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Top 5 Street Markets in Kuala Lumpur - Wander the Streets of Kuala Lumpur

If you are tired of exploring malls, it is time to get on to the streets of Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur's street markets are a great place to savour Malaysian culture and hunt for great bargains!

1

Petaling Market

This street market is open almost every day and is one of the most popular markets in the capital. It is located in the Chinatown district within reach of a fair number of the best hotels & resorts in Malaysia including chains such as Berjaya Hotels and Resorts. You will be happy to know that an expansive awning shields you from the sun and rain while you browse the vendors' many offerings.

2

Kasturi Walk

Within a mere five minute walk of the Pasar Seni LRT station, Kasturi Walk is a well-known street market with tourists. Its claim to fame is its variety of fake goods. The market is hard to miss as its entrance boasts a traditional Malay kite resembling a butterfly made solely out of pewter. This is a great place to get a good bargain as this covered market is not as large as Petaling Market. The street food in this area is multi-ethnic so you can spot almost all the local snacks here; ranging from dim sum to rojak. If there is a special event, Kasturi Market also organises cultural performances.

3

Taman Connaught Night Market

Every Wednesday evening, Jalan Cerdas comes alive with a night market. It takes about two hours to make your way through the 2-kilometre long lane which is packed with close to 700 stalls offering almost everything under the sun. This is a great place to pick up attractive deals on clothes, household items, and handicrafts. Do not forget to savour Chinese hawker food throughout the night market such as satay, char kway teow, and laksa. If you are adventurous you can even try the stinky tofu – if you do not know what it looks like, just follow the smell.

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Kampung Baru Sunday Market

Do not be mislead by its name, the market actually starts at 6 pm on a Saturday night and ends in the early hours of Sunday morning. It is run by Kuala Lumpur's Malay community so if you have been looking for an opportunity to buy a sarong, baju kurung, songkok or other traditional Malay clothing, this is the best place to go. This market offers Malay hawker fare such as nasi lemak, kueh, and rojak. If you visit the Sunday market, you should try the nasi campur; rice with vegetables, meat, seafood and curries. This dish is incredibly flavourful and very cheap. The market is easily accessible from the Kampung Baru LRT station or the Medan Tuanku monorail station.

5

Chow Kit Market

This is one of the city's largest wet markets and is a great place to experience the daily lives of Malaysians. Watch as housewives haggle for fish and meat and then you can saunter over to the extensive street food stalls to sample the fare. The market also has a dry area which offers DVDs, clothes and daily necessities at reasonable prices.

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