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Top 5 Shopping and Eating Phnom Penh


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Home to the intriguing Khmer empire, and many interesting Buddhist sites and bustling streets, the capital city of Cambodia is known around the world as Phnom Penh. It contains the largest population in the nation, and sits snuggly upon the stunning Mekong and Tonle Sap shoreline.

Hotels in Phnom Penh City Centre are close to many landmarks. The attractions are one thing, but while visitors are exploring the city, it is recommended that they take some time to discover the many shopping and eating landmarks found throughout the centre of the city.


1. The riverside area contains a fantastic number of hawkers and street vendors that offer excellent culinary pleasures. Visitors should certainly take some time out of their travels to head down to this area of downtown Phnom Penh to enjoy some traditional cuisines and even try some dishes with a modern flare.

2. Again, the riverfront area is the place to be when it comes to excellent places to eat in downtown Phnom Penh. However, eating at one of the street vendor or hawker set ups is only part of the deal. There are so many exciting cafes and restaurants located along the riverfront too that are simply amazing. The prices here are closer to the more expensive side of the city, but this still isn’t close to regular Western prices.

3. For a real night out to remember, the best restaurants in the city centre of Phnom Penh are located within many of the finer hotels around the settlement. Even though the prices here are more expensive than elsewhere, these hotel restaurants come in a great variety of cuisines and styles.

4. The guesthouses of the middle of Phnom Penh are also great places to enjoy a quiet meal or simply a quiet beverage. They generally offer local food, but there are some that have Western influences and basic French influences too.

5. Finally, the streets of downtown Phnom Penh are perfect for finding unbelievable restaurants. Almost every major road or street contains some thing interesting, and with so many cuisines found throughout the city, including American, Italian, French, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and traditional cuisines, there is something for everybody.


1. The main shopping complex is the City Mall, which although is new, also contains plenty of retail goods and services. It is a brand new shopping complex that has outshone the other malls in the city.

2. The Sorya Mall use to hold the title as Phnom Penh’s most Western-like shopping mall, until City Mall was built. Nevertheless, it is still an interesting place to visit, especially for visitors who enjoy shopping immensely.

3. The Central Market is another fabulous place to visit, located close to the centre of Phnom Penh. It is one of the oldest market places in the city, standing for more than 90 years. However, it only looks half its age, as a result of the recent makeover it received several years ago. A huge range of products are sold here, and it is even possible to bargain with vendors to try and make the prices even cheaper.

4. Don’t forget about the Russian Market, which happens to be one of the most visited markets in the city. Shopping here is just plain fun! There are so many intriguing stalls to explore, which generally boast a range of items from clothing (real fashion design kind of stuff!) to jewelry. Don’t come away thinking the jewelry is real though, as most of the time it is a knock-off.

5. When shopaholics think they have polished off the shopping ventures of Phnom Penh, think again! The Olympic Market is a large wholesale marketplace that boasts several floors of goodies for tourists and locals to buy.

Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Hotels in Phnom Penh City Centre content.


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