Kuala Lumpur ~ Night Markets
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Night Markets, 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 areas.

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 available.

Some people also come from quite a distance just for an outing and inevitably cause quite a bit of traffic congestion.

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 Market
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 prices.

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 Night Market
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

To 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 Sentul
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 Razak

To 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, cheap clothes.

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 Square

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

Related Services - Night Market & Hawker Food Tour
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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