Once in Cambodia make sure to include this vegetarian place in Siem Reap in your itinerary for great and affordable meal
Arriving in Siem Reap whose economy runs on tourism is always great for us vegans. Knowing I was only here for 24 hours the need for a trusted place too eat good food was crucial. This is where Happy Cow jumps in. A quick search and the nearest listing to me was vegetarian restaurant Peace Cafe.
I weaved my way through the streets to Street 26. The street was calm, instantly sending good vibes about this place. 50m later the sign I was there, and the place was magical. There was heaps of seating both indoors and out.
I plonked myself down and the staff brought over a menu, place mat and even a cool flannel to cleanse my face with (awesome touch). The menu was amazing, with a mix of Western and Asian dishes as well as smoothies and juices. The menu clearly stated what was and was not vegan. I already knew a second trip later in the evening would be happening.
For the first trip the choice were the authentic Khmer vegetarian dish “amak” and some vegetarian sushi. The food took a while to come compared to the general speed in Asia, but this was due to it all being freshly prepared (so they say).
Once it arrived I dived in, the “amak” was first. Another nice touch was the brown rice with it instead of the usual white. It tasted really good, I’ve asked for mild and got mild. There was plenty of chunky vegetables to make it substantial enough for a meal on its own.
I would need to finish my sushi though. It was okay – nothing great, but for the price it was not worth it compared to the “amak”. Given sushi is not that popular in the region it makes sense that the sushi is not perfect nor is it affordable (relatively).
But in the end I was stoked, for the total of $6 I was full of fresh food to keep me going while wondering the streets of Siem Reap. The prices were average to the rest of Siem Reap, slightly more than the street stalls but cheaper than the restaurants in the heart of town.
I returned later in the evening for the stir fried mixed vegetables with chickpeas. This one was good, I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I last had chickpeas! There was a few more people this time around but no one was loud or obnoxious so the atmosphere was pleasant. There was no music on even.
Peace Cafe is really amazing. Great atmosphere, good food and awesome staff. If they could improve in one area it would be too provide a glass of water in arrival. Given it’s something trivial you can tell it really is well run. They also run a vegetarian cooking class daily as well as two yoga classes on site. Would love to give both ago next time I’m in Siem Reap.