Phnom Penh’s growing number of outlets, malls, and boutiques purvey everything from bespoke handicrafts to slick sportswear and all things in between!
This bazaar gathers souvenirs, household items and clothing under a tapestry of sizzling metal roofs, specialising in good imitation and factory second Northface products, plus upcycled goods made from pre-used sacks for rice and cement. For more boutique items, Smateria on nearby St.450 marries Italian design with Khmer resourcefulness in its wares made from re-purposed fishing nets, recycled plastics and leather.
Once the biggest market in Southeast Asia, the design of Psar Thmei (“new market”) keeps temperatures low throughout the day, making it a bright and breezy alternative to the Russian Market, especially for authentic souvenirs, fabrics and clothing.
Orussey and Olympic Market
Sprawling hives of activity, these are the real deal when it comes to shopping as locals do – expect more choice and better prices on everything, across a dizzying array of dry foods, household items and hardware. Same-same items are grouped together but the immense floorspace can make finding what you came for formidable.
Discount, second hand and vintage stores
Premier vintage store Lost ‘n’ Found (#321, St.63) carries hand-picked items straight out of Italy, France and Hong Kong. Come away with leather bags, silk scarves and linen trousers all for a fraction of what you would pay at home.
D’s Books (St.240) stocks a wide selection of secondhand paperbacks and hardbacks, with the occasional signed copy turning up. They even pay for pre-owned books in good condition.
Phnom Penh also has recycle shops that source items from Japan- check out Sakura, Toto and Osaka for quality furnishings and homewares.
Bespoke and heritage product stores
Spice connoisseurs say the world’s best pepper comes from Kampot, so pick your own peck from family-owned Starling Farm, alongside other GI-protected products at their dedicated shop on St.172.
If you seek genuine silk items produced in Cambodia, Tabitha (St.51) and Natriya Home Silk (St.29) are two names you can trust. Both have a range of handwoven products, with Natriya specialising in custom made bedding and cushion covers to which Tabitha adds gorgeous bags, shawls and homewares.
Tucked down St.240 ½, Cambodian Creations gathers socially conscious jewellery, handicrafts, toys and much more from multiple Fairtrade suppliers in one place.
Part of a global network seeking to provide sustainable employment for survivors of trafficking, 3Strands (St.144) combine precious stones, metal and leather into their signature jewellery designs.
NGO Daughters of Cambodia (Sisowath Quay) support the livelihoods of vulnerable women, creating a space to make and sell screen-printed garments, hand turned wooden toys, jewellery and home décor items at their boutique store.
“Caring for the past, crafting for the future” is the motto of Artisans Angkor (St.13). Working to revive and preserve ancient arts, the social enterprise provides training and employment for over 1,000 rural Cambodians who turn out exquisite stone and wood carvings, hand painted silks and silverwork.
Tonlé go beyond good will to its workers, by mitigating poor environmental practices of Cambodia’s textile industry. Their seamstresses weave every single thread of remnant fabrics cast aside by garment factories into innovative, zero-waste designs. Find them at The 240 (#83, St.240).
World Fair Trade Organisation certified Goel Community (St.123) craft clothes, accessories and homewares from natural cotton, linen and silk fibres, using natural dyes to produce colours including precious Khmer indigo.
Beauty and relaxation
Let your nose lead you to Senteurs d’Angkor on St.178. Their handmade soaps and scents laced with fragrant jasmine, orchid, earthy cinnamon and more are to die for.
At nearby Bodia, get away from it all with the help of all-natural products: balms to soothe, soaps to nourish and candles to relax. Their top-rated “Cambodian cocoon” offers sumptuous spa and wellness treatments for skin and soul.
Sure you can fake it but now is a great time to buy quality items from the city’s many authentic retailers, including homegrown brands, and big names from Malaysia, Singapore, France and the US.
Craving the latest Air Max? Be blown away by the range of sportswear in the official Nike trendsetting store on Monivong Blvd. Prefer Adidas? Check their signature athletic footwear, clothes & accessories on Sihanouk Blvd.
Over at Aeon Mall 1 you can delve into Puma originals, including authentic football shirts and running shoes.
If you only have time to hit one sportswear store, make it True Brands- its several stores are stocked with guaranteed originals from multiple international sports and lifestyle brands.
Electronics and watches
For everything from cameras to calculators, look no further than multi-storied i-Qlick, Canon’s authorized agent in Cambodia, on Sihanouk Blvd.
Authorised Apple retailers iOne have stores in shopping malls Aeon 2, Sovanna and Canadia Tower.
For genuine watches, Swatch has a store in Aeon Mall 1, check Rado products in the showroom and service centre within Cambodiana Hotel; Omega at the original Nagaworld and Seiko can be found at the Thakral Timepiece store Sihanouk Blvd.
A modern and stylish store in store concept, which brings authentic and premium travel lifestyle international brands to the capital. Situated just next to Central Market, stepping into the mall is a little like stepping into a whole new world. They are also the official retailer in Cambodia for Victorinox, Lojel, Bric’s, Crossing, New Yorker, The North Face, 5.11 Tactical, Pacsafe, and Eagle Creek. They also own Travel Hub found at both AEON Mall locations, which is your one-stop-shop for luggage, backpacks, and travel accessories!
Cambodia’s first Western-style mall on Sothearos Blvd houses 3D and 4D cinema screens, a bowling alley, a food court (or two) and sizeable supermarket. Once inside, lose yourself in a wealth of clothing shops.
Newcomer Exchange Square on St.106 contains more upmarket brands and Hard Rock Cafe complete with Stateside cuisine, cocktails, branded merchandise and the live music that made it famous.
At time of writing (December, 2018) all information was correct, but may have changed since. If there’s something you read here which you feel is incorrect or requires updating, please let us know.