Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia. This awesome area attracts tourists with enthralling French architecture, grand boulevards, picturesque waterside scenery and friendly, bustling locals. Coming here, you cannot miss a trip to discover the interesting markets to immerse yourself in the flavors and the cultural nuances of Cambodia. Now let’s find out 5 surprising Phnom Penh markets that will shake up your senses.
Located in downtown Phnom Penh, the Central Market is known as Phsar Thmei or the ‘New Grand Market' to locals. Opened in 1937, the market was said to be the largest one in Asia. This is probably the most iconic market in Phnom Penh. The market appeared in almost movies that filmed or set in Cambodia. Briefly closed during the Khmer Rouge occupation, the market has come back more crowded and now top on the must-see list for every tourist visiting Phnom Penh. Everything you can imagine is sold here from electronics, jewelry, household items, and clothes to paintings, sculptures, flowers, and so on. Just name a product, and it'll be readily available here. Especially, don't forget to try some delicious dishes from colorful of food stalls. The hour open of Central Market is from 5 am to 6 pm every day.
Natively known as 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. The market is also considered a great place for tourist to find gifts, souvenirs, handicrafts and handmade goods. A large selection of intricately carved sculptures and wall décor as well as a number of unique, handmade silks weaves and traditional outfits are on display. Russian Market is unlike Central Market. It is not well ventilated, the lighting is limited and the alleys narrow. This market will give you a feel for the typical atmosphere of a local Cambodian market. The opening hour is every day from 7 am to 5 pm.
This market is a popular spot for both tourists and locals as its relaxed atmosphere. The locals mostly come for the evening entertainment on the main stage, the large variety of street food with tasty dishes, and the live Khmer music concerts. One nice thing when visiting the Night Market is its open-air location right next to the beautiful Tonle Sap Riverfront. It offers a chance for you to relax and immerse in an electric atmosphere.
Just across the street from the Night Market, the Old Market is an ideal place to experience authentic Cambodian culture in its most natural form. The Old Market has been located here since the French colonial time and is the oldest market still operating in Phnom Penh. Inside the market, you can easily find a wide range of clothing, handicrafts, and textiles along with motorcycle parts, as well fruit and vegetables. The market opens every day from 5 am to 6 pm but the stands outside selling souvenirs will stay open until after 8 PM.
If you need some everyday items, household tools or garden tools you just need to go to Orussei Market. Stalls here are piled high with items ranging from colorful spices, baguettes, vegetables, and giant sacks of rice to cooking utensils, pirated DVDs or CDs, toiletries, electronics, pots and pans, and much more. The market opens from 7 am to 5 pm every day.