Where to shop for souvenirs and knickknacks in Battambang.
The shopping scene in Battambang is certainly expanding, but remains fairly small by comparison to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. That said, the stores that are available offer a unique array of more unusual handicrafts and souvenirs.
Bric-à-Brac, is a completely unique B&B run by Robert Carmack, an American food writer, and Morrison Polkinghorne, an Australian textile designer. They have an attached design showroom, where the duo displays goodies from their travels around the world, including pillows of antique Irish linen hand-embroidered with Burmese days of the week. If you’re lucky, Morrison will be behind the loom he built himself on site. They also stock natural Bodia cosmetics from Phnom Penh and there is a small cafe and wine bar on site.
French-owned La Fabrik has an eclectic mix of modern jewelry and accessories, with a somewhat ‘bohemian’ feel. They only sell local products, sourced from small suppliers and producers. They also stock local food products (oils, jams, spices), a range of Cambodia premium spirits, including Mekong gin and Samai rum, and natural vegan cosmetics such as sugar scrubs and natural soaps. You can also find a nice collection of colonial era-postcards and prints, if that’s your sort of thing.
As well as delicious food, drinks and snacks, Café Eden has a small selection of wares for sale. These items include clothing (mostly for females) made from unique fabrics, leather and cloth bags, leather-bound notebooks, scarves, jewelry, and some gifts for babies and small children too. The Lonely Tree Cafe also sells a wide range of clothing (mostly for females), with some nice shirts and dresses made from traditional Cambodian scarves and kramas. They also have a broad selection of jewelry.
Another store with mostly female clothing, jewelry and accessories, Coconut Water is linked to a social enterprise and with a small cafe upstairs. If you’re looking for a bargain, they have a nice selection of sale items upstairs. Next door to the delicious The Kitchen restaurant, Gecko has a large array of jewelry including some older and more traditional styles, as well as local handicrafts, scarves and souvenirs.
Downstairs at the Lotus Gallery is Jewel in the Lotus, a small shop selling “strange and beautiful things from around the world.” Much of the stock is things that the owner, Darren Swallow, picked up in India, such as jewelry and ephemera. There’s also a collection of local and international comics (including the work of Nicolas Gray, an underground artist who has recently relocated to Kampot) and prints of work by Khchao Touch, whose originals are displayed upstairs.
For household goods and electronics, Psar Nath is an excellent local market where, in addition to fresh food, you can find homewares, tools, and the latest tat from China. Supermarket Heng Chhay Ly Mart has a good selection of household tools and housewares.
For electronic items, Roads 2 and 2.5 between Psar Nath and Pub Street offer a selection of stores that carry larger electronics such as fridges, but also light fittings, fans, wiring and most anything you need. There is a larger electronics store at the Road 1 near the end of Psar Nath, and also on Road 3.
For supermarkets, visit our page that covers Battambang supermarkets and grocery stores.
If you’re looking for artwork to take home, also have a look at our guide to the galleries of Battambang. Most have works for sale, from original pieces to inexpensive reproductions.
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
119 Street 2, Battambang
T: +855 (0)77 531 549
Open daily except Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Street 1, on the riverside, Battambang
T: +855 (0)53 731 525
The Lonely Tree Cafe
Open daily, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Street 121 (Pub Street), Battambang
T: +855 (0)53 953 123
Open Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Road 3 at Road 119, Battambang
T: +855 (0)88 737 1529
Open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 4 to 8 p.m.
65 Street 2.5, Battambang
T: +855 (0)10 349 443
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Road 1, Battambang
T: +855 (0)92 719 985
Jewel in the Lotus
Jewel in the Lotus at Lotus Gallery
53 Street 2.5, Battambang
T: +855 (0)92 260 158
Open daily, from before dawn, with some stalls staying open as late as midnight
Where Street 3 and Street 113 meet, Battambang
Heng Chhay Ly Mart
Open daily 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Borei Road, off of Street 1, Battambang
T: +855 (0)53 655 5566
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