Upstairs Cafe, Siem Reap
It has just occurred to me, sitting here in the sweltering sweaty heat, that I am homesick. It’s not that I miss the neverending rain and dark, ominous skies, nor the steady stream of dreadful recession news and depressing statistics on unemployment. But after a year and a half of gallivanting around South East Asia, I sometimes yearn for a few moments of peace and normality.
I would like to blot out the calls of “Lady! Lady!” as I’m walking down the street, to enjoy some guilt-free shopping without wondering whether I’m supporting the right social enterprise, and a bite to eat that is not themed, “traditional”, or mock authentic.
I want, in short, to indulge in a bit of familiarity, and this is exactly what I found at Upstairs Café.
Recently opened on Wat Bo Road by a French lady, the café is a welcoming and breezy space. It’s wonderfully quiet up there, the perfect place to enjoy a coffee and the piles of Elle Deco magazines.
It’s a real shame the lunch menu was limited to only a couple of options, because my creamy carrot soup and slice of lemon cake were delicious. This is just the sort of food my Mamie would have made, if my Mamie hadn’t been a chain smoking grump holed up in the dark depths of the Ardèche.
So hey! Lady! Lady! If you’re reading this, can we have some more please?
Where: Upstairs Café, above Madame Beergarden, Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap
Website: try the Café’s Facebook page
Tuesday – Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday – Sunday 8am – 6pm
Closed on Monday
Tip: If the friendly waitresses tell you there’s an Apple Farm Cake in the oven, wait. It looked delicious.
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