Automall at Karpal Singh Drives
The Karpal Signh Drives is named after the late politician, YB Karpal Singh. It soon became famous, not only to Penang residences. Other than the pillars sculpture, there are also restaurant, commercial park and an Automall thet displays car for sales and promotions.
The Automall is built at the roof top floor. The shop units facing the road are for the retail business and restaurants.Related to:
- Family Travel
The Queensbay Mall: Roof top parking and the view
Queensbay Mall is a big shopping mall that you can easily kill whole day time, either to shop, window shop or just to dine.
I arrive while peak hour thus could not find a parking space until after the 7th floor to the roof top. The light on top of each parking space if occupied is red illuminated, just look for green light or else you need to climb to higher level.
Try roof top parking, you can view Penang from higher point and the 2nd Penang Bridge from Queensbay Mall.Related to:
- Road Trip
Shojikiya (Honest Shop) - 正直屋: You like Japanese food shop?
Shojikiya, formed in September 2006, is the 1st Japanese Food Specialty Store in Malaysia. “Shojiki” means honesty and “Ya” means shop. Currently there are 8 Shojikiya stores within Klang Valley and it is still growing in order to satisfy the needs of the Japanese food product lovers.
What to buy: Japanese food in general
What to pay: As much as you can afford and want.
by the sea at the Straits Quay: Car Boot Sales
The picture tells the story. It is at the Straits Quay at every third Saturday from 5.00pm to 9pm. If your are joining to sell somethings, you have to call to register. This programme started since September 2012. Plan for a visit to the Car Boot Sale at the 3rd Saturday this month.
What to buy: Anything from old and new, used, antic .....
Giant at Bayan Baru: A Malaysian Hypermarket
Giant Hypermarket is a Malaysian brand that is well known as selling local merchandise and grocery at the best price.
Giant at Bayan Baru has opened recently. It is located near Bayan Baru Market and Sunshine Square. Parking is free.
So check out what is available local Malaysia products and groceries in spacious air condition environment.
Try VINCCI (same as VNC) and NOSE. They have several items on Sale. Very affordable, almost half the price compared to Manila. I bought about 5 pairs in 1 hour! The designs are really nice though most are made of fabric, and minimal genuine leather. Nevertheless, I highly recommend these 2 brands.
LORONG KULIT FLEA MARKET
Penang's sole flea market sells anything from antiques, records, books and clothes to electrical items, aphrodisiacs, spectacles and fruits. Opens daily from 7am to 1pm, but very busy on Sundays and public holidays.
What to buy: anything but mostly second hand item,,
What to pay: cheap but must bargain.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Budget Travel
Queensbay Mall, Bayan Baru: Queensbay Mall, the newest mall in town
Queensbay Mall is the latest place to shop in Penang. The project was delayed after the 1997 financial crisis and is finally open in December 2006. It has an excellent view of Pulau Jerejak and Penang Bridge.
It has the one largest shopping area with Jusco as the main tenant. Borders Bookshop with its Starbucks cafe is a popular place to browse and surf with one's notebook. There is a popular modern cineplex, an excellent halal Arena foodcourt with choices of Penang famous streetfood and a roller skater rink crowded during school holidays.
Parking for both indoor and outdoor is only RM1 per entry. There is now Rapid Penang bus that stopover here.
As tThe mall is actually next to the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, it also a popular lunch place for those working in the factories. Most of the high end shopping from moved from Bukit Jambul Complexs to Queensbay Mall. Queensbay Mall and Gurney Plaza are now both the premier shopping places for locals and visiting tourists.
Balik Pulau Market: Buying fruits and local agriculture products
Balik Pulau Market (Pasar Balik Pulau) is right in the middle of town. It is the most frequently visited destination of day trippers.
It is a wet and dry market.
Besides the hawker stalls, there are many fruit stalls and local agriculture products sold daily.
As there are tourists and daily local buyers, prices can be different and so do not try to act like a local but use your bargaining skills.
Bananas are popular buy when durians, rambutans, mangoosteens, langsat are not in season.
"Titi Kewarang Stalls" while going round island: Local products for tourists
Most tourists will stop at the Titi Kerawan stalls on the way round Penang Island.
During the fruit seasons, you will see the famous Balik Pulau durians on sale, the smell is heavenly great or hellish overwhelming depending on your preference. Other less controversial local seasonal fruits like rambutan ("hairy ones"), mangosteens and chempedak will be on sale.
Throughout the year, you can get local Penang product of nutmeg and nutmeg oil. As usual, be prepared to bargain to get your best price and value for money.
Chowrasta Market, Penang Road: Penang Local Specialty Food Products
Chowrasta Market started up as a wet market in 1890 and the current building in 1920. So it has been an age old landmark of Penang Road (Jalan Penang).
What to buy: The front of the building is similar shops all selling Penang specialty food products like preserve nutmeg, famous biscuits like "Tau Sah Peah" and nonya type shrimp products in bottles and paste.
The back of the building is still a wet market selling vegetables and fresh meat. Upstairs are stalls selling textiles, clothes and used books.
Around the building, there are other food stalls as well as "Nasi Kandar" Indian Muslim restaurants.
Souvenirs , Arts & Handicrafts: Stalls along the path up Kek Lok Si
There are many stalls when you walk along the steps up the Kek Lok Si from the ground car park. While the Kek Lok Si temple closes at 6pm, many of the stalls on weekdays start closing after 5pm. So go in the morning or early afternoon on weekdays. More tourists on weekends and so hours will be longer.
If you were dropped at the mid-hill car park at the Vegetarian Restaurant, you can walk down these same steps on your way back.
There are Penang item souvenir and many items that are from China. Bargaining is a must and can go down to 50-70% less than the offering price. Take you time to go from stall to stall. Let the seller offer the best price.
Enjoy bargaining and getting the best deal.
Different outlets: Penang Famous Food Products - Tau Sar Peah
Penang "tau sar peah" is very famous. There are different brands including Him Heang (which is sold only at its production outlet and not retailed out), Ghim Heang. etc.
Nutmeg of different dryness preparation and flavoring is also a popular souvenir gift.
Durian cake (doldol) is an interesting gift to bring back for sampling.
Penang rojak sauce, prawn paste (hae kor) and belacan (prawn paste cube) are popular for Penangites staying overseas.
Royal Selangor at Gurney Plaza: Buying Malaysian Pewter
Royal Selangor is an international brand for fine pewter whether a pewter vase, beer mug, picture frame or salt shaker.
As Malaysia was once the world largest producer of tin, it is not surprising that pewter ware has become a thing to buy besides batik.
There are other local brands like Penang Pewter which are of more competitive price but Royal Selangor hass made its name world wide. I particularly like their gift wrap. An excellent souvenir or birthday gift.
There are several branches of Royal Selangor in Penang including this one at Gurney Plaza.
Gurney Plaza, Gurney Drive: Penang Reigning No. 1 Shopping Centeer
Currently the No. 1 Shopping Center in Penang for tourists. It is popular with locals but the price is above local average as many of the outlets are selling mainly well known branded clothes and electronic gadgets.
Very pleasant shopping atmosphere and easy access floor to floor by escalaters.. There are lifts too. Also it rather complete with cinemas, 3 bookstores, all the franchise fast food and restaurants and next to Gurney Drive's famous foodstalls.
The new shopping mall "Queensbay Mall" in town when all the outlets are open may be a serious challenge to Gurney Plaza. But for the time being, if you can only visit one mall, go to Gurney Plaza.
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