The most popular destination for visiting shoppers in Phnom Penh is undoubtedly the Russian Market, a square block of covered stalls between Streets 440 and 450. There is an interesting mix of paraphernalia on offer, including clothes and fabrics, pirated gear, jewellery, souvenirs, and religious icons but, although there are great deals to be had, you must be prepared to bargain hard to get them (aim for about 70 percent off the asking price).
Central Market is an art deco city landmark and a good place to buy silk and fabrics, as well as a range of souvenirs. The market is conveniently central and a good introduction to the city, with a plethora of goods and colours and smells and people. Like most Cambodian markets one of the highlights is the variety of local cuisine on offer.
To find essentials and grocery items try Lucky Market which is where the city's expats do their weekly shopping. Or, for a Cambodian version of the modern mall experience, head to Sorya Shopping Centre, just south of the Central Market. For art galleries and boutiques offering a more high-end selection of goods than the markets, head for Street 240.
When shopping in Phnom Penh remember that cash is king, and both dollars and riel are accepted. Don't try to use credit cards or travellers cheques. And, of course, bargaining is expected and essential. When haggling, stay friendly and good-natured but firm.
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