Friday, August 14, 2015

Best Night Markets to Visit in Malaysia

Malaysia Best Night Markets to Visit

Night Markets have been around for decades in Malaysia, otherwise known as Pasar Malam, they are frequented by locals who visit these markets found all over the country.

Some may even ask where are the best night markets to visit in Malaysia and this article will shed some light based on personal experiences to these markets. Not plucked from the internet like how most list postings are done too.

Best Night Markets to Visit in Malaysia

Since the 1990s, the Pasar Malam (Pasar is Market, Malam is Night) have been introduced to tourist as one of the must-do things in Malaysia and now it has evolved into a whole new experience.

These night markets are much cleaner, brighter and much more interesting things can be found here.

Pasar Malam is found in almost every district and city in Malaysia, especially in high-density populated areas.

The core of this is actually bringing the market to the people where they set up makeshift stalls along a busy road and cutting off traffic.

This makes one long night market with stalls on both sides offering all sorts of almost anything. So where are the best pasar malams in Malaysia? In no order, here they are;

Taman Connaught Night Market
The Connaught Pasar Malam, photo by IsaacTan.net 
1. Taman Connaught Pasar Malam in KL

The Taman Connaught Pasar Malam is noted as the longest Night Market in Malaysia, spanning over two kilometers long and situated just out of Kuala Lumpur city in the Connaught Garden area.

It is also located by the main road here and walking this night market can an exciting experience for anyone wanting to see the local night market scene. In total, there are also 700 plus stalls found here!

This is also not your typical Chinatown commercial-style market. This is the real night market where locals hang out buying clothes, food, and many other things.

My personal favorites here is the local foods where you can get an amazing selection. Come early to avoid the after-work crowds and try some of the local food here.

Taman Connaught Pasar Malam
Location: Along Jalan Cerdas, next to the E37 Highway in Cheras.
What to Find: Loads of Local Food, T-shirts, Women's Clothes, Jewelry and Accessories, Smartphone Casings, Bags, Toys, and more non-food-related items. 
Hours: 4.00 pm till 11.00 pm, Wednesday. 
Pros: Very interesting place, non-commercialized. 
Cons: Parking, lots of people.
Time to Spend: 1-2 hours


2. Batu Ferringhi Night Market in Penang

Penang's most famous pasar malam is located in the core tourist area of Batu Ferringhi on the main island.

This was once a very small night market many years ago and with the boom of tourism, grew to be one of the largest night markets in Malaysia.

Here, you will find more tourist-related items compared to what a typical pasar malam offers. 

The Batu Ferringhi night market stretches all the way from the Hard Rock Hotel and Cafe to the start of the main road.

Pasar Malam Batu Feringghi
The nightly 'Pasar Malam' along Batu Ferringhi in Penang
There are over a hundred stalls available along the main road which is still active with traffic. Restaurants, Hawker Centers, Stalls, and Cafes are found along the way too.

This place is a great place for souvenirs and best visited on the weekends. Also, here's a list of free things to do in Penang for anyone wanting a little more.

Batu Ferringhi Night Market
Location: Along Jalan Batu Feringgi, Penang
What to Find: Loads of Souvenirs, Handicraft, T-shirts, CD's and DVD's, Home Decorations, Watches, Jewelry and Accessories, Smartphone Casings, Bags, Toys, and more non-food related items. 
Hour: 4.00 pm till midnight, 7 days a week. 
Pros: Very interesting place. 
Cons: Knockoffs, Pricy.
Time to Spend: 1-3 hours

Petaling Street Pasar Malam
Kuala Lumpur's famous Petaling Street aka Chinatown 
3. Petaling Street aka Chinatown Night Market in KL

This has to be included in the list as Petaling Street or Chinatown KL is hands down the most famous night market in Malaysia.

Anyone visiting Kuala Lumpur or KL is most likely to visit this place to find some sort of souvenir or knockoffs.

Located in the core old town area of KL, this night market has evolved into some sort of tourist trap. Heaps of knockoff items sold by foreigners who speak multiple languages are a sight to see and experience. 

Petaling Street is open throughout the day but comes to life at night when vendors push in their stalls to fill up the center of the road. This results in two walkways till the main intersection where more stalls branch out in all directions.

Tourist restaurants and local hawkers are found at one of the main lanes here too. Cold Beer and Pineapple Fried Rice? Yups, it's all here.

Petaling Street Night Market
Petaling Street in the day
Petaling Street 
Location: Jalan Petaling, KL
What to Find: Loads of Knockoffs, Handicrafts, T-shirts, Toys, Watches, Jewelry and Accessories, Smartphone Casings, Local Food, Fruits, Drinks and Chinese Ornaments. 
Open: All day but the night is the best time. 7 days a week. 
Pros: Very interesting place, a must-visit in Kuala Lumpur.
Cons: Knockoffs, Pricy, Humid, and Pickpockets.
Time to Spend: 1-2 hours

Pasar Malam Jalan TAR
Jalan TAR Night Market
4. Jalan TAR Night Market in KL

The Jalan TAR Night Market or Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman Pasar Malam is located at Lorong Tunku Abdul Rahman, one lane behind this main road in Kuala Lumpur.

For any visitor to KL city, this is one of the recommended night markets worth exploring on the weekend.

This Pasar Malam in KL offers a more local flavor and is not your typical Chinatown type of market.

Muslim apparels seem to be highly popular here, especially clothes, hijab or headscarves, hijab accessories, pins, brooches and prayer items.

