By dining at one of the charitable restaurants in Siem Reap, you make a difference by supporting free education for local children and vocational training programmes, each of which aim to help alleviate poverty.
Only a 10 minute tuk-tuk ride away from town is Le Jardin des Délices, a training restaurant located at the renowned Ecole d’Hotellerie et de Tourisme Paul Dubrule which offers vocational hospitality training to around 300 Cambodians each year. Enjoy Asia and Western set menus prepared and served by culinary students and their instructors. Dine alfresco overlooking a tropical garden.
Butterflies Garden Restaurant is located inside a traditional wooden house on Street 25. Scrumptious Asian and Western food is on offer starting at just $1.50 from chefs trained at the Shinta Mani and Sala Bai training schools, with 20% of profits going to the staff and 10% to local charities. You’ll find yourself surrounded by butterflies and an exotic garden.
For the sweet-toothed amongst you, there’s an establishment serving all manner of delectable desserts whilst offering free training, education and support to local women. Bayon Pastry School along Taphul Street includes a coffee shop, where you pick up sweet treats such as lime meringue pie, mango mousse and banana cake, and viennoiseries like croissants and raisin rolls. Set up in 2014, the Pastry School strictly selects and trains each year, for free, around 20 young women. They also provide them with accommodation, food and all training material. The goal is to help them to find a stable and a well-paid job at the end of the training.
Sister Srey Café supports young Khmer students who struggle to keep a balance between study and supporting their family. Each staff member is trained in hospitality, English language skills, personal development, health and hygiene and banking. A stepping stone to a brighter future. Oh .. and the food is absolutely fantastic too!