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Top Restaurants in Phnom Penh & Siem Reap

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Both the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, and the gateway to the world-famous Angkor Wat, Siem Reap present their visitors with a rich blend of Khmer cuisine and other international cuisines from Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

As Cambodia’s tourism industry has boomed in recent years, more restaurants and coffee shops have popped up on the streets and alleys of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, adding variety to Cambodia’s culinary scene and providing more options for international tourists. Here are some of our picks for you to choose from when you visit Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

5 Best Restaurants in Phnom Penh

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1. Malis Cambodian Restaurant

Address: 136 Norodom Boulevard, Phnom Penh 12101

Opening Hours: 6:15 am – 9:15 pm

Price Range: $8 – $35

There are few Khmer chefs in Cambodia these days. Malis is run by one of Cambodia’s best-known Khmer chefs, Luu Meng, who has made it his mission to revive Khmer’s unique flavor. White jasmine flowers (called “Malis” in Khmer) are planted throughout the restaurant, creating a serene environment. You can experience a variety of Khmer food here, such as traditional Moringa Soup, Lemongrass-infused Hidden Chreav Duck, and Slow-grilled Lake Fish. Kampot Rock Crab Red Curry is a popular dish here.

2. Friends the Restaurant

Address: House 215, Street 13, Phnom Penh

Opening Hours: 11 am – 11 pm

Price Range: $12 – $30

Friends the Restaurant is one of the most famous restaurants in Phnom Penh, blending Cambodian cuisine with modern European cuisine, serving meat and seafood dishes, as well as plenty of vegetarian options. It is known for mouth-watering fruit shakes, sauteed baby squid with Kompat pepper, smoked eggplant, and margaritas. New dishes are often added to the menu to provide freshness for its guests.

3. Topaz

Address: 162 Norodom Boulevard Sangkat Tonle Basak, Khan Chamcar Mon, Phnom Penh

Opening Hours: 11:15 am – 9:15 pm

Price Range: $35 – $175

Run by a team trained in Michelin-starred restaurants, Topaz has been serving the best French cuisine in Phnom Penh for over 20 years. This restaurant has a fairly elegant dining environment, serving lunch and dinner sets, as well as a la carte dining, which is all vegetarian-friendly. It is more expensive than other restaurants in Phnom Penh, but it is worth the money. You can sample five-star French classics, including foie gras, Mekong lobster, and imported caviar.

4. Romdeng

Address: 74 Oknha Ket Street 174, Phnom Penh 12210

Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm

Price Range: $10 – $25

Romdeng, located in a gorgeous French colonial villa, is one of the craziest restaurants in Phnom Penh, where guests have the opportunity to challenge recipes from some of the country’s most remote regions, such as Deep-fried Tarantulas and Stir-fried Red Tree Ants. If you’re not adventurous, you can also sample many conservative dishes, including Beef Curry, River Fish with Mango Sauce, Two-toned Pomelo Salad and Holy Basil.

5. Backyard Cafe

Address: House 11b, Street 246, Phnom Penh

Opening Hours: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

Price Range: $15 – $28

If you’re gluten-free and need a really delicious meal, this is the place! You’ll find coffees and teas and plenty of healthy food here, with a range of vegan, vegetarian and raw options, such as roasted cauliflower, guacamole, spinach, poached eggs, and pumpkin and hummus salad. Many desserts are also very popular, some of which include Raw Blueberry & Lavender Cheesecake, Chocolate & Salted Caramel Tart, and Raw Key Lime Pie.

5 Top Restaurants in Siem Reap

1. Cuisine Wat Damnak

Address: Wat Damnak village, Sala Kamreuk Commune, Siem Reap 17000

Opening Hours: 6:30 am – 9:30 pm

Price Range: $14 – $34

Cuisine Wat Damnak is one of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Cambodia, combining authentic Khmer- and French-style cooking. Located in a traditional Khmer wooden house, the restaurant features an alfresco dining area surrounded by verdant trees and local herbs, creating a very tranquil atmosphere. Cuisine Wat Damnak is vegan-friendly and usually combines edible flowers and local fruits in its dishes.

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2. Embassy Restaurant

Address: King’s Road Angkor Village Across the Old Market Bridge, Siem Reap

Opening Hours: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm

Price Range: $45 – $100

If you’re looking for palatable Cambodian food in a leafy restaurant, Embassy is the place to go. The restaurant is run by two chefs known as the Kimsan Twins. Always inspired by seasonal ingredients, they create multi-course sets, such as stir-fried Pouk Village Chicken, Steamed coconut cream cake, and lemongrass and baby galangal. You can also taste Parisian-style macarons with coffee and an exclusive selection of wines.

3. Haven

Address: Chocolate Road West of Angkor High School, Wat Damnak area, Siem Reap

Opening Hours: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Price Range: $8 – $22

Situated in the Old Market district, Haven serves mostly Western and classic Asian dishes, but is known for the latter in Siem Reap. Its menu offers a wide variety of salads and plenty of vegan-friendly options. Asian main courses include noodles, rice, fish, and curry. If you prefer Western food, you can try their Fish and Chips, pasta, fried ribs, etc. Khmer Amok is the restaurant’s most popular dish.

4. Elia Greek Kitchen Siem Reap

Address: 31-34 Street 09 Mondul 1 Village Siem Reap 17252

Opening Hours: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm

Price Range: $6 – $20

This greek-themed restaurant serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Calamari is chosen by many as an appetizer, and Greek salads and souvlaki are popular. Their homemade iced tea is also a favorite among many guests, especially in summer. Greek yogurt and coconut caramel pudding are refreshing desserts, which are worth a try.

5. Chi Restaurant & Bar

Address: National Road no. 6, Khum Svay Dangkom Khum Svaydangkum, Siem Reap

Opening Hours: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm

Price Range: $2 – $35

Chi Restaurant & Bar is distinguished from other restaurants in Siem Reap by its pastel color decor, which creates a fairy-tale, relaxed dining environment for guests. Here you can taste authentic local cuisine as well as Western cuisine combining organic produce with the best quality ingredients. While the curried lamb is their signature dish, grilled chicken, wine, and other delicacies will not disappoint.

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