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Food vendor selling chicken wings, Malaysia | © Alen thien / Shutterstock
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The Best Markets in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Picture of Michelle Leong
Updated: 1 May 2018
What’s cheap, colorful, and may or may not be wet? No, it’s not your kid’s paint brushes. It’s a pasar (bazaar) in Johor Bahru!

KSL Pasar Malam

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Johor Bahru, Malaysia | © andythyro / Shutterstock

Get cheap stuff while tucking into crispy shrimp cake and sea coconut drinks. Electronics, clothes, perfumes, costume jewelry, household items, and children’s toys are all part of the fare here.

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Mon:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Local, Outdoors

Taman Pelangi Morning Market

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Typical butcher at a wet market in Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Typical butcher at a wet market in Johor Bahru, Malaysia | © NRNI / Shutterstock

The only morning market on this list, Taman Pelangi is also the wettest, and for good reason; this is where you’ll find pink-raw meat, freshly caught seafood, and vegetables still dewy from the farms. Potted plants are also a thing.

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Entrance Fee

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Pasar Karat

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Arab women dress
Dresses often worn by Arab women | © Olga Vasilyeva / Shutterstock

You won’t have completed your tour of Johor Bahru without a trip to this night market. Bargain items, pre-loved goods, scarves, handbags, decorative artifacts, and even vintage plaques are all displayed under blue canopies with fluorescent lights — all the better to see and buy. A live band is sometimes featured.

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Sun:
7:30 pm - 12:00 am
Mon:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wed:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
7:30 pm - 12:00 am

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Family Friendly

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Entrance Fee, Vintage, Second-Hand (Used)

Atmosphere:

Local, Outdoors

JB Sentral Meldrum Night Market

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Wantan noodles
Wantan noodles | © Jasni / Shutterstock

This market is open every night, so you won’t have to worry about missing out on your wantan mee (wanton noodles). Seafood is scrumptious (try the ikan bakar, grilled marinated fish), and the chicken wings are always a favorite.

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Family Friendly

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Free

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Johor Jaya Pasar Malam

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Malaysian home cooked local cakes or "kueh"
Malaysian home-cooked local cakes or "kueh" | © Lano Lan / Shutterstock

The usual round of bargain-worthy items are for sale here, and Johor Jaya is particularly known for its pastry stalls and roast duck. Food doesn’t cost more than a happy RM5 note ($1.25).

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Tue:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

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Free, Second-Hand (Used)

Atmosphere:

Local, Outdoors

Bukit Indah Pasar Malam

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Apam balik
Apam balik | © Fadhlina Shamsudin / Shutterstock

If you like your cendol (iced sweet dessert), this is the place to find it. You’ll also find a great variety of fresh fruits, nasi padang (steamed rice with assorted dishes), and apam balik (fluffy pancake). Parking can be a pain, so you might want to GrabCar it over there (Uber has left Malaysia).

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Sun:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

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Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Local, Outdoors

Impian Emas Pasar Malam

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Muah chee
Muah chee | © gracethang2 / Shutterstock

The food variety here is wild; you’ll find everything from muah chee (sweet rice flour balls) to marinated crabs, as well as local favorites like char koay teow (fried flat noodles) and char koay kak (fried rice flour cubes). The biggest paos (steamed buns with filling) can also be found here.

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Thu:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Free

Atmosphere:

Local, Outdoors

Puteri Wangsa Pasar Malam

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Grilled Squids on sticks
Grilled squids on sticks | © Zuzha / Shutterstock

With over 100 stalls selling — well — everything, this is a place for the whole family. Bond with your kids over classic night market foods like fried squid, grilled corn on the cob, and steamed peanuts.

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Fri:
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

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Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

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Ungku Tun Aminah Pasar Malam

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Food vendor selling chicken wings, Malaysia
Food vendor selling chicken wings, Malaysia | © Alen thien / Shutterstock

Drop by for all the C’s — clothes, ceramics, children’s toys, and lots of chicken. This is the most popular night market on Saturday, and it’s where all who have been tired and weary from the week come to recharge.

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Sat:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Free

Atmosphere:

Local, Outdoors