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Phnom Penh City: Your Complete Guide on Where to Eat, Shop & Stay

Phnom Penh is as busy and fast-paced as you’d expect from a prominent capital city. However, through the overload of sights, sounds and smells you can explore Cambodia’s rich history at preserved temples and palaces, indulge in a world-class foodie culture and browse unique handmade goods and designer wares in markets and shopping malls.

With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve donned our bibs and whipped out the credit card to find the very best of Phnom Penh’s shopping and dining scenes. Of course, we haven’t forgotten about hotels either, highlighting the city’s most incredible places to stay.

Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh

Why You Should Stay near Wat Phnom

Nestled next to the Tonle Sap River, Wat Phnom is a tall Buddhist temple and iconic Phnom Penh landmark. The temple is surrounded by coffee shops and restaurants, many of which offer scenic views over the river. You’ll also find traditional markets and modern shopping malls nearby.

Where to Eat near Wat Phnom 

Where to Shop near Wat Phnom 

  • Old Market (Phsar Chas)
  • Central Market
  • Phnom Penh Night Market

Top Hotels near Wat Phnom

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Raffles Hotel Le Royal bar

Phnom Penh’s grand history and emphasis on unbridled luxury meet at the 5-star Raffles Hotel Le Royal. The elegant rooms are nestled in a tropical oasis with immaculate gardens and two pools. First designed in 1929, the Landmark Room boasts high ceilings and a claw foot bath, while the Executive Suite has a separate living room and kitchen.

The signature Raffles Spa is ideal for traditional Khmer massages and anti-ageing facials, while coffee pairs well with the outdoor terrace at Café Monivong. Cocktails and light bites are served at the Poolside Terrace, while Restaurant Le Royal is renowned for its Royal Khmer cuisine. Don’t forget to try one of over 110 gins at the world-famous Elephant Bar. 

Nearby Shopping & Dining

  • Central Market (1 kilometre)
  • Cyrcee Secret Bar (2.2 kilometre)
  • Phnom Penh Night Market (1.1 kilometre)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 231 – USD 1,926
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Central Mansions Serviced Apartments

Central Mansions Serviced Apartments

The colonial-style Central Mansions Serviced Apartments offers modern and comfortable self-contained accommodation in Phnom Penh. However, it also provides resort-style facilities, including a central swimming pool, rooftop Jacuzzi, fitness centre, kids’ room and a meeting room. The on-site restaurant is perfect for picking up a light breakfast or snacks.

Accommodation is the real highlight here, as the spacious apartments offer a home away from home with daily housekeeping, a fully-equipped kitchen, home entertainment system and Wi-Fi. The sizes vary depending on whether you book a studio or a one, two or three-bedroom option. You can also opt for the Penthouse, which has a rooftop terrace overlooking the city. 

Nearby Shopping & Dining 

  • Old Market (Phsar Chas) (900 metres)
  • Titanic Restaurant (1 kilometre)
  • Central Mall (650 metres)

Star Rating: 4.5*
Price: USD 112 – USD 235
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 1A, Street 102, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Tuol Kouk

Why You Should Stay in Tuol Kouk

Dotted with villas and traditional wooden houses, Tuol Kouk is a sprawling district with a central dining and shopping area filled with Cambodian restaurants, sushi shops and barbecue joints. These popular eateries are interspersed with local markets and minimarts, while the TK Avenue open-air shopping mall offers more contemporary retail therapy.

Where to Eat in Tuol Kouk 

Where to Shop in Tuol Kouk 

  • The TK Avenue shopping mall
  • Tuol Kork Market
  • Oriental Culture Square

Top Hotels in Tuol Kouk

Midland Hotel

Midland Hotel

Looking for some recreation between shopping and dining? At Midland Hotel you can work out in the state-of-the-art fitness centre, relax in the sauna or book a therapeutic treatment or massage. The newly-opened restaurant serves up fresh local cuisine, including a tempting buffet spread.

