Phnom Penh weekend night market
An entertaining night out
What we say:
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, the stretch of riverfront between streets 106 and 108 comes to life with lights, shopping, music, food and a colourful local scene.
A handful of vendors sell Khmer silk scarves, Cambodia T-shirts and Angkor Wat ashtrays, but the vast majority cater to local tastes. Expect sparkling jewellery, paper flowers and impossibly small "designer" clothing with misspelled brand names. Be ready to bargain if you're here to shop.
In the area furthest from the river you'll find the food, including dozens of stalls that hawk sausage depictions of Angry Birds and a bunch of other variations on skewered meat and fish balls. Once you've chosen from those and other selections like fried noodles, papaya salad, rice cakes, fruit smoothies and beer, kick off your shoes and negotiate the expanse of grass mats where families and young couples eat and lounge to the sounds of live performers who belt out K-pop hits and Khmer love songs from a stage at the centre of the market.
Make sure to be vigilant with your belongings; otherwise, your purse or wallet might end up supporting some petty thief's "Ammani" or "Guccy" habit. The market gets rolling around 17:00 and business is brisk until at least 21:30.
More detailsBetween Streets 106 and 108, Phnom Penh
Opening Hours: Fri-Sun 17:00-21:30
Last updated: 24th May, 2013
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