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June 11, 2017

GUIDE – Eating and Drinking in Siem Reap

Miss Wong - Siem Reap

Miss Wong - Siem Reap

Siem Reap has a lot of the hallmarks of a typical backpacker town on the ‘banana pancake trail’. The epicentre of this side of Siem Reap is called Pub Street. It is a thriving mess of intertwining market stalls, full of tourists, with bars and restaurants boasting international food and Premiership football matches. For those that are more pyschonautically minded, there are countless restaurants offering Happy Pizza, Delighted Pizza, Special Pizza, Ecstatic Pizza etc. The people sitting at these restaurants were all non-local and all relatively docile and motionless… for what it’s worth.

You can probably tell that none of that is particularly appealing to me but thankfully Siem Reap also has a thriving culinary scene, with some of its restaurants factoring into conversations about the top eateries in Asia, with many of them having a positive social angle – profit sharing with employees, training disadvantaged people for free etc. I would have gladly spent more time here, exploring this aspect of the city and was also pleasantly surprised by the quality of cocktails on offer…

Pub Street - Siem Reap

Pub Street – Siem Reap. The eye of the storm.

Tuk Tuk through Siem Reap

Tuk Tuk through Siem Reap

Ecstatic pizza - Siem Reap

Ecstatic pizza

A trip to the local supermarket was particularly interesting. I think you can learn a lot about a culture by seeing how they shop. Although I got the distinct impression that locals don’t shop here 😉. Still, it is an insight into what they expect tourists to want.

Siem Reap supermarket

Park Hyatt Siem Reap Diamond welcome snacks. Glad to see they really splashed out by giving us half a $1.80 bag’s worth of these things!

Siem Reap supermarket

although I guess those snacks made for a classier impression than a bottle of ‘Wrestler Wine’ or, god forbid, ‘Super Whiskey’. I can only imagine the soul destroying hangover that these nefarious liquids would trigger… assuming you made it to that stage.

Siem Reap supermarket

Based upon by scientific calculations: A pair of Beats headphones costs around ten times as much as a decent bottle of wine. These Beats cost ten times as much as a bottle of Wrestler Wine. So that must mean that these Beats are genuine and that Wrestler is a decent brand of wine, right?

 

Without further ado, onto the good stuff:

 


The Sugar Palm
Modern Cambodian food served in an atmospheric wooden dining room


 

 


Miss Wong
A cool and brooding back alley cocktail bar, with an opium den theme and highly impressive drinks list


 


L’Annexe
High end and very authentic French cuisine, in an informal garden setting


 


HAVEN
Social enterprise/ restaurant, serving a mixture of Cambodian and International cuisine
Beautifully landscaped garden setting, adorned with glowing lanterns


Cambodia and Thailand

Part 1:
Radisson Blu Arlandia (Stockholm Airport)
Part 2:
Qatar Airways : Business Class – B787 – Stockholm to Doha
Part 3:
Qatar Airways : First Class – A380 – Doha to Bangkok
Part 4:
Conrad Bangkok
Part 5:
Eating and Drinking in Bangkok
Part 6:
Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Park Executive Suite)
Part 7:
Touring the Temples of Siem Reap
Part 8:
Eating and Drinking in Siem Reap
Part 9:
Conrad Koh Samui (Second visit)
Part 10:
Bangkok Airways : Blue Ribbon Business Class Lounge – Koh Samui (domestic)
Part 11:
Doha Airport Transit Hotel
Part 12:
Qatar Airways : Business Class – B787 –  Doha to Stockholm

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