Psar Nath in the center of town is the main market and is geared toward locals. You can find all kinds of practical goods and foodstuffs -- fruit, vegetables, meat, clothing, kramas, shoes, hats, food stalls, and so on. Gem dealers, photo shops, and money-changers line the streets that surround the market. Psar Leu, just south of town, is the place to buy produce such as oranges and pomelos. The oranges are said to be the best in Cambodia. The Smiling Sky Bookshop (St. 2; tel. 012/298-005) sells secondhand English-language books including Cambodia-related titles, novels, and popular literature. They also trade books. Pulp (btw. St. 2 and St. 3; tel. 012/178-3584) is a new secondhand bookshop. They also sell snacks and coffee. There are a few souvenir shops on streets 1 and 2 selling local goods such as woodcarvings and some cotton and silk accessories. Compared to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, though, the options are limited. The main commodity on sale in the center of town seems to be cellphones -- Battambang must have more cellphone shops per capita then anywhere else on the planet.
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