Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Best Places To Hang Out in Siem Reap

PROJECT: Teaching
WRITTEN BY: Tianna Killoran

After spending a few weeks here and being faced with a crazy amount of choices for places to eat, we’ve finally settled on a few of our favourites.

Sister Srey Café 
200 Pokambor Street, Riverside, near the Old Market 

A beautiful café run by two Australian sisters that makes the best coffee around! Their food is brilliant, all of the staff are very friendly, and there's always some chilled out music. If that weren’t enough, we've all found that Sister Srey has a mind for supporting sustainability in the local community. They hire local Khmer staff and then train them in English and Hospitality, whilst also maintaining support for other local projects and donating a percentage of their funds. We’ve been back now a few times. You'll usually find us there on weekends or for a sneaky breakfast some days before school!

Temple Bar 
Pub Street 
This place is basically the best on Pub Street! They have three floors, with a restaurant, a balcony restaurant and a sky lounge with beanbags and a big water feature. Either way, they're the best to either chill out or party on a Saturday night. Tonnes of cheap cocktails and really good food! There's another Temple Bar on the other side of the river too, which is much quieter if you're not up for the bustle of Pub Street.

Soria Moria 
Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap 
$1 tapas and cocktails on Wednesday nights: that's really all there is to say! They serve Western and Khmer food and it's all good! Soria Moria also supports responsible tourism and employs local individuals with the aim of equipping them with work skills.

98 Hospital Street 
We have all dropped into Charlies a few times now, but it's our plan to spend the day there on Australia Day! They'll be playing triple j’s Hottest 100. They're always playing really great music and lots of sports, plus they serve Khmer food and some other favourites like potato skins, nachos, and chicken wings! 

For Life
The Lane close to Ms. Wong 
Thank you Antipodeans! This place is where our lunches during the week are organised and it is honestly the best food. We are always given an array of different dishes (a good way to try all the different Khmer food) and it's always delicious. The people there are so friendly and we look forward to lunch there each day. It's a bit of a hidden gem, but definitely worth it.

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