vegan food on the new menu, we love the sweet potato slices, with chick peas and tahini sauce…
If you don’t have a caffeine habit then get one and get yourself down to the Little Red Fox!
Cuisine Wat Damnak $$$
Cuisine Wat Damnak
Wat Damnak Village
Opening Times: 6.30am-9.30pm (closed on Sunday and Monday)
Visitors to Siem Reap have the opportunity to dine 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, they can prepare a fully vegan tasting menu for you, just mention it when you book.
Here is our review of Cuisine Wat Damnak.
(v) Banlle $$
Opening Times: 11am-9.30pm every day
CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REFURB
The restaurant is in a peaceful garden setting (take mosquito repellent) and in addition to the menu that covers Khmer and Western vegetarian food, you can also eat chocolate brownies and coconut ice cream that is vegan. Savoury food to sample includes a soothing tomato soup and Eggplant fritters but make sure to leave room for the vegan chocolate brownie and coconut ice cream!
Dining Room at Park Hyatt $$$
Dining Room at Park Hyatt
Park Hyatt Siem Reap
Opening Times: 6.30am-10.30pm every day
Many 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.
Here is our review of The Dining Room.
(v) Vitking House $
Opening Times: 8am-8pm every day
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 Phsa Nhe market, the hot plate with noodles is pretty tasty and the mushroom skewers are amazing, we can’t get enough of them!.
My Little Cafe $
My Little Cafe
Tep Vong Street
Opening Times: 6.30am-10pm every day
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.
Embassy Restaurant $$$
Kings Road Angkor
Opening Times: 6am-11pm every day
For the fine-dining foodies amongst you, Embassy Restaurant should be on your list of places to make reservation, as long as they know in advance, they’ll veganise their monthly tasting menu made with seasonal produce and using traditional Khmer flavours and recipes, all these wonderful delights are presented to you by an all female staff team too.
Here is our review of Embassy.
Sister Srey $$
Opening Times: 7am-6pm every day
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 $$
Wat Damnak Village
Opening Times: 4pm-10pm every day (closed on Monday)
What’s not to love about a place that serves a huge variety of rum and has some vegan sausages on the menu? Exactly. The French chef and owner at George’s doesn’t pretend to understand why anyone would be vegan, but no need to when even though he doesn’t get us, he is still happy to make yummy vegan sausages served on top of a delicious fresh chopped salad. Rum cocktails flow here too…
Shinta Mani Angkor
Oum Khun Street
Opening Times: 6am-10.30pm every day
Kroya is the signature restaurant at the cool Shinta Mani Angkor, where you can eat gorgeous Khmer vegan food with a few creative twists from the talented chef and his team. Reserve one of the giant swing seats and sit back to enjoy your dinner with chilled vibes and top class service, laid back vegan luxury at its best. They will need to specially prepare the vegan tasting menu for you so please contact them in advance.
Here is our review of Kroya.
Khmer Grill $
Opening Times: 8.30am-10pm every day
This place is always busy and rightly so; think generous portions, plenty of Khmer dishes packed full of flavour and a veggie menu with multiple vegan options marked and others that can easily be adapted. The staff are really friendly so not only do you get to enjoy tasty food you receive service with a smile:)
Bambu Stage $$
near Wat Damnak
Opening Times: 6.30am-9pm every day
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!
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 vegan guide to Cambodian street food.
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