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Russian Market, Phnom Penh

| 24 May 2014
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Russian Market, Phnom Penh
Phsar Toul Tom Poung (Russian Market) Intersection of Streets 440 and 155

Our rating
24 May 2014

While the central market might have architectural distinction in its favour, Phnom Penh's Russian market is one of the best places for shopping in town.

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Named from the 1980s during Vietnamese occupation, when most westerners in Phnom Penh were Russian, the Russian Market is a mix of local food stalls, seconds from popular international brands with manufacturing operations in Cambodia and a good supply of fakes. There are also lots of other clothes, jewellery, silk and souvenirs.

Known locally as Psar Toul Tom Poung, it's hot and stuffy inside so you'll need to be motivated to explore it in full. Dedicated shoppers will be unperturbed.

There are a number western style clothing outlets just outside the market and there's a particularly good shop selling carved Buddhas there as well.

If you're feeling peckish, there are local food stalls inside and some nice cafes just outside providing a retreat for the weary shopper.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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