With fish amok being Cambodia’s national dish, vegans and vegetarians visiting the country may at first be sceptical as to what they’ll be able to eat. There is one city that is slaying the vegan scene in the Kingdom, however — we are talking about Siem Reap. Keep reading to find out all of the restaurants that are 100 percent vegan, vegetarian, or meat-free friendly that you should try!
Vegan Restaurants in Siem Reap
Do you live a vegan lifestyle? Then be sure to check out the following venues, where you can order anything your heart desires…including desserts!
Vegan Cheese & More: Roots Cafe
Roots Cafe is one of the most renowned, 100 percent vegan restaurants in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This venue is on the grounds of a garden with a handful of large, wooden tables and chairs to choose from. The entire restaurant is surrounded by green foliage which certainly adds to the vegan vibe, but what really makes this restaurant stand out is its enticing and delicious vegan menu. To every dairy-free vegan’s delight, there are a few items on the menu which feature vegan cheese — a coveted menu item not many of us are lucky enough to indulge in! One of these is the Pesto Grilled Cheese ($8), which we highly recommend.
This sandwich comes with vegan mozzarella and basil pesto (without the anchovies) grilled on thick slices of sourdough bread and served with the only thing a grilled cheese — tomato bisque! This delightful dish will certainly have you feeling nostalgic of your childhood days when this meal was the daily norm. Other recommended dishes include their:
- “Better than Tuna” Melt ($6)
- Sweet Chili Cauliflower Wings ($5.50)
Don’t forget to end your meal with one of their delicious vegan desserts, including the Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookie ($1.50).
Location: Chocolate Road, next to Haven Restaurant — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 061 856 199 | Website
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Italian, Mexican, and Khmer Vegan Food: Green-Go Garden
Vegans simply drool over one of Siem Reap’s newest vegan restaurants: Green-Go Garden. It’s only been open since December 2017 but has already taken the meat-free scene by storm. Owner Norbert Vella Malta and his wife are behind this delicious eatery, which officially launched its new menu (we didn’t know it could get even better) at the end of May! Be sure to sink your teeth into:
- Mushroom and spinach ravioli ($6): mushrooms, spinach, onions, garlic and nutmeg in tomato sauce with vegan Parmesan
- Pumpkin ravioli ($5.50): made in a homemade sage butter sauce
- Burrito ($6.50): a tortilla wrap brimming with chili con ‘carne’ mix, lettuce, bell peppers, sweet corn, and vegan sour cream
- Warm chickpea salad ($4.50): made with chickpeas, sundried tomatoes, parsley, cucumber, chili flakes garlic, lime, and olive oil (four new salads total!)
Khmer and International Dishes
They also have gluten-free, spicy, and nut symbols so that you know exactly what you’re getting before ordering. If you want to be local, be sure to try their Mushroom and Tofu Lok Lak ($5.50).
Better yet, this venue uses eco-friendly takeaway boxes (Grace Simple — check them out) and biodegradable everything, from napkins to bags and more. In addition, this restaurant is decked out in foliage-inspired murals all done by expats. If you are an artist living in the city or traveling through, they are looking for even more murals, so be sure to get in contact with them!
Finish your meal with one of their desserts, like the Nutella Pizza ($6.50), or try their cake of the day, which can be oreo cakes, mango and chocolate cakes, fruit cheesecakes, vegan ice cream, and much more.
Location: Angkor Night Market Street, Steung Thmei, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, Siemreab-Otdar Meanchey, Cambodia — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 015 603 402 | Facebook
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (closed on Mondays)
Healthy Vegan Menu Items: Vibe Cafe
Vibe Cafe is one of our favourite 100 percent vegan restaurants on our vegan and vegetarian guide to Siem Reap. This cafe is the most modern of them all, to its stylish decor to its modern recipes. In addition to being vegan-friendly, this cafe also has gluten-free, raw, and sugar-free menu items to choose from. Luckily for die-hard Vibe Cafe fanatics, you can now take the delicious menu items at Vibe Cafe home with you thanks to their new cookbook, only available at the cafe. There are over 50 plant-based recipes from the restaurant in the book!
