The Top Street & Night Markets in Kuala Lumpur

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 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.

 

 

Central Market

 

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

Getting there
Putra LRT
Pasar Seni Station

Jalan Petaling & Chinatown Market

Address: Petaling Street, KL

Opening Hours: Shops are open from 10 am, but the actual market stalls start to set up in the mid-late afternoon.

Jalan Petaling market, a different shopping experience for daytime and evening time, until 4 or 5 pm 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 specialize in selling fake designer goods. Perfume, watches, clothes, t-shirts, wallets, handbags, 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 the street Lorong Haji Taib there is a Monday night market selling clothes and other odds and ends.

Nearest Train Station (Monorail): Chow Kit Station

 

Kompleks Budaya Kraf- Local Handy crafts

Address: 63 Jalan Conlay, KL

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm

A place to shop for local handicrafts, 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: Raja Chulan LRT Station

 

Taman Connaught Night Market

 

Address: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: Wednesday 5:30 PM – 12:00 AM

One of the best things to do on a Wednesday night in KL this market was once only known to locals but has slowly become known to tourists too, and it’s becoming popular. It’s a foodies heaven. You can discover a diverse array of Asian street food including all kinds of pork balls, Japanese style cake and even pizza, Dim Sum, Salted Egg Yolk Chicken, BBQ, coconut jelly, Korean Bingsu, dumplings, fried tofu and more. For goods, you can find clothes, fashion items, gadgets and cheaper than most other markets in KL.

Nearest Train Station (Monorail): LRT Bdr Tasik Selatan (Then take taxi or T408 bus)

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2 Responses

  1. Danielle says:

    The “handicraft market” is more of a department store than a traditional craft market. Prices are quite steep, even though the goods are nearly the same as those at the Central Market.

  2. Aallan says:

    Chow Kit Market is the dirtiest place ever , hygiene is 100 below zero! crowded and not healthy and not safe. Now nothing left cause they demolished 90% of this market. No place to park! if you move 1 km away they charge you 7 Rm per hour etc…..
    Does not worth to visit even once!?