Central Market
Central Market
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Points of Interest & LandmarksArchitectural BuildingsFlea & Street Markets
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • tigerbro
    Taipei, Taiwan148 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place to buy run-of-the-mill souvenirs
    The most impressive thing about this market is the dome roof in the middle. The wet market part is interesting too. If you want cheap, low quality souvenirs, you can get them here. Don't pay more than $2 for a basic touristy T-shirt.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
  • Ronelle T
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Central Market
    The architecture of the building was amazing. In the centre of town, easy to get to. Went on two different days and wasn't busy. The stall holders were friendly and very helpful with sizes and colours. There were stalls selling jewellery, clothing, bags, shoes. Fancy wedding clothing, household items. There were even nail and hair salons. On one side you can see the wet market for meat, seafood and vegetables. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Rachel M
    Birmingham, United Kingdom14 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good if you want to haggle and buy cheap gifts
    First of all opening times we asked 3 people all told us different we got 6.30am-8am we went around 8.30am and things were not open ( we left at 9.30am and not everything was open) so i would say after 10am is better time to go. Bad points: Only a few benches to sit and i think these are for the locals/stall owners. No where to sit and have a drink you have to buy a drink off someone if you can find someone and walk around with it. Stalls are everywhere not easy to find your way around outside. Outside places don't want to haggle on prices and they are expensive! You can find everything you would want here, clothes, bags, tourist tot, shoes, food, flowers you name it. BUT you have to haggle some places selling fake bags for $150- $300! when they should be around $10-$30. Fridge magnets prices are crazy $6 we ended up with 4 of them for $3. So just make you you ignore the price they give you and pay normal price. tuk tuk was costing us $1 from the river to here and hundreds of them around ( tip download the grab app, see how much they are charging for a tuk tuk then you will know how much to ask for with your tuk tuk driver haggle with them is a must) The building is lovely very art deco inside. this is a local market and the smells and state of some of it will turn your stomach hygine is not something they practice here.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 28, 2023
  • Damian W
    Perth, Australia174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this place
    There’s so much going on here. Lots of great clothes and bits and pieces. If you can’t find a bargain here you aren’t looking hard enough. Some great characters in there. Don’t haggle too hard, get a first price, move them down a bit and show your appreciation
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 28, 2023
  • DotsGirl2
    Vancouver, Canada452 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large market with an amazing assortment of goods - none that I wanted
    This is a really large market with four wings plus stalls all around. The middle is filled with jewelry counters and each wing seems to specialize in clothing, house wears etc. I am a retired lady and don’t really need anything. What I did find interesting were the areas where haircuts, pedicures and sewing were being done. We spent about 45 minutes here
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 1, 2024
  • TheLush101
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,398 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Haggle for some bargains
    Worth a quick trip and make sure you've got your haggling hat on. The architecture of the building is very colonial. Like most Asian markets, things are grouped so if you can't find what you want, wander a bit more. I got some good sports tops (Under Armour) for the price I'd pay for one back in the UK - they might not be the real ones, but I think some stuff is definitely legit as many big companies manufacture in Cambodia. The stall holders all speak good English and if they haven't got what you want on display, then their relative in the stall opposite will find it for you!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 31, 2024
  • Zhen Juan H
    Cheriton Bishop, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Central Market A Must-Visit
    Shopping at Central Market is an exhilarating experience that offers a vibrant blend of local culture and commerce. The market, housed in a stunning Art Deco building, is a bustling hub where you can find everything from fresh produce and exotic spices to unique handicrafts and stylish clothing. The variety of goods available is impressive, and the vendors are friendly and eager to assist.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2024
  • bladdamasta
    Manly, Australia1,009 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit for the architecture
    The shopping isn’t too bad, but I liked visiting for the architecture - particularly the inside. Like most of these markets, there’s plenty for the tourists and the locals alike. I bought fake Raybans and the obligatory Angkor beer shirt. They have sizes for fat blokes, so it is all good.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 25, 2024
  • heinzhuynh
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam4,092 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    some shoppings
    got here and walked around. nice yellow old roofs for 04 direction of Tonlesap rivers... bought some thai's oil treatment and Cambodia's and good price. shop seller, mamasan is friendly
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2024
  • Demi R
    Manchester, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Central Market Was Fantastic !
