World Vegetarian Day is Tuesday, October 1! In honor of celebrating this meat-free holiday, we’ve rounded up the top vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the capital! Keep reading to discover all of the most delicious and plant-based finds in Phnom Penh, Cambodia!
Vegan plant-based cafe: Vibe Cafe
Vibe Cafe has two locations: one in Siem Reap and one in Phnom Penh. This 100 percent plant-based venue is incredibly healthy and is home to the capital’s most diverse veg-friendly menu. You can’t go wrong with any one of their vegan options, including their delicious BBQ Buffalo Cauliflower Bites ($3.50). Many of the dishes here are gluten-free and raw. Other favorite menu items include:
- The Explorer Quesadilla – ($6.50)
- Cauliflower Tabouli – ($5)
- Raw Zucchini Pasta – ($6.50)
Lastly, you can feel good about eating at Vibe Cafe as it donates 10 percent of all profits to the Good Vibe Foundation, which aims to provide 10,000 school children in Cambodia with healthy food. Do not miss out on visiting this incredible cafe while you’re in the capital!
Location: House 26, Tom Pong 26A Street 446, Toul — VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 61 764 937 | Website
Hours: Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30 a.m. from 9 p.m.
Art gallery & creative cafe: ARTillery
Like Vibe Cafe, ARTillery is located in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. While there are menu items with meat in them, this restaurant still boasts of many veg-friendly dishes that will please all those who frequent. Our favorite is certainly the BBQ Jackfruit Tacos ($5.50) featuring a delicious combination of BBQ spiced young jackfruit on tortillas with salsa, avocado, and cashew cheese. Be sure to also treat your tastebuds to their:
- Sizzling Tofu – ($6.50)
- The Green Fa-Waffle – ($5)
- Bangkok Bowl – ($6)
ARTillery also has a Design Bowl, allowing diners to mix and match your favorite ingredients in your DIY, healthy bowl! Pair your meal with a Superfood Smoothie or Cold-Pressed Juice for a perfect meal!
Location: St 244, Phnom Penh, Cambodia — VIEW MAP
Contact: +85 078 985 530 | Website
Hours: Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Restaurant with a view: Sundown Social Club
If you want to pair your meat-free meals with one of the best views in town, look no further than Sundown Social Club. This restaurant and bar are situated in Russian Market, a popular area home to a bazaar that attracts all visitors in the capital. Embrace this venue’s retro vibe whilst feasting on one of the meat-free menu items, like the Loaded Falafel Hotdog ($5). Other favorites include:
- Zucchini Burger – ($5)
- Diced and Fried Eggplant Tacos – ($5)
- Vegan Chinese Pot Stickers – ($3.50)
Pair any one of these with a satisfying cocktail at sunset for an incredible evening in wining and dining in Phnom Penh!
Location: #86 Street 440, Russian Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Contact: +855 15 526 373 | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 12-11 p.m.
Cafe and restaurant: Lot 369
Lot 369 is a local favorite. Crowds flock here to enjoy $1 coffee on Wednesday, but this cafe is packed every day of the week regardless. Regulars and newbies alike simply can’t get enough of the tasty menu here. Come and enjoy their breakfast, brunch, burgers, Asian fusion, vegetarian, and vegan. Our favorite plant-based dishes include their:
- Vegan Breakfast Bowl – ($5.50)
- Burrito Bowl – ($5.50)
- Veggie Burger – ($6)
All of the menu items are clearly marked with a V for vegan and VG for vegetarian-friendly to make ordering easier for meat-free diners!
Contact: +855 012 345 541 | Facebook
Hours: Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Faux meat vegetarian restaurant: Master Ruma
Master Ruma is a hole in the wall venue in Russian Market. The vegetarian restaurant is only equipped with six tables and really zero atmosphere, but the delicious food and cheap prices certainly make up for it. The menu kick-starts with snacks starting at $2, featuring spring rolls, fried mushrooms, and pork fry (faux pork fry, of course). The menu then features noodle dishes, rice dishes, curries, stir-fries, and soups. Don’t let the freaky names fool you, as well – the beef bell pepper fry ($2.50) for example, is actually made of soybean!
Location: # 16A Street 456 Toul Tum Poung I, 12310, Cambodia
Contact: +855 23 632 8328
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Vegan restaurant with brunch: Bong Bonlai
Bong Bonlai is situated on the grounds of the quaint YK Art House, a popular guesthouse in the heart of Phnom Penh. The menu features a variety of Asian and Mediterranean dishes, all of which are both tasty and affordable! Everything on the menu is vegan-friendly, as well. The best day to visit Bong Bonlai (which literally translates to friend vegetables) is on Sunday. Every weekend, this restaurant hosts its iconic $1 Plates Brunch on Sunday. Stock up on $1 vegan plates and hair the dog if need be with the help of one of their signature cocktails!
