Shopping in Phnom Penh: Goodies From Russian Market

Just recently I received two emails from soon-to-be Phnom Penh visitors asking about shopping in Phnom Penh. Both also mentioned the Russian Market and what they could buy from there aside from the usual souvenirs. I had been thinking of updating my ‘Shopping in Phnom Penh‘ posts but I keep forgetting. Now that I’d been prompted I’ll be regularly posting stuff I score from Phnom Penh’s shopping grounds.

Russian Market or Tuol Tompong Market is my favorite market in all of Phnom Penh. In fact, I go there almost three times a week! The market itself is nothing interesting architecturally, just a bunch of stalls put together but really its what you can discover inside that makes it a really popular place to shop.

I shop there for fresh produce. It’s the best place for buying Cambodian silks, carvings and quality Khmer souvenir items. Lots of Cd’s and DVD movies there. If you are also the adventurous sort when it comes to food, then the food hall in the middle of the market is one place to sample the local Khmer fare.

This market also holds a secret loot of brand name clothing from various factories across Phnom Penh. Over runs, excess stuff from factories making clothes for  Department store brands like Kmart, Target etc can be found here and at just about 10% of its SRP! Gap, Abercrombie, H & M, Calvin Klein, Lee, Adidas and a lot more brands can be found here and its easy to go shopping crazy because they are so cheap!

Beware though, Russian Market is super hot and you have to squeeze yourselves in the narrow passages between stalls but its totally worth it! I usually go there around 9-10 am when the heat is still bearable and around 1-2 pm also is a good time if don’t like crowds. If the heat is really unbearable then there’s a new air-conditioned store right across the street from the market called WExport, but you’ll pay a premium price for a little blast of cool air.

Anyway, I bought these things from the Russian Market last March, mostly casual items I could use for the summer. Just so you have an idea what else you can find there..

Phnom Penh Shopping

Lee Capri Pants and Merona pants (Coral) – $4 each.

Phnom Penh Shopping

Replica stuff. Kipling Backpack (large) – $8 (You can also buy Northface bags at similar prices. Vendor’s usually quote $12 for a large backpack but haggle, haggle, haggle. If you buy more you can probably get it for less than $8. These are from Vietnam but curiously they sell almost at the same prices at times lower than in Ben Thanh Market in HCM)

Phnom Penh Shopping

replica Kipling slingbag/beltbag – $4

Will post more items soon..


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  2. Sam

    May 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Gusto ko rin yang capri pants! I bought a black dress last week from Russian Market and I  love it! =)

  3. Lui

    May 11, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Sam, there’s a lot of Merona and Lee capri pants now in Russian. I love the fit of Merona hehe its perfect for hiding flaws hehe

  4. Val

    August 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I so love your finds! I’m going to PP in October and seeing the items you scoured has my brain salivating! I really can’t wait.  Hope you keep posting! Kudos on a great blog.

    1. Lui

      August 18, 2010 at 8:25 am

      Hi Val,

      thanks so much for reading =) makes blogging really worthwhile. Phnom Penh is really a hidden gem when it comes to shopping. the first time I was here I kept looking at malls but that’s not where the goodies are. Hope you have a great time here..


  5. Anthony

    September 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Hi It would be great if  you could add expat advisory to your links page.

    We are always looking for writers. you can add back links to your site from your posted articles.


    1. Lui

      September 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

      thanks anthony. your link added

  6. Ying ying

    February 15, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Hi, where can i get h&m in russian market? Is there a selected store? Or every store sell it?

    1. Lui

      February 15, 2012 at 10:39 am

      @ying ying, its in a lot of stores. russian market is not your typical aircon shopping mall. its just a massive number of small stalls crammed together like a flea market. a lot of stalls sell factory overruns so you have to dig in and do a bit of searching.

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