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From the Ground: The Siem Reap, Cambodia Boutique Shopping Tour

By Jay Austin

We always provide our guests with ‘Cheat Sheets’ that list our favorite shopping and restaurant suggestions.  However, we’re taking it to the next level!  Our new Siem Reap Shopping Tour is a great way for guests to experience the boutique side of Siem Reap.  This tour provides the perfect ‘girls’ day out’ which begins with cocktails before stepping out for some serious shopping, and is led by either Jay or Naida – Siem Reap’s shopping experts!

Here’s what the new Shopping Tour looks like:

Your driver will collect you from your hotel at 2pm to begin your boutique shopping experience.  This afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit some of Siem Reap’s finest boutique stores and experience creativity inspired from across the globe. You will begin your afternoon with a visit to the trendy Kandal Village, a street lined with boutique stores of all types and tastes from clothing to homewares.

From here you will move on to visit the Eric Raisina Couture House where you will find some of Asia’s finest textiles.  Eric Raisina is a world renowned textile designer born in Madagascar whose career has included highlights such as producing textiles for Yves Saint- Laurent and Christian Lacroix.

From here you will return to the center of Siem Reap city to visit the well populated Alley West, a small laneway in the center of town offering a diverse range of boutique stores from fashion, to ceramics, to swimwear.

Your final stop on this boutique exploration is the Kings Road complex, a newly developed shopping area housing photography galleries, vintage stores and in the center of it all lies the Made in Cambodia Market offering a range of individually styled souvenirs to suit all tastes. The Kings Road complex is home to some of the restaurants on our cheat sheet if you would like to stay for dinner or you can have your driver take you back to the hotel with all of your purchases.

Upscale shopping in Siem Reap — Kandal Village

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.

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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

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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

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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 homewareLouise Loubatieres

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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

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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

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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.