Night market (Pasar Malam), Penang
If you're wondering where local families hang out on a weekend night, this scenic shoreline has to be the place. When I was here on a Saturday night, there were scores of families here soaking in the scenary and taking a leisurely walk along the 2km sidewalk. Along with the families, there were buskers, toy hawkers and even a potrait artist sketching a lovey couple. I guess it's best to come here at night when the weather is cool and pretty lights are festooned everywhere.
Additional Info: The famous Gurney Drive Hawker Centre is no longer in the usual roundabout location. It has shifted about a couple of km away to a residential area. Also we noticed it has changed dramtically over the years, the whole shoreline is now dominated by hotels, shopping centres and expensive looking beach front property.
Dress Code: Casual I suppose. Do expect to bump into joggers in this place.
Now, you'll most likely hear about this place from your friendly hotel conceirge after you ask for a recommendation for a nice place to eat. He'll probably tell you about this famous place, near the beach where you can sample some of Penang's best delights. Of course, what he won't tell you is that locals shun this place since the food here is pricey and touristy. And, the locals are right. But still, that doesn't stop the tourists ( especially the families ) from flocking here. Despite the higher than average price, the so-so quality of the food and the suckey parking, people still come here by the droves. If you have to know, hubby and I were here too, without Penang pal's knowledge of course! The only thing that we liked about this place was the BBQ fish ( there is one joint in this place ) and the fantastic green mango rojak with the crisp croutons of yew char kway ( fried dough sticks).
Penang Rojak- The stall has an insanely long queue, it's just opposite the only Chinese satay stall that sells intestines satay. Yes intestines.
BBQ fish - North west corner, near the mobile vans. There is only one stall that sells this.
Dress Code: It's bloody hot and humid over here and you'll be fighting families for a seat so come armed with an umbrella to poke them or packets of tissue paper to wipe your face after a fight.
If you're after what is possibly the world's longest street stall, check out these markets.
It's approximately 2km of semi permanent and temporary markets that open up after 7pm Friday and Saturday nights.
Everything from souviners and fake brand clothing/ accessories to art, jewelery and live baby tortoises can be got here.
You'll wont find anything here that you can't get elsewhere for less except for the paper umbrellas. I found one guy who's starting price was $60RM and ended up giving me one for $6RM.
Be wary of the DVD sellers. Pirate copies are illegal and police regularly conduct raids. If you are in the process of purchasing a pirate copy when they do a raid, you will be taken in too. You may find that although the DVD will be dirt cheap, more often than not, you may have just purchased a shiny coffee coaster. Legitimate DVDs can be purchased from the Komtar or other major shopping complexes. You'll pay a little more but if the disc doesn't work, at least you will be able to exchange it.
Once you've worn your feet out, head across the road at any point and you'll find something to eat. Huge outdoor takeaway centres, cafes, resturaunts and stalls abound - you will definitely find something to suit any palate and budget.
Dress Code: Good walking shoes and be prepared for a sudden downpour.
The most happening place at night will be at Batu Ferringhi Night Market.
The nite market opens around 8pm till 12am (if it does not rain).
There are many stalls along two sides of the road. Restaurants and pubs can also be found.
Night Market or some refer as 'Sidewalk Bazaar' is one of the most popular activities at Batu Ferringhi. They operate right after sunset, as early as 6pm until past midnight. selling an assortment of goods ranging from souvenirs to fake goods.
About 1-2 km along the Batu Feringis Beach main road, you will find lots of night bazaar stall selling all types of goods from clothing, belting, souveniors, food stall, almost anything you can get at this place from 5pm to late night about 11pm. Very lifely activities mostly tourist from all over the world will have leasure walk & relax at this place after a day of fun at the beach
Dress Code: very casual
If you are staying in Batu ferringhi there is a night market every night from around 7.00PM. Plenty of stalls selling all sorts of goods, particularly fakes. If you do want to buy anything barter very hard.
A good idea is to peruse the stalls, go for dinner in one of the many restaurants and shop on your way home.
Dress Code: Anything
During the day, Jln Batu Ferringhi is a fairly quiet strip but from late afternoon stalls are set up and the night markets begin mainly in the area between the Rasa Sayan and Park Royal Hotels. All sorts of goods are available: fake bags and watches, souvenirs (including many of KL!), clothes, cushion covers, CDs and DVDs, carvings....
Definately the best night market i've been to. Great selection of goods, the traders do not hassle you and you're free to check out the items displayed without it being shoved down your throat. Cheapest sale of pirated dvd's and cd's around at RM4 each and it goes on for a pretty long stretch.
The best thing I can recommend for Penang after dark is Shopping!!! The little stalls set up all along the main road infront of the hotels at night and run till about 11.30pm. I bought so much stuff! 100% original copy of course!
Batu Ferringhi comes alive at night. The night market buzzes and stall after stall compete with each other to sell their wares. Here you can buy all manner of souvenirs, fake watches, handbags and t shirts.
DVD's are big business in the night market and you can get all the latest releases which are only just on the cinema screen in the UK for about £2.80. We bought a few and all but one plays, so we didn't fell as if we wasted money.
If you'd like a little adventure, take a trishaw ride around the nightmarket area after dark...For about $5US, my husband & I took a 20-minute ride on the wild side with Chico. He drove down the middle of rather busy streets, pointing out (and steering erratically toward) various points of interest along the way. He took 'scenic routes' for us - backstreets where locals were a little surprised to see us white-bread folks trucking cheerily along. We ended up at a market area where there were fewer handcrafts and more cheap, cheesy items for sale than I'd hoped. But the experience was better than any souvenir we could have found!
Dress Code: It gets a tad cool when the sun goes down, even near the equator. I wore my capri pants and a light sweater over my tank top.
Fascinating. You ca buy anything at these markets, from local dress to local food at very cheap prices. You can try to bargain with stall owners, which is all part of the fun to them.
If you are a lover of vegetables and seafood then you can't go wrong here. Such a large selection ro choose from.
Be sure to sample the treats from the many street vendors. Here I am enjoying some fresh carrot juice in Georgetown.
Just look at that sunset behind me!!!!!