After a day discovering ancient temples in Siem Reap, enjoying stunning dishes and desserts is definitely the best ideal. Here’s our pick of some of the best spots to indulge your sweet tooth in Siem Reap.
Doubling up as a bakery and casual diner, the Blue Pumpkin brand can be seen across Cambodia. As well as plating up pastries, pizzas, salads, sandwiches and pasta, the Siem Reap outlet offers a range of desserts. On the menu is chocolate cake, eclairs, cheesecake, chocolate caramel tart… the mouth-watering list goes on. It’s the ice cream, however, that stands out, with a whole catalogue to choose from. As well as the usual flavours, indulgent offerings span ice-cream fondue, banana split and chocolate liegeois, to name a few. All items are made fresh daily from Blue Pumpkin’s central bakery.
If you’re craving typical Khmer desserts, then Kaya Café is the place to be. Set upstairs in a colonial shophouse, this charming joint offers a special tasting menu, taking in all the treats Cambodians love to snack on. These include sticky rice and taro cream, palm sugar and coconut milk; banana cake; and black sticky rice pudding, served with fresh mango, cinnamon, coconut cream and palm sugar. The luxurious spa can also help ease those aches and pains from a day of temple-trekking.
Breaking up a hot, humid day with a refreshing pit stop is essential in Cambodia – and Gelato Lab fits the bill perfectly. This laid-back haunt serves traditional Italian gelato, made on-site by slow-churning imported whole milk. Using the finest natural ingredients sourced from across the globe – think organic hazelnuts from Vietnam and pistachios from Italy – all the sorbets are free from artificial preservatives and additives. Flavours include mango, dragonfruit, bubblegum and chocolate.
Project Y Frozen Yogurt
Desserts can be tucked into guilt-free at Project Y Frozen Yogurt, as the store moonlights as an educational social enterprise run by Cambodia Rural School Trust. Specialising in frozen yoghurts, smoothies and iced coffee and chocolate drinks, Project Y boasts a self-service bar, where a range of toppings can be added. The final creation is then weighed and paid for. Smoothies are also made from the yoghurts, which are 97 percent fat-free. Flavours include mixed berries, blood orange and French vanilla.
If nothing other than a super-tasty cupcake will hit the spot, then look no further than Bloom Café. Launched in 2013 by Bloom Asia – the not-for-profit organisation behind the highly successful Bloom Café in Phnom Penh – this Siem Reap cupcake boutique ultimately aims to provide top-quality hospitality training for young Cambodians. The offshoot is a beautiful café serving some of the most indulgent nibbles in the country. A small sample includes carrot cake with lemon cream cheese, cinnamon and walnut with maple cream cheese, and cookies and cream cheesecake.
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