All about originals
You can always fake it, but with so many authentic retailers why not invest in some genuine, top quality products? The last few years has seen a number of official outlets open in the city. Here’s just a few.
Phnom Penh’s reputation as a place to shop is developing quickly. As well as homegrown retailers, big brands from countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, France and America are landing in the city by the bucketload.
For starters, head straight for Sihanouk Blvd, the city’s answer to Oxford Street in London or Singapore’s Orchid Road. There you’ll find VNC, bringing current season bags, purses and shoes imported from Malaysia at affordable prices, with an emphasis on combining fun with fashion.
Also on Sihanouk Blvd is Pedro, a well-known Singaporean retailer selling smart classical shoes, handbags, belts, wallets and ties with chic twists. They regularly bring in the latest styles, and have a large range of choices for both men and women.
If it’s electronics you’re after, the Canon shop on Sihanouk Blvd is a multi-storied multimedia delight.
Forgotten to pack enough shoes? Don’t fret, you’ll find a range of comfortable footwear for men, women and kids at Bata Shoes (St.143) and globally-renowned shoe brand Skechers (Sihanouk Blvd).
One the other side of Independence Monument along Sihanouk Blvd, the authorised Adidas outlet store offers a wide variety of sporty products, ranging from the casual running shoe to the performance soccer boot. Healthy lifestyle products are of high quality and always authentic.
US sportswear giant Nike opened their first official outlet on Monivong Blvd in mid-2016. Find everything from the modern Air Max range to a huge choice of sports clothing is available, all housed in a classic urban store.
True Brands (Mao Tse Tung Blvd) stocks high-quality international sports and lifestyle brands, all guaranteed originals, and have a wide range of premium products at the best possible price. There seems to almost always be a sale of some sort going on, so definitely give this one a good look.
Aeon Mall is the best choice if you’re looking for a westernised mall experience. The large-scale shopping centre is the first of its kind in Cambodia and boasts five floors featuring stores, restaurants and entertainment options.
Much loved Spanish brand Mango (on Aeon Mall’s ground floor) is a must for fashionistas. Prices are a little more reasonable than its other Asian stores.
Puma (Aeon Mall) is a well known German multinational company with three major product categories – athletic footwear, clothing, and accessories. They have a great range of original products for all sports enthusiasts, such as authentic football shirts and running shoes.
Meanwhile, authorised Apple resellers iOne can also be found along Mao Tse Tung Blvd, as well as in the Canadia Tower (St.110) and at both Sovanna Mall and Ratana Mall.
A full range of young men’s and women’s casual apparel and accessories, as well as a selection of affordable fragrances, are on display at Penshoppe. The Filipino brand has outlets at Aeon Mall and TK Avenue.
Fake watches are available in every market in the city, but if you want something that might tick on longer than a few days, better to pay more for the real deal. Genuine watches can be snapped up at the Swatch store (Russian Federation Blvd), while Rado, Omega and Seiko products are waiting for you at boutiques in the Cambodiana Hotel (Sisowath Quay).
South Korean watch brand Romanson has a total of 20 outlets ticking over across town, including its largest one on Charles de Gaulle Blvd.
NagaWorld stocks the super exclusive Mont Blanc, Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Piaget watches through an official distributor, and a Cartier outlet is also to be found there.
Before embarking on a day-long retail pilgrimage, it may be wise to wear only the most comfortable of shoes. Look no further than Crocs, the American brand than uses foam in all their footwear products. Their flagship store is open in TK Avenue (in Toul Kork district), with new outlets to come at Exchange Square and Aeon Mall.