In Cambodia tour package, a tour of Phnom Penh market is an experience you could not missed. Most markets have a wide selection ranging from fresh food to various clothes.
1. Central market ( Phsar Thmey )
Central Market – also referred to as Phsar Thmey, meaning ‘New Market’ – is one of the major landmarks in Phnom Penh. Designed by Desbois and erected in Art Deco style, Central Market was the largest of its kind in Asia when it was constructed in 1937 during the French colonial era. In an effort to preserve this unique architecture, Central Market underwent a renovation with funds from the French Developmental Agency before it was reopened to the public in 2011.
Around the main buildings are stalls offering Krama (checked scarves), stationery, household items, cloth for sarongs, flowers and second hand clothes, usually from Europe and the US. On the eastern side of the building is the main entrance where you’ll come across shops that have items such as ornaments, T-shirts and souvenirs on sale. Likewise, head over to the market’s central area that holds numerous jewel stores, gold as well as silver jewelry collections. Further, the market has a slew of shops that especially deal in electronics, clothing and second-hand items at incredibly cheap prices. Above all, don’t forget to sample the distinctive food items available here. One of the specialty dishes is the creamy coconut pudding that is particularly great to relish during scorching afternoons.
2. Russian market ( Phsar Toul Tom Poung )
Russian market is located in the south part of Phnom Penh and is known to the locals as Phsar Toul Tom Poung. The reason why it is called Russian market is because it was a popular market among the Russian expats during the 1980s when most of the western expats in Phnom Penh were Russian.
This market is popular to collectors of genuine antiques; also, for those looking for good reproductions. Filled with stalls selling sundry souvenir items (silk scarves and bags, woodcarvings, etc.) and clothing, Toul Tum Poung is a well-frequented market among tourists. 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.
3. Night Market ( Phsar Reatrey )
The night market in Phnom Penh, located in front of the Phsar Chas (Old Market) near the riverside, is perpetually crowded with tourists in search of a good bargain. The market was originally aimed towards visitors and tourists but interestingly thought is that it is probably more popular among Cambodians than foreigners.
At the moment, there are more than 150 stalls selling an array of items from clothing and ornaments to furniture and souvenirs. The entire setting of the Phnom Penh night market night market is made from natural material, and there are occasionally music performances and entertainment acts.
It has a wide selection of all the usual tourist items including handicrafts, silks, art, T-shirts, curios, knickknacks, and souvenirs. While it is an open market like a local market, it has a bit more of a relaxed and festive atmosphere than a typical local market. The night market is a different addition to Phnom Penh’s shopping scene.
4. Old Market ( Phsar Chas )
Old Market (Phsar Chas) is a centrally located, local market, behind Night Market just one block west of riverside in the south end of the Old French Quarter. If you are looking for typical Cambodian souvenirs then you have come to the wrong place but if you want to get a glimpse of the local culture this is the market to go to.
If you want to buy fresh fish and vegetable you should try to get there as early as possible before the best goods are sold out. Some of the stalls open already around 5am and at 6am you can expect all of them to be open.
In addition, the market provides customers with a significant number of raw materials used for cooking food. Besides departments for food, the Old market has the stores selling products of old clothes and motorbikes. Many kinds of old clothes with affordable prices draw the attention of quite a few visitors including foreign tourists. Motorcycles are also displayed to customers with a variety of types of models. Due to this diversity of commodities, the Old market becomes more and more busy and crowded.
5. Olympic Market
Olympic market is one of the best places in town to find nice fabrics, most of the fabrics are end-of-roll textiles from the local garment industry. The market is additionally well-known for clothing fashion and accessories such as belts, glasses, wallets and shoes. Besides clothes, there are also numerous shops offering jewelry in the first floor. The second floor is specially for ladies with evening dresses worn in Cambodia on a festive occasions. The last floor located restaurants which offer a lot of special and tasty Cambodia dish with affordable price.