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In the city that is covered with high-class restaurants and international hotels, it is not surprising that Phnom Penh will offer you unique shopping experiences. It may not be able to compare with some shopping destinations in Southeast Asia, such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, but it is something that you should not miss in order to truly experience Phnom Penh.
It is not just about steamy local markets, where you can find souvenirs and local products. But you will find a lot of modern shopping malls now in Phnom Penh that offer many international brands. Furthermore, supermarkets that provide you everyday necessities will be found in almost every corner of the town. This article gives you insights about great places to shop in Phnom Penh. Local markets, supermarkets, and modern shopping malls will be all mentioned.
Where to Shop in Phnom Penh
Shopping has become a lifestyle of modern people in the 21st century. Where to shop in Phnom Penh have been surprisingly increasing over the years in order to respond to people’s demand. Both Khmer style shopping malls and Western-style-inspired shopping malls in Phnom Penh offer you a lot of stuff you need.
Aeon Mall Phnom Penh is the first mall in Phnom Penh that offers world-class shopping experience. It was AEON MALL Co., Ltd.’s project and was officially opened its door in mid-2014. Many international brands are available in this gigantic mall, such as Mango, Levi’s, Puma, Adidas to name just a few. Aeon Mall also offers a lot of its own Japanese brands for homewares and groceries as well. Aeon Supermarket is on the ground floor that provides both local and international products. There is an extensive food court next to the Aeon Supermarket, where you can find a huge array of cuisines from all around the world. Besides that, many high-end restaurants are available on the second floor of the mall as well. On the top floor, there is a modern entertainment complex, including a cinema, a bowling alley, a karaoke lounge, and a gaming center.
Opening hours: 9 am – 10 pm daily
Location: #132, Samdach Sothearos Blvd, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh
Aeon Mall Sen Sok City
Another project by AEON MALL Co., Ltd, Aeon Mall Sen Sok City is a mall that is similar to Aeon Mall Phnom Penh, but it is a better version. Aeon Mall Sen Sok City is the house of many international clothing brands, as well as jewelry housewares, sports wears, electronics and much more. An extensive food court is known as “Food Republic” is located on the ground floor. There is also a “Food Forest” on the second floor of Aeon Mall Sen Sok, where is the home to many international restaurants, from Chinese cuisine to Western cuisine. Besides the entertainment complex that includes a cinema and a bowling alley, Sea Aquarium, A small-sized amusement park, and Water Garden are other new entertaining complexes of Aeon Mall for both locals and expats. You literally can spend a whole day there and enjoy all the entertainment the mall offers.
Opening hours: 9 am – 10 pm daily
Location: St.1003, Bayab Village, Sangkat Phnom Penh Thmey, Khan Sen Sok, Phnom Penh
Sorya Center Point Mall was opened in 2003, which made it the first modern shopping center in Phnom Penh. Situated in the central area of Phnom Penh, the mall is very popular among locals in the past 16 years. The mall is packed with clothing stores, cosmetic shops, restaurants, and electronic stores. At the level 4 of Sorya Mall, you will find a lot of authentic traditional Cambodian arts and crafts, such as handicrafts, pottery, basketry, wood carvings, etc with the design that features Khmer style architecture. There is a large food court, a cinema, and entertainment complex on the top floor of Sorya Center Point Mall where you can spend your leisure time.
Opening hours: 9 am – 9 pm daily
Location: #13-61, St.63 Preah Trasak Paem, Sangkat Phsar Thmey 1, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
TK Avenue is an outdoor shopping complex in Toul Kork. Comparing to other shopping malls in Phnom Penh, TK avenue is unique in its own way due to the fact that it is an open-air mall that hosts a range of high-end luxury shops, such as Pedro and Adidas. Both Chinese and Western cuisine restaurants, such as Dim Sum Emperor, Metro restaurant, fast food restaurants like The Pizza Company, Cafe shops including Starbucks and Brown, can all be found in TK Avenue. Additionally, the mall does have Legend Cinema, where you can spend your spare time watching a movie with your loved one. The design of the mall is inspired by Western styles, which makes the mall even more unique.
- Opening hours: 6am – 11pm daily
- Location: #80, St.315 corner St. 516, Sangkat Beong Kok 1, Khan Toul Kork, Phnom Penh
City Mall is a Cambodian style modern shopping mall. This place offers various fast food outlets and a large choice of clothes, shoes, jewelry, electronics, souvenirs. Most of the stores are selling local brands. It was on the top of its kind industry when it was opened in the first few years, but now the mall is usually quiet, which might be the best for people that do not love crowded places. Lucky Supermarket on the ground floor is the one that brings liveliness to the mall. On the top floor of the mall, there is a food court, and you can find the Legend Cinema next to the food court. In addition, when you visit there, make sure to visit the Olympic Stadium that is located behind the mall.
