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List of street markets in KL

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The sheer variety of shops in Kuala Lumpur is astonishing. You can find everything, from clothing to electronics, and even knock-off branded items somewhere in Malaysia.


China Town in Petaling Street

A bustling hub of clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories shops; Chinatown is well known for its many eateries, crowds and late night shopping thrills. Located on Petaling Street the area is your best bet for loads of bargain shopping. By night the area comes alive under a hundred twinkling lights, vibrant street cafes and happy shoppers. Whether it's Chinese food or knock-offs of global brands Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown down Petaling Street has something for everyone. A food lover's haven visitors can sample Chinese clay pot favourites and Hokkien mee while they shop for souvenirs and every conceivable variety of consumer goods at this bustling market. Filled with hundreds of stores and kiosks bargains and affordable goods are buzzwords synonymous with this popular thoroughfare that is one of the capital's most colourful night markets to date.


Chow Kit Market

Chow Kit is, in fact, a well-known locality in the central area of Kuala Lumpur, and its market is a delightful place to obtain an authentic glimpse into the day-to-day lifestyle of ordinary residents of the city.
This quaintly charming market consists of a maze of a few permanent buildings and ramshackle makeshift stands, with well over a hundred vendors competing with each other for your attention. This marketplace has the distinction of being the biggest wet market in the Malaysian capital. The term ‘wet market’ in this context refers to the fact that the ground at one of these marketplaces is continuously wet from the ice and water which is liberally splashed on the seafood and other foodstuffs to maintain their freshness. Base yourself at a centrally placed hotel such as the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral and enjoy easy access to these street markets and boutiques within the city. Travellers can also check out the hotel map and get directions to the many attractions nearby.


Kampung Baru Market

Predominantly run by the Malay community, for those looking for handicrafts, jewellery and traditional Malay costumes, such as baju kurung, songkok, and sarong, Kampung Baru Market is the ideal shopping venue. Visitors to this popular food haven can enjoy the vegetable salad and spicy fruit, which is commonly known as rojak and also, nasi lemak, grilled fish, satays and kuih.


Taman Connaught

Located in the Connaught Garden area, this 2 km long night market has hundred of stalls and vendors selling clothing, accessories, toys, smartphones and more. It is not that commercialised so you can get a more cultural shopping experience here and not to be missed is a chance to sample the delectable Malaysian dishes.


Jalan TAR

Another night market where you can soak up some local culture, Jalan TAR can be found at Lorong Tunku Abdul Rahman. Within easy reach of Chinatown, this market has everything from clothes to jewellery and accessories. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the street food; try favourites such as Goreng Pisang and Lok Lok.

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