Families will appreciate the connecting door between the Switch Rooms, which also have LCD TVs, baths and air conditioning. You can also opt for the Deluxe Room, which overlooks the city, or book the VIP Room for the hotel’s finest linens and unique artwork. All of these budget-friendly rooms boast timber furnishings and a cosy Asian-Western style. 

Nearby Shopping & Dining 

  • TK Avenue (500 metres)
  • Brown Roastery Toul Kork (750 metres)
  • Tuol Kork Market (1.3 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 29 – USD 38
Guest Rating: 6.6
Address: No.150H1 St.516, Sangkat Boeung Kok 1, Khan Toul Kork, Khan Toulkok, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Sen Han Hotel

Sen Han Hotel

Looking for affordable accommodation in Phnom Penh? Sen Han Hotel offers budget-friendly Deluxe Double and Deluxe Twin rooms with mini bars, air conditioning and bathrobes. You can upgrade to a Deluxe Double with a balcony or splurge a little on a Royal Suite or Sen Han Suite for a separate living room.

Foodies will appreciate the farm-fresh ingredients at the internationally-inspired buffet in Sen Han Restaurant, while Sen Han Café is ideal for a relaxing beer or wine. There’s an indoor fitness centre and swimming pool as well as a rooftop pavilion for traditional Khmer massages and therapeutic treatments. 

Nearby Shopping & Dining 

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 24 – USD 159
Guest Rating: 7.3
Address: No. 98, St. 600 Corner St. 313, Sangkat Boeung KokII, Toull Kork, Phnom Penh, Khan Toulkok, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Urban City Skyline (Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda) Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Why You Should Stay in the Central District

Phnom Penh’s Central District is easily the most bustling and lively area of the city, filled with the widest range of restaurants as well as a variety of international and traditional shopping opportunities. You’ll find classic Phnom Penh markets and Cambodian restaurants here in addition to sports bars, Western fast-food joints and world-renowned fashion brands. 

Where to Eat in the Central District 

  • The Big Apple doughnut shop
  • Joma Bakery Café
  • Artillery Arts Cafe

Where to Shop in the Central District 

  • Little Fashion Shop
  • Monument Books
  • Japan Home Centre

Top Hotels in the Central District

Diamond Hotel Phnom Penh

Diamond Hotel Phnom Penh

The central Diamond Hotel Phnom Penh complements its prime location with a range of enviable facilities, including a lobby bar serving refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and sumptuous Khmer-Chinese cuisine at Diamond Restaurant. Along with babysitting and room service, the hotel has a limousine service, currency exchange and concierge.

The entry-level Superior Room provides excellent value for your money with its comfortable bedding, timber finishes and separate seating. Upgrade to a Deluxe Room for a wardrobe and side table or book the Diamond Deluxe Room to enjoy luxurious linens, impressive floor space and a larger bathroom.  

Nearby Shopping & Dining 

  • Phsar Kandal Market (1.3 kilometres)
  • Bak Touk Book Shop (850 metres)
  • Dim Sum Emperors Central Market (500 metres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 27 – USD 180
Guest Rating: 6.7
Address: 172-184 Monivong Boulevard Phsar Thmey II Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh City Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Asia Hotel Phnom Penh

Asia Hotel Phnom Penh

The modernised Asia Hotel Phnom Penh is perfectly located for sightseeing and visiting nearby shopping centres. All of the rooms have private balconies, Wi-Fi, mini bars and “supersized” beds, but the VIP Rooms offer the most space for two guests. Families and groups might prefer booking the Triple Room or connecting a Standard or Deluxe room.

The on-site restaurant showcases local cuisine with a menu comprising numerous Khmer and Cambodian specialties, along with Western and Chinese favourites. Don’t forget to check out the recreation area, which boasts a gym, massage room, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room. 

