- Sorya Shopping Center-
"Sorya Shopping Centre, near the Central Markets, has two indoor playgrounds, a skating rink, 4D experience ride and an amusement arcade. It's a great place to spend time on a rainy day. Just outside the supermarket on the ground floor is a real treat - high quality ice cream for less than $1 per scoop. The upper floors are a trap for parents though - cheap toys, kids clothes, shoes and DVDs. Good luck escaping without a new Transformer t-shirt and Dora DVD!"
Sorya Shopping Center is less colourful than the traditional markets, but it is air-conditioned and contains a range of cheap fast-food outlets as well as a well-stocked supermarket named Lucky
Supermarket. It is a westernized shopping center and contains a number of fast food restaurants.
If looking for Sorya Shopping Center, go south of the Central Market. It's on a north-south street on the west side. Be aware that the Sorya Mall is very well visited during weekdays but on weekends and on public holidays the mall is packed with young Cambodians. For a hassle free shopping experience we suggest you to visit the Mall on weekdays to make your purchases.
|Asking anyone in the Central Market will be futile, however they do understand "Sorya". (NB: Don't leave a moto with the Sorya
parking people, who are well-known for stealing helmets, and doubling the parking charges on a whim.)
On the south-west edge of town is the even newer Sovanna mall. Freezing
air-conditioned and modern shops make this popular too.
When the gleaming westernized Soriya Shopping Center first opened in 2003, the idea of a shopping mall in Phnom Penh was still an incongruous idea.
For example, it wasn't the Nordic air-conditioning or the five floors of stores that got Cambodians talking, it was the escalators.
The moving stairs in the shopping center provided an endless source of humor and trepidation for locals more accustomed to the Byzantine walkways of
nearby Psar Thmey.
Many took one look at the motorized risers and then dashed for the stairs. Others would stretch out a nervous toe before freezing and opting out. Scrums gathered as people
waited on the undecided. Soon enough, Soriya hired attendants to help visitors on and off the Kingdom's only escalators.
Now, Seven years later, the people are used to it. The place
is packed every weekend.
On the ground floor is a large branch of Luckyís Supermarket which is a well supplied grocery. Other stores and vendors sell
jewellery, clothes and cosmetics. If you love ice cream we suggest you make a stop at the famous Swensenís restaurant. On the ground floor you also find ATMs if you are short on cash.
On the first to the third floors you can shop all kinds of products including: Clothes, Shoes, Childrenís toys, Electronics, DVDís, CDís, Games, Bags,
Jewellery, Watches and Cosmetics. On each floor are branches of different fast food chains which are ideal to grab a quick snack.
On the fourth floor is a food corner serving local dishes and a branch of the Pizza Company. If you want to try some of the local dishes you must change your money to coupons at the red counter. With these coupons you can pay for your food directly at your
favourite stall. Donít forget to redeem your unused coupons before you leave the Sorya Shopping Center as they are only valid for one day. You can also find a retail outlet selling sports items and a computer store on this floor.
On the top floor is the Platinum Cineplex which shows the newest blockbusters from Hollywood besides local productions. All cinemas are air conditioned (not as cold as Thai cinemas but still pretty cool) with comfortable seating.