Location: #715 Street 14 Mondul 1 Village, 17252 — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 69 937 900 | Website
Hours: Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Vegan Faux Meat: Mahob Buos
Mahob Buos means vegetarian food in Khmer, so it may come as no surprise that this venue has one of the most extensive lists of vegan food menu items in Siem Reap. In addition to your usual vegetables finds, this restaurant is serving up some pretty unique takes on our favorite dishes, including their:
- Shitake mushrooms with lemongrass ($3.50)
- Fritters of banana flower and mushroom ($3.50)
- Khmer eggplant caviar ($4.50)
- Rice with vegan pork ($4.50)
Vegan Restaurant that Aids Poor Provinces: Vegetal Wonder
Vegetal Wonder is a 100 percent vegan cuisine restaurant nestled on Terrazas Road in Siem Reap. The menu features both international and western cuisine, with everything from appetizers, salads, mains, and desserts to drool over. Some of our favorite dishes included their:
- Curry ($4): a red curry mixed with vegetables, sweet potatoes, peanuts, and coconut milk
- Burgers ($5.50): choice of three including jackfruit BBQ, veggie bean steak, and mushroom steak
- Chili Sin Carne ($5.75): kidney beans, corn, soy protein, tomato sauce, and spices
In addition to having a wide variety of menu items to choose from, this restaurant has a larger goal in mind — 100 percent of their benefits go to their Project for Cambodia. This initiative aims to provide books, wells, English programs, and health education programs to poor people in and outside of the Siem Reap province. The venue exists for this initiative alone so you can feel great about eating your meatless dish for an affordable price.
Location: Terrazas Rd, Krong Siem Reap — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 010 604 300 | Facebook
Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. | Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Saturday from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Siem Reap Vegetarian Restaurants
Each of the restaurants listed below have enough options to please both vegans and vegetarians alike! From delicious local Khmer dishes curries to Thai-inspired salads, these restaurants are sure to please.
Cheap Vegetarian Options: Banlle Vegetarian Restaurant
Banlle Vegetarian Restaurant is a 100 percent vegetarian restaurant (with vegan options) tucked away into a glass house of sorts. The menu is broken up into traditional Cambodian cuisine, starters, sandwiches and more, soups, and desserts. Kick-start your meal with an affordable starter, like their delicious banana flower salad with gazpacho ($2.50), made with banana flower mixed with fresh herbs, served with cold gazpacho soup. Afterward, indulge in one of their Khmer mains, including their:
- Vegetable Amok ($3.50)
- Vegetable Curry ($3.50)
- Vegetable Kor Ko ($3.50)
- Grilled Tofu with Sweet and Source Sauce ($3.50)
- Vegetables Hot Pot ($5)
Vegetarian Food & Craft Beers: Moringa Bar & Restaurant
Sadly, we tried to visit this restaurant a few times before being told that the restaurant is closed until June 1! With that being said, we are incredibly keen on visiting as soon as it opens. Though we don’t have any insider tips, we heard from a very reliable source that the Sri Lanka bowl is to die for. If you are in town once this restaurant opens, be sure to check it out!
Location: 136 Steung Thmei Road (Near Platinum Cinema), Downtown Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 966- 838424 | Website
Hours: Daily from 4:20 – 11:20 p.m. (closed on Wednesdays)
Vegetarian Cooking and Yoga Classes: Peace Cafe
Peace Cafe is located a bit outside of town but is certainly worth the ride. This venue resembles a garden more than a restaurant, and it is a great spot to sit down and enjoy a delicious vegetarian meal. While you wait for one of their tasty dishes, be sure to shop in their artisan store, equipped with handmade Khmer souvenirs. The best thing about this cafe is that it offers yoga classes three times a day. They have everything from Indian traditional yoga to Vinyasa, so be sure to check out their schedule to see which class would best suit you. If yoga isn’t your thing, they also have free monk chats, free Khmer lessons, and vegetarian cooking classes available for booking!
Location: #115, Trail Village, Boeung Daun Pa Village, Sangkat Slor Kram ក្រុងសៀមរាប, 17251 — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 063 965 210 | Website
Hours: Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Quiet Venue Outside of Siem Reap: Chamkar Vegetarian Restaurant
Chamkar in Khmer means the field or vegetable garden. That is exactly what this restaurant encompasses. The venue is just adjacent to an old wooden home on stilts with greenery completely surrounding it. Leaf decor encompasses the tables and chairs. It is also one of the best places in town to get Khmer food.
This restaurant only uses local vegetables and uses organic produce whenever possible, and the menu features:
They even have vegan wine and chocolate cake!
Location: Street Lou Teok Saouy, 17252 — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 092 804 845 | Facebook
Hours: Monday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again from 5:30-10 p.m. (closed on Sundays)
Chinese & Khmer Vegetarian Options: Yuan Sheng Vegetable Restaurant
If you have crossed off all the other vegan and vegetarian restaurants on your list, it may be time to venture to Yuan Sheng Vegetable Restaurant. This vegetarian cuisine restaurant has only five tables, but they are huge, so feel free to make the trek with a few meat-free friends in tow. The extensive menu is mostly in Chinese with basic photo descriptions of what each dish is. Prices start out at as little as $1.25 for noodle dishes and go up to $8 for large soup dishes served with fresh vegetables. In addition to noodles, tofu-based dishes, vegetables, soups, and more, Yuan Sheng Vegetable Restaurant also has fresh juices, packaged coffee, and soda.
