After a few weeks in Southeast Asia, your body somehow settles in to the 90+ degree temps and humidity. You down cold water like a camel and seek out anything frozen just to survive the day-to-day. Ice cream, or in this case gelato, is 100% permissible morning, noon or night.
Half a block from Pub Street in “Old Town” Siem Reap, is Gelato Lab. A little slice of home, decorated in a minimalist and modern design that could be straight out of SoCal, the small shop serves up homemade gelato and sorbet, as well as Italian coffee (cappuccinos, lattes, etc).
The gelato is fantastic, albeit pricy for Cambodia, with flavors like tiramisu, banana, crema, dragonfruit and Kahlua. Each is made with natural cane sugar, cacao and local fruits. Just the kind of artisanal, natural frozen treat that packs the place each night with western tourists. Sit outside and enjoy the people watching of Pub Street (entertainment in itself) and the Haagan Daz-esque prices feel a bit more worthwhile.
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