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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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  • A very enjoyable visit to the local market and a fascinating insight into Vietnamese food and culture.  more »
  • See all souvenirs travel Cambodia clothing and craft objects. Beautiful building built by the french.
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  • Great food area, we had drinks and food for $2 My partner got some sports gear under armour top for $4 (started at $8) I bought some wrap around skirt / trousers for $4 too Can grab lots of stuff from...  more »
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  • An astonishing market with quite an extraordinary architecture. Despite being rather busy, the vendors are very relaxed. There is some good food there also.
  • It's a great place to see the quality of the ingredients that locals prefer. Everything is so fresh! You can also taste some of the local specialties in the food court. Don't miss it!
  • Very disappointed as most of the market was shut today. The seafood section was very interesting with shellfish you normally see in souvenir shops polished only these had the original creatures inside. The clothing section very very cheap but quality wasn't great, seemed more for local consumption than tourist better to try the night market.
  • Unless you really enjoy getting pushed around in a crowd, I suggest you go during the week. Remember that the first price they give you is about two and a half times what they will accept so when they offer to sell you something for 4 your response should be one and move up slowly from there
  • Good selection of items sold in the wet market and the everyday items; some touristy things here and there. Bargaining is common practice but be reasonable with your offers. Good amount of local cuisine choose from. I would recommend eating at the booths but make sure you know the prices when you order.

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