Local Malay food is also widely available including snacks, drinks and modern fusion Malaysian style foods.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Night Market
'Lok Lok' being sold here
This Pasar Malam is also a great place to try local delicacies, such as 'Lok Lok' a local steamboat, Malay Mixed Rice, Keropok Lekor, Goreng Pisang, Malay style sweet cakes and many other varieties of local street foods.

To get here from Bukit Bintang or KLCC, it is about 15 to 20 minutes' walk and from Petaling Street or Chinatown, it is only a 10-minute walk here.

Jalan TAR Night Market 
Location: Lorong Tunku Abdul Rahman, KL
What to Find: Men, Women and Children's Clothes, T-shirts, Toys, Watches, Jewelry and Accessories, Smartphone Casings, Lots of Local Food, Fruits, Drinks and Muslim Items. 
Open: Saturdays, 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Pros: Very interesting place.  
Cons: Pickpockets.
Time to Spend: 1 hour

Jonker Walk Night Market
Traders preparing for the night market along Jonker Walk
5. Jonker Street Night Market in Melaka

Down in historical Melaka, the most popular night market is Jonker Walk Night Market which happens on Saturday and Sundays.

Here, all sorts of local items, food, accessories, and souvenirs can be found. The beauty of this place is that it is located along the famous historical shopping street which is nicely lit at night giving this place a beautiful ambiance.

Some sections branch off to food streets where you can try the local Melaka foods, cakes and drinks. Nothing from the super famous, but acceptable quality.

For the main shopping, you can find a lot of souvenirs here. The well known Melaka Pineapple Tarts are also seen sold here.

For anyone visiting Melaka on the weekend, the Jonker Street night market would be highly recommended to visit. 

Jonker Street Night Market
Location: Jonker Street, Melaka
What to Find: Food, Drinks, Handicraft, T-shirts, Toys, Smartphone Casings, Jewelry and Accessories, Local Food, Fruits, Drinks and Peranakan and Chinese Ornaments. 
Hours: Sat and Sunday, from 5.00 pm to 11.00 pm.  
Pros: Very interesting place. 
Cons: Not enough local food and crafts.
Time to Spend: 1-2 hours

SS2 Pasar Malam
Petaling Jaya's famous night market at SS2
6. SS2 Pasar Malam in Petaling Jaya

In Petaling Jaya or PJ, Selangor, there are numerous Pasar Malam located throughout all the sections here. And it is only a 20 to 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city. 

One of the notable ones to visit is the SS2 Pasar Malam in the main business district here. The Monday night SS2 Night Market stretches all around the giant field area next to the food court and offers all sorts of interesting local things. 

Among the favorites here are the very local Malaysian desserts which come in the form of cakes, bread, and even dim sum. One of the Malay Nasi Lemak Stalls is highly recommended here.

Also found around here is the famous hawker food square called Wai Sek Kai or SS2 Food Court which is one of the most interesting in PJ. Highly recommended for any foodie traveler. 

SS2 Pasar Malam
Location: Jalan SS2/60SS2/61, SS2/63 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
What to Find: Clothes, Groceries, T-shirts, Toys, Jewelry and Accessories, Smartphone Casings, Local Food, Fruits, Drinks and even Pets. 
Hours: Mondays, from 4.00 pm to 11.00 pm. 
Pros: Great place for local food, loads of local food, cakes, drinks.
Cons: Parking.
Time to Spend: 1-2 hours

Pasar Wakaf Che Yeh
Traders selling all sorts of everything at Wakaf Che Yeh night market
7. Wakaf Che Yeh Night Market in Kelantan

In Kota Bharu, Kelantan, you can find Wakaf Che Yeh, which is the most famous night market in the northeast coast of Malaysia.

This supermassive market caters to mainly food produce, local food, fruits, clothes, shoes, accessories, Muslim apparel, and many other interesting things.

It is also a great place to explore to see how the locals trade here and if you come on the weekends, this place can get really crowded.

Wakaf Che Yeh Market
Rows and rows of apparels found here
Wakaf Che Yeh in Kelantan is hands down a must-visit for anyone heading to this state. The specialty here is that many border Thai Malay people bring their wares here to sell them.

This place is also another great place to look for local wholesale items, especially jewelry and clothing.

Wakaf Che Yeh Market
Location: Jalan Kuala Krai, Wakaf Che Yeh, Kelantan
What to Find: Loads of men and women clothes, Handicraft, T-shirts, Toys, Watches, Shoes, Jewelry and Accessories, Smartphone Casings, Local Food, Fruits, Drinks and Wholesale Items. 
Hours: All day but the night is the best time. 7 days a week. 
Pros: Very interesting place. 
Cons: Mostly repeats of the same items.
Time to Spend: 1-3 hours

Malaysia Pasar Malams
Malaysia is well known for Night Markets or Pasar Malams
Conclusion

There you have it, a list of 7 of the best night markets in Malaysia compiled specially by me as I have personally visited all of these markets over the years to give you personal, correct and precise information.

For those wanting to go to any of them, please make sure you check the dates and times of some of the markets. 

If you think there are other night markets to be added to this list, please let me know in the comment form below.

Otherwise, I bid you welcome to Malaysia and hope you enjoyed this compilation of best night markets to visit in Malaysia. Feedback and comments are welcome below. 

1 comment:

Azmil Kessler said...

Great Info. The Malaysian Night Market is what everyone should experience. Going to share it now.