Location: 13a St 830, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Contact: +855 70 740 051 | Website
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 5-8:30 p.m. | Monday from 7:30 a.n. 10:30 a.m.
Cafe with vegan options: Backyard Cafe
If you want healthy and vegan-friendly finds, one of the best eateries to frequent is Backyard Cafe. Backyard Cafe is the sister of Vibe Cafe, so you know the quality of their food is on point! Like Vibe, Backyard Cafe donates ten percent of its profits to The Good Vibe Foundation. In addition to aiming at bettering the community with that initiative, the food is also to die for! The menu is split into Light Bites, Breakfast of Champions, Fruit Salads, Bowls, Sandwiches, Healthy Mains, Soups, and Homemade Desserts. Our veg-friendly favorites include the:
- Tempeh Sandwich – ($5.50)
- Creamy Pumpkin and Peanut Soup – ($6)
- Mediterranean Falafel Bowl – ($6.50)
End your meal with one of Backyard Cafe’s homemade desserts, all of which are raw, vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free!
Location: 11B Vimol Thoam Thong St. (246), Phnom Penh — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 078 751 715 | Website
Hours: Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Tuesday-Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hostel, restaurant, & bar: Mad Monkey Kitchen & Bar – Phnom Penh
Mad Monkey Phnom Penh is the place to stay in the city. In addition to the epic parties and memorable daily tours, this budget-friendly accommodation option also has an onsite restaurant with an array of veg-friendly options. Mad Monkey Kitchen & Bar – Phnom Penh makes note of all the vegetarian-friendly dishes with a green leaf icon, most of which can be made vegan, as well. Our favorites include the:
- Mexican Bean Burger – ($5)
- Mediterranean Cous Cous Salad – ($4.50)
- Veggie Wrap – ($5.75)
All of the food items can also be ordered poolside so that you can keep the party going while you chow down! Don’t miss out on visiting one of the best restaurants the capital has to offer at Mad Money Kitchen & Bar – Phnom Penh!
Contact: +855 023 987 091 | Website
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cafe & restaurant: Enso
Sit back, relax, and dine on delish vegan and vegetarian options at Enso Cafe. It is equipped with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, all of which are incredibly cozy. The floor to ceiling windows certainly add to the ambiance, as well. In addition to cool aesthetics, Enso Cafe has an impressively large menu featuring all-day breakfast, vegan baked goods, salads, soups, stews, and desserts. Our favorite vegan-friendly menu items here are:
- Eggplant Lasagna – ($7)
- BBQ Jackfruit Walnut Bread Sandwich – ($5.75)
- Grain-Free Veggie Bowl – ($5.90)
Location: 50B Street 240, Phnom Penh, Cambodia — VIEW MAP
Contact: +85 078 626 240 | Website
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Plastic-free Khmer restaurant: Eleven One Kitchen
Eleven One Kitchen is the best of the best. This venue (of which there are two in Phnom Penh) is 99 percent plastic-free – the first of its kind in the capital! From wooden straws to cloth towels instead of paper ones, you can feel good about indulging in your waste-free meal whilst dining at Eleven One Kitchen. Its environmental initiatives coupled with the delicious local cuisine here has made it a favorited venue amongst locals, expats, and tourists since it opened in 2014. The menu consists of traditional Khmer breakfast, starters, salads, stir-fried dishes, signature dishes, soups, and desserts. There’s even a whole section of the menu dedicated to vegetarian cuisine only, featuring:
- Tofu-mushroom amok – ($4.25)
- Mushroom & eggplant – ($4.25)
- Stir-fried veggies – ($4.25)
- Vegetarian curry ($4.75)
Pair any one of these with a delicious fruit smoothie and end your meal with one of their vegan desserts. Lastly, be sure to check out their lunch specials, one of which is always a vegetarian option!
Location: St 334, Phnom Penh, Cambodia — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 086 516 111 | Website
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Indian vegetarian restaurant in Phnom Penh: Masala Dosa Kitchen
You don’t have to venture all the way to India to indulge in delicious Indian cuisine. Instead, make your way to Masala Dosa Kitchen for some of the best vegan and vegetarian Indian cuisine in Cambodia. This venue is incredibly affordable, with dishes starting out at as little as KHR 10,000, which is a little less than $2.50! Venture to this riverside eatery to indulge in one of their delicious lunch sets, each of which differs depending on the day of the week! On Friday, for example, the Set Lunch Specials is a Vegan Palak Paneer ($4.30), featuring tofu paneer cooked in a thick pasta made from spinach seasoned with garlic, ginger, and herbs!
Location: Samdach Sotheroes Blvd 3, Sangkat Chey Chumneas, Phnom Penh 12200, Cambodia
Contact: +855 023 213 672 | Website
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Closed on Mondays
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