For a total of 1 and a half month of staying in Siem Reap, almost everyday we were at Pub Street, the most happening place in town. Here, you can find dozens of cafes, restaurants and pubs specializing in varied kinds of cuisines. Most of these establishments open as early as 8 am to satisfy all your dining needs. You can find all kinds of cuisines on and around Pub Street including Khmer, Thai, French, Vietnamese, Indian, Italian and a variety of other international foods.
At night, vehicles are prohibited to enter this street, so you can see many tourists just walking along and also sitting out enjoying some drinks. Most of the bars are open all day but really get going around 5:00PM as people return from the temples and come to take advantage of the various happy hour deals. Each bar have their own signage outside promoting “happy hour” selling draft beer for US$.50 and cocktails for US$2-4 (buy 1 take 1).
One of the many things that I noticed at Pub Street was that most eateries tend to be very colorful and creatively-decorated since most of these establishments occupied the French colonial buildings. The outdoor setting is very lively, with two restaurants on one end offering big screen projectors, which was playing some sport shows.
Aside from bars and restaurants, this area is also filled with massage parlours, souvenir shops and book stores.
When walking along the streets or sometimes even while eating in restaurants, you will frequently approach by young street peddlers, selling postcards, bangles, tourist guidebooks and the likes. You will usually hear from them saying 'please buy this from me'. I assumed that some of them are attending school during daytime as they were still wearing their school uniforms while selling.
A pleasant little pedestrian-only alley is running parallel to Pub Street. This place is more relaxed and you can feel an artsy atmosphere. On one end of the alley you can find several galleries, shops, bars and restaurant. While on the other end, you will find greatest variety of businesses focusing primarily on galleries, boutiques and shops that offers a friendly cafes and bars.
Some of the must visit in this alley are the Art Deli and Poetry. Art Deli is owned by Loven Ramos, a Filipino graphic designer and photographer. Art Deli is a home to Siem Reap's budding art, literature and music scene. It serves as a gallery, library, caf??-bar, and an alternative performance venue.
Poetry also owned by Loven and his friend Don Protasio is a boutique and accessories shop. This shop has the best souvenir art pieces, accessories and ready to wear designer items designed and made by them.
With dozens of cafes, restaurants, bars, art galleries and many more, PUB STREET is probably one of the place not to miss when in Siem Reap.