What tourists are saying about Petaling Street Market
“Shop til you drop”
Looking where to buy things from KL? This is the place to be. There’s a lot of cheap stuff for souvenir you may also use your power to bargain.
“Excellent minature China”
I loved the place, mainly because I love China. Lots of dining places where you can eat chinese food sitting in plastic chairs while smoking a cigarette. Lots of small vendors selling fakes, if you fancy that.
If you don’t fancy the fakes, then just embrace the smells, the heat, the crowds and one or two beers at any restaurant. If you are going to Kuala Lumpur, you have to go here.
Visited January 2014
“For the bargain hunters!”
We caught a train from Amang Park station to Pasar Seni station and walked down the road to Petaling Street (short walk). The market is full of copy goods made in pretty good quality. This is definitely a place for the hagglers – you really have to know how to bargain or you’ll end up paying twice as much. There’s lots of shirts, shorts, dresses, bags, watches, purses, phone accessories + more.
As smrsarma said, you can pretty much half their initial price. There are also shops inside with price tags which are still quite cheap! Got two dresses for $20AUD and a mens “ralph lauren” shirt for only $12AUD.
It gets really busy at night and can get very overwhelming from shop assistants trying to drag you into their shop but they’re all very friendly. There’s lots of food along the outside of the market and little snacks in between like bagged fruit on skewers.
Outside there is a taxi rank so there’s no need to worry about getting back. But beware, during peak hours, they may not be willing to use the taxi meter due to “traffic” (but its pretty much like that everywhere).
Definitely need to check it out! You can get lots of little prezzies for your loved ones back home for half the price so you can buy twice as much 😉
Visited December 2013
“Eat, drink, shop, haggle…”
First time I came to KL four years ago, I stayed in a hotel on Petaling Street. We arrived after a 14 hour flight at a bright a early hour, so went straight to sleep for some much needed rest, when we came out in the afternoon, we were met by a roaring market, full of sounds and people and smells, fake goods, great attitudes, PhDs in bartering, all types of food, Chinese lanterns illuminating the street; it was like a film set.
So coming back after some time was like seeing an old friend. And I wasn’t disappointed. I hit the stalls, bartered (but came out worse), eat some fried stuff on sticks, drunk freshly made soya, kicked back a beer, got harassed for a massage, avoided the rubbish, got splashed by something suspect, met some new fellow travellers. Looking forward to coming back one day.
Visited January 2014
“Good for Chinese breakfast!”
We lived in China for many years, where breakfast is a very serious business, so I was pleased to find during a morning wander a decent sized hawkers market within the Petaling Chinatown complex. Morning was a good time, although its open all day, with fewer people and no annoying salesmen…..yet.
All the patrons were locals, and there was a wide choice of cheap roadside style snacks from various parts of China, as well as Malaysian specialties. We had steamed buns [baozi], rice porridge [xifan] and fried rice noodles [chao fen], for a few dollars. Everyone speaks Mandarin and at least some English. The thing I like about Malaysian Chinese is they don’t treat us Westerners as if we’ve just landed from Mars. They brought the food, no rip-offs, and let us get on with it! Good stuff, but not for the timid or the fussy.
Visited December 2013
Best deals on hotels within walking distance!
About Petaling Street Market
Petaling Street is Kuala Lumpur famous and lively street market. The street is roughly half a mile long with partly roofed string of stalls specializing mostly in fake designer goods. Petaling Street is the central of the street market activities but there are also some stalls located on the streets connecting to Petaling Street. Therefore, you can basically throng the shop houses and the hawker stalls in Petaling Street as well as in neighboring streets.
Attractions of Petaling Street Market
Most of the items sold in Petaling Street are fake designer goods. These fake designer goods look exactly like the real one. Even if you were scrutinizing these items with your naked eye in a detail manner, I bet you can’t tell if there were real or fake. Some of the famous fake items you can find here are watches, clothes, wallets, handbags and so on. It used to be that there are pirated CDs and DVDs sold openly here. But the crackdown by the authority has rendered many of these stores selling them secretly.
Price can get really cheap at Petaling Street!
When you are at the Petaling Street market place, bargain is the order of the day. There are a few fixed price items, and the initial offers by vendors are often at unreasonably high. Buyers are expected to haggle with the vendors and if you were buying in bulk, you have more bargaining power. Aside from clothing and accessories, there are a few shops that sell an assortment of other goods such as a variety of dried meat and traditional medicines. At the northern end is a vegetable and fruit market and plenty of cheap cafes.
Best time to visit Petaling Street
During the day, Petaling Street is just a normal shop-lined street in Chinatown until around 4 or 5pm everyday, when the area is closed off to traffic and transformed into a Pasar Malam or night market. Many of the daytime stalls pack up and are replaced by food stalls that sell a tempting array of Indian, Malay, and Chinese delicacies. Local souvenirs are also available. Both day and night markets attract large crowd and vsitors must be careful of their belongings.
Getting to Petaling Street
Petaling Street is just a 15 minutes walking distance from the Pasar Seni LRT station. Therefore, you can take the LRT and stop at Pasar Seni station and from there, just take a walk of about 15 minutes to reach Petaling Street.
Nearby Attractions Around Petaling Street
- Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) – The KLCC is listed within the most visited tourist destination in Kuala Lumpur simply because the area is made up of multiple attractions including the Suria KLCC, KLCC Park, Aquaria KLCC, and of course the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers.
- Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) – The Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka is a place of history. You could find many of the great history events took place in Kuala Lumpur here. One of which is the lowering of the Union Flag performed here on August 31st, 1957 when independent Malaysia was born. Attractions include Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Royal Selangor Club, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Central Market and National History Museum.
- Chinatown – The Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is within the most visited tourist destination due to its vibrant economic and cultural activities including the famous Petaling Street Market. The Chinatown also encompasses other historically rich heritages such as the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, Sze Ya Temple, a Sikh temple, a Gospel church as well as the famous Islamic mosque, Masjid Jamek.
- Little India – If you are planning to get to know more about the multi-culture society of Malaysia, the Little India is definitely the place you must not miss. This vibrant Indian enclave is a living heritage that can be dated as far back as 100 years old. Some famous attractions at Little India are the Masjid India and the neighborhood of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.