Join in the excitement of shopping with the locals at the Old Market, a traditional market place.
Similar to the Orussey Market, the Old Market is where locals buy daily goods, religious items, and local produce. At the same time, it also has rows of shops offering massages, haircuts, and galleries within the market’s proximity.
The Old Market is located near the Old French Quarters, about a 5-minute drive from the northern end of Riverside.
Opening Days and Hours
The Old Market opens daily from 06:00 to 17:00. However, some shops in the area are open until 22:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the Old Market is free.
How to Get There
The Central Old is accessible via bus, taxi, or tuk-tuk. You can even walk or bike your way.
The Old Market is a good spot for visitors who want to see what a typical daily life of a local is like. It suits visitors consisting of small groups of friends, solo travelers, young couples, and backpackers.
Time to Spend
Most people spend about 2 to 3 hours at the market.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Although not the most popular tourist attraction in Phnom Penh, the Old Market can be crowded in the mornings and during lunch hours. From the late afternoon onwards, the St 13 area can get pretty crowded, so better time your visit accordingly.
The Old Market area provides great opportunities to try out delicious local cuisines, go for a massage, or even get a haircut! If you’re up for a challenge, sample exotic food such as fried worms, crickets, and other bugs. If you have plans to visit Wat Phnom after having breakfast at the market, you can buy some religious items there too.
Food stalls can be found all over the market. Cafes, bistros and restaurants can also be reached within 5 minutes by foot.
Safety and Fraud
Always keep an eye on your belongings as pick-pockets can be very common in crowded places.
The Old Market is within walking distance to Wat Phnom (10 minutes) and the Post Office Square (10 minutes).
Phnom Penh offers various accommodation options for budget, mid-range, and luxury travelers.
Good to Know
Since the Old Market caters more for the locals, English signages are scarce. Knowing basic phrases in Cambodian like asking for prices and discounts can be rather helpful.