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Central Market, Phnom Penh

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One of the city's iconic landmarks, Central Market represents one of the best places to feel the pulse of the city, while you browse for souvenirs and bargain like a local. The market occupies a yellow art deco building from 1937. A huge stepped dome that covers its main hall--cool and vented even on a hot day--is its most distinctive feature. The four "arms" of the structure stretch from the four sides of the dome and are packed with stalls displaying an impressive array of goods from fresh food and clothing to gold jewelry and antique coins. Plan your visit to Central Market and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Phnom Penh itinerary planner .
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  • The central market was close to our hotel - about a 20 minute walk. The central part is inside an octaganol shaped building with lanes radiating out from it where shaded stalls are set up on both side...  more »
  • The Central Market was buzzing when I was last there, and it was fun to bargain for goods such as T-shirts and pencil cases as gifts for the "folks back home".The ochre coloured Art Deco buildings loo...  more »
  • Original structure dating from 1937 built by a french during the colonial period it is the largest covered market d Asia and the 5th place in the world. .
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  • You can bring kids to this market, it's not overly crowded and relatively clean. Parking is horrible, on any day you can search for 1 hour and not find a spot. Loads of police are ready to ticket you if you go the wrong way so be sure to follow the signs. Other than that the market has all the great options you could want. They really do sell just about everything. It is a gold mind of items. If you like to shop this is a great market for you. Prices are low and they're very tourist-friendly. We also have lunch there often and find many good options that have never given us a sick stomach. You seriously can find everything at Central Market it's great
  • The first time I saw the Central Market it had not been restored yet, but it still had an architectural statement that drew me to it. Since those days it has been completely restored and painted in a bold yellow colour. Walking around it and viewing from a distance and then close-up from various angles is the way I like to approach this building, which to me is also a monument to good design.
  • My partner and I enjoyed the market, we wandered around for around an hour. It’s a bit of a maze but that’s half the adventure! We bought some limes, a necklace, a painting and mango smoothies(which were so good). I was a bit disappointed that all of the silver is fake(which you can’t blame them for). The Nell’s around the meat area where also a bit much for me. All in all we found it to be a worthwhile market to go to.
  • I love this market! You have loads of stalls from food, clothing, and jewellery accessories! It's always busy this time of year (March) so I had loads of free space to move around haha! Just a side note, I had the experience of ATM machines giving me old notes ($) and the market doesn't except old notes, you would need to change it at the bank.
  • Pretty good market but a little slow since it was a Tuesday. All the typical stuff of a SE Asian market. We ate first then went there. Should have just eaten there cause alot of variety of food I wanted to eat but was too full. Super hot and humid in April FYI. Still rather be there than back in the NW USA, though!
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