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3 Best Street Markets in Kuala Lumpur - Shop till you drop!

When you visit Malaysia for the very first time and you want to experience its culture in its most authentic form, the street markets are where you have to be. Offering whatever your heart fancies, here is a list of the best street markets in Kuala Lumpur.


Petaling Street

This everyday market is probably the most popular street market in all of Kuala Lumpur. Petaling Street is a thriving and undeniably eye catchy shopping district that is located in Chinatown. Vibrant and lively, here you'll come across hundreds of stalls that sell various things at extremely low prices. A large green awning spread out over the entire street protects all visitors and vendors from both the intense heat and the pouring rain. From counterfeit watches, sneakers, handbags and clothing, there's enough to keep you coming here over and over again, especially when the prices can be lowered even further if you're good at haggling, which is a part of life here. Another reason to check out Petaling Street is its glorious assortment of local cuisine. You can taste away at any of the seafood and Chinese restaurants or even at the hawker stalls that are located within its multiple alleyways.


Kasturi Walk

Located at Jalan Kasturi beside Central Market in Kuala Lumpur and open daily between 10 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., this is where all the visitors flock for all things knockoffs. You'll find handbags, t-shirts, flip-flops, watches and so much more. You can shop to your heart's content while enjoying some delicious local snacks and fruits. You can get to Kasturi Walk with a quick 5-minute walk from the Pasar Seni LRT station. When you get here, you know you've found it if you see the intricate pewter wau bulan which is a traditional butterfly-esque Malay kite that adorns the market's entrance. Kasturi Walk may not have quite the sheer volume of stalls and traders that other markets like Petaling Street or Central Market are famed for, however, the prices here are reasonable and you might even be able to get a better bargain here. Another interesting fact about Kasturi Walk is that it hosts many live cultural performances that are connected to the main festivities in the city. If you're looking for hotels in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, you'll have endless options that are quite good, such as Travelodge City Centre, Kuala Lumpur for example.


Chow Kit Market

Often called Kuala Lumpur's largest wet market, Chow Kit Market can be found in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and is open every day from 6 in the morning to 5 in the evening. Here you'll find a lively sight that is culturally enriched with as many rows as your eye can see, filled with fresh vegetables, meat, seafood, local fruits and even spices. If you manage to pass all this, you'll come across a generous offering of street food that cannot be left untested. Chow Kit Market also includes a dry section that is considerably cleaner, selling various items like DVDs, shoes and clothes at low prices.

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