Location: Tangaeng Sangkat Slor Kram, 17251 — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 097 370 0168 | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 7:50 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Siem Reap Restaurants with Vegan and Vegetarian Options
Are you traveling with a carnivorous friend? Then be sure to check out these restaurants that have meat, vegetarian, and vegan items on their extensive menus!
Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw, and Gluten-Free Options: ARTillery Cafe
ARTillery Cafe is an open-aired restaurant that is so much more than simply a place to eat. This creative cafe focuses on healthy living. It opened in 2013 and offers an array of satisfying dishes, including ones that are vegan, vegetarian, raw, and gluten-free! Each one is clearly labeled with a (v) or (vg), for example.
All of the ingredients here are organic and chemical-free so you can feel good about the cuisine that you are putting into your body. They are also constantly trying to aspire to be plastic-free, from their eco-friendly takeaways to the bamboo straws that they sell around the restaurant.
One of our favorite dishes was the Sizzling Tofu ($6.5). This delicious sandwich is made of perfectly seasoned tofu and flavored with Dijon mustard, vegan mayonnaise, avocados, tomatoes, pickled cucumber, red onions, and rocket leaves. Other delicious meat-free options on their menu include the BBQ Jackfruit tacos ($5.50), the Green Fa-Waffle ($5), and their healthy and tasty Cauliflower Couscous ($5). Round up your vegan and vegetarian friends and grab a few of these delicious dishes to share!
Be sure to also check out all of their:
- Cold-pressed juices
- Superfood smoothies
- Breakfast and brunch
- Small plates
- Macro bowls
Should you miss out on visiting ARTillery Cafe in Siem Reap, this cafe also has a location in Phnom Penh!
Location: Wat Bo Rd, Krong, Siem Reap, Cambodia — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 85 856 511 | Website
Hours: Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Marum is run by Kaliyan Mith, an NGO that works with street children and other disadvantaged people in Siem Reap since 2005. This venue is one of our favorite restaurants in town. In addition to having plenty of vegan and vegetarian menu items, this restaurant also has an artisan shop just adjacent the venue: Friends ‘N’ Stuff. All of the items are made by caregivers who work with Kaliyan Mith. You can browse handmade items by locals, knowing that whatever money you spend is going right back into the community, including the ability to keep their children in school and help build futures for their families. You are literally making a difference with every dollar that you spend!
There is an entire section of the menu dedicated to veggie lovers, and small symbols throughout the pages let visitors know which dishes are students’ favorite, true Khmer dishes, or extra spicy. Be sure to check out all of the delicious and meat-free menu items, including the:
- Lotus, jackfruit, and coriander hummus with crusty French bread ($4.25)
- Spicy Smoked Eggplant with Grilled Rustic Bread ($4)
- Pumpkin, Spinach, and Black Bean Curry with Quinoa ($5.50)
- Penne with Roasted Chilli and Cashew Nut Pesto ($5.75)
Vegan Bakery: Bang Bang
If you have a sweet tooth, you must venture to Bang Bang. This bakery always has a few vegan-friendly desserts at the ready, including everything from chocolate cake to cherry pie. In addition to desserts, we indulged in their vegan bagel with vegan cream cheese — something vegans hardly ever have the chance to have! Pair this with one of their delicious coffees and you’ll likely be arguing that this is one of the best cafes in town.
Location: Taphul Road, Siem Reap, Siemreab-Otdar Meanchey, Cambodia — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 098 976 987 | Facebook
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Cafe with Vegan Options: Brother Bong Cafe
The restaurant is adorned with coffee paraphernalia and plants, and although the interior is quite mundane, the food here simply can’t be beaten. In addition to only serving organic and chemical-free products, you will also find gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options on the menu. If you are craving something both sweet and refreshing, be sure to try their Chocolate Smoothie Bowl ($4). This delicious bowl is made with a blend of banana, cocoa, chia, and fresh seasonal fruit. This cafe is also serving up vegetarian and vegan:
- Khmer dishes
- Snacks and light bites
- Sandwiches and baguettes
Other delicious vegan and vegetarian finds include the fruit salad ($2.50), Khmer breakfast soup ($2.75), Khmer Curry ($3.50), Fresh Spring Rolls ($2), Falafel Salad ($4.75), and their delicious Avacado and Salad Baguette ($3).
