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Best Markets in Phnom Penh

What are the best markets in Phnom Penh? In this article we highlight the best markets in Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh, the bustling capital of Cambodia, is a haven for expats and digital nomads who are drawn to its vibrant culture, affordable living, and dynamic market scene. From traditional open-air markets brimming with fresh produce and local delicacies to modern shopping centers offering handicrafts and textiles, Phnom Penh’s markets are as diverse as they are numerous. Here are some of the best markets in the city that offer a glimpse into the local way of life and a treasure trove of goods to explore.

Central Market (Phsar Thmei)

Location: Between streets 126 and 136
Type of Market: General Market
Open: Daily, 7 AM – 6 PM

Central Market, also known as Phsar Thmei, is an art deco landmark of Phnom Penh. This iconic market is housed in a large dome with four arms stretching into vast hallways with countless stalls. It’s a great place to find everything from jewelry and electronics to clothing and souvenirs. The market is also known for its central location, making it easily accessible for a quick shopping trip or a leisurely stroll.

We Recommend: Check out the central dome for high-quality gemstones and gold – the jewelry here is a popular purchase among both locals and visitors.

Russian Market (Phsar Toul Tom Poung)

Location: Corner of streets 155 and 444
Type of Market: General Market
Open: Daily, 7 AM – 5 PM

The Russian Market is a favorite among expats and tourists for its wide array of goods, including antiques, silk, silver products, and handicrafts. It’s also a great spot to pick up some Cambodian souvenirs and gifts. The market can get quite hot and crowded, but the hunt for unique items and bargains makes it an exciting experience.

We Recommend: Don’t miss the opportunity to buy some traditional Khmer scarves, known as Krama, which come in various colors and patterns.

Orussey Market (Phsar Orussey)

Location: Between streets 182 and 111
Type of Market: General Market
Open: Daily, 6 AM – 5 PM

Orussey Market is a bustling multi-story market that is more frequented by locals than tourists. It’s a great place to immerse yourself in the local culture and shop where the residents shop. You’ll find a wide range of products, from fresh food and spices to electronics and household items.

We Recommend: Venture to the food section for some authentic Cambodian street food, such as Bai Sach Chrouk (pork and rice) or fresh spring rolls.

Old Market (Phsar Chas)

Location: Near the riverside, between streets 108 and 110
Type of Market: Traditional Market
Open: Daily, 6 AM – 6 PM

Old Market, or Phsar Chas, is one of the oldest markets in Phnom Penh and is particularly popular for its food vendors. Here, you can find a variety of fresh produce, meats, and seafood, as well as clothing, accessories, and household goods. The market’s proximity to the tourist-friendly riverside area makes it a convenient stop for those staying nearby.

We Recommend: Sample some local snacks like Nom Krok (rice cakes) or Prahok (fermented fish paste), which are staples in Cambodian cuisine.

Street 240

Location: Street 240
Type of Market: Boutique Shopping Street
Open: Varies by shop, typically 9 AM – 8 PM

Street 240 is not a market in the traditional sense, but it’s a must-visit for those looking for boutique shopping in Phnom Penh. This charming street is lined with a variety of shops selling designer clothing, handmade crafts, and unique souvenirs. It’s also a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a leisurely shopping experience.

We Recommend: Look for shops selling locally made products and artisanal goods, such as handwoven textiles and silver jewelry.

Phsar Kandal (Kandal Market)

Location: Between streets 148 and 154
Type of Market: General Market
Open: Daily, 6 AM – 6 PM

Phsar Kandal, located in the heart of Phnom Penh, is a smaller market known for its authentic local atmosphere. It’s a great place to find fresh fruits, vegetables, and other food items, as well as clothing and everyday goods. The market’s central location makes it a convenient stop for those living or working in the downtown area.

We Recommend: Try the fresh tropical fruits like mangosteen, rambutan, or the infamous durian if you’re feeling adventurous.

Phsar Thmei III (New Market III)

Location: Monireth Boulevard
Type of Market: General Market
Open: Daily, 6 AM – 5 PM

Phsar Thmei III is a newer market that caters to a mix of locals and expats. It offers a wide range of products, including clothing, electronics, and household items. The market is known for its cleanliness and organization, making it a more relaxed shopping experience compared to some of the city’s older markets.

We Recommend: Look for the stalls selling traditional Khmer outfits, which can be custom-tailored for special occasions or as a unique souvenir.

Phsar Reatrey (Night Market)

Location: Along the riverside, near the corner of Street 1
Type of Market: Night Market
Open: Friday to Sunday, 5 PM – Midnight

Phsar Reatrey, the Night Market, is a lively spot that comes alive in the evenings, especially on weekends. It’s a great place to shop for clothes, accessories, and souvenirs under the stars. The market also features a food area where you can enjoy a variety of local dishes and snacks in a festive atmosphere.

We Recommend: Don’t leave without trying some grilled seafood or BBQ skewers, which are popular among both locals and visitors.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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