Whether your visit is to buy goods or simply to marvel at the openness of pirated merchandise on sale one thing is for sure; Petaling Street Market is a must visit for every self respecting tourist visiting KL.
Petaling Street opens for business at 10am but it is not until after 4pm when the market stalls start sprouting up that you get the buzz of this famous Kuala Lumpur institution.
Walking through the narrow alleyways of this pedestrianised market guarantees you come into contact with the affable and in some cases down right charming stall holders and they create some great banter between the visitors and themselves.
Standing with a fixated smile the complimentary patter rolls off their tongues with one intention in mind, social engagement with a potential customer can increase their opportunities of making a sale.
In fact I'm sure a creative marketing executive could even promote the multitude of food outlets as selling pirated recipes plundered from every Asian cookbook imaginable!
Petaling Street is not limited to selling pirated goods
though as it is possible to find some genuine articles
here and if you haggle hard enough you can derive
good value from these cunning stall holders.
By far the most atmospheric market in KL is Chinatown's Petaling Street and everyday visitors flock here to haggle with the stall holders over the pirated products on offer.
An evening stroll through this undercover market reveals an Aladdins cave of bootleg movies, counterfeit goods, fake designer clothes, dodgy watches and imitation but aromatic scents.
One snack I regularly indulge in here is the roast
chestnuts on sale in the central crossroads of this
Chinatown market, I find these totally yummy and too
irresistible to walk past.
However you should not be put off by this as it is all
part of the Petaling Street Chinatown experience and I
have had lots of great banter with these witty and
sharp minded sales people.
I used to love engaging with the guys selling football shirts because I would always ask do you have an Aston Villa shirt? They never did, until one day when as quick as a flash a sales person actually produced one, "Genting sponsor Genting sponsor" he enthusiastically told me. He hooked me and then reeled me into a negotiation until we both happily agreed on a purchase.
Petaling Street Market
Petaling Street Market Review
The list of goods for sale is as broad as the smiles on the faces of the Petaling Street Market traders and great bargains can be purchased every day
By far the most atmospheric market in KL is Chinatown's Petaling Street and everyday visitors flock here to haggle with the stall holders over the pirated products on offer
Written by: Juli Paul
Petaling Street Market
Date published: 15/05/2013
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Petaling Street Market,
GPS Latitude - 3.145149 - GPS Longitude - 101.697483
Hours: Mon-Fri 11.00am - 11:00pm - Sat-Sun 11.00am - 11:00pm
Petaling Street Market Location Map
If you are intent on making a purchase you should enquire at many stalls and then engage in the gentle negotiation process with whoever offers you the lowest initial price, don't worry because hard bargaining is to be expected from whatever price they initially give you.
The list of goods for sale is as broad as the smiles on the faces of the Petaling Street Market traders and great bargains can be purchased every day.
Nearest LRT and Hotels To Petaling Street Market
Pasar Seni Station 5 minutes walking, Putra line LRT
Plaza Rakyat 5 minutes walking, Star Line LRT
Chinatown Boutique Hotel
Alamanda Hotel Petaling Street
The Pirates Of Petaling Street
"hard bargaining is to be expected from whatever price they initially give you"