Local markets in Siem Reap

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 experience!

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 buying! 

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.

Phsar Chas (The 'Old Market')

Phsar Chas - Old Market

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 Angkor Wat.

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 (The 'Center Market')

  Phsar Kandal, Siem Reap

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 till late 

Phsar Leu (The 'Upper Market')

  Phsar Leu, Siem Reap

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 sunset

Looking for night markets? Visit our nightlife section to find a great overview of the Siem Reap night markets!

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