Let it be India, China, Thailand or Indonesia, Malaysia is a mix of all these cultures and Kuala Lumpur is the key of support. Kuala Lumpur is also known as shopper’s paradise due to the famous malls, markets and brands all over the place. It is also called food heaven due to different Malaysian cuisines offered there.
If you really want to enjoy these all at once then the night markets of Kuala Lumpur is the perfect place to go. Kuala Lumpur is famous for its night markets or ‘pasar malam’. The market offers everything from raw food, cuisines to electronics.
If you are planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur, I guess it would be of minimum a week. So, there are 7 night markets you can roam for every day of the week after exploring the daytime attractions.
1. Monday: Pasar Malam SS2
It’s the first day of your trip and you are awestruck already with the beauty of the city. You’ve been to some major attractions and now it’s evening time and you just want to walk on local streets or markets and eat something traditional and delicious, also under some budget.
The only option suitable for you is Pasar Malam SS2. This market opens only on Mondays. The Pasar Malam SS2 is the largest night market in Petaling Jaya. This market is a big source for locals who don’t want to go to malls for almost a decade now.
The market is full of Malaysian and Chinese cuisine shops. The shops deliver some of the best, innovative and delicious cuisines one must try. Also, apart from food, you can find clothes, mobile covers, and souvenir shops there.
Some of the food ranges from 1-5 RM only and fills the stomach to the fullest. The market is famous for some traditional food like Apam Balik that costs 1 RM. These are both thin and crispy or soft and thick depending on you. There are various types of dim sums with different filling is available.
Other famous food are deep fried radish cake, Bakwa sandwiches that costs 4 RM and is served with filling of different types like chicken, mutton, pork, coconut jam etc. Also, the homemade buns are a must try as they are given different shapes and painted with food colors.
Address: Jalan SS 2/64, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: The market opens only on Monday from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Some markets are open till 12:00 pm.
Best time to enjoy the market is from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm as the crowd is less and the market is fully open.
2. Tuesday: Pasar Malam Sri Petaling
Sri Petaling is a market which is heaven for people who loves food. This market opens only on Tuesdays. Various food stalls and trucks are lined up one after another serving mouth-watering delectable.
First you can roam and buy things like phone cases, stickers, shoes, clothes, souvenirs, fruits & vegetables and pets too (birds and rabbits). After and during this exhausting event, you can enjoy numerous variety of foods served up at very cheap prices with a favorable taste and love.
Some of the famous delicacies includes oyster omelette which is prepared right in front on a big pan and costs around 8 RM.
The market is famous for Taufufa which is a soya bean pudding. There are other varieties of Taufufa present too like pandan taufufa, corn taufufa etc. It costs 3 RM per container which is enough for a person.
Other famous foods which are must try are Hong-Kong styled waffles, sausages, leak dumplings, stinky Tofu, muah chee, puddings, pies and what not. All of these items cost no more than 8 RM at max.
Address: Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: The market is open only on Tuesdays from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Best times to explore is from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
3. Wednesday: Pasar Malam Taman Connaught
Once the longest market in Malaysia and most famous market of Kuala Lumpur, Pasar Malam Taman Connaught is a market located on a 2 km stretch of street with over 700 stalls and shops. The exploring can take up to 2 hours or even more if you go in detail and really do roam.
This market is a bit pricey as compared to other pasar malams but, this market offers large variety of stuffs apart from foods and cuisines. You can find clothing, accessories, household items, kitchen items, books, handbags, souvenirs, handicrafts etc. on the streets of this market.
Along with them the food will appear out of nowhere and will attract you and will help you to keep going on and explore the market. The market is famous for its unique and innovative ideas of food.
One of them is Cola Chicken. Many of you may have heard it for the first time but yes, you can find this dish in this market. A glass of Coca-Cola is filled half with the drink and other half is filled with fried chicken. You may right now be throwing up but it’s a cuisine you must try if visiting the market.
Other famous eatables in market are stinky tofu, crème brulee, egg tart, Japanese and Taiwanese pizza, laksa, satay and a lot more.
Address: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, 56000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: The market is open only on Wednesdays from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am.
4. Thursday: Plaza Mont Kiara Fiesta Night Market
The carnival themed night market, Plaza Mont Kiara Fiesta Night Market is open only on Thursdays and also called Thursday fiesta as in 2010 it was open from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Now the timings have increased till 12:00 pm.
The market is gathered around a fountain courtyard, so it’s enjoyable in the night time to sit across and gaze at the crowd with a food in hand. The theme of this market follows the letter ‘F’ as you’ll find lots of food, flora, fruits, footwear, fabrics, fragrances, fictional books and fitness in the market.
The market has more than 50 stalls and a lot to offer. Look out for books of your choice, household items and foods on a good rate. The California cookie company is a must try in the market as it serves the best cookie in Kuala Lumpur.
Address: Unit E-01-21, Block E Plaza Mont’Kiara, NO.2, Jalan Mont’Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: The market is open from 4:00 pm to 12:00 pm.
5. Friday: Bandar Baru Sentul Night Market / Pasar Sentul Night Market
This market can be covered in the morning also as it opens at 6:00 am and closes at 3:00 pm. It’s a famous morning market of Kuala Lumpur for Breakfast and Lunch.
But as you’ll be busy exploring other attractions in daytime, night time would be the best to roam in this market. The choice and type of food here is different and cheap as compared to other markets.
Some of the famous foods include asam laksa, mee jawa, tomyam and many more. It’s a normal market to roam and eat with less and young crowd.
Address: 65, Jalan 1/48a, Bandar Baru Sentul, 51000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: The market is open on Fridays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
6. Saturday: Pasar Malam Setia Alam
This is the market which overtook Pasar Malam Taman Connaught in terms of length. This market is the longest market of Malaysia and holds a Malaysian record. The total distance of this market is 2.3 km. So, wear comfortable shoes before arriving here.
It can take over 2.5 hours to complete the market exploration and during it you’ll find a lot to buy. Souvenirs, clothes, books, toys are in abundance here. Still the best role is played by the food stalls and shops serving Malaysian and Chinese delicacies.
Some of the best foods here are Polar Bear soft crème parlour, fried octopus balls, Japanese pancakes, kuih, Taiwanese egg burger and lot more.
Address: Jalan Setia Prima A U13/A, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: The market is open only on Saturdays from 5:00 pm to 12:00 pm.
7. Sunday: Pasar Malam Taman Megah
It’s the last day of your trip and you are exhausted of going to all the night markets and the crowds present there. Still, you are hungry on the weekend and want to go to a place with a less crowd then Pasar Malam Taman Megah is one of the best options.
The market also serves food but to a lesser crowd, hence the fare is cheap as compared to other markets. You can also buy other things as there are clothing shops, handicrafts, souvenirs present there.
Some famous foods to enjoy here are char kuey teow, BBQ Oyster, char kuey kak, Cheras Giant Pau, Nyonya Rice, UCO Cakes and more.
Address: 11, Jalan SS 24/8, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: The market opens only on Sundays from 6:00 pm to 12:00 pm.