One place EVERYONE goes to when they visit Cambodia, is the Russian Market, also known as Psah Toul Tom Poung. Although the locals refer to it as the latter, you can say ‘russian market’ to any motos on the road and they will take you there.
The Russian Market used to be where I go every weekend or any other times we didn’t have anything to do (which was pretty often). But! I’m sad to admit that the Russian Market is definitely not the same as it used to be. Since the number of garment factories reduced significantly after many years of struggle (such as decreased number of buyers and strict government regulations), the products have decreased both in quantity and quality. Still, I go to the Russian Market hoping that maybe, just maybe I will find something that I don’t already own. Another sad thing is that the prices are not the same. What used to be $1 or $2 is now $5. Sometimes they call such ridiculous prices that I don’t even bother bargaining. There was a chopsticks set that I liked and when I asked the seller how much it was, she said $15. “Oy, T’lai na!” I commented on how expensive it was and just walked away, as she shouted out, ‘ok, $8’ behind my back. I shook my head in dismay knowing I could get it for $5 despite the fact that she had already discounted more than 50% of the price she called originally. I have to admit though, bargaining is definitely one of the main reasons I go to the Russian Market. Where else will I get to buy a $8 skirt for $4? That’s the beauty of shopping here, I guess.
After the Russian Market, we were really hungry. We were going to eat at the market but it was way too hot so we decided to go to Cafe Yejj. I hadn’t been there in a while so I was excited. I have to say, it was one of the best meals I had in a while. I was, for some weird reason, craving hummus and cous cous and they had a perfect meal for me!
Cafe Yejj is located: #170, Street 450, Toul Tom Pong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Opened: Mon-Sun 7:30 am – 9:00 am w/ free wifi.
I am now off to Vientiane, Laos. Keep posted for my awesome Laos trip! :)