Photo: Kampot's famous pepper.


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While it’s hardly a shopper’s paradise — far from it — that doesn’t mean you need to go away empty handed souvenir-wise. Pick up some funky retro or new locally designed clothes, browse the market, make some jewellery or snap up some crafts for a good cause helping those most in need.

The Salt Miners’ roundabout -- the hub around which you’ll find shops, a pharmacy and accommodation.

The Salt Miners’ roundabout — the hub around which you’ll find shops and accommodation.

Bibliophiles should head for Kepler’s Kampot Books, on the Old Market arcade. They have a reasonably decent selection of secondhand books, mainly in English, but there are also sections in French, German and Dutch.

Kampot’s Old Market was done up a few years ago, and a number of local and foreign owned businesses moved in. It could have been a boon, but in fact we saw little there that was really interesting, which is a shame.

The Old Market -- a little uninspiring. But at least you’ll save money!

The Old Market — a little uninspiring. But at least you’ll save money!

If you’re looking for threads, Dorsu — almost opposite Kepler’s — offers a small range of straightforward clothes made by people you can connect with, and who are paid proper salaries. They use factory cut-offs for their fabrics, which are mostly amazingly soft T-shirt jersey to create a small range of stylish day-wear that is very affordable.

Doors clothing -- soft and stylish.

Dorsu clothing — soft, stylish, ethical. What’s not to love?

Further up Street 724, Epic Arts Shop has selections from different designers across Cambodia of jewellery, clothing and other accessories. Our personal favourite here is the selection of trunkh. skirts, wrap-arounds in gorgeous, colourful fabrics and here they’re only $10, as compared to $15 in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Grab one while you can.



Open Space is just south of the Old Market on Street 733, and offers a small selection of handmade and vintage clothing that is funky and feminine.

For something a little fun and interactive, head to Nyssai Bar on Street 730, just off the river road. Here, the founder of Liliperle has set up stall with a huge selection of coloured glass beads from all over the world, which you can mix and match to your heart’s content to create your own bespoke jewellery range.

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 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Kampot.
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 Read up on where to eat on Kampot.
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