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1. Psah Djah (Old Market)
Old by name and appallingly run down by nature, this street market has been under threat of closure by the Phnom Penh City Council for at least the past five years. The jewelry stores and fresh produce which you will find here can all be found in a myriad of other locations around the city. Still this place does rate a mention, if only for the food stalls at the southern end of the market that serve steaming bowls of rice with tasty chicken curry and other hearty stews for just USD0.40 a bowl.
Address: Corner of Street 110 and Street 15 Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 7am-5pm daily.

2. Psah Olympic (Olympic Market)
The Olympic Market is just one of the multi-story market complexes which, in time, will sweep the more traditional, ramshackle street markets from the face of Phnom Penh. As well as the usual market items, this place seems to specialize in wholesale fabrics, all too vivid glow-in-the-dark Buddha statues and other religious paraphernalia. Those with a sense of adventure in street food might try a traditional Khmer afternoon snack--pancakes filled with minced pork and bean sprouts made on-the-spot by a row of vendors stooped over their charcoal fireplaces on the northern side of the market (sold from 2pm-6pm).
Address: Corner of Street 199 and Street 286 Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 7am- 5pm daily

3. Psah Orussei (Orussei Market)
Psah Orussei is a real local market, and although it is right on the tourist strip near the Capitol Guesthouse, you can wander around in here for days without seeing a Westerner. A market with a focus on fresh produce and household items does not cater much to tourists. Those interested in locally produced fabrics or stoneware, though, will find that prices here are significantly cheaper than those at the better known tourist markets. Seamstresses on the first floor will turn around copies of your favorite shirts and skirts in 24 hours from about USD2 an item plus fabric.
Address: Corner of Street 182 and Street 141 Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 7am-5pm daily.

4. Psah Thmai (Central Market)
Psah Thmai means "new market," but this grand though neglected bazaar was built in 1937 and is known to tourists as the Central Market. Its high vaulted ceilings (up to 30 meters) make it a more comfortable place to browse than many of the city's more cluttered markets. There is an amazing range of merchandise available--from souvenirs to clothing, shoes, street food and fresh produce. Prices are high here compared to other markets, even for locals. That said, bargaining is expected and you can expect prices to fall significantly with some good humored haggling.
Address: Corner of Street 67 and Street 136 Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 7am-5pm daily.

5. Psah Toul Tom Poung (Russian Market)
A cluttered and intense shopping experience, the Russian Market is becoming the tourist market in Phnom Penh. Though prices are a little high, it offers the best range of products in town of Western styles and sizes. Locally made textiles, handcrafts and jewelry are among the best buys here. Stallholders also do a roaring trade in pirated CDs, DVDs and computer software at USD2 a disk with little room to haggle on this price. Grotty looking market restaurants produce excellent Khmer food at around USD0.50 a plate.
Address: Corner of Street 163 and Street 444 Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 7am-5pm daily.

6. Psar Toul Tom Poung (Russian Market)
No one remembers how this cluttered, upbeat covered market acquired its English name. Nothing Russian remains, but it does stock Phnom Penh's best range of CDs, DVDs, curios and souvenirs as well as very cheap, genuine clothing from top labels such as, Gap, courtesy of the kingdom's flourishing garment industry. Among aisles full of silk, scarves, bootleg movies and Bayon statuettes you will come across some genuine antiques--mostly clever copies. Popular with locals and expatriates, the market offers a bargain for everyone, so haggle well.
Address: Corner of Streets 163 and 444 Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 7am-5pm daily.


1. London Bookstore
Though the London Bookstore is not the only second-hand bookstore in Phnom Penh as it claims in its ads, it certainly boasts the most extensive collection of second-hand books around town. Illegal copies of tourist guides and other popular books about Cambodia can be found cheaper at the Russian Market, but if you are looking for a novel or other non-fiction title, the London is ideal. Paperbacks start at around USD3. You can browse for hours or even sit down and read the papers and magazines that pile up on a big wooden table at the front of the store.
Address: 77 Street 240 Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 9am-7pm daily.
Telephone: +855 23 214 258
Email: jwalterphysics@camnet.com.kh

2. Atmosphere Gallery
Phnom Penh underwent a real boom under French protection in the early years of the 20th century and many works of fine craftsmanship were either produced locally or imported from Europe during this period. Despite the destruction and deterioration of the past 30 years this gallery has managed to pull together a diverse collection of antiques from this era. The store displays the period furniture and artworks in uncluttered surroundings which enhance the simple elegance of their art deco design. The pieces are all immaculately restored and prices reflect the desirability of these items among Phnom Penh's wealthy expatriate population.
Address: 141C Norodom Boulevard South of the Independence Monument Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 9am-6pm daily.
Telephone: +855 12 809 812
Email: atmospheregalie@hotmail.com

3. Bananier Voyageur (Le)
A fine gallery of handcrafts and antiques from regional Cambodia is tastefully presented on the ground floor of a renovated terrace house on one of Phnom Penh's classier streets. Rather than the usual tourist kitsch, Le Bananier focuses on the rare, the old and the unusual. Stock changes regularly. Most items are originals, and you might expect find such gems as hand-crafted furniture, antique stoneware, interesting hand crafted lamps or tribal artifacts from Cambodia's wild northeast. Just what all this has to do with traveling banana trees, though, is hard to say.
Address: 37-39 Street 240 Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 9am-7pm daily.
Telephone: +855 23 360 060

4. Couleurs d'Asie
This gallery and store presents a range of home furnishings, new and antique, from across Asia. Many of the pieces are restored in a workshop next door to the store, while others are made specifically for Couleurs d'Asie by local artisans. Apart from furnishings, this store also stocks handwoven silks, wall hangings and art. As might be expected from the name, Couleurs d'Asie, more French is spoken here than English.
Address: 19 Street 360 Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 10am-6pm Tue-Sun.
Telephone: +855 16 932 650
Email: coleursdasie@camnet.com.kh

5. Jarai
Named after one of the Khmer hill tribes, Jarai is located in a tastefully restored French colonial terrace house between the river and the Royal Palace. The souvenirs and local crafts sold here are of superior quality and are selected with great attention to detail. Alongside elegantly printed sarongs and woven banana leaf purses imported from Indonesia you will find sachets of locally grown fragrant green pepper. Upstairs, a photo gallery showcases the country and its people. Another specialty is French art deco furniture from the early 20th century.
Address: 3 Royal Palace Square Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 8am-7.30pm daily.
Telephone: +855 23 211 906

6. Orient Antiques
To pass through the bolstered wooden door of Orient Antiques is to enter the another world. Away from the bustling commerce of Phnom Penh's riverfront you will find three quiet air conditioned rooms holding a small but selected collection of fine antiques from China's Ming (14th-17th century) and Ching (18th-19th century) dynasties. Objects on sale include furniture, porcelain, wall hangings and calligraphy.
Address: 245 Sisowath Quai Phnom Penh
Opening hours: 10am-7pm Mon-Sat.
Telephone: +855 23 215 308

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