The Best Markets in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Food vendor selling chicken wings, Malaysia
Food vendor selling chicken wings, Malaysia | © Alen thien / Shutterstock
Photo of Michelle Leong
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!

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.