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But First, Coffee (Even In Cambodia): Where To Grab Breakfast Before You Explore Angkor Wat

Wherein Kale.life editor (and digital nomad) Carly takes us along for the ride as she shows us where to go in Siem Reap for a cup of coffee and a morning bite.

Headed to Siem Reap to explore Angkor Wat, one of the great wonders of the world? To get your day started right, visit one of these local coffee shops for your Cambodian coffee fix.

1. The Hive Siem Reap Opened in 2013, this Australian owned and run cafe has cemented itself as one of the most popular coffee shops in Siem Reap. A social hub for expats and tourists alike, The Hive is known for superb coffee, breakfast, lunch, home-baked goods and specialty juices.

Boasting locally roasted specialty coffee, experienced baristas, chefs, and bakers, as well as a chic interior, The Hive has a distinctly inner-city vibe. If you’re a coffee lover, a brunch-goer, a juice detoxer, or just looking for a touch of home, The Hive awaits. It’s ppen 7am – 6pm; closed on Tuesdays.

Go there for: The non-dairy almond milk option and super fast WiFi

Follow them at: @thehivesiemreap

2. Red Buff Coffee House Attached to the City Angkor Hotel, Redbuff Coffee House is the creation of Khmer-French pastry chef Sovan Ly. It boasts a light, airy atmosphere with large wooden tables, with a focus on healthy foods, beverages and pastry.

Go there for: Iced Khmer Coffee (not dairy-free, but super delicious and caffeinated), and a big, beautiful work area you can set up shop in all day long

Make sure to try: The Taro, Coconut and Passionata cakes

Follow them at: @redbuff_coffeehouse

3. Sister Srey Cafe Sisters Lauren and Cassie opened Sister Srey in November 2012, and made Siem Reap their home. Their vision was simple: Create a social enterprise that trained, educated and empowered disadvantaged Khmers, giving a stepping stone to a brighter future, and they have done just that. With coffee as their passion, and a local appetite for good, wholesome, fresh food, Sister Srey was born. The name is a dedication to the sisterhood of Cambodia and, of course, to each other.

Since opening, the cafe works along side Hearts to Harmony, a non-government organization that, thanks to a percentage of profits from the cafe as well as donations, helps support individuals through education, health and hygiene, and other expenses.

Make sure to try: Breakfast trifle: think layers of fresh fruit, yogurt, and raw granola

Follow them at: @sistersreycafe

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