Chinatown: the street is also affectionately known as PS among locals.
The street has actually been given a facelift. Gone are the uneven roads and broken pavements and the huge colourful umbrellas that protect the goods sold from wooden pushcarts. Petaling Street is now sheltered, with two large Chinese arches placed at both ends of the street to welcome visitors.
What to buy: You buy immitations designer goods like wallets, handbags, t-shirts, watches, shoes as well as dresses, sunglasses, dvds, shoes, fabrics and souvenirs. Local fruits and food too.
The Hokkien Noodles at the corner of Hong Leong Bank is very popular among the locals.
What to pay: The word is BARGAIN! Bargain as hard as you can and make sure the price is low and inspect the goods before paying for it.
Chinatown which is also known as Petaling street which is imitation paradise in my opinion. You can find anything here from fake watches , fake designer bags to pirate dvds to almost anything. There is so many things here and if you plan on buying anything I suggest you bargain hard. Don`t accept any price given to you by the vendors and if you can`t get your price just simply walk away and you`ll see how quickly they`ll drop there prices so that they can sell there goods. There is so many stalls thats selling the same things so don`t just stop to buy at the 1st stall you see you might just kick yourself when you find out that the same items is cheaper at the next stall.
What to buy: You can look for soveniors here of KL.
What to pay: Bargain hard.
My latest visit to Chinatown in 2006. Much more clean and hardly any DVD sellers. Well, most of them are mobile carrying a folder with latest titles. Honestly, I recommend you do not purchase from them. Half the stuff they have are very unclear copies.
As for other items, Shoes Bags and more available.
What to buy: Shoes, Bags, Shirts, Watches, Fruit...
What to pay: RM10 onwards
Chinatown is a semi enclosed market that only really comes to life from about 4.30 onwards. When we first arrived to Chinatown we were surprised as it was a street with some small shops on both sides but what we didn't realise was they hadn't even started. As we walked down the street at about 4.00 - 4.30 people seemed to emerge from nowhere setting up stalls and within about 20mins the place was heaving with stalls and merchandise and of course shoppers. It was very comfortable walking around at about this time but come 7.00 it was hot and congested. The hussel and bussle along witht he sights and smells of chinese cooking make this a great place to come to whether for shopping, cheap food or just to take photos and soak up the atmosphere.
What to buy: The type of things to buy here are clothes, shoes, leather goods, DVD's, CD's...all "designer" and not a fake among them !
It is good fun bargaining. The dealers were friendly and engaged in a good deal of chat to make the sale but were not aggressive or overly pushy in any way. The other good thing about this market was that if they asked you to look at their stall and you said no thanks they did not continue to hassle you or try to drag you in as I have experienced in other countries.
What to pay: On the bargaining I found that if you divide the asking price by between 4 and 3 and ultimately settle in that range you have done well. Once you have settled on your final price be prepared to walk away...don't worry they will usually come after you to close the deal on your price. However as you are paying they wil try to add a few mor ringgit to the sale by saying we agreed say 40 whereas you had actually agreed 30. It has to be said this is not done in any bad way and the people I met were genuinely friendly and of course good dealers. (e.g. usual sob story its a good deal for you but not for me etc.) On the other hand remember its their livlihoods and you're tourist so occasionally throwing in the extra few rinngits goes a lot further in their pockets than yours.
Petaling Street is a place that never sleeps. Adventurous visitors should not miss a walk on Petaling Street. Even in daytime you have great bargains and certainly an eye-opening experience for tourists.
If you're looking for cheap clothes, fabrics, souvenirs, electronic items, watches, DVDs, bags, T-shirts and more? Then Petaling Street is the place for you. To get the best atmosphere you must go at night!
Petaling Street is famous for its all-day parade of stalls that sell imitation goods of all sorts such as wallets, handbags, t-shirts, watches, shoes and many other things. You can buy imitation goods of Rolex, Seiko, Cartier, Christian Dior, Adidas, Nike, Calvin Klein, Armani, Gucci, Prada, D&G, Louis Vuitton. You can get anything from food to bags and sunglasses to handicrafts all along Petaling Street.
Bargaining here is an absolute must. Bargain hard! It's the ideal place to test your bargaining skills.
What to pay: from RM1....
Petaling Street or locally known as PS Boutique is the place to go if you're looking for the "cheap & good" stuff. Stalls selling crafts, bags, shoes & clothes.. Bargain only if you are really interested to buy.
What to pay: Can bargain about 30% from the price listed.
Shopping shopping time! dont forget to make the price lower, to bargain ! Good if you go there with someone from Malaysia, they know how to do that perfectly! Shopping Paradise for both woman and man, everyone can find something suitable! Its great place only after few hours you might feel tired, bcos its really hot and humid there.
What to buy: You can find every good "brands" in China Town, Nighmarket. I found that great and bought alot presents for all family memebers and all my friends!
What to pay: Make the price down at least 50% at the first time. You will be suprised how much you will end up with!
You can find anything really, from pirated cds to more pirated goods such as handbags, and clothing merchandise. You should always bargain for goods. Don't worry about any language barrier if you speak English. It is the second language and is commonly spoken.
What to buy: wood handcraft, though it can be rather expensive since Kuala Lumpus is commercialized. You can get this at the Muzium of Art, Pasar Seni, and so forth.
What to pay: anything from Rm2-20. Of course, dont forget to HAGGLE!
