Head to Pub Street in the Old Market area, for a taste of nightlife in Siem Reap. A street packed with restaurants and bars, you may find practically all you need along and around this street, from street food, to pharmacies, to massage parlours to souvenir shops and so on. Although busiest at night, it is a popular hang out area for tourists in the day too.
Blue Pumpkin from the outside with tuk-tuks widely available
Blue Pumpkin located just off Pub Street, at 365 Mondol 1, is a double storey cafe serving asian and western food. The ground level is a bakery where bread and pastries are 50% off after 8pm daily – so we often stop by in the evenings to stock up on light snacks or lunch for the following day. With wifi access, this cafe is a very comfy place to chill out especially on the upper level.
a classic white interior on the upper level with inviting sofas and cool mini tray-like tables ideal for internet surfing and lounging
lunch: (left) pork with glazed pumpkin and sesame seed – not much meat served as part of the dish actually; (right) tonle sap fish
view of the street outside through the window – amidst the electrical wires
lady balancing lotus fruits on the head
young locals cycling by
Khmer Idea Restaurant
In search of Khmer food, we landed ourselves at Khmer Idea Restaurant on one of the nights. I found Khmer food to be like a milder version of a fusion of vietnamese and thai food.
beer is cheaper than water here in Cambodia
Amok Chicken – this was rather tasty, with a slight resemblance to thai green curry
The speciality at Soup Dragon is the Chhnang Dea soup served in a traditional pot made from Kompong Chnnang province. Similar to the steamboat concept, the soup stock is brought to the table and heated over a mini gas burner while we cook our meal ourselves with the ingredients like mushrooms, tofu and noodles. Excellent tender beef slices and beef balls here with a delicious soup base!
the vietnamese-like soup boiling in the earthenware pot
Pub Street at Night
as dark falls
the Red Piano, at the corner of Pub Street, known for its popular cocktail bar and also serves sandwiches and pasta