Opening hours: 9am – 9pm daily
Location: #1, St 217 Samdach Monireth Blvd, Sangkat Veal Vong, Khan 7 Makara, Phnom Penh
Another high-end shopping mall in Phnom Penh that was officially launched in mid-2018, Exchange Square brings the shopping experience in Phnom Penh city up to another level. The mall is located in Phnom Penh’s financial district and only three minutes away from the city’s iconic Wat Phnom. Exchange Square comprises 16 floors of leasing office space and 4 levels of the retail mall. Sushi Tei restaurants, Bonchon, Hard Rock Cafe, Legend Cinema and other clothing stores can be found in this modern mall. Exchange Square also has four basements for packing space, so you do not have to worry about a lack of parking space when visiting the mall.
Opening hours: 9am – 9pm daily
Location: #19-20, St.106, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
Let’s meet our youngest mall in Phnom Penh! Olympia Mall has just launched this June 2019. The mall offers both local and international brands. It surprisingly has a lot of food offerings as well, especially in the food court on the fourth floor of the Olympia Mall. Since it just opened, a lot of space has not been occupied yet, hopefully, there will be more stores coming in soon. The main attraction of the Olympia mall is the dancing fountain in the front entrance. Moreover, the most interesting thing about this newest mall is that it includes the skywalk which is connected to the mall and it has the longest escalator that goes directly from the first floor up to the fifth floor.
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm daily
Location: #217, Samdach Monireth Blvd, Sangkat Veal Vong, Khan 7 Makara, Phnom Penh
Daily necessities are needed everyday, so for your convenience, this part will introduce you three supermarkets in Phnom Penh for you to shop at.
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Makro Supermarket brings the retail industry in Cambodia up to another level. A little bit different from other supermarkets in Phnom Penh. It does not only a retailer that sells products to individuals and households, but it is also a wholesaler as well. Makro Supermarket offers a wide range of high-quality products at affordable prices that enable buyers to keep their costs down and make profits by reselling. Makro is the suppliers of many family businesses, small and medium businesses. Its ultimate goal is to be a supplier of larger organizations such as hotels and restaurants. Therefore, you as a consumer can purchase a lot of good quality products that are imported from neighboring countries with wholesale prices.
Opening hours: 6am – 10pm daily
Location: Bayab Village, Sangkat Phnom Penh Thmey, Khan Sen Sok, Phnom Penh (Near Aeon Sen Sok City)
Different from other supermarkets in Phnom Penh, Bayon Market is a local-owned market, that provides the largest array of dry goods. You can find a lot of products that are imported from the United States, China, Singapore and Malaysia, such as canned and dried black beans, chickpeas, and other legumes. Bayon Market does not have many Khmer products to offer. However, most of the local products Bayon Market offers are from organizations whose purpose is to develop the local industry. The shop usually has a lot of people, but you do not have to worry since the space of both of their branches are large and can accommodate a lot of people and their packing space is huge as well.
Opening hours : 8am – 9pm daily
- #33-34, George Dimitrov St.114, Sangkat Monorom, Khan 7 makara, Phnom Penh
- Toul Kork : #41, St.337, Khan Toul Kork, Phnom Penh
Aeon Supermarket is located on the ground floor of both Aeon Mall Phnom Penh and Aeon Mall Sen Sok City. This supermarket offers a big selection of products such as fruit, vegetables, fish, meat/poultry, ham/sausages, dairy products, and other chilled food and frozen products. There is also a wide range of alcohol that you can find in the supermarket. One of the most special things about Aeon Supermarket is that it offers pre-cut fruit, pre-vegetables for salad and cooking ingredient packages, which will save you a lot of time from cooking. The only downside of Aeon Supermarket is that you need to get into the Aeon Mall in order to purchase goods from the Aeon Supermarket, which is a little bit inconvenient, but the large selection of goods will be the reason for you to keep purchasing from the supermarket.
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm daily
- Aeon Mall Phnom Penh: #132, Samdach Sothearos Blvd, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh
- Aeon Mall Sen Sok City: St.1003, Bayab Village, Sangkat Phnom Penh Thmey, Khan Sen Sok, Phnom Penh
Here comes to the interesting parts of the shopping! There are plenty of local markets in Phnom Penh and you obviously will have an unforgettable experience after a visit. Since we come to the local market part, let’s just call Phsar instead of market. However, before visiting a phsar in Phnom Penh, please do not forget to practice your bargaining skills.
