If retro cool is right down your street, then you’re in for a treat when visiting the Cambodian capital as the city is dotted with vintage stores packed with unique finds to take home. Here are the best vintage stores in Phnom Penh.
As one of Phnom Penh’s first vintage fashion stores, owner Chum Dalis opened Color Vintage in July 2011. With racks full of vintage and retro items that include dresses, trousers, skirts, shoes, bags and accessories, the stock is constantly changing, serving up a variety of one-off styles. With second-hand items sourced from across the globe – especially Australia and Japan – Dalis and her team of talented Cambodian women lovingly restore the items before hanging them on the rails. Free alterations are also offered to ensure the perfect fit.
188 Street 13. Tel. 092 736 678.
Lost ‘n’ Found
Opened by Neou Sothearith in May 2013, Lost ‘n’ Found is another must for fans of vintage attire. Again, scouring through warehouses piled high with second-hand items, Sothearith and her team spend time carefully restoring and revamping items before they go on sale. The result is a beautiful collection of clothing and accessories from day and night dresses, to trousers, leather bags, belts and shoes.
Street 63. Tel. 017 236 002
Sakura Recycle Shop
The last few years has seen a string of Japanese second-hand shops open throughout Cambodia, each boasting a treasure trove of trinkets to be snapped up at bargain basement prices. Sakura Recycle Shop is one of the main names, with five large stores across Phnom Penh and one in Siem Reap. As well as stacks of clothes, handbags and accessories, a range of other household items, including furniture, is also stocked. With so much to sift through, it can often take time to hit the jackpot.
The largest store is on Street 271. Tel. 023 650 9268
All the Cambodian cool kids head to this small market in the Boeung Keng Kang area of Phnom Penh. As well as being the place where locals in the area snap up their daily goods for the day, this market has become popular with youngsters looking to bag a bargain in the form of a unique outfit. Around the market, a number of stores have cropped up selling second-hand and refashioned fabrics sourced from across the globe.
The Vintage Shop
Located in Russian Market, The Vintage Shop serves as a tribute to Cambodia’s great artists of the 1960s and 1970s. Specialising in retro memorabilia, the store, which is run by Teng Samphors, stocks a wide collection of rare film release posters reproduced by Kon Khmer Koun Khmer Association. Among them are album prints, vinyl and discs from Cambodian Space Project, remastered tracks from the Cambodian rock ‘n’ roll era such as Sinn Sisamouth, and retro-inspired t-shirts and other items.
Russian Market, Tuol Tom Poung. Tel. 017 795 159
Despite having opened four years ago, Estampe is the product of decades of searching Southeast Asia for hidden gems by owners Lien Bouvet and her husband. The boutique is packed full of a delightful selection of items that date back to colonial Cambodia and the wider Indochina region. Home to a series of original items, such as framed photos of Phnom Penh’s Central Market from the 1920s, maps of the region dating back to the 1900s and certificates of French companies operating overseas, Estampe also sells a series of items that are perfect for souvenirs. These include vintage graphics and photographs reprinted on notebooks and postcards, and key rings.
197 Street 19. Tel. 012 826 186