Shopping in Malaysia
Lumpur is a shoppers paradise. There is a wide range of shopping
establishments and modern air-conditioned shopping malls, department stores,
handicraft centres, duty-free shops, bazaars and night markets. Among the
items high on the shopping list of tourists are pewter, batik, duty free
items, electrical products, sportswear and handicrafts. For a very different
experience visit the night markets or 'pasar malam' which begin their
trading activities in the late afternoon. These open-air markets feature
hawker stalls that sell a variety of local produce, foodstuff, clothing and
cakes. Bargaining is a common practice. One can see a number of street
artists and traditional medicine vendors.
The Shopping Carnival, an annual sale held in March/April in Kuala Lumpur
and other major cities in Malaysia is an opportunity time to pick up great
bargains. Kuala Lumpur, the national capital, has a number of shopping
districts. The most popular is the Bukit Bintang area, which is bounded by
Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Imbi. This is the oldest
shopping center. This place has local and international goods such as
clothes, fashion accessories, footwear, sports goods, electrical equipment,
pharmaceutical products, computers and furniture.
Other popular areas are Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Tun
Tan Cheng Lock, Petaling Street, and Jalan H.S. Lee.
Sungei Wang Plaza, which is integrated with the adjacent Bukit Bintang
Plaza, is a magnet for all shoppers. Its retail outlets offer an incredible
assortment of goods catering to all tastes and budgets.
Most shops are open 0900-1700 daily, with the malls open later 1000-2200.
Some shops close on Sundays, but all of the malls are open.