Reason to Shop in Malaysia
Shopping is an increasingly exciting part of a Malaysian holiday! There are few complaints about prices, range of goods and facilities. Malls usually open from 10am to 10pm but boutiques may operate shorter hours. Prices are fixed in department stores but elsewhere bargaining is worth trying.
Best Places to Shop
Some of the city’s main shopping complexes with a wide range of goods are Lot 10, Suria KLCC, Star Hill, Sungai Wang Plaza, Berjaya Times Square, City Square, KL Plaza, The Mall and Sogo. The latest edition to the shopping malls is the magnificent Pavilion KL. In the suburbs, One Utama, Mid Valley Megamall, Subang Parade and Sunway Pyramid are popular. One Utama and Sunway Pyramid have both been adding extensions to their existing malls.
Other Special Shopping Places
Other than mega malls, Central Market is a good place to scout for souvenirs, handicrafts and antiques. The Cultural Craft Complex in Jalan Conlay sells a comprehensive selection of handicrafts like batik, songket, pewter, baskets and beadwork.
Shop at Night Market
In addition, you can also throng night markets or Pasar Malam (Malay term) to shop around handicrafts and souvenirs. Going to the night market is a Malaysian culture. Therefore, if you have the chance, do consider taking a stroll at the night market and you might have some surprises at what you see. Sometimes you might be able to find something special such as hard to find items as souvenirs or as gifts for your friends and family members.
Shop at Chinatown KL and in Malacca for Antiques
Chinatown is a shoppers’ paradise and bargaining is essential to secure bargains. Popular local shopping experiences include night markets where merchants set up temporary stalls to sell farm produce, snacks, clothing and household goods.
Malacca is an antique shoppers’ paradise with stores selling old wares from the region. Malacca’s shopping focus lies in the antique shops and Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker’s Street) ad Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock.
Malaysia has a Mega Sale Carnival once a year where you can hunt for the best bargains available. Whether it’s east coast batik, carved masks from Borneo Sarawakian cotton or a Kelantanese wayang kulit puppet, there’s a myriad of uniquely Malaysian products.