Siem Reap has been our home since 2015 and during that time we have enjoyed a rapid growth in the vegan options available. We’ve done everything we can during this time to support this growth and advocate for veganism. Being Happy Cow ambassadors, sharing recipes with our friends, offering menu consultancy and staff training, publishing vegan friendly luxury hotel reviews, writing travel guides and even gently encouraging Angkor Market to stock vegan products (OMG haven’t they done well!) have all contributed to Siem Reap being a very vegan friendly location.
And then COVID.
We’re not going to write about how COVID has devastated tourism or the economic impact, we’re not even going to write about the roads, because we are pretty sure that if you’re reading this you are already well informed about COVID and the roads in Siem Reap. This short blog post is just to shout out to those who have continued despite the challenges to serve some mighty fine vegan food in Siem Reap. So, in no particular order, this is where to go in Temple Town when you’re looking for a plant based fix.
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!
The only Indian restaurant to have a dedicated vegan menu. This makes it our favourite which combined with friendly family owners, a delicious dosa and banging South Indian thali this is our ‘go to’ spot for Indian food.
Always one of our favourites and always vegan friendly. However, recently they’ve upped their game to new levels. If you haven’t tried their Beyond Burgers or their OmniMuffins you don’t know what you’re missing, and the veggie curry with OmniMeat balls (pictured) is one of our favourite dishes in town.
Banlle is where you will find one of the most talented and passionate Khmer chef in Siem Reap, creating delicious vegan dishes using organic vegetables from the surrounding garden wherever possible, the question isn’t do we visit here every week, the question is how many times do we visit…
This cool spot in Kandal Village is the place to go for tacos and burritos with vegan meat options using OmniMeat, alongside homemade vegan cheese and vegan sour cream, Maybe Later certainly hits the spot and is well worth a visit.
An old favourite of ours when we were hosting guests at our vegan airbnb just around the corner. Lovely garden setting and plenty of tasty vegan food which is all clearly labelled in this 100% veggie restaurant.
We Love HAVEN. They have our favourite dish in Temple Town which even after 6 years we can’t pronounce properly. It’s called ‘Zuri Gschnetzlets with Swiss Rosti’ and it’s amazing. Just this month they’ve launched a breakfast menu with plenty of vegan options too.
If vegan sausage roll with chips or vegan sausage and batter with chips sounds good then check out The Chippy who serve the best hand cut chips in Siem Reap for sure. Available for delivery or dine in at New Leaf Eatery.
Super talented local chef creating delicious modern Khmer cuisine in Wat Damnak. The dishes on offer are creative, nutritious and look pretty damn fine too. Plenty of vegan options and don’t miss the special dinner deals including starter, main course and a drink for just $12.
This wonderful Italian restaurant has an all vegan menu available with the most amazing lasagna, pizzas and pastas which we are sure you will love just as much as we do! Recently they’ve added a vegan tiramisu which is also very, very good.
SPOONS has recently re openend and is still one of the coolest spots in town. Keep an eye on their social media as they are about to launch new breakfast and lunch menus which each feature a selection of vegan options. We worked with them to help make their menu vegan friendly, and we’ve been lucky enough to sample all of the new dishes which are excellent. You can see from the picture below that there wasn’t much left on our plate during the recent tasting!
Tucked away in the Wat Damnak Village neighbourhood you will find delicious vegan curry soup and vegan salad served with a smile and created by the lovely Vanny. Highly recommended and so very, very tasty!
Located on Taphul you will find My Little Cafe which has an extensive menu that is very well priced. They offer plenty of veggie and vegan options including this General Tsao Tofu dish which is shown below.
With each of the 100% vegan restaurants in Siem Reap closing during COVID we just had to mention these guys who are now the only vegan restaurant in town. We’ve not visited yet but will be heading there as soon as they are accepting dine in customers again as we don’t want our first experience to be delivery. The cumin tofu noodle bowl looks very good indeed as do the fresh juice blends.
Warning. After years of eating at this local veggie restaurant in turns out that one of our favourite dishes that we were told didn’t contain egg actually does. When questioned about the mushroom skewers previously, we had always been told that they are vegan, but recently they said they contain egg but “it’s ok because the egg isn’t alive”. As in dried egg. No thank you. The tofu on hotplate (shown below) is tasty, but now we know it includes egg….
The original Siem Reap choice for sumptuous home made ice creams and sorbets. There are a number of vegan flavours to choose from including the most decadent chocolate ice cream you’ve ever tasted. Shame that the cones aren’t vegan but we still love this place.
Just over the road on st 26 you’ll find Footprint Cafe. You can enjoy browsing for a new book whilst sipping an almond milk latte before tucking into one of the best vegan curries in town. Check out their co working space upstairs also.
These guys do a tasty vegan wrap with the zucchini fritters, salad and hummus which is a ‘go to’ favourite of ours. Served with hand cut fries it’s pretty damn tasty. Recent changes to the menu has seen lots of new vegan options including this incredible vegan rizogalo. You just have to try this!
The large Angkor Market on road 6 has a huge selection of imported vegan food. From vegan Ben & Jerry’s to Linda McCartney pies they’ve got you covered. For those of you that are quick enough you might even manage to pick up some Violife cheese (that’s if we haven’t bought it all already).
There’s never been a better time to enjoy a luxury staycation in Siem Reap. With occupancy levels at an all time low due to zero tourists, there are some excellent deals to be had. We’ve enjoyed stays at the following hotels over the last year (not all are open right now) and each and every one has catered for us as vegans perfectly. Check out our vegan friendly luxury hotel and resort reviews (in alphabetical order).
Contact them in advance to see if they’re open and for the best rates. Let them know that you’re vegan and their chefs will happily create delicious plant based food for you. Let’s hope it’s not long before they can all open again…
Open In Siem Reap
At the time of writing (August, 2021) all of the above were #openinsiemreap but there are others that will hopefully re open soon. These include two of our absolute favourites (yes, HOK Noodle Bar and Banlle, we’re talking about you) but as you all know, the situation is challenging, and as yet they are not scheduled to re open. As always, Happy Cow is an excellent resource for finding the best vegan food wherever you may be. We do our best to keep this up to date in Siem Reap but please feel free to add reviews (good or bad) whenever you can. Here is the link to the vegan friendly restaurants in Siem Reap page on Happy Cow.
Please, if we’ve missed any of your favourite vegan friendly restaurants in Siem Reap, please message us or leave a comment below.
Check out our other Cambodia vegan travel blog posts