Phnom Penh shopping experiences may not be high on the list or on par with shopping destinations in Southeast Asia like Bangkok or Singapore, but it's something you shouldn't dismiss. The city has a lot to offer the discerning shopper, as well as souvenir and bargain hunters.
It’s not just about steamy local markets or cheap knock-off bags and watches any more. Local markets (you can find a Phsar in almost every corner of Phnom Penh), modern shopping malls and individual boutiques are all waiting to greet you, and all with that famous Cambodian hospitality. This list of the best shopping in Phnom Penh comprises spots from all over the city so you can be sure you won’t miss out on anything.
- Private Angkor Wat & Royal Temples Excursion
- Afternoon Tour of Angkor Wat
- Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & Independence Monument Half-Day Tour
- Phnom Penh Full-Day Guided Trip
- Private Excursion to Ancient Temples, Takéo Silk Village & Mount Chisor
- Small-Group Mekong Sunset Tour
- Sunrise Angkor Temple Photo Excursion
- Flight of the Gibbon Zipline Tour at Angkor Park
- Tonlé Sap Lake Tour with Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Angkor Temples Private Small-Group Tour
Russian Market (Phsar Toul Tom Poung)
The Russian Market gets its name from the 1980s when it was first popular with foreigners, most of whom were Russian. That's contrary to the popular myth that this is where Kalashnikov rifles were readily sold! These days you’ll find expats, locals and tourists from all over the world winding their way through the market’s inner maze.
You can find almost everything here: clothing, souvenirs, artefacts, antiques, paintings, jewellery, lamps, kitchen utensils, shoes, silk scarves — even parts for your scooter! You also have a nice display of the usual tourist fare in knock-off watches and luggage. The food area is very interesting to wander around, though be careful of the wet floor near the fresh food area as it can be slippery. Stop for lunch or a snack on the delicious local food offerings to recharge between your bargain hunts.
The streets immediately surrounding the Russian market also house many interesting shops that are worth checking for antiques, silk, or even western food. Find the market on the corner of streets 440 and 155, south of Mao Tse Toung Boulevard in Boeung Keng Kang.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 5pm
- Location: St. 163 Corner of St. 444, Phnom Penh 12310, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 77 333 818
The Central Market in Phnom Penh is an architectural stand-out that was the work of famous Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann. It’s worth a look even if you’re not hunting for souvenirs or knick-knacks. The art deco-inspired and cross-shaped building sits under a golden dome.
Jewellery, watches and gold stands dominate the central area under the dome. Some of the gems are real from Cambodia’s near-exhausted gem fields, and most of the silver and gold items are real, though you will pay current trade prices, so don’t expect to get them for a steal.
Each of the 4 wings sell clothing, shoes, household items, and electronics. It’s fairly haphazard but adds to the enjoyment of wandering around inside the huge space. Around the outside – in the space between the wings – you can find some stands selling tourist favourites (T-shirts, Buddha statues, Angkor Wat paintings) and souvenirs as well as a good selection of stands selling fresh flowers. The food stalls are on the western side towards Monivong Boulevard. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 6pm
- Location: Street 130, one block East of Monivong Boulevard, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Street 240 is a nice quiet street behind the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, with a lot of shops and eateries in old French colonial houses. You will find a mix of boutique fashion shops, souvenir shops, cafes, shops belonging to charities, and NGOs promoting fair trade and goods made by locals.
The street is a great place to find small independent fashion boutiques selling unique clothing made of local fabric and silk, as well as unique jewellery shops tucked away behind a garden and selling items made of “buttons”.
There are also stores selling second-hand books and a volunteer library offering a reading room. Textile shops offer textiles for home decoration or clothing, and cooperative clothing stores showcase fabrics locally designed and woven, providing a fair wage to employees. If you’re tired of the usual Southeast Asian trinkets gifts and souvenirs, this is the place to find something different. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Most shops daily from 8am until late
- Location: Oknha Chhun St. (240), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Aeon Shopping Mall
The 68,000-sqm Aeon Mall opened in mid-2014, giving Phnom Penh a world-class shopping mall. It houses brand stores such as Sheridan, Mango, Levi’s and Adidas to name just a few, along with Aeon’s own store selling well-known brands and homewares and groceries.
There is an extensive food court on the top floor, along with a modern entertainment complex, including a cinema, karaoke lounge, bowling, arcades, and even ice skating! Among the services at the mall, you’ll find an airline sales center on the ground floor, along with dry cleaners, western chemists travel agencies and banks.
Like any mall, the food venues are many and varied — from food hall vendors to top-class restaurants — but don’t expect Cambodian street food, or street food prices. It’s the place to shop and relax in air-conditioned comfort to escape the heat, noise and smells of the Phnom Penh street.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 10pm
- Location: 132 Samdach Sothearos Blvd (3), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 23 901 091
Phnom Penh Night Market (Phsar Reathrey)
The Phnom Penh Night Market is a popular spot for tourists and locals and has a relaxed atmosphere. The locals mostly come for the evening entertainment on the main stage (such as singers, performers or company promotions), and to eat at the food stalls.
