Vegan options? Vegan friendly? Vegan menu? We are currently blessed with new plant based eating opportunities available at every turn. Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia is no exception; you can eat vegan cupcakes with your almond milk latte, followed by Ethiopian vegan cuisine for lunch before heading for a vegan pizza or vegan hot dog washed down with a vegan friendly craft beer. But what about vegan restaurants in Phnom Penh that are 100% vegan? Those establishments that go ‘above and beyond’ to ensure that we don’t have to worry when we order and where the staff fully understand what it means when we ask for vegan food. At time of publication there were just 3 fully vegan restaurants in Phnom Penh and this short blog post tells you what they’re called and what you can expect when you visit them. We’re not telling you our favourite, you will have to make your own mind up, we’re just telling you where to go and support these plant based pioneers!
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!
Located in a courtyard setting and close to Aeon Mall, Bong Bonlai serves a “fusion of Mediterranean and Asian flavours”. We made a quick visit on our last trip to Phnom Penh and enjoyed our food and also the surroundings, especially the avocado and kidney beans on toast which were delicious. Bong Bonlai is the perfect spot if you want somewhere to stay that is vegan friendly as they are part of YK Art House which has a selection of rooms available.
Opening Times: 7.30am-2.30pm every day and 5pm-8.30pm (closed Mondays)
Sacred Lotus Cafe
Sacred Lotus Cafe is the newest addition to the vegan scene in Phnom Penh and is located close to Russian Market. Owned and managed by a lovely English / Khmer couple (Krishan and Neth) you will find a good selection of both Khmer and Western vegan food. After meeting 3 years ago, they finally decided to follow their dreams by opening both a vegan cafe and a vegan guesthouse under the same roof. As well as a warm welcome and super tasty vegan food you can enjoy yoga or meditation classes and every Tuesday they offer all plant based coffees for just $1.
Opening Times: 7.30pm-8pm every day
Benny’s Vegan opened during COVID and we haven’t visited yet but we’ve heard good things. They are located a little way from the centre, but we plan to check them out next time we’re in Phnom Penh for sure.
Opening Times: 9am-2.30pm and 3.30pm-9pm every day
We wish these 3 vegan restaurants in Phnom Penh all the best of luck as they continue to serve all of the vegans living in town and of course those passing through with a wide array of vegan and plant based delights. Check out our Vegan Guide to Phnom Penh which includes these restaurants and many of the other vegan options that are available in Phnom Penh.
Check out our other Cambodia vegan travel blog posts