Apr 21 2011

The best supermarkets in Phnom Penh

Published by at 10:23 am under Food


One of the most surprising things about Phnom Penh is the quality of its supermarkets — unlike in many Asian capital cities there are a number of large centrally-located grocers that carry a wide range of both Western and Asian brands at reasonable prices.

Lucky – City Mall

On the off chance you prefer your meat refrigerated, Cambodia does have supermarkets.

Lucky is the largest supermarket chain in Phnom Penh, boasting outlets in few choice locations in the city such as Sorya and Sovanna Shopping Centre. Each store carries a wide range of products that are unique to that particular store, although all carry a large number of American brands.

The Lucky at City Mall is the largest in terms of size and offers the most complete shopping experience. With a wide range of Western goods and products from many different Asian countries, the selection at City Mall is good for general household shopping. What makes them the best overall shopping experience is the good selection of fresh meats and seafood, fruits and vegetables, bakery department and a well-stocked toiletries section. Some prefer more centrally-located Lucky outlets, but the wide, empty aisles at this one make for a peaceful shopping experience not found elsewhere.

Lucky Supermarket City Mall, Monireth Blvd, Phnom Penh. Open daily, 8:00-21:00.

Thai Huot

A few things the French left behind.

Thai Huot is a small but well-stocked grocery that carries a wide range of French and other European products. Their cheese selection is quite good and they also have pates and other refrigerated French products. As far as pantry products, Thai Huot has a good selection of jams and tinned foods like cassoulet and duck confit. If it’s spices you’re after — particularly for the European-minded — Thai Huot is your place. They carry herbes de provence, mustard seeds, juniper berries and other spices not easily found elsewhere.

Thai Hout 99-105 Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh T: (023) 724 623. Open daily 07:30-20:30. thaihuot.com

Bayon Market

Bayon Market: No Writing Allowed!

Bayon is the best grocery for dry goods and pantry supplies. Their selection of breakfast cereals is better than any other in Phnom Penh — they carry brands from the US, Germany, Egypt and more including Kelloggs, Post, Temmy’s, Hanhe, Familia, Nestle and Quaker. They also have a very large selection of snack foods, tinned foods, dried legumes and sweets. They carry many Singaporean, Japanese and Korean items and have good high-end products from around Asia. Their meat section is small but decent and although they have a good selection of vegetables, they are often old and overpriced, making Bayon less attractive for the all-round shopping experience.

Their staff also leaves a lot to be desired, even within a field that blank-eyed dullards tend to typically excel in. While holding a pen and notebook (and shopping), I was tailed by two employees for a while until one finally worked up the courage to tell me that “no writing” is allowed in their store.

Bayon Market 33-34 Street 114, Phnom Penh. T: (023) 881 266. Open daily, 8:00-21:00.

Pencil Supercenter

The Pencil Supercenter on Street 214 is the dark horse of the grocery shopping experience. Their collection of products is large, but seemingly random. It’s a good place to stock up on British pantry items and their collection of vinegars is surprisingly good. They also have a large selection of imported products like canned Italian tomatoes and America’s favourite, Kraft Dinner. The vegetable area is seriously lacking, but the fresh meats section is fairly well-stocked. Pencil is a good place to go if you don’t have a list, but just want to be surprised by all of the products you hadn’t previously realised that you needed.

Pencil also has a huge collection of inexpensive kitchen supplies and housewares upstairs.

Pencil Supercenter #15 Street 214, Phnom Penh. T: (023) 216 471. Open daily, 07:00-21:00.

Next week I’ll cover some specialty food stores in Phnom Penh.

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11 Responses to “The best supermarkets in Phnom Penh”

  1. Khmericanon 21 Apr 2011 at 6:52 pm

    This is helpful! I can’t wait for you to cover the specialty food stores!

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  6. Fatimaon 24 Sep 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Hi,
    I just moved to Phnom Penh, so this is great info to have.

    I was wondering if you know where I can find middle eastern/mediterranean (i.e. Lebanese, Syrian, Greek or Turkish) spices and foodstuffs?

    Thanks!
    Fatima

  7. Linaon 24 Sep 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Fatima: There’s an Indian or Bangladeshi store on st 282 behind Lucky that has a pretty good collection of spices as well as various legumes. What specifically are you looking for? I can try and help you hunt down some stuff. If you do end up finding any better stores for this sort of thing, please do let me know!

  8. Sopheapon 13 May 2012 at 4:29 am

    Hi, I live in Phnom Penh. Nowadays I have problems with my stomach and bowel, and the doctor has recommended me to take Yogurt. I have taken Yogurt nearly everyday and now I feel relieved. The doctor recommends me to take “Greek Yogurt”, cos it’s the best for stomach. So can anyone tell me where to buy Greek Yogurt in Phnom Penh’s supermakets ? Or it doesn’t exist in Phnom Penh’s supermarkets ?

  9. Skadavy E.on 25 Jun 2012 at 2:02 am

    Hi, We would like to introduce our Filipino Mart in Phnom Penh, we sell all kinds of foods and bevarages which import from Philippines. find us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Filmart/138662019502469

  10. Kristinon 23 Feb 2013 at 11:44 am

    I just left Bayon and although I enjoy the variety of items available; I definitely will not be back. The security guards watching your cars are far from reliable! In fact, when I had a problem with one pounding on my car to agitate my dog As I was pulling out of the parking lot – This really made me wonder exactly what happened to my car when I was in the store.

    Disappointing to say the least. You would think talking to a manager to address the problem would be easy. NO. Apparently there are no managers at Bayon, at least none willing to talk with you unless you stand in the parking lot for 90 minutes and wait for someone willing to talk with you. Well, they had a student who spoke English pretend to be in charge and a cook to someone in an embassy – but no one who worked at or owned the store would talk to me. So, my 3 minute (liter of milk and 2 yogurts) took me almost 2 hours.

    Be careful IF you shop there. When something happens to your car or family, no one will help you. I definitely recommend going to any of the more reliable grocery stores in Phnom Penh.

  11. Ms. Kon 20 Jul 2013 at 9:14 am

    I just moved to Phnom Pehn from the U.S. and still in the process of exploring the place. That’s too bad that I thought I found a nice market in Phnom Pehn that has a good variety of imported items. The market is nice, but the staff is unfriendly. I took some pictures of the inside to send to my friends in the U.S. to show them that that there are also some nice markets in here. I was stopped from taking pictures by I assumed the lady manager there. She was angry! She could have said it in a nice way. I could also tell that she told her staff about it because they were all looking at me in a strange way. It made me feel so uncomfortable. I will never come back to Bayon. I’ll be happy to go to Lucky Super Market and give them my business. At least the staff there are very friendly. I will highly recommend to shop at Lucky Market.

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