The riverfront from Street 104 to the Royal Palace is popular with locals and tourists alike. In addition to harboring several of the city’s most popular sights including the Royal Palace and the the National Museum, the riverfront road, Sisowath Quay, is lined with restaurants and bars, hotels, souvenir shops, spas, travel agents and more.
The recently refurbished riverfront park is the focal point for the Phnom Penh residents' leisure activities. Early risers can see the many locals welcoming the new day with Tai Chi and other exercises while the sun rises majestically over the river. In the early evening and all day Sunday many people stroll, picnic or just sit and watch the world go by. Local delicacies are served by vendors all along the riverfront and visitors can indulge in dried salted fish or another favorites, boiled duck embryos still in the shell.
The riverfront is particularly popular in the early evening but it’s a great place to stroll any time of day. Have a drink or a meal, relax at a streetside cafe and watch the passing scene, and make sure to explore the side streets. The best shopping streets adjoining the riverfront are Street 178 (page 72) and Street 240 (page 74) on either side of the Royal Palace and National Museum. A few of the city’s busier bar streets also stretch off the riverfront, including Street 104, 110 and 136. For something a bit more cultural, check out the traditional markets of Phsar Chas and Phsar Kandal as well as the Wat Ounalom pagoda.