The night markets are typically from 6 o'clock pm till 10.00 - 10.30 pm. You can get anything from night markets - groceries, clothing, good local food, hot snacks, accessories, bags, CDs, tapes, Videos, household items, fresh produce, the latest fads, etc. All at low prices and you can still bargain for lower prices!
There are morning markets also, but they are are more suitable for getting groceries and fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. We call those markets with fresh seafood "wet markets". These morning markets are from 6 - 9 am in every part of the city.
The city of Kuala Lumpur comprises many different residential areas named after numbers (e.g. Section 14, Section 12, SS2, SS3, etc.). The market of Petaling Jaya is called SS2
KIT MARKET North from Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, you'll find the
Chow Kit Market.
It's a daily market,
which sells anything
and everything. There are excellent hawker stalls here.
You'll see stalls crowding the pavement.
Chow Kit market is KL's largest indoor market.
Inside, narrow walkways lead through a maze
of stalls laden with seafood of any variety and size, vegetables of numerous shapes and colour,
meat, spices and loads and loads of fruit. Food stalls are in abundance as are
those selling clothes, shoes cassettes and fabrics. All at reasonable prices.
At the northern end of the market are food stalls
that serve up delicious roti canai and nasi campur. Chow Kit Market is open
daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
KAMPUNG BAHRU PASAR MINGGU (Sunday
Market) Kampung Bahru was founded in 1899. It's
is the oldest Malaysian residential area in Kuala Lumpur and there are still
authentic traditional Malaysian wooden houses. It's about ten minutes away from Chow
On Saturday evenings, there is in one section of Kampung Bahru a hive of
activity. The reason is: the Pasar Minggu, or the Sunday Market. The market
starts at 6 pm on Saturday evening and ends in the wee hours of Sunday morning
at 1 am.
This market has a totally Malaysian feeling to it, and this is obvious in the style of
jewellery and clothes, like sarongs and sonkok, the varied tastes of Malaysian
cooking and in the make of the handicraft on sale.
PUDU MARKET This popular morning
market is located near Jalan Pasar. Pudu
market is a classic wet market with all sorts of food. The earlier you come, the
more fresh the products there are. They open extremely early in the morning,
around 3 AM, and at 7 AM most of the action is over, even though there is some
limited activity for the rest of the day.
Pudu Market is very `local`
in flavour, it is predominantly Chinese but you can find Malaysian and Indian
traders here as well. It can get noisy as vendors fight for the attention of
shoppers by shouting out their bargains. Besides food and clothes, you can find
the most unusual items: pet fish, scorpions, frogs and terrapins. There`s also a
shop selling all types of buttons and trimmings.
PETALING STREET: CHINA TOWN
Kuala Lumpurs original Chinatown, where shopping is a whole new experience. In
the heart of KL's bustling
Chinatown is Petaling street located. The
shops in China Town are open throughout the day, but after 6pm, the Pasar Malam
(night market) takes over, the road is closed to traffic and the street comes
alive with stalls, restaurants and crowds.
Petaling Street is a place
to head for those who love good bargains.
This street is notoriously famous for its all-day parade of sidewalk stalls that
sell imitation goods of all sorts. The unmistakable Oriental atmosphere is
evident particularly at night when petty traders spread out their wares along
the street. Be warned
though, this place can get rather crowded, hot and noisy as it is both popular
amongst tourists and locals alike. In Petaling Street
you can buy anything from imitation handbags to souvenirs, watches (Rolex),
clothes, herbal remedies and local trinkets. Bargain hard! It's the ideal place
to test your bargaining skills.
A must for any tourist.
Petaling Street (China Town)
PETALING JAYA SS2 The most popular night markets are held on Mondays in SS2
in the main hawker area. It's the
biggest night market in this part of town. On Thursdays it's in the other part of SS2
nicknamed 'Cheow Yang' area by the locals as a prominent restaurant by that name
has been there for ages.
The range of goods sold at the Pasar Malam include household items like torch
lights, alarm clocks, locks, hangers and pails are also sold. In addition, look
out for clothing items - mass produced bras and underwear, pyjamas, t-shirts,
shorts, Batik (local Malaysian print) housecoats.
Near the Pasar Malam is a very nice Chinese Hawker Center.
BANGSAR BARU Pasar Malams take place in the evenings from
about 6pm to 11pm at various places. At Bangsar, it's on Sunday from 5.30pm.
You must go to to
Jalan Telawi and visit the Sunday Market.
Juicy vegetables, fresh fish, accessories and hand phones add character
to this already colourful scene. The night market in Bangsar is a big draw,
bringing together both expatriates and locals.
LORONG TUANKA ABDUL RAHMAN The usually busy
Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman is
closed to traffic on Saturday nights
for a massive night market. The market is
from 5 pm till 10 pm every
Saturday. The commonly used road is then transformed into a night market with
petty traders and hawkers selling a staggering variety of goods al fresco. The
night market offers visitors an interesting place to walk through and perhaps
pick up some casual attire, local products, clothing as well as sample some
local delicacies. A great place to
just walk about and savour the aromas of local street delicacies.
CENTRAL MARKET The Art Deco Central
Market was built in 1928 and spent many years as the home of the city's
largest fresh produce market. It at the junction of Jalan
Benteng and Lebuh Pasar Besar. Formerly it was the capital's wet market. Since 1986, the needs of tourism have taken over
with 130 arts and crafts shops, as well as regular cultural performances on the
riverside stage. You can get practically anything from
from the usual T-shirts and souvenirs to traditional handicraft, like batik
cloth, hand painted shadow-play masks. You can even take home porcelain statues
of Hindu and Chinese deities as well as wooden
Orang Asli sculptures.
Everything that your heart desires would be available here ! Mercifully, some authentic food outlets have managed to survive
alongside the tourist-orientated eating places.