At the heart of Kuala Lumpur is an area which never sleeps, and far more colourful and bustling than its bigger and more glamourous neighbours, KLCC & Bukit Bintang. Chinatown, based in Petaling Street, is also known as 'Chee Cheong Kai' (Starch Factory Street), a reference to its roots as a tapioca-producing district. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia. Chinatown is also a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise, a place where you can find all sorts of stuff from Chinese herbs to imitation goods. At night, its main market area, Petaling Street, transforms into a lively and vibrant night market, filled with hundreds of stalls offering all kinds of goods at dirt-cheap prices, and the best thing is, the prices can be brought lower still as haggling is the way of life here
Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is a fun area known for its bustle and exotica, so expect to find shopping bargains of a lifetime along its busy, narrow streets. Perhaps its best offerings are located within the matrix of streets lining Jalan Petaling where the notorious Petaling Street market can be found - here, you will find a mind-boggling collection of fake-label fragrances, handbags, shoes, sunglasses, and watches. Alternatively, if it is house ware, souvenirs and spices you are after, visit Central Market, an indoor market housing stalls that sell artwork by the city's creative community. In any case, it comes as no surprise that shopping opportunities here are plentiful, so to help you make the most of your time, here is a rundown of our favourite retail experiences in Chinatown KL.