Bona fide retail
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. Much loved Spanish brand Mango is a must for fashionistas. Prices are a little more reasonable than its other Asian stores, but you may still need to pack the plastic.
The motto of VNC is that little things make a big difference. Bringing current season bags, purses and shoes imported from Malaysia at affordable prices, the emphasis here is on combining fun with fashion, and the classy white décor and sofas make the act of trying on a treat.
Pedro is another 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. And last but by no means least, don’t miss out on the authentic trendy Parisian brands at Le Marais found on the ground floor of Aeon Mall.
If you forgot to pack enough shoes, you’ll find a range of comfortable footwear for men, women and kids at Bata Shoes and internationally-renowned shoe brand Skechers.
One the other side of Independence Monument, the authorised Adidas outlet storeoffers a wide variety of sporty products, ranging from the casual running shoe to the performance soccer boot. You can find many healthy lifestyle products that are of high branded quality and always authentic.
A relatively new player in town is US sportswear giant Nike, with their first official outlet opening mid-2016. Everything from the modern Air Max range to a huge selection of sports clothing is available, all housed in a classic urban store.
True Brands 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.
Puma 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.
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.
If it’s electronics you’re after, the Canon shop is a multi-storied multimedia delight. Nokia has a retail outlet just down the road. Meanwhile, authorised Apple resellers iOne can also be found along Mao Tse Tung Blvd, as well as in the Canadia Tower and at both Sovanna Mall and Ratana Mall.
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, while Rado, Omega and Seiko products are waiting for you at boutiques in the Cambodiana Hotel.
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.
To make sure you’ll be looking good in your holiday photos, authenticated Revlon products are available at the Revlon Shop in Sorya Shopping Centre.