Central Market is one of KL’s most familiar landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. Built in 1928, it is a short walk away from Petaling Street, along Jalan Hang Kasturi. Also called Pasar Seni, it used to be a simple wet market but in the early 1980s was revamped into a handicrafts outlet. The focus for Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Just around the corner from Kota Raya Shopping Centre
- Address: No. 10, 1st-3rd floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi
- Tel: +603 2031 0399 or +603 2031 5399 or +603 2031 7399
Kasturi Walk is a covered, open-air flea market set along Jalan Kasturi, a lane running alongside Central Market. Here, you’ll find local snacks and vendors selling fake label handbags, watches, T-shirts, flip flops and more as well as fruit stalls. It is similar to Petaling Street but not as crowded. Right over the front entrance of Read More...
- Highlights: local snacks and vendors selling fake label handbags, watches, T-shirts, flip flops and more as well as fruit stalls. Read more: Kuala Lumpur Chinatown Shopping - Where to Shop and What to Buy in Chinatown http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/klareas/chinatown_shopping.htm#ixzz1n5wHrQgM
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:30
- Location: Kasturi
Kota Raya Shopping Complex
Around the corner from Central Market, just opposite Petaling Street, is the Kota Raya shopping complex. It is perhaps one of the oldest shoppng centres in the city, and although its popularity has been lost to trendier, more contemporary counterparts, it is still visited by those in search of budget buys and bargain items. Having recently gone through a renovation and refurbishment exercise, Kota Raya’s old, run-down exterior has now been replaced by a brightly-coloured one, which can be seen clearly from Petaling Street’s main entrance across the street.
- Highlights: Budget clothing and accessories, beauty saloons, hairdressers, games, electronics.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: At the junction of Jalan Silang and Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
Petaling Street Market
Marked by a huge, green awning sheltering shoppers from rain and daytime heat, Petaling Street is a well-known shopping district in Kuala Lumpur, most popular for budget buys. At night, the whole area transforms into a lively and vibrant night market. The street is practically stocked to the brim with shops and stalls along it offering Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily, 09:00 – 12:00 & 18:00 - Late
- Location: Along Petaling Street and the intersecting road, Jalan Hang Lekir
- Tel: (603) 2693 6661
Peter Hoe Beyond
Peter Hoe Beyond is a store along Jalan Tun HS Lee with a lovely collection of homeware, clothes and souvenirs. The 8,600sqft warehouse-sized shop is divided into three colourful sections: a retail store, boutique and café. Fusing Asian and modern style, some of the best things to buy here include colourful, woven rattan baskets and place Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
- Address: No. 145, Jalan Tun HS Lee, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2026 9788
Aside from Petaling Street market and shopping malls, there are plenty of independent shops dotted all over Chinatown. There are quite a number of wholesalers here, particularly along Jalan Sultan and Jalan Hang Jebat, selling crystals, women’s accessories and even hair-perming tools. Bookstores can also be found here, specialising in Chinese reading materials, namely Shanghai Bookstore, Sin Ya Book Agency and Popular Bookstore, which also sells books in Malay and English. Sun Ya Book Agency also sells an interesting collection of Buddhist relics in all sizes, which can make for excellent souvenirs to take home.
Other noteworthy shops include Borneo Pearls in the Swiss-Inn Hotel, Weaver House Arts & Crafts and Kong Wooi Fong Tea Merchants. Borneo Pearls sells genuine cultured pearl jewellery and fashion accessories, while Weaver House Arts & Crafts is a superb gift shop selling handmade gift items and quality handicrafts at extremely affordable prices. Kong Wooi Fong Tea Merchants is a tea specialty shop selling fine tea leaves and tea-making paraphernalia. Customers can also sample the teas first to help them decide which one to purchase at the fully-furnished tea-tasting area at the back of the shop.