Wednesday, March 30, 2016

6 Great Cafés of Siem Reap

Everyone goes to Seim Reap for Angkor Park. I assumed this would be a saturated touristy town like Hoi an or Bagan, but I was pleasantly surprised by the culture and atmosphere of Siem Reap. The town itself should be an attraction, and I certainly wish I had more time to stay and explore it. In my short 2-day stay in Seim Reap, I visited 6 great cafes.

The Hive
A favorite among Western tourists and expats. This is a small café that boasts an eclectic menu of food and juices. I ordered a Rotti and banana honey milkshake.

Common Grounds
Common Grounds is a coffee joint that seems to be a popular place for NGO meetings. The coffee is good and cheap. They were the most spacious of the cafes I visited.

Essodrip opened the day I arrived in Siem Reap. I believe this café is run by a Korean ex-pat. The atmosphere is both quaint and contemporary. Not only do they make good lattes, but they even have an interesting selection of non-coffee lattes, such as Blueberry and Sweet Potato. Where else can you get a Sweet Potato latte?

Sister Srey
One of the most popular places in Siem Reap. It’s more of a lunch/brunch place than a proper café to work from. I saw people with their laptops out, but I would feel bad staying for more than an hour, as the place is always full and often with a wait.The burger is definitely the thing to order.

New Leaf Book Café
An atmospheric, open air café with both sophistication and culture. On Monday nights they show foreign films, such as The Seawall, which was adapted from the Marguerite Duras novel. I enjoyed my Khmer iced coffee.

Blue Pumpkin
A local success story. This ice-cream chain started in Siem Reap and has several locations in Phnom Penh as well. I consider it an expensive place, but is worth a visit for the sofa bed seats.

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