Did you know that there are more than 30 markets where you can shop for local and imported products in Phnom Penh? This is a mini guide to buying and window shopping in the Cambodian colorful city. All these selected Phnom Penh markets have their great selections and offerings. There is no single market that has everything for every buyer. Living in Phnom Penh, there are more choices than ever with the growing trend of products from around world. These products are available in either these local markets or trendy shopping malls like Aeon Mall. Whether you need to do your regular groceries shopping to electronics products, I have you covered.
The best markets and shopping malls to shop in Phnom Penh
The Central Market (Phsar Thom Thmey)
One of Phnom Penh’s largest and oldest market, this is where middle class and higher rich local Cambodians love to come shopping. While this is one of the most popular markets in the city among tourists, the Central Market is also known for having fresh seafood. The best time to buy seafood like crabs, squids, or lobsters is in the afternoon. The price goes down a bit later in the day. You should avoid Orrusey market if you want good or fresh enough seafood. Good here also means good price in addition to quality. We compared price with local popular seafood restaurant like Sonivid, and found that this market is better than others for seafood.
or known as Tuol Tumpoung among locals is popular for visitors and tourists to shop gifts to bring back home. International brand clothes and shoes are available on sale at a reasonable price. Most of the American and Western brands are produced at factories in Cambodia, so that’s one of the reasons you can buy jeans and t-shirts way cheaper than stores in New York city. In the Russian Market, you can also indulge in Cambodian food and snack.
On Sisowath Quay near the riverside, the Night Market is a local marketplace for tourists and Phnom Penhers. Just like the Russian Market, Cambodian-made gifts are among the items you can find in this Night Market, which is really close to the tourist area the riverside.
Thai Huot Market
bigger than 7 Eleven convenient nstore, Thai Huot is a supermarket. As of 2017, it has two locations in central city, one on Monivong Vong Boulevard and the newest one in Beng Keng Kang district. Thai Huot Markets source some of the best products from the United States of America. So if yoi can’t find your American groceries or multivitamins anywhere else, then you should head to Thai Huot Market.
is similar to Thai Huot. Bayon Market also has a good selection of items from abroad. Located in good locations in Phnom Penh, the first Bayon Market is on the Russian Federation Boulevard and the latest location is in Tuol Kork district.
Aeon mega mall (on Sothearos Boulevard)Just Macy’s in New York, Aeon is the largest shopping mall in Phnom Penh. It’s the first largest shopping mall in the heart of Phnom Penh along the Sisowath Quay. Just a few walks from the Diamond Island, Aeon Mall sets the direction and trend for Phnom Penh shoppers. The second Aeon Mall is located in Sen Sok district, which is just a few walks from Makro market. Why is Aeon Mall so popular among Cambodians and Phnom Penhers? Read our 12 reasons here.
Makro Phnom Penh: Thai Market in Cambodia
is also the first wholesale supermarket that is hard to avoid for those looking for imported products from neighboring country Thailand. Read more about Makro market here.
The first Japanese AEON mega mall has been a huge success in the heart of Phnom Penh. In 2018, Makro Cambodia in Sen Sok district is the first Thai-based Siam Makro to offer Cambodian shoppers and Phnom Penhers unbeatable prices for most (not all) Thailand-made products.
About ten years back, Cambodian middle class people had to travel to Thailand’s Bangkok to buy good quality products. Despite shopping in the heart of Bangkok is a leisure for some Khmer richie elites, the exported products to Cambodia and available at Market market in Cambodia is very much welcoming.
In this review, you’ll learn some of the best products, including home improvements, electronics, food and beverages available in the Makro market in Sen Sok branch. If you don’t like to bargain in local markets in Phnom Penh, then head to the Makro market.
Buying a television or electronics?
For those who find it difficult to shop for a TV in Phnom Penh, it’s quite convenient to head to the Makro market. This year, as I shopped for a new flat screen, full HD TV, I went to KFour, a shop house near the Central Market, and in this Makro market.
Popular brands such as Sony, LG, Samsung, and Toshiba are on display near the entry as you step in the huge market hall. Prices are quite comparable to those shops around Phsar Thmey. Thai quality electronics products like fans or rice cookers are some of the items you can buy at a good price.
Thai food & beverages
If you prefer Thai products from Thailand, this Makro market is probably your first choice. Actually, there are more than just Thai made products available on the tall, large shelves in this shopping mall. However, a lot of the items are imported from Thailand. Khmer people love the Thai Mama noodles. This is the best place to buy this favorite brand noodles. The bakery section is also a nice corner to get bread. Thai snacks are typically sold in bulk packages at a cheaper price are at the back of the market hall.
Buying quality medicines imported from Thailand?
There is a pharmacy within the Makro market where you can buy a variety of medicines with some help from the professional staff.
How to get to Makro market
This first Thai Makro market in Sen Sok district is the first branch in Phnom Penh. It’s not in the central city. If you take a Tuk Tuk, a taxi (PassApp or Grab), it’s about half an hour from the riverside or Boeung Keng Kang area. For those who live in Tuol Kork area, the Makro market is just about 10 minutes drive, which is quite convenient. The Makro market is just a few walk from the second AEON mall.
This is probably a new shopping center in this Sen Son, once a quiet district of this Cambodian capital city. For those keep asking where’s the best place to buy Thai products? Makro market. Thailand has to export more of its domestic products to Asean market. This Makro market is strategically one way to expand its reach. The second AEON mall is just a few walks from the Makro, making buying spree easier just like in Bangkok.
Global House Cambodia
Global House is a large company in Thailand that supplies building materials, home appliances, and home decoration products. At its warehouse store, you can find construction materials, construction materials, household appliances, decoration and garden furniture, and more (100,000 products). All of these materials are arranged in a modernized supermarket to facilitate the selection of customized materials.
Location: Baayap Village, Sangkat Phnom Penh Thmey, Khan Sen Sok, Phnom Penh
Don’t have much time to shop? This online marketplace is the way to go. It’s not an everything shop, but you can find some selected products made in Cambodia to order. Its available online payment methods and delivery make it easy to buy some Cambodian-made products. The founder of Phsar told me that this online marketplace is ideal to grab the best promotions from the online platform. Visit Phsar for more!
Phnom Penh’s Exchange Square
These are stunning views from the 19th floor of the Exchange Square, one of Phnom Penh’s tallest buildings and shopping malls in one. It’s amazing to see some of Phnom Penh’s iconic places like the Central Market (Phsar Thmey) and the riverside from this new angle.
The Exchange Square opened in 2017 to the public. The building houses premium offices and retail shops.
These photos were taken from the Huawei office.
Inside the Exchange Square
Inside the Exchange Square, Phnom Penh residents would go to the large Lucky Supermarket, or go to the movie theater (The Legend Cinema) with large and comfortable seats (a Phnom Penh’s high-class theater). On the ground floor, there is also the Hard Rock Cafe and a Starbucks coffee shop. There are also some good wine shops and well stocked grocery shops. Yet, the AEON Malls are much bigger in size and have more shops.
Close to Wat Phnom, this new commercial building, shopping mall, and office tower is clean and quiet with a lot of parking spaces underground. A nice place for coffee meeting and shopping, the Exchange Square is a bold, taller edition of the AEON mega mall.
The Exchange Square is an interesting take for Cambodia as its slogan is “Where Cambodia Meets Hong Kong.” Really? You decide.
More about the Exchange Square on its official website: