Need a break from Siem Reap’s many temples? Check out Kandal Village, an up-and-coming hip enclave with a worldly vibe
The Little Red Fox Espresso
This cozy, third-wave coffee spot has all the hallmarks of those famed Melbourne-style cafes — communal tables, a range of specialty coffees (there are even alcoholic infusions like espresso martinis!) and super-sociable staff.
593 Hap Guan St; +855 16 669 724; www.facebook.com/thefoxespresso
Armand’s the Bistro
Of course Siem Reap has a smart French bistro. If you’re up for something light as a pre-dinner snack, the Bruschetta with Anchovies (US$6) is divine. But if you’re hankering for something more substantial, go for hearty mains like the Armand’s Tenderloin Rossini (US$19) or the Duck Leg Confit with Lentils (US$15).
586 Tep Vong, Sangkat Svay Dangkum; +855 92 305 401; armandsbistro.com
The sports massage (US$35) at this charming, tranquil spa is sheer bliss, as is the 75-minute Gua Sha facial (US$66), which uses polished, cold jade stones to massage your face. Reservations via the spa’s website are recommended.
24 Hap Guan St; +855 12 982 062; frangipanisiemreap.com
This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Smile magazine.