In shopping Malls, there are no special things to purchase other than the usual shopping items. This shopping complex are most frequent by those who looks for new & hot items, be it clothing, shoe, bag, belt etc...etc. Beside these shops, there are many eateries....cafes...and during the evening there are a numbers of lounges. After shopping into late evening you can stroll along the beautiful & breeze Gurney Drive where you can find the popular hawkers along the end of the street.
What to pay: Make sure the item you purchase is price tagged. For the hawker food, ask for the items and price before you order. In Malaysia you are protected by the consumer's law and the law required the operators to priced their items. "To complain you can call : 04-8299511 'Consumer Association of Penang'.
The mall at Tanjong Tokong is the first comprehensive shopping centre serving the tourist belt in Penang Island. With anchor tenant Super Tanjong taking up 145,000 sq ft, Island Plaza is a preferred destination for shopping, dining and entertainment with a controlled mix of local, regional and international retailers.
See one of the tallest building in SE Asia; the KOMTAR, Penang's largest shopping paradise (64 stores). When staying at Golden Sands Hotel or sister Shangri La Inn a shuttle bus will drive you to Georgetown and you can carry out all your shopping in this complex.
Take a walk along the streets nearby where in practically every corner, there are departments stores and shops some for everyone. For antique hunters, a short walk to Jl. Pintal Tali, otherwise known as Rope Walk is a must. Here, you can find treasures from the island's interesting past; bronze pots, chinaware, ceramic, silver and even gold Dutch ceiling fans ... all at negotiable prices.
What to buy: We spent an hour or so looking through discarded, musty, dusty collectibles and made the best for our own fave souvenirs. I loved the batiks, endless in print and colour and, I managed to get my personalized seals, handcarved ivory stamps. If you're really tired of the "tawar", negotiate, take a walk into the jungle like I did ; -))
Seal Carving Page
What to pay: Negiotable prices, my personalised seal and handcarved ivory tiger stamp was about 15 RM
Komtar (acronym for Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak) is a multipurpose complex consisting of retail outlets, transportation hub and administrative offices for the Penang state government. The building was named after Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the second prime minister of Malaysia. At the time of its construction in the mid-1970s, Komtar was regarded as one of the cutting-edge buildings in Penang. It includes the 65-storey Komtar Tower, designed and constructed with local expertise, which you can whizz to the top of but costs RM30 to do so, and a geodesic dome of Buckminster Fuller's design. When it reached its full height during construction, the Komtar Tower was briefly the tallest building in Asia. The whole complex suffered badly during the Asian recession in the 1990s with several anchor tennant stores closing down. Add to this some poor maintenance and lack of investment and it became a very sorry place indeed. However, when I visited in Feb 2009 a new department store, Pacific Komtar had moved in but it still has a 1970s feel about it.
Next to Komtar , many floors to explore
What to buy: Women's clothes are more suitable for those with slender and svelte figures. Not for those in their 50s or 60s unless they have managed to maintain the above mentioned figures.
I cannot praise Patrick and his staff high enough for their quality service and friendliness upon my recent visit to Vision First. You can find positive reviews about them on this site and others and I wanted to add to that. It was a flying visit for me to Penang and on the first morning of my visit I went straigt to the shop which is located behind Pizza Hut in Prangin Mall. I wanted a new pair of glasses for myself and had my eyes tested and 24 hours later my multi focal lenses in a modern Esprit frame were ready. I also wanted to get glasses for my son and had with me his Aussie script but it was incomplete as it did not have the pupil diameter on it. Apparantly this is a common occurance with Aust optometrists so it you are taking a script with you o/s make sure that it has this on it. Patrick rang the Australian optometrist for me to get the complete script. Can you imagine an Aussie optometrist ringing Malaysia for the same thing??? I was even driven back to the hotel after making my purchases which also included 2 pairs of Ray Bans. By buying my specs here I saved approx $300AUD per pair and at least $100.00 per pair on the Ray Bans. A+++ for a fab service. :)
There are various shopping malls located around the Komtar building (Penang's tallest building). We went into a couple, one of which made us feel as if we had stepped back into the 80's (it had the name Super Komtar?). From the way the building was laid out to the glittery jewelery that was for sale everywhere. More than half of the shops looked as if they had been closed down for a while.
For a better shopping experience try the Prangin Mall.
What to buy: Anything that you think that you cannot buy at home. For me it was a simple piece of costume jewelery to keep as a memory.
What to pay: How much do you want to spend?
Gurney Plaza is located at one of the most relaxing areas in Penang - Gurney Drive . Not only does it offera variety of shopping outlets. It is also dotted with
delightful eateries boasting of local and international cuisine.
Prangin Mall is the largest shopping mall in penang. There's a department store, supermarket. a cinema, food courts, computer shops, hair beauty salons and boutiques. Adjacent to the famous Komtar tower. Prangin Mall is a popular hang out for the young and trendy.
Midlands Park Centre is a scaled down version of Prangin Mall. Adjacent to Berjaya Hotel. Midlands Park Centre is a convenient shopping haunt for thoese staying at the four star hotel.
Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak ( KOMTAR ) is one of the tallest building in SE Asia. The 64-storey tower is located in the heart of the George Town. What used to be Penang's main shopping attraction has nowtaken on more of a ' bazaar feel ' inside. The building also houses the Traders Hotel that caters to the business executives.
Queensbay Mall is the longest shopping mall in Penang Island located in Bayan Lepas. The measurement of the mall is around 2.5 million square feet and over 1 million square feet net lettable area. with Jaya Jusco and five level retail shops. it is sure surely a shopping haven for all woman.
We have just returned from Penang, before we went I read about Vision First on another travel forum (that on my return I can't find!!) My husband needed to buy his 1st pair of reading glasses and we had heard that they are about a third of the price we would pay in Australia. The travel forum recommended we see Patrick Ung at Vision First.
The shop is located Pizza Hut side of Pranglin Mall on the Ground floor. We could not have been more pleased with the service we had from Patrick and his assistant. Firstly they both spoke excellent English and thoroughly tested my husband's eyes. Unfortunately we were only in Penang for 4 nights and due to timing of our flights we needed a bit of a rush job. We ordered Transition lenses complete with coating The glasses were ready in 2 days - on time and perfect
Along Gurney Drive, you'll find Gurney Plaza, one of Penang's most popular shopping mall. On weekends, there will be traffic jams leading to the car parks and the mall would be swarming with people, enjoying a day out shopping and dining at the many shops and restaurants there.
What to buy: Gurney Plaza has it all in one place. Here's a sample of the shops founds here :
- Parkson Grand
- Somerset Bay
- MPH and Popular bookshops
- Mobile phones and PC shops
- Optical shops
- Jewellery shops
- Watch shops
This is one of the newer air-conditioned shopping complexes It is situated between Gurney Drive and the Jalan Kelawei.
It opened its doors at the end of July 2001. It is modern with a vareity shops to choose your gifts for people back home or just to buy things for yourself. It has a lot of shops like Versace, Nike, Giordano, and British India. To name a few.Outside the shopping complex are a lot of restaurant like the Dome, Starbucks. Where you can sit and have a cup of coffee or refreshing cold drink.
When you get tired of shopping you can always cross the road and take a walk along the boardwalk.
What to buy: there is a variety of goods. anything your heart desires can be found here