Nearby Shopping & Dining 

  • Golden Sorya Mall (600 metres)
  • Orussey Market (650 metres)
  • Heart Of Darkness (750 metres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 20 – USD 50
Guest Rating: 6.2
Address: No. 170 Monivong Boulevard, Khan Prampir Makara, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Russian market in Phnom Penh Cambodia

Why You Should Stay in Toul Tom Poung

Predominantly residential, Toul Tom Poung is centred around the bustling Phsar Toul Tom Poung, a Cambodian market where you can browse stalls selling fresh produce and handmade goods. The streets encircling this market are filled with restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, including retailers selling fashion, electronics and homewares.

Where to Eat in Toul Tom Poung 

Where to Shop in Toul Tom Poung 

  • Phsar Toul Tom Poung
  • Maxx Cambodia
  • KL Gift Shop

Top Hotels in Toul Tom Poung

Double Leaf Boutique Hotel

Double Leaf Boutique Hotel

HotelsCombined visitors are always raving about the glamorous outdoor pool at Double Leaf Boutique Hotel, which has sun loungers and surrounding tropical plants. La Rose Spa is also alluring with its restorative treatments using signature organic massage oils. And we haven’t even mentioned Double Leaf Restaurant yet, which pairs European and Asian fusion cuisine with international wine.

All of the rooms and suites either overlook the pool, gardens or city and also come with traditional artwork, king-size beds, complimentary breakfast and coffeemakers. Certain rooms, such as the Superior Double, also have private balconies and direct access to the pool. Upgrade to the Suite Pool View for a separate living room and rain shower. 

Nearby Shopping & Dining 

  • Sesame Noodle Bar (300 metres)
  • Phsar Toul Tom Poung (280 metres)
  • Sundown Social Club (400 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 43 – USD 195
Guest Rating: 8.7
Address: No. 32, Street 123, Tuol Tom Poung I (Russian market area), Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Frangipani Living Arts Hotel and Spa

The Frangipani Living Arts Hotel and Spa

Expertly designed to create a natural fold between the outside and inside, The Frangipani Living Arts Hotel and Spa boasts manicured gardens and two swimming pools. One of the pools is on a picturesque rooftop, which also has a bar serving cocktails, wine and beer. Pampering abounds within The Plumeria Spa, which offers body and feet treatments.

This budget-friendly hotel offers incredible value with its Living Arts Suites, which feature private balconies, city views and sitting areas. The Deluxe Rooms, meanwhile, overlook the swimming pool and include vibrant artwork and king-size beds. Most of the rooms have private balconies, including the Superior Rooms. 

Nearby Shopping & Dining 

  • Sarang B.B.Q (450 metres)
  • Phsar Toul Tom Poung (300 metres)
  • NESAT Seafood House (220 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 33 – USD 61
Guest Rating: 8
Address: #15, Street 123, Toul Tom Pong I, Khan Chamkarmon, Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Phnom Penh Central market

Why You Should Stay in Tonle Bassac

Nestled alongside the Bassac River, Tonle Bassac is a charming commune renowned for its unique local boutiques, fine-dining restaurants and the popular Phsar Kapko market. You’ll find various market stalls in the streets, while the edges of the commune reveal large shopping malls. Restaurants range from seafood and barbecue buffets to pizzerias and traditional Cambodian eateries.

Where to Eat in Tonle Bassac 

Where to Shop in Tonle Bassac 

Top Hotels in Tonle Bassac

SUN & MOON Urban Hotel

SUN & MOON Urban Hotel

The defining feature of SUN & MOON Urban Hotel is its rooftop bar, Cloud 9, which combines cocktails and barbecue parties with panoramic views of Phnom Penh. It pairs perfectly with the sprawling rooftop infinity pool and plush sun loungers. The hotel also serves French, British and Italian fare at Salt N’ Pepper, offers indulgent treatments at The Spa and delivers live entertainment and all-night parties at #8.

The creative design of the rooms and suites incorporates vibrant colours to complement the plush bedding, rain showers, work stations, mini bars and flat-screen TVs. Upgrade to the Suite King Size Bed With Balcony for the epitome of comfort and luxury with a king-size bed, separate living room and balcony overlooking Phnom Penh. 

