Markets, full of curiosity and adventure, are wonderful places to watch how people, both local and foreign, operate on a daily basis. Kuala Lumpur‘s markets are especially fascinating grounds, where everyone from everywhere comes together to make a home for themselves and add more flavours to the already dazzling multicultural diaspora. Here are the best markets in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This weekly upscale night market is a favourite among expatriates and locals who want a higher quality of good and more international foods. This cluster of about a 100 stalls offers a range of items in an open-air retail concept where mall brands, independent entrepreneurs and food trucks gather for a fun, carnival-like atmosphere. While the prices may be a little higher than at basic night markets, the wares on sale are definitely not found in a regular pasar malam since items like handmade soaps, vintage clothing and foreign trend foods are considered upper-class commodities.
HOURS: Thurs, 3–10pm
Plaza Mont Kiara, Jalan Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 6243 1110
An old residential haunt and local favourite, the Bandar Baru Sentul (Pasar Sentul) Market is crowded in the morning for breakfast and produce while nighttime features cheap goods and even more hawker foods. Things may seem more on the simple side, with vendors sticking to crowd favourites yet remaining full of life with traditional street cart foods. Leaving the crazy, trendy eats and drinks to the larger night markets, where visitors tend to outnumber the regulars, Bandar Baru Sentul Market keeps it old fashioned and familiar with Chinese hawker specialties and a few night market basics.
HOURS: daily, 6am–3pm