Petaling Street

Petaling Street is a very popular landmark market place in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. It is known as the local Chinatown and is bustling with various activities that take place throughout the day and night. Since it is mainly a market place, it is constantly bustling with people- locals and tourists alike- as well as shopkeepers and merchants.

Apart from its cultural significance in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street is also known for the numerous sumptuous food stalls that serve authentic Malaysian dishes like the curry noodles, Asam laksa, barbecued fish (Ikan Bakar) and Hokkien mee. Perhaps the most striking feature of the street found here is the fresh seafood.

Since this area is less prone to floods, the wealthier sector of the population has been able to settle here with businesses, shops and merchandise. In 2003, the market place underwent a major renovation, with improved pavements and streets and well-constructed shops with bright colourful umbrellas attached to them, giving the shops the signature look they bear now.

The entire stretch of the market area is covered with a green awning covering the roof to protect the shop owners and visitors from rain and heat. Petaling Street lights up at night with bright neon lights and the whole place thrives with life, energy, happy shoppers and food lovers throughout the day.


  • You can find anything in Flea Market Petaling Street like clothes, souvenirs, knock-off purses, headphones, etc. where you can get goodies at a very low price.
  • The place is much livelier and stunning at night, as the majority of the shops are decorated with lanterns hanging from their ceilings, offering an aesthetic vibe to the streets.
  • This marketplace is a heaven for foodies out there, offering items like curry noodles, asam laksa, Ikan Bakar, and Hokkien mee. Many food vendors across this area pour an exciting mixture of aroma in the air, which will be hard to resist.
  • Here you can hit two birds with one stone, i.e., you can gaze at beautiful buildings while enjoying the charm of shopping at such a famous market.
  • Let your spiritual being get some peace as you discover some ancient temples situated around the area, like Sri Mahamariamman Temple which is a Hindu Temple and Sin Sze Si Ya Temple which is a Chinese temple.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Flea Market Petaling Street is from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm for shopping in the market and grabbing some lip-smacking food items. At this time, most of the shops remain open. Food stalls can also be explored at night, but this time you will see different energy in food stalls, which will offer you delicious local food.


Timing to Visit Petaling Street​

Petaling Street is open 24 hours a day, every day of the week. The peak shopping hours are usually from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, when all the shops and food stalls are open. By 9:00 pm, some of the clothing, gadgets and accessories shops close down, but the food stalls and restaurants remain open till late in the night.


Travellers’ Tip before Visiting Petaling Street​

Even though Petaling Street is an open market where you can wander freely, there are a few tips you should keep in mind:

1. Most of the items sold here are counterfeits and fakes, and you cannot blame the vendor for selling you these things since that is the speciality of the market.

2. It is best to keep your belongings close to you since the market can get very crowded during peak shopping hours.

3. If you want to get a good price, it is highly recommended that you bargain with the vendors, who are always open to negotiation.

4. If you are planning to visit the market for anything other than tasting the street food, you should visit between 10:00 am and 9:00 pm, when most of the shops remain open. Everything other than the food stalls usually close shop by 9:00 pm.

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