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.
Tesco, the UK hypermarket chain, opened in Penang in 2006. It sells electronics, clothes, groceries, etc and with the crowd, apparently is doing well.
What I like is the location that is at the coastal road right after the Penang Bridge, near the exit turining into Green Lane (Jalan Masjid Negeri).
Parking is free and it opens late until 11pm and later on weekends. Next door is a popular complex called E-Gate for the young and trendy.
If you ever needed a life-sized and a half gold-painted Buddha, or 50,000 paper lanterns, or a dozen 6-foot-tall vases with a tree’s worth of artificial orchids, or anything else to decorate your home, restaurant, temple, town, whatever, in a Chinese theme, you need to visit this place. You probably need to visit it anyway, just to see what “excess” really means, and what “disparity” really means, because the rest of the area is an impoverished wasteland in comparison.
It’s a huge space that rambles across an entire city block (note the address), and is jammed with, gees, with too much of everything. In the photos, the egg-shaped carving is about 4 feet long; the gold-painted section goes back to the left perhaps 30 feet, and is packed; the statue outside the door shares the sidewalk with proportional stone dogs; and yes, the building is very pink.
You can buy just one of something, and I can’t believe they wouldn’t ship.
CTY Aquarium is here in photo (the tall building in brown color) located at Burma Road, nearby Kedah Road. This Aquarium is probably the biggest in Penang, tourists interested in aquarium fishes might want to have a look.
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.
At night if you go to Batu Ferringhi which is along the road where The Ship restaurant located and the Lone Pine hotel.
A place quite similar to Bangkok's Khao San road except that this one has luxurious hotel surrounded to make it a distinct feel of Islanders rather than the backpackers' heaven.
Shoppers are luxurious class but items on sale are still as cheap from VCDs to Batik clothings and many other stuffs.
What to pay: Mostly budget
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.
Pehsan bought me some nice local biscuits from Penang...and it came with this bag. It is very different type from Him Heang, equally tasty...
there is the walnut short biscuit, and also a flaky biscuit with sticky sugar filling
Shopping is not only about women's handbags men's shoes, jewelry, VCDs etc. In Penang, shopping involve God Gods Goddess and Goddesses etc. Here I snap a photo from a shop selling Gods, tourists are welcome to purchase one or two Gods as gifts to friends. The Gods in this shop are Money-God, for peoples lust for money.
In Penang, tourists can find in shops selling items mostly golden and red colors, they are God shop selling accessories of God Gods Goddess and Goddesses etc. Tourists are welcome to purchase some as souvenirs, although it was not for that purpose.
At the coastal front, you have many choices of shops selling women's beach wears. Picture is taken from one of the shops at Batu Feringhi roadside. I don't know much about the cost, its aorund RM25 a piece, roughly. I saw many women tourists wore and tramping on the street.
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 .....
Gurney Plaza is one of the biggest shopping centre in Penang. Location is at Gurney Drive, traffic is very bad especially at night.
For modern shopping girls boys men women, I recommend this location Gurney Plaza. There's some good shops inside, my favourite is always bookshop and computers.
What to buy:
Penang is famous for its White Coffee (coffee with milk) and this 3-in-1 coffee is not easily available elsewhere.
What to pay: About RM$11.00 in Georgetown and about RM$19.00 at Penang International Airport
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