Vegan Guide to Sihanoukville

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If you’re heading to the beach in Cambodia, chances are you’ll pass through Sihanoukville, arguably Cambodia’s busiest beach town, our Vegan Guide to Sihanoukville to help you get the best out of this popular Cambodian destination.

Serendipity Beach (the beach next to the pier where ferries and speedboats leave from) which stretches into Ochheuteal Beach are both full of tourists (Khmer and visitors from elsewhere). There’s a general “we’re on holiday” atmosphere which leads to a lot of beach frolicking, beer drinking and lazing about in bamboo bucket chairs or plastic deckchairs. Plus loud music, probably played over the loud music from the neighbouring bar and restaurant.

There’s also a number of people begging, selling bracelets and trying to convince you to go to their bar; it all adds up to a general low level of pestering. The beach is very seafood orientated, with some effort you could probably order a plain fried rice if needed but you’re better heading to Serendipity Beach Road and the area around the Golden Lions roundabout where all the bars and restaurants are where there is some serious vegan action.

And when we say serious, we mean serious; Sihanoukville actually seems to have a number of vegan options to get excited about.

Dao of Life

Open daily 8am-10pm

Dao of Life
Serendipity Pier (above Yasmine Restaurant)
Serendipity Beach

Hands down the best vegan option in town (and one of the few fully vegan restaurants in Cambodia) is the lovely all vegan cafe and community space, Dao of Life. Head here for juices, coffee, burgers, pancakes and more; enjoying the cool vibes, good food and friendly people. They’re closed on Mondays so don’t go then because you’ll be sadly disappointed. Note: the homemade vegan cheese on the burger is amazing and the pancakes are deliciously lovely in every single way.

Vegan burger and slaw at Dao of Life
Amazing vegan pancake stack at Dao of Life
Banana ‘nice’ cream at Dao of Life

Falafel

Open daily 10am-10pm

Falafel
Serendipity Road
Sihanoukville

The aptly named ‘Falafel‘ restaurant does great vegan falafel wraps with some potent homemade chilli sauce. The staff were friendly at this little vegetarian falafel joint and we’d definitely recommend heading there for a falafel fix.

Tasty vegan falafel sandwich in Sihanoukville
Healthy couscous and vegetable dish in Sihanoukville

Marco Polo

Open daily 11am-10pm

Marco Polo
#85 Ekkarech
Krong Preah
Sihanouk 18000

A good place to get a vegan pizza or a bowl of pasta, Marco Polo is nothing too fancy but the best option in town if you fancy home cooked Italian food. Good, thin crust pizzas with decent a decent range of vegan toppings and some tasty (egg free) pastas dishes to try.

Spaghetti with chilli and garlic at Marco Polo

Ernie’s

Open Daily 10am-10pm

Ernies
Ochheuteul Street
Krong Preah Sihanouk

Ernie’s is a American diner style restaurant where, wait for it, there is a vegan hotdog and burger on the menu plus a choice of nearly a million toppings. The soy hot dog itself is a little strange, falling somewhere in the middle of a cross between playdoh and tasty vegan pate but the whole experience of being able to add all the toppings made it entirely worth it.

Vegan hot dog at Ernie’s in Sihanoukville
vegan hot dog in Sihanoukville

Kamasutra

Open daily 9am-11pm

Kamasutra
Sangkat Burn
Krong Preah Sihanouk

This interestingly named Indian restaurant is up near the Golden Lions roundabout and although not the best Indian food we’ve enjoyed (the dosa was average) it’s OK if you need a quick Indian fix.

vegan Dosa in Sihanoukville from Kamasutra

Psar Leu

We barely saw any tourists at the main market in town, located away from all the tourist action that’s near the beach and roundabout. There is an abundance of fruit plus a decent amount of vegan street food to be found so keep your eyes peeled for some favourite traditional snacks and eat away whilst soaking up the atmosphere, our vegan guide to Cambodain street food will help you.

fruit stall at market in Sihanoukville
Cambodian vegan street food in Sihanoukville
local vegan snacks from Phsar Leu in Sihanoukville
rice flour vegan street food in Cambodia

Vegan Travel Extras

Some of our Airbnb guests at Vegan Villa recommended Vagabond Temple which is a yoga and meditation retreat centre (so you can’t just drop in for a meal) plus they serve vegan food to their guests which makes us like them even more, if you’re looking for a place to do a yoga retreat or a detox then we’re told that this is the place to go to.

Check out all of our Cambodia vegan travel guides

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So there you have it, our Vegan Guide to Sihanoukville with everything that you might need for your vegan travels in this part of Cambodia.

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2018-06-05T05:36:29+00:00

5 Comments

  1. eileen October 31, 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you for a very honest review of Serendipity Beach. Definitely not my sort of place, however the restaurants you reviewed could make a visit to the area worthwhile. I particularly like the sound of Dao of Life, and the market, with all those yummy snacks, sounds great. Pachamama looks like its worth checking out, too. Sihanoukville is not all about Serendipity Beach.

    • Vegan Food Quest November 3, 2016 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Eileen,
      So glad you found out guide useful, Dao of Life is definitely the kind of place you’d feel at home – it’s one of our favourite places in Cambodia just because of the good vibes and awesome vegan pancake stack!! We really enjoyed the local market too – so much going on but there were big wide paths down the middle so we could take our time browsing and not getting in the way of anyone! I think you’re right about Sihanoukville – it’s not all about Serendipity Beach – we drove around to other places and there is peace and quiet to be found. Pacha mama is on our list to visit for when we return too 🙂 Perhaps you can go and tell us what you think?

      xx

    • Vegan Food Quest November 3, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Hi Eileen,
      So glad you found out guide useful, Dao of Life is definitely the kind of place you’d feel at home – it’s one of our favourite places in Cambodia just because of the good vibes and awesome vegan pancake stack!! We really enjoyed the local market too – so much going on but there were big wide paths down the middle so we could take our time browsing and not getting in the way of anyone! I think you’re right about Sihanoukville – it’s not all about Serendipity Beach – we drove around to other places and there is peace and quiet to be found. Pachamama is on our list to visit for when we return too 🙂 Perhaps you can go and tell us what you think?

      xx

  2. Mindy at Nourishing Vegan Journeys February 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Ah that burger at Dao of Life!!! I want a burger now!! 😀

    • Vegan Food Quest February 12, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      You must be like us, anytime we see a vegan burger we want one! The Dao of Life is such a cool place too, such a nice atmosphere. They have just moved to a new location right by the pier, which means we have another excuse to go back and see them 🙂

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