Shopping is considered to be sacred experience by a lot of people and Kuala Lumpur caters to one and all need that one might have! Many of the markets in Kuala Lumpur come alive as the city falls asleep.
Buzzing with the life they are alive with the aromas of meat and fresh ripe fruit. There are many wet markets that are full of surprise be it a scrumptious meal or fresh produce! Included in this list are many wallet-friendly markets spread all around Kuala Lumpur.
The night markets add to the dazzling nightlife that Kuala Lumpur has, be it the China town which is a league of its own with a burst of colours and smells that will excite your senses.
Budget travellers who do not wish to spend the night in bars and clubs filled with music and alcohol can stroll through the beautiful walkways and savour delicacies from around the world.
These markets have a variety of cheap goods that are very pocket-friendly, that being said, the experience of shopping through these markets will definitely be a rich one. Be it by drenching in Art in the Central market or soaking the Malay lifestyle with shopping in Taman Connaught Night market, all these markets are a must visit and offers a lot!
1. THE CENTRAL MARKET
A former wet market which established in 1888 has since expanded and become an art deco shopping centre. This is a particularly popular market among the shoppers for high-quality handicrafts and souvenirs.
The heritage sit market is a place to experience the Malaysian heritage and the culture.
The most astonishing feature is the air conditioning. It is every shopper's dream to shop in comfortable conditions and the Kuala Lumpur central market provides just that.
Not only is it air-conditioned, it is also grouped into multiple zones that make the shopping experience very simple. The zoning celebrates the multiracial cultural aspect of the nation.
There are zones for Chinese, Malaysian and Indian stores which help in getting a glimpse of all trading practices. The quality of the handicraft being sold here is exceptional. The variety being offered and the pricing will appeal to all shoppers.
This is the ultimate stop for buying souvenirs. To make the whole experience more immersive in terms of the culture, the market is infused with art; it is great to explore art in the art lane which also has some sellers selling their work
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:00
Location: No. 10, 1st-3rd floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi
2. FLEA MARKET AT AMCORP MALL
Among the locals, the Flea market at Amcorp mall is frequently visited. Easily the most popular flea market in Kuala Lumpur, even if it’s located in a mall, it has flea market ambience. It is accessible by LRT through the Tama Jaya Station.
The majority of the item sold here is second hand and also holds a section of pre-owned but never used products. Items most commonly sold here are clothing, footwear, bags and other accessories, books, antique and coins and stamps for collectors among other things.
Great stop for buying souvenirs or shopping cheap and pocket-friendly. A few dollars can go a long way over here. This market can also come with surprises as one can never know of the treasure this place might hold.
Opening hours: Sats and Suns 10:00 – 18:00
Location: 18, Jalan Persiaran Barat, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
3. PASAR BORONG KUALA LUMPUR
The market comes alive when the clock strikes 3 in the early morning. One of the most bustling night markets, this has a total of over Four Hundred stalls, this wholesale market has a lot of frantic activity be it vegetable trucks, are working hard at packing the sale for the next day.
This market is a burst of colours, holding vendors who have been servicing here for more than fifty years. The colours and the buzz of the market are not the only things to admire, stall owners who are selling seafood will prepare their fish with spectacular precision.
Restaurants buying from these vendors regularly which further have formed strong relationships. Check out this market to experience the engulfing and wildlife of the vendors and to buy fresh produce!
Opening hours: Night Market
Location: Pusat Bandar Utara Selayang, 68100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
4. PETALING STREET
If you are looking to be moved by the beauty and fully immerse yourself in the culture, Petaling Street is the street for you. With Chinese arch covering the walkways and crowd buzzing with life, a walk through this market becomes a serene experience.
It is situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown and has a hidden gem in the form of a museum named Lost in China Town. With plenty of tourist trinkets, you’ll have plenty of option to buy souvenirs from.
All the hungry tourists should head through the main strip into the warrens of backstreet where you can enjoy a hot bowl of Hainan Chicken rice. Enjoying these delicacies before heading back to haggle your way around the market is the way to go.
Rest assured, once you leave this market, your haggling skills will have upgraded. These streets become a kaleidoscope of colours after dark, even a stroll after sunset will prove to be a surreal experience. This is a must visit in the after dark markets section.
A variety of restaurants are open till very late so grabbing a late night snack is ideal. Besides being beautiful this market is known to sell counterfeit products, be wary of them unless you wish to buy these for yourself.
Opening hours: Daily 9 AM to 11AM
Location: Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5. KENANGA WHOLESALE CITY
An exquisite décor, wide and spacious walkways and various facilities make Kenanga Wholesale City a comfortable experience. Buying in bulk? Then is the place for you.
This wholesale market is continent choice as buying more items considerably decrease the price. Since its wholesale, there isn’t much opportunity to try your hauls on. But the overall experience is hardly deterred due to the variety available.
Being in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur, this wholesale market houses more than 800 different stalls making it a few of the largest malls with 8 storeys. Fashion buffs should visit this place to cater to their latest fashion needs.
This market is also open on weekends and is accessible through a Monorail through the Hang Tuah Station.
An amazing aspect of this market is that a good chunk is dedicated to Muslim shoppers. With both traditional as well as latest options, this is a must visit to buy goods like clothes for men, women and children, footwear, bags, accessories, leather good and lifestyle products among other things.
Opening hours Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 19:00 and Fridays, Saturdays & Public Holidays from 10:00 to 20:00
Location: No.2, Jalan Gelugor, 55200 Kuala Lumpur
6. TAMAN CONNAUGHT NIGHT MARKET
Being the longest night market in all of Malaysia it is stretch over to a 200 Km spread packed with outlets ranging from retail stalls to food. It is a very memorable experience to walk through the markets all the while soaking in the sights, smell and sounds of the shoppers in the market.
A visit to buy from the vast variety of options of souvenirs to buy or just to fulfil a late night craving, this market has something for everyone. One stop for all shoppers needs is it clothing, bags, accessories, footwear, books, beauty products, gadgets, household items even pet products.
These markets will fulfil all needs one might have. Famous for a wide range of food choices is it cuisines from Taiwan, Korean, Thai, Japanese or Indian. Stinky tofu and fresh oysters are few of the best this market has to offer.
Taman Connaught Night Market is located at Jalan Cerdas and is easily accessible by MRT through the Taman Connaught Station.
Opening hours: 17:30 to 24:00
Location: 130, 108, Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, 56000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
7. KASTURI WALK
Kasturi Walk Is a spacious open-air shopping stop. This market is a haven for people looking to buy cheap goods. Located in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown, it is next to the Petaling Street; Kasturi Walk has a wide range of products like clothes, accessories, bags, flip flops, watches, snacks and souvenirs.
The range might not be as vibrant or wide as Central Market but remains a place worth checking out. Something that is very unique to this place is the Malay feel that the place boasts as opposed to the Chinese atmosphere in Petaling Street.
One can find an array of Malay Food stalls with the addition of the traditional and the iconic Malaysian Kite makes this place worth the visit. Other than that, the place has a very relaxed vide and is comparatively cleaner and brighter too!
Opening hours: 10:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location: Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia