The market forms an integral part in Cambodians’ lives, with daily visits made to stock up on food for the day as well as other items. That means the capital of Phnom Penh is dotted with markets both large and small. Here are the capital’s top markets to visit.
Popular with the young Khmer crowd, the Night Market, or Phsar Reatrey, is an open-air evening affair located on riverside. A collection of stalls sell clothes, accessories and food, with a central stage hosting live performances in the form of singers, musicians and dancers. It can get lively at weekends and while the stalls don’t sell anything of particular interest, it makes a good spot to stop off before dinner and drinks on riverside.
If you want a taste of authentic market life, then head to Old Market, or Phsar Chas, because this is where the locals shop. You’ll find no souvenirs here, instead there is an array of tropical fruit and vegetables, slabs of meat hanging from hooks, fish flapping in pots, chickens being plucked and plenty of deals being brokered. This is likely the market you will visit if you take a cooking class with a market tour.
The container market trend has swept over from Thailand, with Jet’s Container Night Market proving popular with the young, cool Khmer crowd who flock there each evening to snack on food, drink beer or iced coffee, hang out with friends and listen to live music. There are also stalls selling quirky T-shirts and other items designed by entrepreneurial locals.