While there is more on sale by locals for locals here, tourists and visitors can find handicrafts, clothing, wood carvings, etc. The main reason to come here is to mingle with the locals and try the local food at the open-air food court behind the main stage. You'll be able to sample some traditional Khmer street food while eating with the Khmer families sitting down on mats, set up on the grass, or (if you’re lucky) at one of the tables with plastic chairs.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to midnight
- Location: Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 23 222 839
Street 178 is known as ‘Art Street’ and is definitely the place to go for paintings, sculptures, statues and hand-made silverware. If you’re walking down 178 from Riverside, you’ll first see small boutique shops selling designer clothing, bags and accessories. Some of these are charity partner stores, with money going to support the many programs offering artisan work to Cambodians.
As you move down the street you’ll see art galleries selling popular Cambodian art such as paintings, and stone and wooden statues. The local sculptors and artists work in shops and on the street in front of their stores next to Wat Sarawan. You’ll see an impressive collection of giant stone Buddha statues displayed on the pavement—it’s worth the photo opportunity even if you’re not shopping for a six-foot high statue.
Be sure to look around the corners as you walk down Street 178, as you’ll also find a few galleries and silver stores in the area. Several private galleries, such as Reyum and Sa SaBassac have regular exhibitions of contemporary and traditional artwork.
And don’t worry if you get a little tired from all that walking. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars and street food along the way where you can take a break. Opening times differ from shop to shop but are usually around 9am through early evening.
- Location: Samdach Preah Sokun Meanbon St. (178), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Old Market (Phsar Chas)
The Old Market in Phnom Penh has been in its current location since the French colonial times and is the oldest market still operating in Phnom Penh. This is truly a locals' market, popular with Khmer people, so a visit will give you the experience of a truly authentic market.
Phsar Chas offers a wide range of clothing, handicrafts and textiles, along with motorcycle parts, and fruit and vegetables. Towards the evening on weekends, the food vendors will set up mats along Street 13 for the evening market. The market closes at sunset, but the stands located on the south side selling souvenirs will often stay open well after 8pm. You can reach the market on Street 108, just behind the Night Market and next to Freedom Park.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 5am to 6pm
- Location: Phsar Chas, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Owned by the Lucky supermarket and hotel company, City Mall is another large shopping centre a little outside of the tourist areas, but still easily accessible by a short tuk-tuk ride.
There is a Lucky Supermarket on the ground floor, along with various fast food outlets and other variety stores. The shops on various floors will sell a large choice of clothes, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics and electronics, and the small shops are selling mainly Cambodian brands. It is usually very quiet and not as hectic as other centres, such as Soryaor Aeon. The medium-size food court is on the top floor, just next to the Legend Cinema, where you can view newly released blockbusters in Khmer and English.
While you are there, make sure you visit Olympic Stadium just across the road. It’s free of charge to enter, and a popular public space for the locals to relax and exercise. You can also appreciate the work of the famous Cambodian architect, Vann Molyvann. You can find the mall on Charles de Gaulle Boulevard, next to Olympic Stadium.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm
- Location: 1 Chamkar Doung Street (217), Phnom Penh 12253, Cambodia
Orussei Market (also called OuRuessei Market or Phsar Orussey) is the largest old-style market in Phnom Penh, which is spread across 3 floors. Not very well-known to tourists or even expats, this large building just 5 minutes by tuk-tuk from Central Market, is the place where many Cambodians shop for everyday items.
You can find everything from food, household items, garden tools and electronics on the ground floor to jewellery, tailors, fabric and clothing on the two other floors. The top floor is especially popular with locals as a factory-style outlet for a lot of the well-known brands that manufacture their clothes in and around the city.
Prices at Orussei Market are much cheaper than you will pay at home, but you'll find mostly smaller sizes to suit the Cambodian shoppers. While bargains can be had, this market is so big that you can easily get lost in the labyrinth of aisles and stalls. You can find the market on Street 182, west of Monivong Boulevard.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
- Location: Oknha Tep Phan St. (182), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 85 833 315
Sorya Center Point Mall
Sorya Center Pint Mall is a shopping centre that's centrally located in Phnom Penh. The multi-story building is packed with shops and restaurants and was the first shopping centre of its kind in Phnom Penh when it opened in 2003. The mall remains very popular with Cambodians. There are a number of variety of shops and somespecialty stores, selling items ranging from clothes, shoes and jewellery to cosmetics, children’s toys and electronics.
A large food court is on the 4th floor, and the cinema, arcades and entertainment complex are all on the top floor. It’s only one block south of Central Market, so a good place to walk to on your Phnom Penh shopping expedition.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm
- Location: Street 63, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 16 556 608