Here I leave you few of my recommendations if you want to have a sustainable coffee break in Siem Reap.
1- Common Grounds Café
Common Grounds is not only a café but a working space as well. They have reserved their upstairs space with tables and charging points where you can use the area to catch up on work or have meetings with others. The café is owned and run by the NGO People for Care and Learning (PCL), an organisation that provides vocational training opportunities, English and computer skills to people in the community. Common Grounds also supports many other NGOs by selling their crafts in the café and provides a space for people to leave brochures and information about what’s going on in the community. If you’re travelling and working at the same time this is the place for you.
Address: Old French Quarter, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
2- Blossom Cafe
If you’ve read my ethical eateries guide to Phnom Penh I mention the cupcakes at Blossom Café. The cafe in Siem Reap provides the same menu, serving the best cupcakes I have ever tasted! The cupcakes here are just mouth watering and you can choose from a range of about 15 different flavours. The chain of cafes are vocational training centres for vulnerable women in the community that also provide a chic atmosphere and a delicious range of sweets, coffees and milkshakes.
Address: Central Market, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
3- Bayon Pastries
Bayon Pastry School Coffee Shop is a not for profit, free vocational training centre for underprivileged women in Cambodia. The girls come here for an 11-month training schedule, which includes a 4-month internship, to learn the art of Pastry making. They are also taught valuable English and computer skills to help them in the workplace. The French NGO Bayon School runs the café, and you can visit the shop throughout the day and to taste the delicious Pastries made with love by the women who work here.
Address: Taphul Village, Siem Reap, Siemreab-Otdar Meanchey, Cambodia