There is some great shopping to be had in Phnom Penh, but don’t forget to bargain in the markets or you’ll have your ‘head shaved’ – local slang for being ripped off.
Markets & Malls
As well as the markets, there are now some shopping malls in Phnom Penh. While they are not quite as glamorous as the likes of the Siam Paragon in Bangkok, they are good places to browse (especially thanks to the air-conditioning) and offer some reliable food courts and restaurants, as well as retail therapy.
Silks & Accessories
While the markets are best-known for international clothing from the local garment factories, a multiplying number of stores surrounding the Russian Market sell authentic brand-name gear, made locally and in neighbouring Vietnam. There are also several boutiques around town specialising in silk furnishings and stylish original clothing, as well as glam accessories. Many are conveniently located on St 240, Cambodia’s answer to London’s King’s Rd.
Art & Books
Plenty of shops sell locally produced paintings along St 178, opposite the Royal University of Fine Arts between Sts 13 and 19. With a new generation of artists coming up, the selection is much stronger than it once was. Lots of reproduction busts of famous Angkorian sculptures are available along this stretch, great for the mantelpiece back home. Make sure to bargain.