This hip cafe by the riverfront introduces a hint of the Melbourne cafe vibe in tropical Siem Reap, nudging the landscape of this sleepy town’s cafe culture a step forward. It’s new, fresh and run by two energetic Australian sisters who seem to know what they’re doing because Sister Srey certainly seems to have the crowds’ heart.
The cafe is housed in an airy colonial building just a minute walk from the old market. The first floor is an open air area with an informal, relaxed vibe while their second floor is adorned with comfortable seating areas perfect to kick back on a lazy Sunday afternoon with a book.
Tourists and expats flock to the place for their strong delicious coffee and their distinctive (and healthy) food offerings. Brunch time on the weekends are especially crowded. They also offer up a range of other cool refreshing drinks that will fix you up on a hot day. If you’ve been to Sister Srey Cafe once, you’re likely to see yourself there again.
You know how there is that one cafe in every city everyone seems to know? That default place you call someone to meet you at, with just the right amount of ‘professional’ to conduct a formal meeting, or relaxed enough to unwind, and better yet, the go-to-place to get your dose of good coffee – Common Grounds certainly fits that bill.
The coffee at common grounds is exceptional. The word is that the beans used for the coffee are sourced from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam – which means that they’re serious about their coffee and indeed they have great coffee to show for it.
Their menu also offers up a good selection of food with both western and local options at decent prices. And as if that wasn’t enough, the cafe also features a bakery. Their cinnamon rolls are quite the sellers and a must try. Its surprising how many things this cafe has gotten right.
In the heat and dust of Siem Reap, the Glasshouse Deli at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap offers the perfect inner city hideaway. Situated at the heart of Siem Reap, this chic cafe plays host to a delicious selection of food, drinks, baked goodies and pastries – and all of them, quite evidently, of the five star quality.
However, what takes the cake in this impeccable cafe is not its stylish art decor, or the service, or even its coffee (though the coffee here is great), it’s their tantalizing homemade ice-cream. If you’re in Siem Reap and find yourself craving for one, look no further. Head down to the Glasshouse Deli and order the Dark Chocolate ice cream ($2 a scoop) – its stunning!
4. The Hive
It’s not every cafe that makes a small place feel both airy and cozy, but this hip little cafe tucked away behind the Riviera Hotel gets as close as any. The cafe is owned and run by two Australian expats, naturally, their coffee is exceptional! The Aussies take a delight in sourcing their own beans and have a dedicated roaster down at Kampot. Coffee addicts can be assured of being served a good brew at this joint by proud coffee devotees.
Besides the coffee, the cafe also offers a good selection of breakfast and brunch options. Try their Rough Morning Breakfast if you’re ever in need for a hangover antidote 😉
A few minutes walk from the Old Market is the New Leaf Book Cafe. As the name suggests, the cafe features a library. If you’re looking to swap or purchase a new book, you might just find your next page turning thriller here. 🙂
The cafe serves a good range of western and local fare at affordable prices. Their fish amok has quite the reputation and might be worth trying. Their coffee is decent and while this venue does not see nearly the kind of customer volume as the other cafes, it is clearly a great place to relax and enjoy reading a book with a good cup of coffee.
5. Local Cafes (Iced Coffee)
If you’re not up for a hot steamy cup of coffee in the heat of Siem Reap but have to satisfy a caffeine craving, local iced coffee is just the thing for you. This coffee is another story altogether and the idea of it might sound strange to some. But since we’re all suckers for coffee, this local brew deserves a hearing. It’s a strong bitter concentrated coffee that is balanced with a generous serving of condensed milk and ice and boy do they taste good. Naturally, the best places to try it in are the local cafes and restaurants. Place an order for a kafe turk kok and you’re all set.
A word of warning, most often than not, the coffee is served with too much condensed milk, if you don’t want it excessively sweet, don’t stir the coffee too much.
So there it is, a guide to the best cafes and coffee in Siem Reap.