If you’re anything like me, then you have a few priorities when you travel–the most important being COFFEE. Oh, yes. The search for the best coffee in Siem Reap began three years ago when I first visited the small, bustling city in Cambodia.
One of the things that’s most amazing about Siem Reap is the incredible food and coffee scene. The streets are filled with busy cafes, great coffee, and tons of world-travelers. To this date, Siem Reap is one of my all-time favorite cities. The energy of the city is fresh and exciting. And there’s so much going on. Usually, when the word “cafe” is whispered, people immediately envision Paris. But Siem Reap offers some serious competition when it comes to fabulous sidewalk cafes and coffee. You’ll want to ride up to a cafe, sit along the sidewalk, order an espresso, and hang out for hours. The scene here is wonderfully idyllic.
But I digress. Let’s get to the point: You want to find the best coffee shops in Siem Reap, right?!
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Sister Srey Cafe
This cafe is my number one favorite coffee shop in Siem Reap. Most importantly, it’s is more than just a coffee shop. It’s a social enterprise. The two sisters who run the cafe, Lauren and Cassie, opened this sidewalk cafe for two reasons: they wanted to make good coffee and they wanted to support Khmer students. Sister Srey believes in sustainability and supporting the community in which they live and work.
But now, for the coffee! So let me give you the many reasons you will be addicted to Sister Srey:
- If you’re just waking up, you’ll fall in love with their cappuccinos
- It’s the best breakfast you can get in Siem Reap
- If it’s 4:00 pm and you’re dusty and tired after spending all day at Angkor Wat, their iced lattes are P E R F E C T
- It’s always busy and you’re bound to make new friend while you’re there
- Your patronage of this place actually helps other people — your purchases help support the local community and the Khmer students who work there. It’s a win / win.
- It’s located in the heart of Siem Reap, so as you sit outside at their wooden tables, you get to watch the world go by
- It is incredibly easy to get there and incredibly easy to jump into a tuk-tuk afterward. There are always tons of tuk tuk drivers hanging out across the street, ready to take you wherever you need to go.
You can click here for a map and address of how to find Sister Srey: Directions to Sister Srey
Now, this next cafe is off the beaten path, which is exactly the way I like it. If Sister Srey is in the heart of Siem Reap, then Yellow Cafe is tucked away in a local community. My favorite part about hanging out here is that you can easily plug your laptop in, order a coffee, and work for a few hours. (This is totally not possible at Sister Srey.) Also, you’ll meet locals who speak English, run their own business, and are really friendly. So the atmosphere is fun and relaxed.
I found this place because it was super close to my apartment and I would ride my bike there to work in the afternoons. Justin and I were there doing a prewedding session at Angkor Wat. So I spent many hours at this little shop editing photos and finishing up their prewedding session.
But now for the cafe itself! Here’s some top reasons to hang out here:
- The service is amazing
- The cappuccinos are gorgeous + delicious.
- They have D E L I C I O U S hot chocolate
- The lunch menu is wonderful! This is your chance to get local cuisine that is inexpensive and authentic
- It’s spacious, has great light, and is a great place to catch up on email, social media, and working
- It’s also very easy to get to
You can get directions to Yellow Cafe by clicking here: Directions to Yellow Cafe
Little Red Fox Espresso
The next coffee shop that is on top of my list is The Little Red Fox Espresso. Located in the heart of Siem Reap, it’s a place you must go! Here’s a few more reasons why going to Little Red Fox for breakfast is a great idea:
- They have amazing bagels!
- They have one of the best Facebook feeds on coffee EVER.
- They’re in one of the most trendy parts of town
- They’re one of the few places in Siem Reap where you can get third-wave coffee
- They’re surrounded by great shops you’ll want to visit
- They, too, are a social enterprise and also help support the community in which they operate
- Oh, and a fun fact about their Facebook feed: every Monday they have a “Monday’s Foxy-Coffee Lesson” where they talk about random coffee facts, like what is a REAL cappuccino? Or a real cafe au lait? So for their Facebook feed alone, they’re worth visiting and joining their coffee tribe!
They are also conveniently located and super easy to find. You can find them here: Directions to The Little Red Fox Espresso.
Ok, now it’s your turn! If you know of a great coffee shop in Siem Reap, please comment below! I’d love to find new places with great coffee and a fun atmosphere.
Oh and some fun news: If you’ll be in Siem Reap this fall and spring, email me (hop over HERE to my Contact Me page). I’d love to hear from you. We offer full pre-wedding sessions, engagement sessions, and couples’ vacation photos in Siem Reap and at the Angkor Wat temple complex.
I hope to hear from you!
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