Imbi Market is an indoor wet market that houses rows of time-tested stalls selling fresh local produce, spices, fruits and freshly-butchered meat. Set within the ICC Pudu Building, it was originally a massive street market in Bukit Bintang that early risers and market goers often frequent due to its extensive range of inexpensive and authentic local delicacies.
Shopping-wise, the market is located in the basement level, consisting of a dry section where you can find fruits, vegetables, clothes, shoes, costume jewellery, and local condiments while the wet section offers a variety of fresh fish, chicken, beef, mutton, and pork. The atmosphere is very colourful and lively; vendors here consist of the local Chinese community, who are not only polite and friendly, but can also converse in English.
Imbi Market’s food court is located on the ground floor, where you are spoilt for choice with the variety of cheap and authentic local fare available. There are plenty of plastic tables and chairs to accommodate large crowds in the middle, while dozens of hawker stalls sell homemade popiah (spring rolls), egg tarts, kaya puffs, BBQ pork pies, congee, wantan mee, and char kuey teow.
For the most authentic local breakfast experience, head to the iconic Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea stall and order the set of Hainanese coffee, two pieces of toast and two soft-boiled eggs. The toasted buns are filled with sweet kaya (pandan-flavoured coconut jam) and butter while the Hainanese coffee is a smooth blend of coffee and tea with foamy milk. Do note that cutlery is not provided and it can be quite a messy affair, so we highly recommend bringing a packet of tissues with you. Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea occupies a shoplot right next to the main entrance of Imbi Market.
Ann’s Nasi Lemak also draws a large crowd in Imbi Market at ICC Pudu as it is one of the rare places in KL that served non-halal nasi lemak. If you’re not obsessed with calorie counting, try the nasi lemak with pork skin curry and pork slices, which comes with coconut-flavoured rice, salted peanuts and anchovies, half a boiled egg, cucumber slices, sambal (spicy shrimp-based sauce) and is topped with piping hot curries.
While the official name is Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang, locals often refer to it as Imbi Market. Unlike the previous location, parking is much easier as the complex has over 500 parking lots for cars and motorcycles. As stalls are usually open by 06:30 and close between 12:00 and 13:00, we recommend heading there before 09:00 to enjoy breakfast without the hassle of waiting in a long queue.
Imbi Market at ICC Pudu
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 06:00 – midday
- Address: ICC Pudu, Jalan Kijang, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur