One of the highlights when shopping in Asia are the night markets you will find in most major cities. Great bargains aside on everything from clothes to electronics, you will also find it the perfect place to sample local cuisine, especially street food. Malaysia’s bustling capital is no exception and here are three night markets (or “Pasar Malams”) in Kuala Lumpur well worth visiting.
1. Taman Connaught (Wednesdays from 4 PM to 11 PM)
Located in the Connaught Garden area, this 2 km long night market has hundred of stalls and vendors selling clothing, accessories, toys, smartphones and more. It is not that commercialised so you can get a more cultural shopping experience here and not to be missed is a chance to sample the delectable Malaysian dishes.
2. Jalan TAR (Saturdays from 5 PM to 10 PM)
Another night market where you can soak up some local culture, Jalan TAR can be found at Lorong Tunku Abdul Rahman. Within easy reach of Chinatown, this market has everything from clothes to jewellery and accessories. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the street food; try favourites such as Goreng Pisang and Lok Lok. Since you may want to explore the market till late it always helps to find accommodation that is within easy reach and 4 star hotels in Kuala Lumpur can be found close by. Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is one option you can consider.
3. Chinatown (throughout the week)
Last but not least is the well known Chinatown Night Market on Petaling Street in the old town area of the city. While it may be commercialised, it is nevertheless worth a visit and you can buy lots of souvenirs and mementos of your trip. This market is open during the day as well, but it’s at night that it really livens up with vendors selling the usual clothing, handicrafts and accessories along with all manner of local dishes.
Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world.