Phsar Thmei (Central Market)
Phsar Thmei is one of the most iconic architectures in Phnom Penh, was the work of famous Cambodia architect Vann Molyvann. It is a cross-shaped building with a huge dome hall in the center. Each of the four wings of Phsar Thmei is categorized and sells different local products, including clothing, shoes, housewares, and food. Phsar Thmei’s food court on the west side of the Phsar is where you can find authentic Cambodian cuisines with affordable prices. On the central part of the market under the huge golden dome, there are a lot of stalls selling gemstones, silver and gold items, which are real. Phsar Thmei is always packed and it might be a little bit difficult to find a parking space as well.
Opening hours: 7am – 6pm daily
Location: St.128 Kampuchea Krom Blvd, Sangkat Phsar Thmey 3, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
Phsar Orussey offers a wide variety of items such as houseware, hardware, and electronic goods. A huge array of food is also available as well. Prices of products at Phsar Orussey are a lot cheaper than elsewhere in Phnom Penh. Phsar Orussey is not very well-known to tourists or expats since it does not offer souvenirs as tother local markets. However, visiting this Phsar will give you a chance to get an idea of Cambodian people’s life and experience the daily life of locals by yourself. Just a quick reminder, you need to be careful when visiting Phsar Orussey since it is so large and you can get lost easily. It is usually packed every day and every time, to be safe, you are advised to be careful with your belongings all the time.
Opening hours: 8am – 5pm daily
Location: St.182 Oknha Tep Phan, Sangkat Orussey 1, Khan 7 Makara, Phnom Penh
Phsar Reathrey (Phnom Penh Night Market)
By the name of it, you know that Phsar Reathrey or Night Market only opens from the evening till midnight. Situated by the riverfront, Phsar Reathrey is so relaxing and offers a chill vibe compared to typical local markets in Phnom Penh. It is an open-air market that offers a wide range of local products, such as Cambodian handicrafts, arts, clothes, wood carvings, and souvenirs. It was originally aimed toward tourists, but surprisingly Cambodian people seem to enjoy the night markets as much as tourists. There is a big stage in the center of the phsar, which is usually occupied with performance. Moreover, you can enjoy street food while listening to music.
Opening hours: 5m – midnight, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Location: St. 01 Preah Sisowath Quay, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
Phsar Chas (Old Market)
Phsar Chas is the oldest market in Phnom Penh and built-in French colonial. The market offers a great selection of antiques, galleries, clothing, hardware, souvenirs, silks, textiles, statues… you literally can find everything here. It is very popular among the locals as well, as Phsar Chas has their daily necessities, including fruits and vegetables. Phsar Chas is an ideal place to try local cuisine. In the late noon around 4pm, food vendors set up mats along street 13 in the preparation for the evening market. When visiting Phnom Penh, Phsar Chas is the must-see place as it offers a glimpse into the rich cultural traditions of the city.
Opening hours: 5m – 6pm daily
Location: St. 13 Preah Ang Eng, Phsar Chas, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
Phsar Toul Tom Poung (Russian Market)
Phsar Toul Tom Poung is also known as the Russian Market. Its name was from the 1980s when it was so popular among foreigners, and most of whom were from Russia. This phsar is so popular among locals and expats. You can find ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING here. Clothing, souvenirs, antiques, paintings, kitchenwares, silk scarves just to name a few. At phsar, you will find a big selection of local food. Phsar Toul Tom Poung closes at 5 in the evening, however, you can still hangout around the market, and that is the time where the famous Khmer street food comes out and serve you.
Opening hours: 6am – 5pm daily
Location: St.163 (Poland Republic Blvd) corner St. 440, Phnom Penh
After a long and tough week, you can go to one of the malls or markets mentioned above to relax and entertain yourself. Pressure can be forgotten for a while when you are shopping, especially for ladies. I highly recommend you to shop in local markets or phsar instead of going to the mall, because phsar will give you an insight into Cambodian’s daily life and you get to engage with local people more. A lot of local products at phsar with affordable prices.
Nevertheless, going to the mall is great as well as you can shop at an air-conditioned space and can avoid the tropical heat which can be annoying sometimes. If you do not have a lot of time to go to malls or phsar and want to buy some necessities, supermarkets will obviously help you out.