There are a lot of places where you can get some food to take away or dine in — but if you really want to experience something truly local, nothing beats pasar malam!
Pasar malam, or night market is a distinctly Malaysian cultural event and a big part of the lifestyle in Kuala Lumpur. Streets are converted into an open-air street market, usually near large residential areas.
A single location generally hosts a night market only one or two days in a week as its traders will usually rotate amongst different night market locations every night of the week.
People of all ages, races, and income brackets come to the pasar malam, simply because it’s fun to stroll along the stalls in search of something to take home.
The biggest attraction of pasar malams @ night markets are of course their delicious street food such as: asam laksa, Chinese hawker food, local snacks and desserts.
You can also find clothing, gadgets, fresh vegetables, meat, kitchen utensils and much more. If you are a pro at bargaining, then you will get a good deal at pasar malam.
Visiting a pasar malam – usually held from 6.00pm to 10.00pm – is a must if you want to experience a taste of local life.
So which are the best pasar malams in Klang Valley and what are their highlights? In no particular order, here they are:
Monday: Chow Kit
Pasar malam in Chow Kit is a good place to find cheap accessories, clothings and local foods.
Address: Lorong Haji Taib
Tuesday: Taman Pertama
This pasar malam is must visit! It offers a clear view of the Twin Towers at night. Here, you can find fresh vegetables from Cameron Highland and of course, plenty of local food.
Address: Jalan Selar
Wednesday: Taman Connaught
Hunting for more local street foods? You can grab them all at the pasar malam in Taman Connaught.
Get your fried chicken, curry noodles, char kuey teow (fried flat noodles), laksa, stinky tofu satay and ABC that will keep you going until midnight.
Taman Connaught now stands as Malaysia’s second longest pasar malam after its record length of 2km was overtaken over by the Setia Alam pasar malam.
Address: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught
Thursday: Plaza Mont’Kiara Fiesta Nite
Looking for trinkets, household knick-knacks and food? Stop by at the Plaza Mont Kiara 's pasar malam.
Address: Plaza Mon’t Kiara, 2 Jalan Kiara
Friday: Bandar Baru Sentul
Walk along the colourful stretch of the pasar malam in Sentul for everything from shoes and souvenirs to lip smacking food.
Address: Jalan 9/48A, Bandar Baru Sentul
Saturday: Setia Alam
Pasar malam in Setia Alam has definitely made it into the Malaysian Book of Records as the Longest Pasar Malam. Held every Saturday, and stretching approximately 2.4 km end-to-end. This night market is a local food haven.
You can get almost every food imaginable from distinctly non-local items like pizza and sushi to local favourites such as nasi lemak and asam laksa. There are also groceries, clothing, accessories, bags, CDs, videos, and fresh produce… all at reasonable prices too, and bargaining is encouraged!
Address: Jalan Setia Prima A U13/1, Setia Alam
Sunday: Bangsar Baru
You can find local specialities from classic nasi kukus to kebabs, murtabaks and grilled-to-perfection beef satays here in pasar malam in Bangsar.
Address: Off Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru