Kuala Lumpur ~ Night Markets
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also called ‘Pasar Malam’ over here, was set up about three decades ago as an
alternative for small-time traders to sell their goods in the evenings.
Since then, they have become a very prominent feature of Malaysian shopping,
especially for locals.
For the visitor
however it is more of curiosity, an immersion into the
city’s cultural mix and maybe try out the taste of some local street food.
Night markets are basically
streets which are converted for one day only of the week into a
market-place, usually in populated housing estates or residential areas.
They’re popular because they allow locals not having to go far to do
essential shopping for their household needs within their own residential
Typically these small traders, mostly with
their family members helping out, bring their goods in their lorry, van or
car to their specific night market locations and set up to their business
for the day.
These night markets are set-up
from about 6 to 10.00 pm and here, the crowds venture from their nearby
homes to shop whatever is needed or to pack the many varieties of eats
Some people also come from
quite a distance just for an outing and inevitably cause quite a bit of
Whatever the need is, these night markets provides all
sorts of goods and accessories such as Groceries, fresh produce, good local
food, hot snacks, biscuits, various clothing attire, female accessories,
bags, toys, novelty items etc.
These are offered at somewhat
low prices and locals will try to bargain for even lower prices!
Here visitors can
also shop for fruits and other fresh produce or try out different kinds of
cakes and local delicacies.
You might say it is a popular pastime for locals after dinner, to just
stroll around, looking and shop as they walk from one end to the other. The
ubiquitous ‘pasar malam’ is not limited to Kuala Lumpur, as they can be
found all over the country. Small or big, wherever there's a neighbourhood,
you'll most likely find a 'pasar malam'.
People of all ages, races, and income brackets come to these night markets,
possibly because it's heaps of fun to stroll along the stalls on a balmy
evening in search of something to take home.
Here are the locations within
and near the city for Night Markets, with the noted big ones for the day –
Seksyen 1 Wangsa Maju / Taman Len Seng, Cheras / Jalan Air Panas, Setapak /
Jalan Laxamana Off Jalan Peel / Kampung Kerinchi, Bangsar / Sentul
PasarDalam 4B / Jalan Kangsar Off Jalan Ipoh / Desa Pandan, Kampung Pandan /
Taman Miharja Fasa II / Taman Koop Polis Fasa 2 / Taman Sri Sinar, Segambut
/ Taman Sri Murni, Selayang
To Note - Chow Kit Night
It’s the largest wet market in KL, and it’s not for the faint-hearted. Meats
are butchered in the open while live fish swim madly in pails. But once
you’ve passed the rows of vegetables, local fruits and spices, a staggering
array of street food await you (go for the laksa). Check out the nearby
street along Lorong Haji Taib for clothes, accessories and more sold at low
Taman Desa, Bakti, Selayang / Kampung Kasippillay, Off Jalan Ipoh / Rumah
Pangsa Razak Mansion / Jalan Bangsawan, Bandar Tun Razak / Taman Datuk Senu,
Sentul / Rumah Pangsa Gombak 1A / Taman Kok Lian, Segambut / Kampung Pasir
Lama Off Jalan Klang Lama / Rumah Panjang 1A, Jinjang / Taman Pertama,
Cheras / Jalan Chemur, Pekeliling / Taman Sri Petaling, Sungai Besi / Jalan
Air Bah, Setapak / Taman Intan Baiduri, Kepong / Jalan 133, Kepong / Jalan
25/56, Keramat Wangsa
To Note – Taman Pertama
One of the highlights of this pasar malam is the vegetable stall that stocks
tomatoes and leafy greens from Cameron Highlands. But what you’re after here
is the homemade mini apams with red bean or peanut filling. The night
market’s location offers a clear view of the Twin Towers
Taman Desa Petaling / Kuchai Enterprenurs Park / Jalan Kolam Air Off Jalan
Ipoh / Rumah Pangsa Sri Melaka, Cheras / Jalan K, Taman Batu, Segambut /
Taman Connaught, Cheras / Taman Beringin, Jinjang / Kampung Malaysia
Tambahan, Sungai Besi / Kuaters Hospital Kuala Lumpur / Pantai Dalam,
Bangsar / Jalan Wira, Kampung Pandan / Jalan Gempita, Salak Selatan /
Seksyen 10, Wangsa Maju / Rumah Pangsa Sri Pahang, Bangsar / Jalan 2A/146,
Desa Tasek, Sg. Besi / Jalan Batu 2, Taman Batu Muda
Note – Taman Connaught Night Market
Taman Connaught in Cheras is famous for having the longest night market in
KL. It is also noted for its traffic congestion on this particular day
because of it.
Otherwise. the humming Taman
Connaught night market best illustrates our obsession with street food.
From its many stalls, vendors
offer slap-up versions of fried chicken, curry noodles, char kueyteow, laksa,
satay and ABC that will keep you going until midnight. Try out that stinky
tofu – you’ll spot (or smell) it easily by the queue
JalanI kan Emas, Cheras / Jalan Berhala, Brickfield / Jalan Hujan Emas, OUG
/ Flat Sri Terengganu, Sentul / Jalan Sri Rampai, Setapak / Taman Taynton,
Cheras / PKNS, Jalan Kuching / Jalan Kas-Kas, Taman Cheras / Kampung Haji
Abdullah Hukum, Bangsar / Taman Sri Sentosa, Klang Lama / Jalan Jujur,
Bandar Tun Razak / Jalan A1/6, Taman Setapak Indah
To Note – Plaza Mont’ Kiara Fiesta Night
Plaza Mont’Kiara’s courtyard hosts this nifty weekly market where you’ll
come across stalls selling trinkets, household knick-knacks and popular
Korean food and California Cookie Company’s stall.
There is a little different in
style and presentation. Many of the food and clothes stalls are operated by
expats wives. They do it more as a hobby than for the money.
The hardcore traders selling
fruits and vegetables are also there, making Fiesta Night a very interesting
and unusual mix of products and people.
Taman Melati, Gombak / Taman Desa Off Klang Lama / Taman Mastiara, Segambut
/ Taman Sibu 6, Taman Wahyu / Taman Segar, Cheras / Taman Kok Doh, Segambut
/ Taman Sri Endah, Sungai Besi / Jalan Ang Seng, Brickfield / Bandar Baru
Sentul / Kampung Cheras Baru, Cheras / Kg Kerinchi, Bangsar / Jalan 20/2A,
Taman Wilayah Selayang / Jalan 31/10A, Taman Perindustrian IKS
To Note – Bandar Baru
More noted for its morning market, but on this day may the night market hold
the spotlight. This expansive night bazaar goes by though with less fanfare
is a colourful stretch with everything from shoes and souvenirs to hot food.
Taman Bukit Anggerik, Cheras / Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman / Jalan Udang Siar,
Segambut / Pekan Sungai Besi / AU2 Keramat / Jalan Rejang, Setapak Jaya /
Jalan Kelab, Jinjang / Taman Sungai Besi / Taman Miharja Fasa 1 / Jalan
Lazat, Happy Garden / Pantai Dalam, Bangsar / Taman Midah, Cheras / Taman
Sri Bintang , Kepong / Taman Koop Polis Fasa 1 / Pasar Malam Awam Bandar Tun
Note - Setia Alam Night Market
Though it is way out of the city, this one has a record - it is reputed to
be the longest pasar malam in Malaysia at around 750 metres in length. The
variety and sheer size is breathtaking.
The Malay stalls start on the
left and meet in the middle with the Chinese stalls from the right. Food
dominates this place and there are also several restaurants alongside the
night market to rest, if your feet are tired from all the walking.
SetiaAlam is located between
Klang North (JalanMeru / Klang Sentral) and Shah Alam. The township can be
accessed by a link road from the NKVE itself.
Titikaya, Jinjang / Jalan Semarak / Taman Maluri, Cheras / Jalan Selesa,
Happy Garden / Jalan Telawi Bangsar / Taman Bukit Maluri, Kepong / Taman Tun
Dr. Ismail / Jalan Mergastua, Kepong / Jalan Kelapa Gading, Segambut / Rumah
Pangsa Sri Selangor / Taman Sri Kuching, off Jalan Ipoh
To Note – Bangsar Baru Night Market
Unlike many of KL's markets, which appeal to a narrow customer base
(Chinese, Indian, Malay, tourists), the night market at Bangsar brings
together locals, as well as the area's large expat community, and a healthy
dose of curious international visitors.
The result is a vibrant
shopping strip that really encapsulates the diversity of the city. The huge
selection of goods is the big attraction here, with hundreds of stalls
selling electronics, cell phone accessories, street food and, of course,
Many of the locals come for
the fruit and vegetables - they may be more expensive than the hypermarkets
but they're much fresher.
K. Lumpur ~ Shopping
Bukit Bintang Area I
• Sungei Wang Plaza & Bukit Bintang Plaza • Low Yat Plaza • Berjaya Times
Bukit Bintang Area II
• Pavilion • Lot 10 • Starhill Gallery • Sephora • Fahrenheit 88
Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
• Suria KLCC
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman
• Bazar • Sogo • Pertama Complex
Towards Petaling Jaya
• Mid Valley Megamall • The Curve • One Utama
KL Night Markets
• Different Days at Different Places
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Here we take you to the Nightmarket to mingle with the locals and observe
the many items and food on sale and try out the food if you wish.
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