Kuala Lumpur’s street markets are arguably the best places for first-time visitors looking to experience authentic Malaysian culture. Offering a dizzying array of fresh produce, apparel, handicrafts, accessories and jewellery all at excellent prices, these lively roads are great for those who’ve grown weary of the city’s sleek and commercialised malls.
Open from sunrise until past midnight, these outdoor bazaars can get pretty hot and humid so we highly recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes as well as drinking lots of water. From the iconic Petaling Street district to Chow Kit Market (KL’s largest wet market), the five best street markets in Kuala Lumpur are not only located within the city centre, but also easily accessible via LRT or monorail trains.
Petaling StreetEvery Day
Known as the most popular street market in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street is a lively and vibrant shopping district in Chinatown KL that houses hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of stuff at dirt-cheap prices. A massive green awning covers the entire street, shielding vendors and visitors from the scorching heat and pouring rain as they shop for counterfeit handbags, watches, trainers, and clothing. Best of all, prices can be brought lower still as haggling is the way of life here. Petaling Street is also filled with a delightful array of local cuisine - Chinese and seafood restaurants as well as hawker stalls can be found along its many alleyways, resulting in an interesting mixture of aroma filling the air that’s almost impossible to resist. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 12:00 & 18:00 – 01:00
- Location: Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2693 6661
Kasturi WalkEvery Day
Situated beside Central Market, visitors flock to Kasturi Walk for fake-label handbags, watches, tee-shirts, and flip-flops while samplinga number of local fruits and snacks – minus Petaling Street’s hectic crowds and (often) unsanitary alleyways. Accessible within a five-minute walk from the Pasar Seni LRT station, the entrance of this covered street market features an intricate pewter wau bulan, a traditional Malay kite that resembles a butterfly. While Kasturi Walk does not have the same extensive range of traders as Petaling Street or Central Market, the goods are reasonably priced and you can get even better bargains here. Kasturi Walk also hosts live cultural performances in conjunction with the city’s many festivities. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 21:30
- Location: Jalan Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur
Chow Kit MarketEvery Day
Chow Kit Market, hailed as Kuala Lumpur’s largest wet market, boasts a lively and culturally-enriching scene with rows upon rows of seafood, meat, fresh vegetables, local fruits, and spices. Faint-hearted visitors might get a bit squeamish at the sight of live fish swimming madly in pails and slabs of meats getting butchered out in the open, but once you’ve passed that section, a staggering array of street food await you. Shaded by oversized and colourful umbrellas, Chow Kit Market’s dry section is much cleaner and appropriate for tourists as there are plenty stalls offering clothes, shoes, CDs, DVDs, and textiles at decent prices. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 17:00
- Address: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur
Kampung Baru MarketSaturday evening
The Kampung Baru Sunday Market is predominantly run by the area’s Malay community, making it a great shopping venue for those looking for traditional Malay apparels (such as sarong, baju kurung, and songkok), jewellery, and handicrafts. The name of this street market can be confusing to some since it actually runs from Saturday evening to early Sunday morning. Founded in 1899, Kampung Baru Sunday Market is also a popular food haven in KL city centre as visitors can enjoy Malay specialities, including rojak (spicy fruit and vegetable salad), grilled fish, satays (grilled meat skewers), nasi lemak, and colourful kuih. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturday 18:00 – 01:00
- Address: Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kuala Lumpur
Taman Connaught Night MarketEvery Wednesday
The Taman Connaught Night Market takes place every Wednesday evening, where you can find over 700 stalls set along a two-kilometre laneway. Exploring the entire marketplace can take up to two hours as there are plenty of inexpensive clothing, accessories, books, bags, handicrafts and household items to browse through. Highly popular amongst the local community, this street market is best known for its vast array of Chinese hawker fare such as curry noodles, char kuey teow, laksa, and satay as well as local desserts, ice-cream and snacks. Try the chilli-drench stinky tofu – similar to durian, this street snack is definitely an acquired taste.
- Opening Hours: Wednesday 17:30 – 24:00
- Location: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur