Chinatown
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Chinatown is a vibrant district in Kuala Lumpur where you can experience Chinese-Malaysian culture. Take a stroll along the pedestrian-friendly Kasturi Walk to discover colorful shops, temples, and markets selling everything from clothes to souvenirs. Be sure to visit the famous Petaling Street Market and Central Market, as well as the beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples, too. And don't forget to sample some of the mouthwatering street food like nasi lemak (a coconut rice dish) and pisang goreng (banana fritters), and teh tarik ("pulled" tea). Join a walking or food tour to learn more about the area's history and culture. – Tripadvisor
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  • Melissa G
    Perth, Australia63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MUST SEE VISIT IN KL
    A great place to haggle and buy cheap knock offs of label brand bags, shirts, shorts, shoes, watches and perfumes. A great experience and went 3 times as I have a bag fetish. Haggle with the stall workers over prices as they will highball you but you can get a great quality knock off bag for AU$30 - $40. It's really hot and humid so either go when it opens or go at night. Haggle with taxi drivers for the best price when taking your shopping back to your hotel.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 September 2023
  • ianb111
    Melbourne, Australia856 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Has changed little over the years
    As the title suggests, not a great deal has changed over the years in Chinatown. I did notice on my recent visit that there is now a roof covering much of the area. I cannot remember seeing this on my last visit. Although that was quite a few years ago. Probably because on The Internet I did not spot a single vendor selling D.V.Ds. However, there are still more than enough stalls selling cheap watches to please even the most fastidious visitor. There appear to be more stalls selling pirated clothing and accessories now than before, but then again it could very well be because of my not being here for a while. As before though, this place is heaving, and it is difficult to wander among some of the stalls because of so many visitors. One thing that has always tickled us is the chap selling roast chestnuts right in the middle of Chinatown. Roasted chestnuts are not something normally associated with a tropical country like Malaysia.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Pak Wan Janggut
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Having Breakfast the Local Way
    Ho Kow Hainam Kopitiam, one of the famous eatery outlets situated in the Chinatown area. On weekends particularly, this cafe is always full. You need to take a number and wait until your number is called to dine in. If you wish to experience the local way of having breakfast - black thick coffee, toast, half-boiled-egg, and other delicacies, this is the place you must visit. It closes on Mondays.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 March 2024
  • Alex H
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big street market that's worth a look, bring cash to spend.
    For a street market it felt quite safe altho still protect your pockets. Sales men aren't to bad to barter with just drop a low ball figure and don't pay more then 60% of the price. Walking away helps. Find all your fakes from shooes, bags, socks, glasses, watches, soccer and basketball shirts
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 May 2024
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,957 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    More Cheap Shopping then Anything Else
    I like going to China Towns around the world, so I expected this one to be like others. It was mainly cheap shops with vendors selling off brand items. I was expecting more food places. There were some, tucked away or on other streets, but be prepared to find mainly cheap shops here. It was somewhat dirty and chaotic. Not a place I'd say you have to go to.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 June 2024
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Tim F
Los Angeles, CA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
There a lot of stalls on this street that offer the same things, there is one I would recommend - Ashik near Hari Hari(sign on the building, near 186/189) He has the same merchandise but will provide you with the best prices. Tell him Tim sent you and he will take care of you!
You can spend the whole day there. I recommend you go with things in your mind about what you're looking for, if not you will be overwhelmed with the amount of merch there. I would say the bags here are of excellent quality.
Written 19 January 2020
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Ray
Staines, UK640 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This is a proper blue colour working class authentic Chinatown. In fact this is as close as you can get to the real thing outside China. It has all the the required features that make these towns tick. Colourful, vibrant, lively, busy, noisy, crowded, exotic smells, herbs and medicine shops, temples, dragons, sculptures, restaurants, bars, street food stalls, cheap hotels, dirty narrow back allies and all kind of branded clothings/accessories that you can never afford to buy otherwise from top fashion designers at original price.

The main street market Jalan Petaling is pedestrian only and declared as heritage site. After the facelift and nip tuck, they covered it completely with the roof to keep it from sun as well as thunderous monsoon rain. They've alo installed welcome arches on each side of the street to make it exclusive. The whole neighbourhood is far from glamorous, classy high end areas of the city but definitely a saving grace for low budget traveller like me.
Written 20 March 2021
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Cassy 🍒 Santos
Philippines55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I recommend this place for tourist who looks for budget-friendly souvenirs, and local malaysian foods. This place is open around 5pm in the afternoon, and above. Here I bought 6 pieces of key chains for around 7 ringgit. Also, I bought 1 ref. magnet for worth 5 ringgit. I bought 2 local bags for worth 45 ringgit, and a cap for 30 ringgit.
Written 22 January 2020
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John R
Liverpool, UK349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited China town with its small stalls where you can bag a bargain of electronics or fake designer goods which are good value for money. Remember barter barter barter and then reduce the price. We eat at a fairly large restaurant at the back of one of the stalls. It’s very cheap to eat and drink in KL so make the most of eating out.
Written 23 January 2020
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Henrique_WestOz
Perth, Australia37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A couple of minutes walk from Pasar Seni LRT station. Personally I didn't find that interesting. Street vendors selling cheap stuff, some food stalls... I would recommend just to go for a walk to se the people and the atmosphere of the place, apart from it nothing really special if you are not into shopping.
Written 16 January 2020
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MICA_CHICK
Melbourne, Australia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Had a fun time walking around a newly opened area in Little China with beautiful murals on the walls that allowed for tourist participation in photo shoots. It’s quite small but you can spend over an hour easily taking photos. If you can’t get to Penang then this is a taster.
Written 27 February 2020
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Aisha W
Lahore, Pakistan1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Without any doubt that you get a lot of good deals and bargains but the place is full of a lot of rude sellers too who believe that asking price is a sin and they’re racist that they name you indian (though we were genuine buyers and from pakistan) and they call you that you just ask prices and runaway. One seller told my husband upon asking a bag’s price that you cannot afford it. A girl seller said to me that don’t ask prices if you don’t want to buy. Despite that we found some good sellers who were nice and we a few good bags and wallets from them. Other than this, they actually start with 200 and come to 40 RM.
Written 1 January 2020
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Mukesh S
Kathmandu, Nepal665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Whenever I go here, prefer to have at least one evening here on its food street. Said to be more for shopping, but I know this area with their food. The street is very lively and colourful in the evening when all restaurants extends their area with chairs and dinning table on the street, partly covered with tents and number of their attendants waves at you with their menu. Great Chinese food, prepared live and served hot with required drinks and yet much cheaper than many other restaurants in the area. Its always good to go there with few friends since then you can share varieties of food among yourselves. Being alone and having one or two food can't be enjoyed since you may miss other taste and yet the quantity is too much for one person. A must to go location and enjoy local Chinese food.
Written 10 February 2020
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HTH
Kuching, Malaysia7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
In fact more closely we called " Petaling Street " than Chinatown.
People from local and overseas come together; price bargaining sound,smoke from foods stall nearby.The condition is crowded but pleasure walk through .
Been KL, you should make a visit.
Written 12 February 2020
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Patrick Siew
0 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Any tourists visiting Kuala Lumpur or KL for short, a visit to China Town in Petaling Street is a must. Its a shopper paradise for fake branded products. There are several brands, but you must be willing to bargain to get the best deals.

Besides the branded goods there is a one star Micheline chicken rice shop - Hawker Chan. The price is resaonable and you can have a chicken rice and soup under RM20.

Dont forget to eat the Soya Bean Tou Foo Fa shop. Its super smooth and it cost only RM1.80 a bowl.
Written 5 February 2020
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