Kandal Market

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Kandal Market featuring drinks or beverages and markets as well as a small group of people

Forgo the tourist experience and shop for fresh produce, fish and meats alongside local residents at Phnom Penh’s famous riverside market. 

For an authentic Cambodian shopping experience, visit Kandal Market. This sprawling bazaar is called Psah Kandal in Khmer, which means “market in the middle.” The translation is very accurate; it is centrally located near the riverside and the iconic Wat Ounalom.

Kandal Market stretches for two blocks. A narrow alley divides it into an indoor and an outdoor area. Across the two sections, look for just about anything that would be on a Cambodian household’s grocery list.

Don’t expect to find kitschy souvenirs at Kandal Market. Instead, shop as a local would shop. Come in the early morning and mingle among Cambodians purchasing their fresh daily groceries.

Begin at the perimeter of the market, where vendors sell freshly picked fruits and vegetables. Purchase some lychees or persimmons ripe from the tree. Wooden tables toward the center of the market display a wide variety of meat and fish. Most of the seafood is sold alive, so that customers have the freshest food available.

If you don’t want to prepare your own food, go to the very center of the market. For the same price you would pay for coffee in many countries, you can purchase a delicious rice or noodle meal. Be forewarned that the market is very much a working area, so if you want a cleaner and more serene place to enjoy your meal, go to one of the riverside restaurants.

Although foods are the main products sold at Kandal Market, look for other miscellaneous items you may want or need, ranging from clothing to electronics.

Visit the market any day of the week. It is best to arrive in the morning, when you can see the vendors setting up their stalls. Buy fresh produce and avoid the mid-afternoon heat.

Kandal Market vendors are very welcoming to tourists and are generally happy to answer questions. Spend some time walking through the stalls, sampling their wares and immersing yourself in the sights and smells of this authentic Cambodian experience.

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Top 10 Hotels Near Kandal Market

Tao Riverside Residence
Tao Riverside Residence
3.5 out of 5
No.1, Street 144, Cnr. Sisowath Quay, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Kandal
The price is RM155 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Located in Daun Penh, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riverside, Phnom Penh Night Market and National Museum of Cambodia. Central Market and Royal ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
"Excellent property in a great location. I stayed here for two weeks during the lockdown of Phnom Penh due to COVID-19 and I was glad the Loft room I reserved had a great river view from the balcony. The huge living space also made the lockdown more comfortable, the decore made it homely. It was a ..."

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2021

Tao Riverside Residence
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
5 out of 5
55 Street 178 Sangkat Chey Chumnas, Khan Duan Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is RM690 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Museum of Cambodia and Riverside. Royal Palace and Central Market ...
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
Rosewood Phnom Penh
Rosewood Phnom Penh
5 out of 5
No. 66 Monivong Blvd. Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Pen, Vattanac Capital Tower, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is RM941 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Located in Phnom Penh City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Central Market, Riverside and Wat Phnom. National Museum of Cambodia and Independence ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (108 reviews)
An amazing anniversary staycation
"Everyone made us feel like we were at home. It was an amazing second wedding anniversary and even our 15 month old son didn’t want to leave."

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

Rosewood Phnom Penh
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Tao Riverside Residence
Tao Riverside Residence
3.5 out of 5
No.1, Street 144, Cnr. Sisowath Quay, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Kandal
The price is RM155 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Tao Riverside Residence
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
5 out of 5
55 Street 178 Sangkat Chey Chumnas, Khan Duan Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is RM690 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
Rosewood Phnom Penh
Rosewood Phnom Penh
5 out of 5
No. 66 Monivong Blvd. Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Pen, Vattanac Capital Tower, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is RM941 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Rosewood Phnom Penh
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
5 out of 5
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh
The price is RM836 per night from 19 Oct to 19 Oct
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Baitong Hotel & Resort
Baitong Hotel & Resort
4 out of 5
#210 Street 282, BKK1, Phnom Penh
The price is RM240 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Baitong Hotel & Resort
Somerset Norodom Phnom Penh
Somerset Norodom Phnom Penh
4 out of 5
No. 2-6, Street 41, Sangkat Tonle Bassa, Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh
The price is RM275 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Somerset Norodom Phnom Penh
Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
#44. St. Sothearos Blvd (Corner St. 240), Chey Chumneas, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is RM332 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
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Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel
Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel
5 out of 5
Street Keo Chenda, Phume 1, Sangkat Chroy Changvar, Phnom Penh
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Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh
Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh
4 out of 5
No. 115, St. 214 Corner St. 63, Sangkat BeoungReang, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh
The price is RM397 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.