**The baguettes are made with butter, just FYI
Location: Fluay Vong, Steung Thmy Village, Krong Siem Reap 17252 — VIEW MAP
Contact: +85 010 600 230 | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Riverside Cafe: Vegetarian Menu at Chanrey Tree
This elegant restaurant is located amongst loads of greenery in a refreshingly air-conditioned room. In addition to loads of local Khmer cuisine, Chanrey Tree also has two whole pages of meat-free items for vegans and vegetarians to choose from, including appetizers, salads, curries, and stir-fry. We highly recommend the Pomelo and Spinach Salad ($6.50), a delightfully healthy salad made with pomelo, long beans, abalone mushrooms, lotus roots, peanuts, mint, lemon basil, toasted coconut, and more tossed with spinach in Khmer dressing and the Garlic Mushrooms with Black Pepper ($7.50), a delicious combination of straw and abalone mushrooms made with soy sauce, garlic, black pepper, and spring onions.
Location: Mondul 1 Village, Pokambor Ave, 17252 — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 063 765 826 | Website
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again from 6-10:30 p.m. (closed on Wednesdays)
New Leaf Eatery
Regardless of the fact that this venue also serves meat items, it remains a favorited venue amongst vegans and vegetarians alike. The vegan meals are clearly defined with a large leaf symbol. They have all day breakfast, appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, Khmer mains, Western mains, sweets, and a whole lot of drinks.
Be sure to try their:
- Tofu and Mushroom Larb ($3.75): lightly fried tofu and oyster mushroom with shallots, garlic, mint, lime leaf, bell peppers, served in lettuce cups
- Pumpkin & Coconut Soup ($3.50): a pureed pumpkin with garlic, onion, lemongrass, blended with coconut milk and served with toast
- Roast Bell Pepper Wrap ($4.75): housemade wrap with pan-roasted bell peppers, long beans, tomato, shallots, and fresh tomato concasse, served with falafel, fries, a side salad, and house-made avocado dip
Also, be sure to try out their vegan brunch special ($5). This delicious meal comes with their delicious vegan stir-fry and any tea or coffee — it’s served all day!
Lastly, 30 percent of their profits are donated to educational projects in Siem Reap: PEPY Empowering Youth and SeeBeyondBorders. The restaurant also doubles as an artisan shop where you can purchase everything from homemade deodorant to reusable straws. You simply must visit this restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner while visiting Siem Reap!
Location: Kratie Monk, Krong Siem Reap 17252 — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 078 942 931 | Website
Hours: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cafe & Library in Siem Reap: Footprint Cafes
Footprint Cafes is a social enterprise, coffee shop, and restaurant trio. In addition to standing for a great cause and serving up delicious caffeinated brews, their vegetarian and vegan selection is sure to impress all meat-free diners to Siem Reap. Their vegetarian menu items are symboled with a plant-shared letter ‘V’ and their vegan items are indicated with a heart.
The menu consists of drinks, all-day breakfast, local specialties, fish specialties, salads, international favorites, snacks and light bites, and desserts. The best part is, each section has at least one vegetarian and vegan option! Our favorites include:
- Pumpkin Soup ($3.50)
- Vegan Burger with Mango Side Salad ($5.50)
- Cambodian Vegetarian Curry ($4.75)
- Vegan Banana Passion Pancake ($4)
In addition to being meat-free friendly, this venue is also decked out with used books that guests are welcome to read during their visit. They have multiple cafes, but the one in Siem Reap was the first to open in November 2016. There are only 15 people on the team here at Footprint Cafes in the city, and they definitely make visitors feel right at home.
Location: Village Sangkat Salaubrouk, Street 26 Archbishop, Wat Bo Rd, 17253 — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 092 800 308 | Website
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Khmer Rouge Survivor & Restaurant Owner: Tevy’s Place
Tevvy’s Place is located right across the street from Footprints Cafe. While there is already a wide selection of both vegan and vegetarian options on the menu, almost every dish can be made meat-free, as well. Prices are some of the cheapest of all the venues on our list. For example, fruit smoothies start at $1 and you can get an entire meal for under $3! Tevy is the owner of the restaurant, and she lost many of her family members to the Khmer Rouge. She opened the restaurant to help take care of her mother, so you know your money is going to a good cause. We seriously can’t recommend this venue enough for omnivores and carnivores visiting Siem Reap!
Location: Street 26, Krong Siem Reap, Siemreab-Otdar Meanchey, Cambodia — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 098 476 897 | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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