In the heart of old town Siem Reap, just a short walk from the famous Pub Street, you’ll find New Leaf Eatery. A staple of the community for over a decade serving up a blend of top notch Khmer, vegan and international fare – there is more than just great food to be had here.

We have an excellent selection of various books from around the world available for purchase that just might surprise you. In this blog, we’ll focus on five of our first edition books the avid reader or collector likely wouldn’t expect to find in a Siem Reap book store.

Let’s take a look at what we have waiting for you on the shelves!

Our 5 First Edition Picks from the Shelves

Our book shelves are lined with interesting and unique finds of all kinds. From well worn fiction books that have traveled the world and literature that gives a true window into the past for just $3 per book – to more eclectic, rare and first editions for the true bibliophile. 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – by J.K. Rowling

This first edition is more than just a book; it’s a piece of fantasy history. For fans of the Harry Potter series, it represents a critical juncture in the story, where secrets are unveiled and characters are deeply developed. Owning this edition is like having a piece of the magical world Rowling created, making it a cherished item for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – by J.K. Rowling

As the finale of the Harry Potter series, this first edition holds a special place in the hearts of fans. It signifies the end of an era and the culmination of a beloved journey. For many, this series carried them through their childhood into adolescence and adulthood as they developed alongside the characters in the series. The first edition isn’t just a read but a keepsake, embodying the nostalgia and excitement of a generation.

None Dare Call It Treason by Catherine Gavin

This novel offers a rich historical narrative, transporting readers back in time. Its inclusion in New Leaf’s collection speaks to the diversity of the literary options available. For history buffs and lovers of classic literature, this book is a portal to another era, showcasing Gavin’s ability to weave historical accuracy with compelling storytelling – making this first edition a great addition to your home library.

The Hunter and the Trapped  by Josephine Bell

Josephine Bell’s work in this first edition is a showcase of classic literary artistry. The book’s historical significance, coupled with Bell’s skillful narrative, makes it a valuable find for those who appreciate vintage literature. It stands as a testament to the era it was written in and the timeless nature of a well-told story.

Tom Clancy’s Net Force: The Great Race by Bill McCay

This first edition brings a modern edge to the collection. Blending the elements of a thriller with technology, it appeals to a broader audience, especially those intrigued by digital-age storytelling. The book in its original form adds a contemporary touch to the otherwise classic collection, making it a unique find for fans of techno-thrillers and modern literature.

Relax, Read and Eat at New Leaf

New Leaf offers a great atmosphere to relax and read while enjoying our unique menu of international, Khmer and vegan eats. Guests are welcome to peruse the shelves, pick out a few books and see if they keep your attention after the first couple of chapters. If not, just put them back on the shelf and find something else.

Enjoy a cup of coffee from the Cambodian Highlands in the Annamite Mountains as you flip through pages. These beans are sourced from coffee farmers that span generations leading to a time before the Angkor period, making for a unique flavour with a touch of history. Not a coffee person? Then sip on a pot of local Cambodian tea while you unwind from a day at Angkor Wat – or prepare for a night out on the town.

We also offer a selection of signature cocktails, locally brewed craft beers and ciders as well as wine by the glass or bottle for those looking to spice it up a bit.

At New Leaf Eatery, we offer something for everyone. Be that our eclectic collection of books, meat and vegan food options, or our wide selection of drinks – we are your home away from home here in the gateway to Angkor.