Central Market

Central Market, Phnom Penh: Hours, Address, Central Market Reviews: 4/5

Central Market
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Flea & Street Markets
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Housed in a 1937 Art Deco building, this market is a city landmark.
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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA1,027 contributions
The art deco dome is great. Otherwise, the more negative reviews here are spot-on: It's tourist-trappy, and all haggling is doomed to fail because vendors have no incentive to give you an adequate price. Also, "you can buy everything here" is nonsensical - this is a very restricted place, and the goods offered are less than 10% of what a normal department store would have. That said, Cambodia is not a country for shopping because almost nothing is made here (but imported from Thailand and Vietnam). Cheap clothes are sometimes an exception, and there is some great quality art etc but none of that is sold here. Enjoy Central Market, but not for shopping.
Written April 18, 2022
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Pietro M
Phnom Penh, Cambodia110 contributions
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This was a first day activity for our group. Something about the bustling of patrons and just immense amount of activity and energy is really cool to see. I think the food market portion is probably the most interesting to walk around since this is where you can find locals selling and buying goods.

The thing is with the rest of the market is that the stalls are mainly selling cheap and knockoff stuff that while I'm sure not at all expensive to purchase, it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense to buy. I did buy a t-shirt for $5 bucks and didn't have to barter much with the shop owner (shirt was at least made in Cambodia so I did have that going for me).

Again I wouldn't recommend doing any serious shopping here. Even as a tourist I think you can probably find better souvenirs at the "Amazing Cambodia" store or even some stalls at the Russian Market.

My advice: grab a coffee or drink from one of the stalls and just take in the sights, sounds and smells from the market for an hour. Sure beats trying to haggle down the price of some cheap thing you can no doubt get elsewhere.
Written June 15, 2022
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Sherpa591575
Phnom Penh, Cambodia147 contributions
In my imagination, I’ve often thought that Central Market resembles an inter-galactic craft complete with four legs to prevent it falling over, which just happened to land in Phnom Penh. In truth however, this rather unique covered market was opened in 1937 & boasted the largest unsupported dome in Asia, 45-meter diameter, at least until 1960. Quite badly damaged early 1940’s. Although repairs were carried out after the war, extensive renovation became necessary, costing some $4 million, which was completed between 2009 & 2011. No problem finding this very distinctive building at streets 128/63.
Been here countless times & usually find it quite cool in the central area under the dome where watches, jewelry, semi-precious stones etc. are to be found. Away from the central area & extending through the legs there is a vast selection of clothes, shoes, fresh fish, vegetables & fruit. You will also discover a good selection of cutlery, china, pots, pans, small electrical appliances, flowers & much, much more. You can get a haircut, nails painted & ears pierced always provided, of course, that you are willing.
Shopped here numerous times & found the staff to be friendly & helpful & generally happy to do a little reasonable bargaining. Keep a close eye on your valuables.
Well worth a look & if you enjoy local food, you’ll not be disappointed with the good selection on offer. Rest your legs, eat & experience the comings & goings of this very busy market.
A visit to this city would be incomplete without visiting Central Market.
Written July 31, 2020
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jy123188
Los Angeles, CA18 contributions
It’s our last day in Cambodia so we came here to pickup some souvenirs. It’s a large building with many small stalls, selling everything from flowers to cloths, souvenirs, small electronics, handbags. Asking price typically is double of what you should pay for.
Written March 15, 2020
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Itchyfeet
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Couples
DO NOT cone here if you are a tourist or even an expat. I was recommended to visit this place from my hotel, I am a lover of tropical fruits and have visited many countries in Asia like the Philippines, Thailand, etc. they have very nice looking fruits here so I asked how much a kilo of mangosteen was, the guy said $1 USD, I thought ok thats not bad ill take two kilos then he proceeds to tell me they are $1 EACH! I almost laughed. I ask ok how much is a kilo, he says $6 USD. Now i usually pay around .50-1.00 max. I moved along to another vendor that tells me a few sliced pineapple pieces are $2, I say no thanks and then the price drops to 1.25. I kept walking. She was selling Durian also, wonder how much that was maybe $1,000 dollars? Ha ha. I proceeded to walk across the street and asked how much a basic omelette with rice was lady says $1 i said ok, then a man walks out and says no its $4. REALLY! This place is absurd! No elsewhere. Buyer beware!
Written April 14, 2022
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Leslie T
Sydney, Australia59 contributions
Couples
I visited the markets with the intention of buying souvenirs to take back home. The market has a lot to offer, if you are ready to bargain. I bought a bag full of souvenirs for under $20. Plus, also scored two london topaz pendants under $30. I guess with all these markets, the main thing is that you should know what to buy, how to look and how much to pay. The only saddening part of this place is that the toilets aren't very nice and you have pay an entry fee (I thibk it was 500 Cambodian Riels). As long as they are kept clean, a small fee is not an issue, I guess. The coconut waters are a nice addition and will help you with the heat both outside and inside. They dont have air con inside the market, just big fans, which do not cool you a lot, but it adds to the charm. Plus, be careful of your belongings.
Written January 8, 2020
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Nikki Leonard
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This is a must go if you are in Phnom Phen. You can buy every souvenir you will ever want here. Prices are very fair and expect to barter. This is not just a tourist spot as many locals shop here too. Some of my favorite purchases from here are table cloths, bags made from recycled cement bags, t-shirts, pepper, cashews, knock off ibuds, and knock off designer purses.
The little shops that sell food are amazing. I had rice with meat at a few of the different shops and it was very good. Also, make sure to grab an iced coffee while you are shopping.
I did not purchase but really enjoyed just browsing all the fresh flowers here as well.
All the shops accepted both US dollars as well as Cambodian riel. I would recommend having small bills if you are paying in US dollars.
Written February 22, 2020
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Ann
Greater London, UK26 contributions
This indoor market is a bind blowing experience for any western travelers ..... there is nothing quite like it in Europe.
A tightly packed, crowded, vibrant, noisy and colourful shopping experience, whether you are shopping or watching the locals. Everything you could possibly want under one roof.
Written February 2, 2020
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Em.
Melbourne, Australia42 contributions
Couples
Central Market is lots of fun and well worth a visit. For a market is large and spacious and you don’t feel closed it. We visited in Feb just as the Covid virus was breaking out and I’m not sure if that was the reason or not but we felt the stall holders didn’t really care if we were there or not.
If you’re going to buy jewellery it’s cheaper and rheee is a bigger selection on Siem Reap so wait and buy there.
Written April 26, 2020
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sohjimguan
Klang, Malaysia47 contributions
Looking for a hat , wood cravings , key chain for that office colleague ? Then this is the place for it. If you have a lot of cash you will have the time of your life here finding everything that you need or don't need to stuff into your luggage bag if it is still not full. Prices are reasonable but you have to bargain start off with atleast 50% off the stated price. Then work from there. The choices here are endless so they can cater to your every taste or style.
Written March 2, 2020
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