Here’s a list of 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 it’s markets. And KL’s pulse is pretty strong as the markets are vibrant, packed with goods and very popular.
Address: Central Market Annex, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur.
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Central Market dates back to 1888 and was a fresh produce market (wet market), and in recent years it has been restored as a heritage program and transformed into a market for arts and crafts, clothes and souvenirs. There are regular events and local culture performances held at the market. Check their website for details: http://www.centralmarket.com.my
- Gift and souvenir shops
- Local arts and crafts outlets
Pasar Seni Station
Jalan Petaling market
Address: Petaling Street, KL
Opening Hours: shops are open from 10 am, but the actual market stalls start set up in the mid-late afternoon.
Jalan Petaling market, a different shopping experience for day time and evening time, until 4 or 5pm every day Jalan Petaling is just a normal shop-lined street in Chinatown, after that the area is closed off to traffic and transformed into a Pasar malam (night market). Many of the daytime stalls pack up and are replaced by partly roofed stalls on the street, those stalls are specialize in selling fake designer goods. Perfume, watches, clothes, t-shirts, wallets, hangbags, and a profusion of pirated CDs and DVDs, they all are sold openly. There are lots of locally made and non-copy goods too. Like any market, haggling is a must! More about Petaling Street Market
Putra LRT: Pasar Sini Station – 5 minutes walking distance
Star Line LRT: Plaza Rakyat – 5 minutes walking distance
Chow Kit Market
Address: it’s a sprawling market, centralised around Jalan Chow Kit, Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
Opening Hours: 9am-5pm
Best place to experience the true local market (where locals shop), sells everything from clothes and footwear to fruit and vegetables. Indian, Chinese and Malay, all in! It’s reportedly one of the largest wet markets in Malaysia. Along Lorong Haji Taib there is a night market selling clothes and accessories.
Monorail station: Chow Kit Station
Kompleks Budaya Kraf- Local Handy crafts
Address: 63 Jalan Conlay, KL
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
A place to shop for local hand crafts, Komplex Budaya Kraf stocks a wide range of traditional arts and crafts from the various states of Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo. The place is made up of four separate buildings that house shops and stalls, a museum, exhibition areas, and several workshops. The museum gathers the history and development of age-old crafts and features dioramas of artisans creating their wares with displays of the various tools they would have used. With numerous shops and stalls selling silverwork, pewter, pottery, woodcarvings, and woven textiles, batik and beadwork, alongside more unusual items such as rattan fishtraps, birdcages and tribal blowpipes. The complex is one of the best places in Kuala Lumpur to buy these local handicrafts.
Nearest Train Station (Monorail): Raja Chulan LRT Station
Throughout the different districts of KL there are nightly markets and weekend markets. Ask at your hotel for the location of nearby markets.