The Cambodian capital is bursting to the seams with an array of cute and quirky boutique stores selling everything from ethical fashion and accessories to traditional handicrafts and textiles. Here are 10 awesome independent stores in Phnom Penh.
Also known as Artisandesigner, A.N.D. is a stalwart on leafy Street 240, which is lined with cool stores. Specialising in locally-made fairtrade clothing and accessories, the line of products is created by underprivileged artisans, who are given high-quality training and paid fair wages. The result is a wonderful collection of patterned fabrics incorporated into clothes, hand-woven blankets, backs and household items.
Since opening in 2011, Paperdolls has been providing the capital’s cool crowd with bold fashion and bling. Stocking clothing from some of the country’s young designers as well as stock from abroad, the store is a treasure trove of fashionable finds so make sure you save some room in your suitcase to take back your purchases.
Bassac Lane, Phnom Penh 12301, Cambodia, +855 12 579 450
Fashionistas can trawl through the range of delicate designs created at Jasmine Boutique. Serving up sophisticated and chic clothing for women, two collections a year are created using top quality Cambodian silk that is hand-woven and dyed in a rainbow of colours and patterns. This shop is a must for those wanting to take home some stunning sustainable fashion.
Penh Lenh is the brainchild of American Rachel Dodson, who jacked in her job in New York as a modelling agent after a visit to Cambodia compelled her into action to empower the many marginalised women. She decided to start designing, making and selling a jewellery range, training and employing marginalised and at-risk women. The delicate designs take in earrings, necklaces, rings, anklets, bags and t-shirts.
71A Street 450, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, +855 77 713 155
Espadrilles are known across the globe, with the casual style of shoes originally hailing from southwest France. And now Cambodia has its own version, with Amboh – which means fabric yard in Khmer – producing handmade espadrilles that incorporate Cambodia’s signature krama – a multi-use chequered scarf – into the designs.
23A Street 232, Phnom Penh 12258, Cambodia, +855 88 905 9509
Nun Ay Bong
Formerly called Space Four Zero, Nun Ay Bong is a Pop Art gallery and music emporium. Inside, visitors will find a funky selection of handmade limited edition Sticky Fingers prints, Pop Art, vintage vinyl from Cambodia’s rock ‘n’ roll era, posters and t-shirts. A super quirky spot stocked full of great gifts to take home.
30 EOZ St 240, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, +855 78 985 530
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