There is no better way to discover local food and
products than to visit a market. And this is definitely true in
Siem Reap as well. The local markets offer a fascinating shopping
Discover an unfamiliar mix of colors, odors and sounds while
browsing through the small alleys, meet some of the friendliest
Khmer people and be amazed by the affordable prices. And while
you're there, don't forget to taste the street food and exotique
fruits to experience some new flavors!
TIP: As in most South East
Asian countries, it's common practise to bargain at the local
markets. So don't be shy and negotiate a better price before
Every neighborhood in Siem Reap has at least one market. Most of
these markets are only frequented by locals for their basic food
supplies and household needs. However, the following three markets
offer a broader variety of products and attract a public of locals,
expats and tourists for all their shopping needs.
The old market, located between Pub Street and
the riverside, is without any doubt the heart of Siem Reap.
This market is the most popular one in town and is visited by both
tourists and Cambodians. While tourists usually frequent it to hunt
for souvenirs, locals come for it's wide range of ingredients, used
in the traditional Cambodian cuisine.
Looking chaotic at first, you will find out that there is a
structure in the layout of the shops once you go inside. At one
side you will see an impressive melting-pot of food stalls. Next
you have the clothes section and then the gold shops.
(Tip: Do check the daily gold rate on the
entrance sign before buying!) Next, you wil find the jewelry
shops, followed by the hairdressers and beauty shops. On the other
side you have all the souvenirs, artwork, crafts, silk and other
products that will proof to be a good remembrance of Siem Reap and
Do make sure to visit the old market of Siem Reap now that it's
still relatively authentic. It's conveniently located in the center
of town and the perfect place to start the evening before heading
to one of the surrounding restaurants. Or if you are a budget
traveler, you can try one of the local restaurants inside the
markt, offering a wide range of local food at very affordable
prices. As mentioned before, late afternoon is probably
the best time to visit the market. In the morning it's usually
very busy and too crowed to browse around comfortably.
Old market opening hours: every day from early morning
till 20h00 (Some shops stay open until 21h00)
Phsar Kandal or the Center
Market is the right place to visit when you are looking
for a basic T-shirt with the "Angkor beer" logo, the silhouette of
Angkor Wat or even the Cambodian flag. Apart from this, you will
also find stands with sunglasses, books and jewelry inside. But
probably the most interesting about Center Market is the wide range
of suitcases and travel bags on offer, which makes it the perfect
place to visit before continuing your trip through South East
Asia. The Market is spacious and not so crowed as the Old
Market, since it's mainly targeted at tourists. You can easily
reach the market by foot from Pub Street. Just follow Sivutha
Blvd away from Pub Street and after 400m you will see the entrance
of the market opposite Sokimex gas station.
Center Market opening hours: every day from 9h00
Phsar Leu is the biggest market of Siem Reap
and probably still the most authentic one. It's located on National
Road 6 on the way to Phnom Penh. It's very crowded, especially in
the morning. And even though you can buy everything that you need
on this market, the challenge is to know where to find it! Phsar
Leu is probably not the ideal place for souvenir hunting, but if
you want to spend a couple of hours in the local culture, then you
should definitely give it a try! Also, Don't forget to try the
specialties of the dozens of snacks sellers.
Phsar Leu opening hours: everyday from sunrise to
Looking for night markets?
Visit our nightlife section to find a great overview of the Siem Reap
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