Sihanoukville is putting on something of a real
shopping scene these days. Several shops and souvenir stalls line
the road to Serendipity Beach - souvenirs, clothing, crafts, music, NGO
shops and more - some places staying open late into the evening. On the
more practical side, convenience stores dot the area and there are a
couple of small supermarkets downtown, Of special note: the
Market - a Saturday market gathering of local crafts and food
vendors (in the spirit of the Saturday beach markets of Goa) begins its
second year running, located in Otres Village, open Saturday 4PM-late.
Sihanoukville town had two traditional style Cambodian markets, Phsar
Pinichicom, a small market catering almost exclusively to local needs,
and the main market,
Phsar Leu (Upper Market) ,the largest and oldest
traditional-style market in town. When people refer to "the market",
they mean this one - a dimly lit, roofed expanse of booths and stalls
vending everything from fresh meat and vegetables to clothing, auto
parts, jewelry, etc. Both traditional markets open and close with the sun.
Crafts, Clothing, Jewelry...
In addition to the shops listed below, check out the little NGO-based
shops from organizations like M’Lop Tapang located along the road to
M’lop Tapang Gift Shop
Non-profit, NGO-based gift shop on the
road to Serendipity Beach. Offering handmade products designed and made
by young women “committed to learning skills to empower themselves.”
Handicrafts, art, silk products and a new collection of products made
from recycled drinking straws.
On the road to Serendipity beach about
150m off the beach,
The Sihanouk Ville outlet of the NGO-based Cambodian arts and crafts
association, offering a good selection of Cambodian arts and crafts,
jewelry, textiles, coffees, and spices.
Located on Ekareach Street near
the Golden Lions,
Small boutique run by the NGO Starfish Organization. All products
produced locally by disabled people. All profits go back to develop
Starfish programs. Silks, silk bags, kramas (scarves), bags made from
recyclables, Kampot pepper, Cambodian coffee and tea.
At Starfish behind Samudera Market,
2) On the road to Serendipity Beach,
DVDs and Uploads
Boom Boom Records
A massive music selection for iPod and MP3
recording. Music, movies and cool clothing. Locations in Sihanoukville
and Phnom Penh.
In Phnom Penh at 1C, Street 278
ROGUE - iPod
Popular music and clothing shop established across Cambodia
in 2002. iPod and mp3 uploads from a great catalogue of music and
videos. Rogue t-shirts, Dirty Dog sunglasses and other hip clothing and
beachwear. iPods, accessories, tourist and internet SIMS. On the dirt
track to Serendipity Beach.
Road to Serendipity Beach,
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Convenience store and restaurant on the road
to Serendipity Beach. Lots of snacks, soft drinks, fresh bread, and
pastries beach needs and over 200 kinds of beer, 46 kinds of vodka, wine
and spirits. Breakfast lunch and dinner - hot food served including
pizza slices, hamburgers, sandwiches, chicken wings and nuggets, hot
dogs, ice cream. Very popular place for late night munchies.
Located along Serendipity Beach road,
Open 24 hours.
Bright orange convenience store located on the
corner of Ekareach in the center of downtown. Soft drinks, ice cream,
beer, wine, spirits, sundries, toiletries, beach needs. Hot snacks,
burgers, hot dogs, noodles, fast food, coffee. Restaurant, bar and hotel
supplier. Free delivery. Visas and air ticket services.
Two downtown locations,
Open 7:00AM - 11:00PM
Popular, Sihanoukville’s longest established
supermarket. Large selection of groceries and sundries. In addition to
the usual selection of foreign foods, drinks, spirits, wines, cigarettes
and imports, complete meat and produce section offering a supermarket
choice of fresh meats, vegetables, fruits and dairy products. Good
business connections. Visas. Real estate services. Exchange.
Located downtown on the market road,
Open 7:00AM - 10:00PM
Books, Newspapers & Magazines
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Q&A Book Café
on Ochheuteal Street carries one of the largest selections in town -
over 8000 books in 30+ languages. Mr. Heinz bookshop downtown and
Casablanca Books at
Mick & Craig’s
on Serendipity Beach Road near the Golden Lions Traffic Circle, also
carry good selections of used and new books including novels, travel and
Cambodia related titles.
The two most popular English language newspapers,
The Cambodia Daily
Phnom Penh Post.
can usually be found at stands in front of Phsar Leu (the main market.) Some guesthouses
and bars have the
Asia Life, Coastal Guide,
Sihanoukville Advertiser and other local magazines.