Petaling Street is located strategically at the city center. It is originally the place where Tapioca mill was built by Yap Ah Loy, an influential Chinese figure back then. It is also a part of the Chinatown that is centred on Market Square, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee and High Street. Then it slowly became the center where the Chinese community peddling their trades.
Petaling Street is the best place for shoppers to shop for counterfeit branded products. It offers not just variety but also value for money as the prices can be further whittled down through haggling. Haggling is also a common sight here. At night, the whole area transforms into a lively and vibrant night market, making it the most happening night market in the city.
Petaling Street also offers opportunities to sample a delightful array of local cuisine. Chinese and seafood restaurants can be found at every corner. Food is plentiful with many scrumptious varieties to choose from. Some of the restaurants here have been in business for generations. The area houses dozens of restaurants and food stalls, serving local favourites such as Hokkien mee, Ikan Bakar (barbecued fish), asam laksa and curry noodles.
In 2003, Petaling Street has been given a major face lift. Two large oriental-style archway with the words ‘Jalan Petaling/Petaling Street’ to greets visitors were placed at both ends of the street. A green roof dubbed as the “Green Dragon”was constructed to shield the whole street from heat and rain. The street is now transformed into a pedestrian shopping mall. The Street is also regarded as a heritage site.
Petaling Street is accessible by public transportation. The nearest LRT stations are Plaza Rakyat Station and Pasar Seni Station. There is also a bus service U22 that stops at KL 104 Hab Medan Pasar (HL),Jalan Hang Lekiu.
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Daily: 10.00 a.m – 12.00 p.m
No entrance fee.
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Shopaholics would love this place which is truly a shopping haven. From souvenirs, toys, apparels, shoes, luggage bags, watches, tech gadgets and mobile accessories to replica branded bags, counterfeit sportswear & designer clothing and more – basically whatever you can think of. Prices are bumped up since this is a touristy area so always bargain if you want to buy something unless it’s already dirt cheap.
This vibrant area can get very crowded sometimes and one must be prepared to squeeze their way through a sea of bodies to get to the next stall. Nevertheless, that’s just a minor inconvenience. Eventually, the offer of cheap clothes, watches, handbags and DVD’s are too great an opportunity to miss out on.
Chinatown, or as locals just call it, Petaling Street is famous for its night market of imitation goods and curio items, however, during the daytime, the area is an interesting place to explore for there are lots of Chinese restaurants, street food and old shops. It’s fun to watch the hustle and bustle of everyday going-ons in Chinatown while sampling some of the local snacks or having a drink at one of the coffee shops nearby.
Central Market is a center for visitors to come and find local products and craftsmanship in Kuala Lumpur. It is designed with art deco style with vibrant Malaysian culture as the theme.