Grocery shopping was always a hassle, particularly with an easily distracted child in tow. But in the wake of COVID-19, when every face-to-face encounter feels potentially dangerous, the allure of shopping online and avoiding the grocery store has been too much to ignore. Thankfully Phnom Penh offers several online grocery sites with fast and cheap delivery, while you shop from the comfort of your home. In this post I’ll cover the best online grocery shopping options in Cambodia. Most are in Phnom Penh, but there are even a few options in Siem Reap.
Leading the charge is Aeon Supermarket. With an extensive range of quality imported (particularly Japanese) and local grocery items, fresh produce, meat and seafood, Aeon Online is a tried and tested popular online grocery delivery service. They have a user-friendly app and website that lets you choose delivery from either Aeon 1 or Aeon 2 Supermarkets, and you can search for items by category and product. From experience, you may need to check in the most appropriate category yourself if the product doesn’t show up in a search.
Aeon features many imported items, particularly from Japan, and they also have a dedicated organics section as well as one for ‘Made in Cambodia’ foods. You can also order your favorite ready-to-eat snacks that you’d find at the Max Valu stores such as sushi, salads, sandwiches, grilled or fried chicken, onigiri, and fresh-cut fruit.
The products are at the same price as in store, and they offer many promotions and specialty items for upcoming festivals and holidays. Their customer service is excellent, with English-speaking staff calling or sending an SMS if an item is unexpectedly out of stock, and suggesting a suitable substitute. The drivers are friendly and everything is carefully packaged, with cold items packed in ice to keep them fresh.
The app and website also includes options from their Home Coordy line — think online department store — with appliances, bedding, bathroom, dining, storage, living room, sports and kitchen essentials, as well as clothing for men, women and children, cosmetics, and even live and artificial plants. A limited number of toys and stationery items are also available.
For those who love high quality farm fresh produce, plastic-free and reusable packaging, and the chance to support a number of socially responsible local businesses, Grocerdel is a stand out, with products on offer from dozens of favorite brands, and several payment options to make your life easier.
Regular 20-50% flash discounts are a major draw, and the easy-to-use app makes shopping a pleasure. Noticeably geared towards healthy and sustainable living, Grocerdel stocks gourmet local items including Kombucha, cold-pressed juices, yogurts, health supplements, coffee beans, herbal teas, bakery treats, and local meat suppliers are also represented.
Popular imported items such as dairy, baby products, pet care, personal care items, and cleaning products are also on offer, with dedicated categories for Greek, Japanese, and Indian products.
Grocerdel also sells an extensive range of heavenly natural body care items, from Bodia spa, Bumblebee Soaps, Samata, Thorany, Coco Khmer, and Dai Khmer to name just a few, and the list of items supporting sustainability continues to grow. Recent additions include cloth masks, reusable straws, collapsible coffee cups and water bottles, and cloth female hygiene products.
For more gourmet items, including premium quality local deli cuts and top-notch imported specialty items, Delishop seems to have the largest selection. On offer are some big name brands popular with expats including Lavazza, Elle & Vire, Johnsons, Heinz, President, Barilla, and McCormick.
Teaming up with a number of local businesses including Natural Garden, Vibe Café, The Warehouse, Bonbon Ice Cream and La Ferme de Bassac, delishop.asia offers the convenience of a single delivery for items that you normally would have had to travel to several stores to purchase. This includes not only groceries, but wine and alcohol, homewares, and medicines from expat favorite UCare Pharmacy.
For pet owners in the capital, an impressive range of pet care products including Whiskas, Pedigree, Royal Canin, and Cattitude Premium Cat Litter can be found.
The app is very user friendly, and with a wide product range it’s difficult to avoid temptation. Be warned that some products appear noticeably more expensive than at other outlets however the ease of ordering from all your favorite stores in a single order makes up for it.
There are of course more and more businesses offering delivery. Some other options in Phnom Penh include:
Thai Huot, Chip Mong Supermarket, and many smaller mini marts (including Kiwi Mart, and Circle K) allow limited grocery orders to be delivered speedily via food delivery services such as Nham 24, Grab or Food Panda.