Aug 22 2011

English-language bookstores in Phnom Penh

Published by at 5:06 pm under Shopping

About to head out on the bus to Battambang or Siem Reap and need a good book for the trip? All along the riverside you’ll be able to find children selling genocide-related literature, but please don’t buy books from them — purchase from one of the many adults selling books on the riverside instead (Ed: do remember that authors get no money if you go the pirated route). But, if you’ve already read all of the Cambodia backpacker favourites, head to one of the English-language bookstores in town to find a wider selection of notable novels and treasured tomes.

You can find deez books at D's Books.

D’s Books
D’s sells mostly used books, and mostly ones that wouldn’t be at the top of your list. That said, they’ve got more than a few decent novels lying around so it’s worth a look. They also have some copied books (books that are Xeroxed copies, or photocopies, but look real) of backpacker classics like The Beach and First They Killed My Father for $4.

79 St 240, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 221 280

Bohr’s Books
Bohr’s Books is my new favourite bookstore in town — they have a large selection of used books and new copied books for $3 or $4. They’ve got a good selection of current best sellers, popular non-fiction ala Freakanomics, and a solid selection of classics and travel literature. They’ve recently opened a second store that is larger, and includes a selection of French books and a more extensive books-about-Cambodia collection.

5 Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh
St 172 and St 5, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 929 148

If you're minted, head to Monument.

Monument Books
If you think that buying used or copied books is ethically dubious, the one bookstore in town that sells new books with ostensibly all taxes paid is Monument. That said, they sell many of their titles at well over the list price, perhaps to cover the spacious digs and blasting air-conditioning. The literature selection is good, though, if you’re willing to pay, and Blue Pumpkin has an outlet upstairs where you can enjoy an ice cream or coffee with your new purchases. They also have an outlet at the airport.

111 Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 217 617

Phnom Penh International Airport
T: (023) 890 563

Boston Books
Another bookstore with a large selection of random used books, Boston is a great place to visit if you want to browse cookbooks from the 1980s (big selection), crime novels or other odds and ends. Their children’s and young adult section is quite good. They also have a coffee bar, free WiFi and comfy seats, so it’s a great place to hang out and browse.

8 St 240, Phnom Penh
T: (077) 938 254

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5 Responses to “English-language bookstores in Phnom Penh”

  1. Roberton 25 Aug 2011 at 11:18 am

    Monument also has a superb selection of international newspapers and magazines, mostly English and French, but also some German. Titles run the gamut from US Teen Weekly to Wired to Tattoo to Photoshop. They are all shockingly pricey, but for those long, tedious bus rides, a little glossy pulp may be just the right antidote.

  2. Lina Goldbergon 26 Aug 2011 at 12:42 am

    Robert, you are right — the magazine collection at Monument is huge and I should have mentioned that. I probably forgot because I never allow myself to look at them!

  3. Marinaon 10 Apr 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Hi!!Does your book store have any TOEFL BOOK?

  4. Abigail Gilberton 18 Apr 2014 at 11:13 am

    Most of these bookstores will have some English learning books, but you might find more selection at IBC (International Book Store) on Monivong Boulevard and on Sihanouk Boulevard. There are also lots of smaller bookshops, usually close to language schools, that have TOEFL books, too.

  5. 18/7/14 | The Far-Faringon 31 Jul 2014 at 8:34 am

    […] slowly working my way around the bookshops in town, and Bohr’s Books is touted as being somewhere to go. And it’s conveniently near Beirut, a Lebanese restaurant that’s been a place […]

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