Shopping at local markets is an exciting thing to do in Phnom Penh. Each market is different and has something special to offer so if you’re in for some shopping activities, you can check out the list below.
Orussey Market (Psar Orussei)
The stalls at the Orussey Market were mostly closed when we came for a visit, probably because it was a public holiday. Nevertheless we went inside and on the ground floor was the wet market selling meats, vegetables, all kinds of seafood, even grilled pork meat. Actually this market has the most pork meat sellers we’ve ever seen so for those who love this will know where to find them now. Upstairs you’ll find a maze of stalls selling clothes and plenty of cosmetic jewelry for the young and hip. The crowd here are mostly teenagers looking for trendy clothes and make-up items but there’s also a few stalls catering to the adults. We found some cute baby clothes for our friends babies here with good price and many design options.
Phnom Penh Night Market (Psar Reatrey)
The night market happens every weekend from Friday – Sunday and this is equivalent to the night market back home except that it appeals to tourists and travelers in the city. From the main door you can already see the stalls lined up on your right and left, a long lane separated by the main stage in between. There is a stage for singing and dancing performances by the local community. When you go walk behind the stage, you’ll find the food area with seating mats surrounded by the stalls. There are 2 halal spots here with one selling fried rice, porridge and drinks while the other stall sells padthai, spring rolls and curry mee. We’ve tried both and they’re really good. Whenever you order from one of the stalls here just make sure that you sit at the designated area. We were asked to move because we had bought food from another stall and sat on the mat belonging to another one. If you’re not sure, you can ask the stalls before buying their food.
Kandal Market (Psar Kandal)
The Kandal Market is one of the nearest markets in my neighborhood but I heard that due to its location on lower ground, it tends to get into a real bad flood if there’s heavy rain. On other sunny days, the Kandal or Old Market is the best place to get fresh vegetables and fruits in the morning. The name Kandal means “market in the middle” although it is not to be confused with the modern Central Market. It’s more like the morning wet market at home and you’ll see plenty of local housewives (and husbands), with their shopping baskets filled with vegetables and seafood. The walkways can be small and narrow but you’ll be able to find food and clothes further in, however majority of the stalls here are fresh food for the locals.
Psar Chas or pronounced as Sa-Cha is another traditional market that is located just behind the Phnom Penh Night market. Most of the markets especially Psar Chas opens from as early as 5am to the evening time and you’ll already be able to see many people (some in their pajamas) buying groceries. Whenever we go here, we’ll pass the row of stalls selling local books followed by a row of sellers selling colorful fruits (mostly bananas and mangosteen) before reaching the row of more banana sellers and seafood stall. This is where we get our prawns and squids for the weekend as the price is reasonable. The unique thing about Psar Chas are the special delicacies that you can find throughout the markets such as barbecued spiders or crispy fried cockroaches, rice balls dipped in brown palm sugar for dessert and rice noodles. So if you’re adventurous in trying out the local delicacies Psar Chas is the best place to try them out.
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