It’s hard to keep up with the number of supermarkets in Phnom Penh these days! There are dozens of supermarkets, grocery stores, and convenience stores all over town, most of them carrying a wide range of imported goods. 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.
Chip Mong Supermarket
Relative newcomer Chip Mong Supermarket on Monivong Blvd has quickly become one of the most popular grocery stores in Phnom Penh. This modern grocery store carries a wide range of local and imported American, European, and Asian items. They also have a fresh meat, fish, and cheese counter, as well as a wide range of frozen foods. Plus, they have a nice selection of beauty products, including all-natural and K-beauty items. Their website has all of their products listed, and, best of all, you can place an order on their site for delivery by Food Panda, with a delivery charge of just $1.
For more grocery delivery options in Phnom Penh, we’ve got a blog post all about it.
Lucky is a chain of Western-style grocery stores in Phnom Penh (18 at last count, and another 26 Lucky Expresses). Lucky used to be the go-to store for Western imported foods in Phnom Penh, but now they have an awful lot of competition. Nonetheless, it’s still a big player in that it’s one of the best one-stop grocery shops in town. Generally reasonably priced, and with a good selection of vegetables and produce (although the prices can be twice the price of the local markets). 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.
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.
If you want to stock your pantry, Bayon Market in Phnom Penh on Street 118 near Monivong, 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. Although their veggies can be 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.
Perhaps more of a grocer than a supermarket, Le Marché on Street 456 in Tuol Tom Pong is packed with imported French and European grocery items. They’re a great source for grains, legumes and specialty rice–they carry American brand Bob’s Red Mill, as well as organic dried beans. They have a nice selection of baking goods and ingredients, including baking powder, plus French wines and craft beers. Bread-lovers will be delighted to discover that Le Marché has an Eric Kayser bakery outlet, and they also have a cute little café upstairs if you need a pick-me-up. It’s a little pricy and the store can be a little bit difficult to navigate, but the staff are very helpful so don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.
Thai Huot used to be one small store, but now they have four locations in Phnom Penh, all filled with a wide array of foreign products, including French and European goods. 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.
Super Duper is an excellent 24-hour grocery store which carries all sorts of imported foods, now with four outlets all around Phnom Penh. This Australian-owned (I think?) market chain carries an excellent selection of Australian and American goods, including lots of cereals and snack foods, plus a wide range of imported items that you won’t find anywhere else in town, such as masa harina for making tacos, and vegan specialty food. They also carry many refrigerated goods including vegetables, cheeses, dips, and they always stock items for Western holidays including Christmas and Halloween. A nice touch is the range of items that you’d find in a grocery store back home but rarely in Cambodia, such as light bulbs, birthday candles, and batteries. They even have a shuttle, so if you see a Super Duper tuk tuk, flag it down for a ride to their Tuol Tom Pong location.
House of Spice
If you’re looking for spices, House of Spice on Sisowath Quay across from the Cambodiana is the place to go. They have a wide selection of Indian, Asian, and Western spices. They’re the supplier for many of the other places in town so presumably their stock is fresher and less expensive.
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.
Now in three locations, Natural Garden is Phnom Penh’s leading source of organic vegetables for restaurants and hotels, but they also have a couple of retail locations. They carry 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. They also sell organic rice, free-range chicken, and eggs, wine, and a range of imported health foods. 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.