Nearby Shopping & Dining 

  • The Corner 136 Bar (180 metres)
  • Phsar Kandal Market (300 metres)
  • Golden Sorya Mall (700 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 66 – USD 205
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: No 68 Street 136 and 15 Phar Kandal 1, Phnom Penh City Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

iRoHa Garden Hotel & Resort

iRoHa Garden Hotel & Resort

Enjoy a blissful retreat at iRoHa Garden Hotel & Resort, where you can relax in the serene garden between dips in the sun-drenched pool. Visit iRoHa Spa for a rejuvenating massage,deep-cleaning body scrub or facial. The pool-side bar and restaurant complete the oasis with an assortment of cocktails and Western and Asian-influenced food.

The urban-style Comfort Single and Double rooms offer the most affordability, while the island-inspired Deluxe Balcony Pool Front has a private balcony overlooking the pool. Upgrade to one of the Villa Theato rooms for unique artwork and Khmer influences, such as handmade furnishings.  

Nearby Shopping & Dining

  • Lyky Seafood Restaurant (700 metres)
  • Boeung Trabek Plaza (900 metres)
  • Lucky Market (1.5 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 68 – USD 157
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: #8, Street 73, Sangkat Tonle Bassace, Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh City Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Phnom Penh riverside

Why You Should Stay in Riverside

Also called Sisowath Quay, Riverside is a popular tourist area on the Tonle Sap River, where various restaurants, bars, shops and cafes overlook the water. This is where you’ll find many of the city’s swankiest restaurants and bars, which sit alongside laid-back bistros, local markets and coffee shops serving fresh cuisine.

Where to Eat in Riverside 

  • Le Moon Rooftop Lounge
  • Riverside Bistro
  • Blue Pumpkin 

Where to Shop in Riverside 

  • The Ramaneth pawn shop
  • Phsar Kandal Market
  • Sentosa Silk Boutique

Top Hotels in Riverside

Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel

Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel

The riverside Harmony Phnom Penh Hotel is a short stroll from Riverside Park and features a rooftop infinity pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the Tonle Sap River. You can also soak up views of the river from Melody Sky Bar, which serves Asian and Western cuisine alongside beer, wine and cocktails.

Want to wake up to river vistas? Book the Suite Room, which also has comfortable lounge seating, a work area and a bath. The Triple Room is ideal for families or friends, while the Deluxe Balcony Room has a balcony overlooking the city and river. 

Nearby Shopping & Dining 

  • Le Moon Rooftop Lounge (200 metres)
  • Phnom Penh Night Market (650 metres)
  • Warung Bali (450 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 37 – USD 87
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: No.25, Street 14, River Front, Phnom Penh City Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Grand Waterfront Hotel

Grand Waterfront Hotel

The Grand Waterfront Hotel is a recognisable landmark along the Tonle Sap River, thanks to its neon-lit facade and various balcony rooms and suites overlooking the city and river. All of these accommodations come with coffee and tea facilities, air conditioning, mini bars and flat-screen TVs.

Don’t forget to venture up to the rooftop pool area, where you can swim while admiring the Tonle Sap River below. Feeling peckish? Visit the on-site restaurant to indulge in delectable Cambodian and Western-style dishes.

Nearby Shopping & Dining 

  • Old Market (Phsar Chas) (450 metres)
  • Riverside Bistro (300 metres)
  • Eric Kayser Artisian Boulanger (300 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 26 – USD 57
Guest Rating: 6.1
Address: House No.8, Street 130, Sangkat Phsar Kondal I, Khan Duanpenh, Phnom Penh City Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Shop, Dine & Relax in Style in Phnom Penh

Looking at the quality of hotels and affordable prices in Phnom Penh, it stands to reason that this city offers some of the best value-for-money holidays in the world. It’s also blessed with excellent shopping and dining options, whether you’re looking for local markets, shopping malls, restaurants, bars or kiosks.

Why do you want to travel to Phnom Penh? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

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I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.
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