It’s been way too long since I’ve sat down with a glass of wine to write an actual blog post. Between life, work, and moving (Hello, Williamsburg!), life has been anything short of a whirlwind.
I still cannot believe we got back from Thailand & Cambodia a month and a half ago. Seriously, where has the time gone??? This was our first trip to Asia, and I fell in love. (This is actually a complete understatement. I cannot — cannot! — wait to return. I’m already planning our next adventure! I may need to win the lotto to fulfill all of my wanderlust adventures…)
To be completely honest, I didn’t do much planning for Siem Reap. We hired a tour guide for Angkor Wat (more on this to come!), and not knowing how hot or tired we’d be at the end of the day, we decided to just wing it. Luckily, we stumbled upon some of Siem Reap’s best bars and restaurants.
Having only three nights in Siem Reap, we were definitely on a mission to eat and drink until our heart’s were content. If you find yourself in Siem Reap, don’t miss some of our favorite drinking and eating establishments!
By now, you’ve probably realized we love cocktail bars. My absolute favorite in Siem Reap was WILD, a creative cocktail bar and eatery in a Khmer house with a lush garden under the stars. Minutes from Pub Street, WILD serves delicious cocktails to satisfy anyone’s thirst. If you’re in the mood for spring rolls, you’ve come to the right place! From Khmer to worldwide, to sweet, cheesy and fresh, there is a spring roll for you! The owners — a young French couple — are incredibly energetic and friendly, and they’ve done a great job creating a quirky yet memorable dining experience.
Miss Wong Cocktail Bar
No trip to Siem Reap is complete without a visit to Miss Wong Cocktail Bar. A prohibition bar located on a small side street steps from Pub Street, Miss Wong Cocktail Bar offers strong drinks, tasty dim sum, and a relaxing atmosphere (which is often hard to find in downtown Siem Reap).
Asana Old Wooden House
A Khmer cocktail bar located in the only remaining house in the Old Market District, Asana is a hidden oasis. From cocktails to tapas, this is the perfect spot to start your evening before venturing to Pub Street.
With only three nights in Cambodia, we were on a mission to eat all the Khmer food we could get our hands on. When searching for the best Khmer restaurants, Marum was continuously ranked at the top. Part of a NGO global alliance of training restaurants, Marum employs and supports students, helping them to become skilled and productive young individuals.
Cuisine Wat Damnak
One of Asia’s top 50 restaurants, Cuisine Wat Damnak is nothing shy of fantastic. Khmer-French fusion, Cuisine Wat Damnak’s ingredients are almost entirely sourced from nearby farms. The menu changes weekly to reflect the seasons, and the dining experience is unlike any other. We splurged for 6 courses each ($28 USD), and it was worth every penny. Make sure to make reservations well in advance.
No blog post about where to eat and drink in Siem Reap is complete without mentioning Pub Street — Siem Reap’s mini version of Bourbon Street. Here, you can find 50 cent draft beers, masses of people, and a never ending night life. Even if this isn’t your “scene,” it’s definitely worth an evening stroll before heading back to the hotel.
If you’re heading to Cambodia, don’t forget to bring US currency! Cambodia uses the US dollar, so we brought about $30USD (in ones) for tuk-tuks and small purchases. To avoid ATM fee withdrawals, you can always bring more cash with you.