Night Market in Phnom Penh is located just by the riverfront and offers a wide and varied range of Cambodian handicrafts silks, art, clothes and souvenirs. The market was originally aimed towards visitors and tourists but interestingly thought is that it is probably more popular among Cambodians than foreigners.
The market has a more relaxing, cooler and festive atmosphere than a typical local market in Phnom Penh. In the middle of the market is a big stage where they most of the time have some kind of performance or concert. There is also a picnic area behind the stage where you can sit down and enjoy the food from the food stands and listen to music.
The Night Market is opened every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 5 pm to midnight.
Phnom Penh’s only formal night market, Psar Reatrey overlooks the riverside from the central reservation that separates downtown and northern Phnom Penh — it’s easiest to enter by the gate at the north end of riverside to avoid scrambling between lines of parked scooters. As with Orussey, the Night Market is chiefly oriented towards the local market, but is definitely worth a dip to pick up some very reasonably priced clothes — there’s not a huge lot else really aside from some tacky and generic souvenirs.
It is a world away from the night markets of Siem Reap — which is awash with the things to a point far beyond absurdity — and for that, we are grateful. You’ll find a selection of Asian fashions, impossible designer brands with misspelled names, sparkly jewellery, cushions and beautiful paper flowers. Prices are often advertised but if you’re buying multiple items, you’ll probably get a discount.