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The Markets
-the Markets in KL-
| Chow Kit Market | | Kampong Bahru Pasar Minggu | | Pudu Market | China Town | | Petaling Jaya SS2 | | Bangsar Baru |
| Lorong Tuanka Abdul Rahman | | Central Market |   

"Here are the top markets in KL, what you can get there and how to get there. When you really want to get a feel for a city there’s no better way to check a city’s pulse than at its markets. And KL’s pulse is pretty strong as the markets are vibrant, packed with goods and very popular, and they are also a street foodies heaven."

Durian for sale.

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.


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 was founded in 1899. It's 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 Kit Market.
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.

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.

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.

Visiting a local market is one of the highlights in Kuala Lumpur. Tourists can learn a great deal about local cuisine from fresh food and fish markets. Tourism is as important as local business to merchants from Puerto Peñasco Mexico to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

Petaling Street
Petaling Street (China Town)



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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.

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 Bangsar’s 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.

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.

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 Central Market, 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.


  Ben van Wijnen



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