Holidays in Central Market

Holiday Travel Guide
Central Market showing flowers and markets as well as an individual female

Whether you’re looking for fresh food or a new watch, you can buy just about anything imaginable within the walls of Phnom Penh’s famous cross-shaped market. 

If shopping in Phnom Penh is on your list of things to do, make Central Market your first stop. From fragrant spices to antique furniture to souvenir shirts, the market offers a surprising variety of goods under its dome roof.

As the name implies, Central Market is in the heart of Cambodia’s capital city. Appreciate its convenient location, coupled with its unbeatable bargain prices. It is a favorite stop among both tourists and local residents.

Notice the massive yellow building; you can’t miss it. Completed in 1937, Central Market is a product of the era’s popular art deco style. It is in the shape of a cross, with four wings and a soaring central dome.

The types of vendors in Central Market’s wings have no apparent organization, so your best strategy is to explore them all. Traditional Cambodian souvenirs, like checkered krama scarves or brightly colored sarongs, are in abundance. Don’t be fooled by designer labels; the market thrives with counterfeit luxury items like watches and sunglasses.

The center of the market is filled with jewelry stalls. Be dazzled by the rows of glittering silver and gold accessories. Cambodian jewelry is known for its high-quality design and relatively low prices.

Satisfy your appetite on the western side of Central Market. This wing is bursting with food stalls. Try a popular Cambodian dish such as amok trey, a fish fillet covered with spices and wrapped in a banana leaf. If you want to prepare your own meal, select from the endless ingredients available here. Browse through stalls bursting with freshly caught fish, local produce and flavorful spices.

Central Market is open daily from morning until evening. Although prices are extremely reasonable, come prepared with plenty of cash and your best bargaining skills. Not only is bargaining commonplace, but vendors expect the practice and set starting prices accordingly higher.

Reach Central Market easily by foot from most places in Phnom Penh. Alternatively, arrive at the taxi station at the northwest corner of the market or the bus station at the southwest corner.

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469 Cheap Hotels Near Central Market

Baitong Hotel & Resort
Baitong Hotel & Resort
4 out of 5
#210 Street 282, BKK1, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$91 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
Located in Chamkar Mon, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wat Lang Ka, Independence Monument, and Preah Sihanouk Garden. Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (66 reviews)
"Beautiful, relaxing roof terrace baR with tasty food. Lovely staff"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2021

Baitong Hotel & Resort
Rosewood Phnom Penh
Rosewood Phnom Penh
5 out of 5
No. 66 Monivong Blvd. Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Pen, Vattanac Capital Tower, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$422 per night from 6 Nov. to 6 Nov.
Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Central Market, Riverside and Wat Phnom. National Museum of Cambodia and Independence ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (108 reviews)
An amazing anniversary staycation
"Everyone made us feel like we were at home. It was an amazing second wedding anniversary and even our 15 month old son didn’t want to leave."

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2020

Rosewood Phnom Penh
Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh
Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh
4 out of 5
No. 115, St. 214 Corner St. 63, Sangkat BeoungReang, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$170 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sorya Shopping Center, Wat Lang Ka and Orussey Market. Central Market and Independence ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (86 reviews)
"One of the few international brand in the country."

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Central Market Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Lavanya Boutique Hotel
Lavanya Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
#21, St. 49 Corner St.136, Phsar Thmey, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$48 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Lavanya Boutique Hotel
Rosewood Phnom Penh
Rosewood Phnom Penh
5 out of 5
No. 66 Monivong Blvd. Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Pen, Vattanac Capital Tower, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$422 per night from 6 Nov. to 6 Nov.
Rosewood Phnom Penh
Baitong Hotel & Resort
Baitong Hotel & Resort
4 out of 5
#210 Street 282, BKK1, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$91 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
Baitong Hotel & Resort
Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh
Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh
4 out of 5
No. 115, St. 214 Corner St. 63, Sangkat BeoungReang, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$170 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
5 out of 5
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$388 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Plantation Urban Resort & Spa
Plantation Urban Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
#28, Street 184, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$73 per night from 30 Oct. to 30 Oct.
Plantation Urban Resort & Spa
Tao Riverside Residence
Tao Riverside Residence
3.5 out of 5
No.1, Street 144, Cnr. Sisowath Quay, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Kandal
The price is AU$68 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Tao Riverside Residence
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
5 out of 5
55 Street 178 Sangkat Chey Chumnas, Khan Duan Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is AU$242 per night from 23 Oct. to 23 Oct.
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
Saravoan Royal Palace
Saravoan Royal Palace
3 out of 5
#43, Street 178 (Near Royal Palace), Phnom Penh
The price is AU$51 per night from 23 Oct. to 23 Oct.
Saravoan Royal Palace
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.