Updated: Nov 20, 2020
No matter where you are in Phnom Penh there will be plenty of opportunities to sample street food but you might also like to visit some markets and experience how the local people shop. It is also fun to go shopping in these places and take breaks for lunch and afternoon tea.
The Old Market (Phsar Char)
Street 108 and 110, Phnom Penh
Open from 6am to 7pm
This market sells mainly to local people as this is where they come to do their shopping so there is a lot of homewares and all kinds of foods which the locals like to eat. This is where you will also find the locals buying their lunch. Often they will ride here on their motorbike to grab a takeaway. There are about 10 different food stalls located in the street outside the market serving authentic Khmer cuisine. A popular item is Khmer grilled snake fish.
Central Market (Phsar Thmey - meaning new market)
Street 130, Phnom Penh
Open from 7am to 6pm
This is one of the oldest markets in the area as it was built in 1937. It still retains its original French colonial style. There are a lot of stalls selling street food both inside and outside. This place is huge with four wings of shops selling everything from antiques to jewellery, clothing, household items, second hand goods and more importantly some of the best street food of which there are plenty of choices. Some interesting ones are jackfruit with sticky rice (ideal for vegans) and noodles with the freshest of herbs. There is literally something for everyone.
Oknha Tep Phan St (182)
Open from 8am to 5pm
Be prepared to rub shoulders with the crowds as this is a very popular market for local people to shop. Stalls sell an array of goods from clothes, household items and electronic gear. But best of all they sell fresh food and you will find a number of street food stalls. Many of the food stalls are located outside in the surrounding streets and they are very popular at night. This is a great place to try Khmer noodles.
Russian Market (Phsar Toul Tom Poung)
Street 444, Phnom Penh
Open early until 5pm
There are food stalls inside as well as outside. There is a coffee and juice stand in the centre of the market which has a reputation for making the best Khmer coffee. The owner Ai has been in business since 1980 and his coffee is very cheaply priced (a must for coffee lovers).
It would be great to hear from anyone who may have visited any of these places whilst in Phnom Penh as we all have our favourites.