Where to eat

Siem Reap Restaurant

DINING OUT IN SIEM REAP

For a comparatively small town, Siem Reap offers an amazing range of cuisines and dining venues. The emphasis is, of course, on Khmer food, which can be found at restaurants across town, but European and other Asian cuisines are also well represented, including Italian, Thai, German, Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and, of course, French. Given Cambodia’s long relationship with France and France’s gastronomic traditions, it is no surprise some of Siem Reap’s finest dining venues offer French cuisine. Also of interest to the gastronome, some newer venues are serving finely prepared Khmer-Asian-western fusion cuisines quite unique to Cambodia. Restaurants are scattered across the town but none is more than a 5-minute tuk-tuk ride away. Many restaurants, including several specializing in Khmer food, are concentrated into the Old Market area, especially around ‘Pub Street’ and along Sivatha Blvd. Make sure to set aside one dinner to attend a traditional ‘Apsara’ dance performance. See Traditional Performances for more details.

SIEM REAP NIGHTLIFE AND BARS

Siem Reap’s nightlife stretches to near dawn these days with Pub Street coming to life around dusk and the last bars and clubs in town closing as late as 4:00AM. Nightlife venues are scattered across the town but many are clustered in the Old Market area, especially along Pub Street. The bars in the Pub Street area offer amazing early evening happy hour deals and some places stay open well into the wee hours. But the action is not limited to Pub Street. Less crowded, less touristy, more individual places can be found in the Old Market and Wat Bo area, along the river and Sivatha Blvd. And for something completely different, the Cambodian discos such as Zone One and Martini get going around 10:00PM and close by 2:00 or 3:00AM.