With more and more supermarkets coming to Phnom Penh, we’ve updated this post to add a few more! Despite Cambodia’s status as a developing country, its grocery stores are, compared to many neighboring countries, fantastic. Because Cambodia signed up to the World Trade Organization in 2004, the country was flooded with imported goods–maybe not so great for the economy, but the expats in town aren’t complaining! Phnom Penh’s supermarkets aren’t cheaper, of course, than shopping at a local market, but if you prefer your meats refrigerated, your prices fixed and access to imported products, you’ve got many options in Phnom Penh, and more are being added all of the time including organic options. This updated posts features the ten best supermarkets in Phnom Penh.
Lucky is a chain of Western-style grocery stores in Phnom Penh (ten at last count). In this post, we used to recommend specific Lucky outlets, because they carried a different selection of various products. These days, the stock is more streamlined so we’ve combined their listings into one. Lucky Supermarkets have a massive selection of foreign foods, including imported meats, fruits and cheeses, including specialty items including Greek yogurt and chorizo. Their selection of vegetables and produce is outstanding, although the prices have been steadily climbing so if you’re watching your wallet, it makes sense to buy the locally available items at a local market for half the cost. Lucky also carries a large selection of Western and Asian snack foods as well as dry goods like shampoo and diapers.
The Sihanouk branch is one of the most popular, but gets crowded after work so plan accordingly. The Lucky City Mall branch has wide aisles that make it easy to navigate a cart or stroller in. The newish Toul Kork Lucky is fantastic if you happen to live in the area.
Open daily, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
160 Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: 023 215 229
Lucky Supermarket Olympic/City Mall
Open daily, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monireth Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: 081 222 078; 023 214 815
Lucky Toul Kork
Open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
TK Avenue, 80 Street 516 at the corner Street 313, Toul Kork, Phnom Penh
T: 081 222 388
The Aeon supermarket at Aeon Mall is the flashiest grocery store in town. It seamlessly melds an array of imported products with traditional Cambodian foods. The pantry and dry goods section has a wide selection of international items, while the fresh foods department carries everything from silk worms to prahok. They’ve also got an amazing food court, with a huge selection of Cambodian dishes, sushi and more. The downside is you have to go to the mall, which means parking or dealing with exorbitantly priced tuk tuks. But if you’re already there, be sure to check out their groceries.
Open daily, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Aeon Mall, 132 Sothearos Blvd, Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh
T: 023 901 091
If you want to stock your pantry, Bayon Market in Phnom Penh offers the widest array of dry goods at the lowest prices. From American cereals to Korean ingredients, Bayon has brands from around the world, including some surprising finds, like Costco-brand olive oil and vitamins. Bayon carries a few key items that you won’t find elsewhere in town, like canned and dried black beans and chick peas, as well as various other legumes. They do have a small meat and vegetable section, and although their veggies can be much pricier than at local markets, they often carry items that you won’t find locally. They also have a good selection of beer, spirits and wine at reasonable prices. Upstairs they have one of the most complete kitchen supply stores in town, where, oddly, you’ll find items from Ikea and Walmart.
33-34 Street 114, Phnom Penh
T: 023 881 266
Open daily, 08:00–21:00
Thai Huot used to be small, but after a recent renovation they’ve expanded to be almost twice the former size, still filled with a wide array of foreign products, with the focus on French and European goods. They are known for having one of the best selections of cheese in town, as well as pate, foie gras and all things tempting and French, including lentils, tinned cassoulet and duck confit. Obviously, you’ll need a few baguettes to go with all of the above, so of course they have good, reasonably priced bread as well. Their vegetable selection is small, but they have the essentials. Where Thai Huot really excel is in the spice department–they carry many spices sought by Europeans that you can’t find anywhere else in town, such as herbes de provence.
Open daily, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
99-105 Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: 023 724 623
Thai Huot BKK1
A new Thai Huot supermarket opened last December and it’s possibly even better than the original, and with it’s BKK1 location, certainly more convenient for many expats. Thai Huot excels in dry goods, dairy, and cupboard items. They’ve got a great selection of French wines and cheeses, and French baked goods, plus an excellent array of European spices. They aren’t as impressive in the meats department, but all of that cheese, glorious cheese, makes up for it. Thai Huot used to be one of the only places in town you could get a Camembert. Now there’s loads of competition, but unlike many of the once-unique businesses in Cambodia who struggle to keep up with the pace of development in Cambodia, Thai Huot has been able to stay ahead of the curve.
Open daily, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
214 Street 63 (at Street 352), BKK1, Phnom Penh
T: 023 726 604; 023 726 605
Deceptively small in appearance but packed with product, Veggy’s offers a selection of frozen, imported meats and seafood, canned goods, imported wines and features a cold room in the back that is packed with Western vegetables, meats and cheeses. This is the place to go for many hard-to-find items including fresh artichokes, pine nuts, chorizo and manchego cheese, among other things. More of a specialty shop than supermarket, Veggy’s still manages to carry enough to cover (almost) everything you need. While the store could accurately be described as overpriced and the staff as inattentive, Veggy’s still is worth a visit for hard-to-find items. (Read the full review here.)
23 St 240, Phnom Penh
T: 023 211 534
Super Duper is a new 24-hour grocery store in the Toul Tom Pong area, bring a much-needed shopping option to the area. The store isn’t huge, but they stock surprising array of all sort of imported foods, plus a nice selection of things that you’d find in a grocery store back home but rarely in Cambodia, such as light bulbs, birthday candles, and batteries. They also carry many refrigerated goods including vegetables, cheeses, and a surprising array of dips.
Open daily, 24 hours
Street 488, at the corner of Street 145, Toul Tom Pong, Phnom Penh
T: 023 212 864
Natural Garden is Phnom Penh’s leading source of organic vegetables for restaurants and hotels, but they also have a couple of retail locations. The Street 63 is their original store, and carries a wide range of organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs. They’ve got their own farm where they grow most of their produce, which actually looks organic, i.e. imperfect in a good way. Natural Garden is one of the only places in town where you can find proper red tomatoes. They also sell organic rice, free-range chicken, and eggs. Natural Garden also carries a range of imported meats and cheeses that while are not necessarily organic, are high-end and tasty. The store is also a good place to find other natural and organic local products that show up from time to time, from macrobiotic lunchboxes to locally-made yogurt drinks.
213 Street 63, BKK1, Phnom Penh
T: 023 555 2028
There’s more! We’ve also got a list of all of the organic groceries and retailers in Phnom Penh.