Locally known as ‘Pasar Malam’, the traditional night markets in Kuala Lumpur spring up in different parts of the city on different days of the week, when sections of the residential neighbourhood are closed to make way for these setups. Not only for shopping, but visitors can also enjoy delicious dishes at these shops, including burgers and noodles, and authentic local foods such as Malay kuih and nasi lemak.
1. Petaling Street
Rightly touted as the shopper’s heaven in all of Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street is the most popular street in Kuala Lumpur, known for its hundreds of stalls that sell all possible stuff at low prices. Sheltered by a huge green awning, hundreds and hundreds of visitors stroll here in leisure, shielded by the sun; as they browse through the huge collection of handbags, watches, clothes, accessories, handicrafts and lots more. Not only shopping, but the street is also known for its delightful assortment of local cuisine, from Chinese to seafood.
2. Kasturi Walk
Located right behind the Central Market, Kasturi Walk is renowned for its handbags, watches, clothes, and footwear; and also for its vendors that sell a variety of local fruits and snacks. A huge traditional Malay kite which resembles a butterfly greets visitors as they enter the market, who then lose themselves among the kiosks and stalls. Even though the market is not extensive as its counterparts, people continue to love it for its convenient location and reasonably priced items.
3. Chow Kit Market
Hailed as the largest wet market in all of Kuala Lumpur; the Chow Kit Market boasts of having the most extensive collection of seafood, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as spices. The market, however, also has a large dry area, covered by colourful oversized umbrellas, which sells items like clothes, shoes, CDs, DVDs, textiles, accessories, etc. as well as electronic gadgets at really affordable prices. Do not miss out on visiting the market on Mondays, when the night market sells items at extra low prices.
4. Taman Connaught Night Market
Every Wednesday evening in Kuala Lumpur, 700 stalls come together on a two-kilometre long pathway; stocked up with inexpensive clothing, books, bags, handicrafts, accessories, and household items, to offer a once in a lifetime shopping experience to its visitors. The Taman Connaught Night Market is extremely popular among the locals and the foreigners alike and is also known for its array of street food, including curry noodles, char kuey teow, laksa, and satay among others. When at this market, do not forget to try out the chilli-drenched stinky tofu. Though an acquired taste, people who have developed the flavour find it to be the best street snack in all of Kuala Lumpur.
5. Bangsar Sunday Market
Located in the popular commercial district of Telawi, the Bangsar Sunday Market attracts a large number of visitors to it every Sunday, who come to experience and explore the expansive collection of fresh produce, seafood as well as flowers that are offered here. This is also a good place for some authentic local dishes as there are several cafes and restaurants at Bangsar centre, which offers a myriad of different cuisines.
6. Fiesta Nite at Plaza Mont’ Kiara
Standing in sharp contrast to other local night markets in Kuala Lumpur, the Fiesta Nite at Plaza Mont’ Kiara is a rather upscale kind of a market, which takes place every Thursday at the Plaza Mont’ Kiara. The market is frequented by office workers as well as locals, who find the quality of goods here to be considerably better than that of those found in other night markets across the city. Eighty different stalls come together at this night market, in front of the fountain courtyard, to offers its visitors with the best choices of flowers, fruits, clothes, books as well as imported food items; and alongside these commercial products, you will also find a lot of handmade soaps and homemade goods by local bakers at the market.
7. Jalan Alor Street Food Night Market
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Jalan Alor Street Food Night Market is paradise on Earth for every true food lover, tourists and locals alike. It is perhaps only at Jalan Alor that you can experience the sheer bliss of tasting authentic Malaysian street food standing under colourful oversized umbrellas, and shop for products like food, shoes, DVDs, CDs, textiles, etc. at the same time. Though the market is open on all days, it is best to visit it in the evening, when the temperature drops, to have a better experience.
8. Pasar Malam Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
Also known as the Grand Dame of Kuala Lumpur shopping, the Pasar Malam Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is a welcome relief from the usual commercial shopping in malls that is so characteristic of the city. The market is home to many established brands such as P.H. Henry, P. Lal, and G.S. Gill. However, you can also shop for local goods across a variety of products, including winter clothing, luggage, leather products, sportswear, and much more.
Local street food is also a characteristic of these night markets, which only adds to the already amazing experience of being out at night time and exploring these local bazaars. These outdoor markets, however, can get pretty hot and humid, and really crowded.