    My visit to Central Market was an unforgettable experience that I highly recommend to anyone visiting the city. This bustling market is a true gem, offering a vibrant and authentic glimpse into Cambodian culture. The variety of goods available is astounding. From fresh produce and local delicacies to clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs, Central Market has something for everyone.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 23, 2024
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Nikki Leonard
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
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, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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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OksanaKyiv
Kyiv, Ukraine81 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
I don't want to offend anyone, we were told by the locals that this is the best place to find the souvenirs. Unfortunately, we were not able to find anything we would like to buy, the majority of the things we saw were very cheap looking jewelry (unless you know the exact place there with nice products). If you are not an expert in gem stones and silver - I'd suggest that you won't be able to identify if you are buying fake or real things. Some of the stone-carved animal figures were quite expensive, but did not look like they were made from the natural stone. You can also find all kinds of scarves and metal dishes there. The building itself is from the colonial times and looks interesting, especially from the above. It's very crowded. You can also find real flowers there.
Written January 15, 2020
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sohjimguan
Klang, Malaysia47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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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UV1951
Karmiel, Israel868 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
this market near the city center - very crowded and noisy. a labyrinth of desks, many textiles, bags, and other items to buy. you must deal - price become 30% - 40% than what they ask.
Written March 12, 2020
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Rachel M
Birmingham, UK14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
First of all opening times we asked 3 people all told us different we got 6.30am-8am we went around 8.30am and things were not open ( we left at 9.30am and not everything was open) so i would say after 10am is better time to go.
Bad points: Only a few benches to sit and i think these are for the locals/stall owners. No where to sit and have a drink you have to buy a drink off someone if you can find someone and walk around with it.
Stalls are everywhere not easy to find your way around outside. Outside places don't want to haggle on prices and they are expensive!
You can find everything you would want here, clothes, bags, tourist tot, shoes, food, flowers you name it. BUT you have to haggle some places selling fake bags for $150- $300! when they should be around $10-$30. Fridge magnets prices are crazy $6 we ended up with 4 of them for $3. So just make you you ignore the price they give you and pay normal price. tuk tuk was costing us $1 from the river to here and hundreds of them around ( tip download the grab app, see how much they are charging for a tuk tuk then you will know how much to ask for with your tuk tuk driver haggle with them is a must)
The building is lovely very art deco inside.
this is a local market and the smells and state of some of it will turn your stomach hygine is not something they practice here.
Written November 29, 2023
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Gabriella Gratrix
Cambodia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Large busy interesting outside and in door market with a small food court. Lots of different items being sold from fruits, food, clothes and jewellery ect. Just be careful you don’t get over charged as when they see you are a western they try and charge you more than double , tell them what you want to pay if they don’t accept go to someone else. I wanted a small tub of strawberries one lady said $30 and would not budge, another lady said $15, I finally payed $2. Another tip is to down load the Grab app to use for Tut Tuks and taxis it is a lot cheaper and easier than haggling with them in the street. We learnt this quickly as first day we got a Tuk tuk outside hotel and charged us $5 with Grab it was only $1.
Written February 17, 2020
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amarpuri90
Mumbai, India124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A visit in Phnom Penh won’t be completed without a visit at the Central market as the Art Deco building architecture is amazing.You can walk around between the stalls freely and all kind of products are available. Souvenirs such as fridge magnets, t-shirts are all easily available and it would be recommended to bargain as they are usually open to negotiation.
Written February 26, 2020
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SingingHarleyowner
West Yorkshire, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Went by TUk Tuk for 4 dollars to this market. I bought some good quality T shirts and a Patek Phillipe watch here, My wife bought a silk purse and we bought a carved wooden reclining Buddha. Everything was very reasonably priced. The market has everything from fish, meat and vegetable stalls to nail bars, sewing tables, card games and everything in between. Great experience.
Written March 25, 2020
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Aethelred
Cambridge, MA1,339 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
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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