Siem Reap’s old French quarter is on its way to becoming one of the city’s fastest growing districts. Now known as Kandal Village, the colonial-style, tree-lined street is home to newly opened shops, cafes and eateries expanding the idea of what it means to be downtown Siem Reap.
A favourite with expats, this up-and-coming area is perfect for a lazy stroll in the afternoon. Visitors should take note because it’s conveniently located and caters to quality goods. Here are some of our favourite picks on the Kandal Village block.
For Coffee: Little Red Fox Espresso
This quaint cafe serves up some of the best coffee in town. With a cold-brew iced coffees and some of the creamiest coffee you’ve ever tasted, The Little Red Fox is for people looking to satisfy their inner barista.
For Pasta: Momma Shop
Momma Shop carries on the tradition of homemade pasta in a new setting. Unpretentious but wholly delicious, Mamma Shop serves up quality gnocchi, pizza and pastas made from local ingredients.
For textiles, silks and homeware: Louise Loubatieres
A lifestyle store, Louise Loubatieres is known for their silk scarves and stylish home decor. With a strong emphasis on colour and texture, this boutique shop is the perfect go-to for gifts to take home.
Runner Up: Trunkh’s Siem Reap shop is located the on same road and is outfitted with a eclectic blend of of lifestyle wares.
For fresh juices and healthy eats: The Hive
Nothing feels better than one of The Hive’s refreshing juice concoctions after being on the road (or stuck in an office.) If you are tired of fried food or need a boost, this cafe’s healthy lunch option and fresh fruit and vegetable blends are the way to go.
In addition, Clayton, the owner of The Hive, has some of the best staff in town (many of them former Shinta Mani Foundation students) and is a wealth of knowledge for all things Siem Reap.
For a classic french meal or a refined drink: Armand’s
Armand’s is one of Siem Reap’s newest restaurants offering a classic french setting with a small, but tasty menu. The service and lighting match the decor, giving the restaurant a refined charm. The dark-wood bar is also an appealing place for an evening drink.