When you are in Siem Reap visiting Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples, you will need to find some nourishing meals to refuel yourself after an active day. We will do a post about the city and what to do, so this post is solely focused on our favorite topic: vegetarian food! I was surprised how many options we had, but shouldn’t be considering Siem Reap is the town that supports the millions of the tourists that flock in yearly to see the ancient ruins. More tourists means more restaurants. Here are our top vegetarian restaurants in Siem Reap.
This was our favorite place to eat in Siem Reap. They served traditional Khmer food as vegetarian dishes. I loved sitting in the old city alley watching people walk by, it feels like you are in Europe. The food and drinks were all delicious and made fresh. We loved the tamarind drink, the pumpkin curry and the pesto salad.
Indian Food at Kerela Restaurant
If you are craving some spicy Indian food after a hot day at the temples you are in luck! Siem Reap has 17 Indian places listed on trip advisor. I find Indian food a great cuisine to enjoy as a vegetarian because there are many options, including great protein sources from legumes and beans (something SE Asian dishes are lacking in). We enjoyed a lunch at Kerela Restaurant, which was right on Pub Street. Both the dosa and the thali were delicious.
Next up is the Peace Cafe. I loved the outdoor seating in the gardens. The chairs were comfy and it was a wonderful, peaceful oasis in the middle of a busy, hot city. We enjoyed their breakfast one day and dinner another day. They have a wide variety of healthy, vegetarian options (with brown rice!). We didn’t like the veggie burger, so skip that and get curries or other dishes.
This restaurant is a chain throughout Cambodia (at least in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh). They boast air-conditioning, and surprisingly, they are one of few places to offer it. With the temperatures soaring to 100 degrees in March we were happy to sit inside. Their gelato is popular (shocker, we didn’t have any) and their bakery items also looked great (Aurelien bought some cookies which he enjoyed). We ordered a watermelon smoothie (which was massive), a salad, veggie burger and some pumpkin ravioli. The veggie burger was not exciting (a theme in Cambodia), but I enjoyed the salad and ravioli.
We went to this Italian place with a recommendation from a fellow traveler. The atmosphere was classy and the food was delicious. Of course I had a cold that day, so I tried to avoid cheese (always a sad thing at an Italian restaurant). Instead I had a salad and gnocchi. If you are looking for some good Italian food this is a nice place to go. Our bill came out to $54 dollars for four, so it’s not a budget place in Asia!
While we couldn’t indulge in street food (no vegetarian options) we did enjoy some fresh coconuts. So refreshing on a hot day!
To learn more about vegetarian dishes in Cambodia (with more street food ideas) check out this post by Never Ending Voyage! They have other great vegetarian food guides for other cities as well.