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Why Kandal Market is special ?
Kandal Market is a genuine local market that is located in the center of Phnom Penh close to Riverside. The Khmer name of the market is Phsar Kandal which translates to “market in the middle” or “central market”, not to be confused with the “real” Central Market, Phsar Thmei.
Kandal Market does not look like much from the outside but when you get further in it is relatively clean and fresh, even though the walkways are small and narrow. The Market is filled with goods like clothes, jewelry, shoes, bags but the majority of it is fresh food for the locals.
What to explore at Kandal Market?
It is especially interesting in the morning hours when you will see typical Cambodians purchasing their fresh groceries for the day. In the center of the market near the alley are lines of local restaurants. A simple rice or noodle meal costs only $2. As always at Cambodian markets the hygiene standards are not as high as you will be used to! If you have a weak stomach you should forgo and eat in the restaurants on the riverside which are used to meeting western standards. You should visit the market around 08:00am to 09:30am in the morning to get the most out of it. This is the coolest time of day and also very active and interesting. Schedule for your visit at least 30 minutes so you can explore the main areas. Take your time to watch the shop owners while they work their wares. Watching them prepare their foods for sale is often very interesting.
How to get to Kandal Market?
It takes 32 mins driving from Phnom Penh International Airport and 10 mins from Cambodia Railway Station.
- Authentic market for the locals
- Very well organised and cool
- Lively and colourful market
- A local market for locals and foreigners
- A great place to hide away
Kandal Market, Preah Ang Eng, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tips for you
Come early morning for great and cheap donuts. Nice Asian family with good English speaking boy is located in the middle of St.13 between St.144/148. Each donut only 500R/$0.13!
Kandal Markets are Phnom Penh’s biggest local markets. They open very early in the morning and sell every type of meat, fruit, vegetables, fish and bugs you could think of, some of it cooled on ice, some just laying out in the sun. These markets are so big and very easy to get lost in. There are jewellery shops and also sections to buy clothes, pyjamas, bags, cleaning goods and freshly cooked meals. It is extremely busy in the morning and hard to walk around as there are also motor bikes trying to get down the small alleyways. You will not see many tourists walking around here but it really is a fantastic market and definitely something to see. There are many ways to get into these markets with a main entrance on Street 13, but the easiest is just walk past the Ohana Hotel on Street 148 near the riverfront and they start a few meters from the hotel.