Luckily for expats, there’s no shortage of excellent supermarkets and grocery stores in Siem Reap. Recently, two new stores have opened their doors, making the grocery landscape even more competitive. Like supermarkets in Phnom Penh, the grocery stores in Siem Reap are chock full of imported goodies at surprisingly low prices. Of course you’ll find fresher produce and lower prices at the local markets, but sometimes you just want access to Western products and meats that have been refrigerated. Here are the best grocery and supermarket options in Siem Reap.
Angkor Market is the local favorite with Siem Reap expats and it’s not hard to see why. The store is small and usually crowded, but it’s packed full of just about every conceivable product a foreigner could want, from imported cheeses and natural yogurt to cocoa powder and black beans. Since the announcement of the opening of two new grocery stores in Siem Reap, Angkor Market has upped their game and expanded their meat, seafood, and produce selection. You can now find a wide range of local and imported fruits, vegetables, and herbs (including dill, tarragon, and sage) as well as local and imported meats, cold cuts, and sausages.
Upstairs they offer a full range of homewares, from kitchen tools to pet supplies to stationary. Angkor Market also has a better selection of cleaning and laundry products than any of the other stores in town. While there is no way they could pack every conceivable product into such a small place, it certainly feels like they have somehow managed to do it!
The most popular supermarket in Phnom Penh has never really managed to take off in Siem Reap. It’s more than twice the size of Angkor Market but Lucky Supermarket is usually empty, save for the random tourist wandering the aisles looking for Kampot pepper. That said, they actually have an excellent selection of products, including many Western and Asian brands, all at good prices. They’ve also got fresh produce and meats, including some imported stuff mainly from Australia. The dairy section is pretty good, featuring imported cheeses, fresh milk and a thousand types of interestingly-flavored Asian yogurts. They also have a bakery on site with fresh breads and cakes.
Excitingly (for me, anyway) Lucky carries a selection of UK brand Waitrose teas, jams, cookies, and other pantry items at very reasonable prices. An area Lucky particularly excels in is snack and junk foods, so if you’re looking for packaged cookies, soda, instant noodles or cake mix, you’ll be placated with all the brands you know from home and some you’ve never heard of. They also have a small homewares section, plus household staples like shampoo, diapers and pet food.
Lucky Supermarket is popular with parents who say that Angkor Market is too small and difficult to navigate with strollers, shopping cart, or angry toddlers.
Thai Huot was a long-time expat favorite in Phnom Penh. More recently, they’ve expanded to two more stores in Phnom Penh and one in Siem Reap. Thai Huot has wide, spacious aisles that are filled with an excellent selection of imported pantry items. Thai Huot specializes in French and European products, and all of their shelf tags specify which country each item is from. Thai Huot is easily the best place in Siem Reap to find spices; they’ve got the sort of things that no one else carries (who knew you could get juniper berries in Cambodia?). They’ve also got a great range of French wines, European baking supplies, and hard-to-find items like dried morel mushrooms.
Thai Huot is not the place to go for meats, fruits, or vegetables, and their tiny selection pales in comparison to what Angkor or Lucky carry. But for European panty items and French beauty products, they can’t be beat.
Newcomer Asia Market is a bit of a mystery to yours truly. Located on Sivatha within walking distance of Pub Street, the store seems to cater to tourists rather than expats and locals. They dedicate a large amount of floor space to snack food, packaged local gift products, t-shirts and Cambodian trinkets. The store is designed like a supermarket, however, and since their opening at the end of 2014 they’ve started carrying more and more products.
They carry a random assortment of products, including a few bulk items like giant wheels of cheese. Their produce selection is better than Thai Huot and best of all, they don’t use plastic or styrofoam packaging for the vegetables they sell, they wrap them in banana leaves. Asia Market also carry many Cambodia-made products, including items that you used to only be able to find at the local markets, like dried fish, beef, and squid. They also have a large beauty and bathroom section, and carry products not found anywhere else in town (pH neutral shampoo, anyone?)
Angkor Mini Market
A spin-off of Angkor Market, Angkor Mini Market boasts the same great selection as the full-size store and a convenient location near touristy Pub Street. Even better, this grocery store is open 24 hours a day and have the same prices as their other store.
It seems impossible, but they’ve managed to fit almost all of the products found there in this even smaller shop, but the focus seems to be more on items that tourists or those snacking in their hotel rooms might want. They have a decent selection of fruits and veg, but if you’re planning on cooking a five course meal, it probably makes sense to hit up Angkor Market, which is not far away.
Open 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sivutha Blvd at Oum Khun Street, Siem Reap [map]
T: 063 767 799
Open daily, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Sivatha Blvd, near Samdech Tep Vong Street, Siem Reap [map]
T: 017 765 092; 010 888 059
Angkor Mini Mart
Open 24 hours
128 Sivutha Blvd, Siem Reap [map]