Well.. there wasn't a category that summed up Petaling Street in Chinatown, KL so I went for an all-encompassing "Discount Store". This is basically a flea market type street like Patpong in Bangkok without the sleazy girly bars and chock-a-block with stall vendors selling anything you could ever want.. and then some! Go with an open mind and aim to sharpen/hone your bargaining skills!... you may say you won't support piracy or be caught dead in designer fakes, but my friend... come walk this way and see if your convictions are still that strong ;)))
What to buy: You can get anything you want at great prices.. your designer replicas, Gucci winter fur-lined coats even!, t-shirts, leather goods, jewelry, accessories, also brilliant copies of latest before-release-in-Europe DVDs/CDs, even cheap Cable TV remote controls for RM15, mobile phone batteries and chargers, covers, etc. etc. Fake watches a-PLENTY amongst others!!!
What to pay: For watches: Ranging from your basic RM13.00 for made-in-china Gucci ladies watches all the way to those better quality ones which the stall vendors keep behind glass at the back (what they call Swiss machine watches made in Hong Kong... these are the 'real deals' baby!!) If you're really good, you can bargain a good behind-the-glass-cabinet-Tag Heuer down from RM250+ to RM150 but give or take RM10 or RM20 here and there... it's a good deal! I have friends who buy a watch a month to keep up with the latest trends, crazy fun!
A vast array of items for retail in most of the stalls
Perfect for hunting souvenir for friends/family at home! :D
What to buy: For gift i suggest you check out stalls that retail Pewter souvenir. Miniature replica for the Petronas Tower (Tallest building in the World) made of pewter.
Chinatown greets you with lots of guys selling porn VCDs and pirated ones. Its buys busy busy and the place for fake branded goods. But they get repetitive and it gets mind boggling! Strategy? well look around first for designs you like and keep them in view (note price if you like but i didn't bother). as you walk thru Chinatown, note the quality of the design you like, some have better quality then others but those willl definitely cost more. I got my LV bag for 140RM, cos i got so tired of looking for the perfect bag, and the guy assured me it was Grade A from Korea. But then judge for yourself, and check the bag for any flaws.
Apart from this, its a mad squeeze especially if it rains and you sometimes get aggressive vendors trying to push their products at you. I overhead one vendor shouting vulgarities to the customer after the customer refused to buy his product after it had ben discounted. So, be nice, polite but firm and it shouldn't be a problem.
You have to come to Chinatown, because it shows a truer, more realistic view of what Kl (or Malaysia rather) is about.
What to buy: Flowers, bags, belts, watches, you name it they have it. Food you can also get if you manage to find a seat.
One of my main reasons for coming to KL was to find these so-called pirate dvd bargains. A local suggested that I go to Chinatown and escorted me there. We were greated, almost immediately, by men holding folders or small binders filled with covers. Some just had a simple list of titles. In either case, these were the hawkers. Keep in mind, they work as part of a syndicate. Even though they are in different parts of the area, they are all linked.
What to buy: I recommend the dvd9s over the dvd5s. Quality is usually better and you have a better chance to actually get some of the special features. Choose older films that have already been released on dvd. Newer titles have probably been filmed in a theater and the quality is terrible.
What to pay: I bought a bunch, so it was cheaper. I paid 7 Ringits per dvd9. I also had to pay my hawker a small commission of 5 Ringits. Other people who came up to peruse the boxes filled with product were paying 10 Ringits. Be discrete and don't boast of your price to other customers. Also, if you say you will buy a certain amount, make sure that you do - you could be hassled if you try to buy less. The starting price was 12 Ringits.
I bought a few music cds as well and paid 5 Ringits per. Another local I met said that he usually got them for 3 for 10 - so I'm not sure if I overpaid or what. He did confirm that my dvd price was the same as local rate.
Keep in mind, as a dark skinned traveler I may have "qualified" for additional discounts!
What makes it so special?! Diversity of goods they offer and PRICE!
REMEMBER: as everywhere in a market here especially always bargin and walk around before buying. You can always get a better deal somewhere there. If you know someone local let them do buying for you. They did it for me and they got extremly good prices compering to starting price or price at a local shop.
CAUTION: when you decide you want something and start to bargin for it be sure you want it! Don't bargin if you don't want it! If you bargin with them and then you don't buy they can get REALLY nasty!!!!!!!!!!
What to buy: Tell me what you need and you'll get it. Lots of things but not everything. You can buy clothes, shoes, wristwatches, electronics, audio/video discs, gifts etc.
What to pay: As little as 1 ringet to as much as your imagination goes!
The Petaling Street was so crowded that at times you feel claustrophobic and suffocating!.. Its reallly a hyped up market. We did not find anything interesting, except some cheap DVDs, music CDs, shoes, ladies bags which are cheap imitation of designer brands, some watches and clothes. I feel as compared to the Bangkok Silom street market and the Patong market, the prices here are very high and the quality of the stuff not so good- And you really need to sharpen your bargaining skills here, cause some of the shop owners can be real nasty and rude. I would definitely not make this a "must" place to visit for shopping. Its just about OK to visit this street.
What to buy: heaven for DVDs, VCDs, audio CDs, imitation bags/shoes,, clothes were just about fine, nothing great,
What to pay: You need to bargain a lot in this China town- Petaling street. A person who is not sharp will always feel that he or she has paid more and get a feeling that you could have bargained better! You need to bargain atleat to the extent of 50-60% of the original stated price.
Chinatown is a heaven for DVD/fake bags/clothes shoppers. But be sure to
1. go in the morning: There are more stalls set up in the streets (but all these shops sell the same thing anyway so you probably won't be missing out) but if you go in the evening, they expect that you are an unsuspecting tourist and try to rip you off. If you go in the morning it will be less crowded and cheaper.
2. BARGAIN: Call at least 1/3 the price and if they refuse then pretend you don't care and pretend to walk away, and show them the cash. If this does not work go to another stall. If the other stall does not comply as well then increase your price offer. Do NOT pay what they ask, it is a blatant rip off. HOWEVER: if they call 10 ringgit for watches there is no bargaining. That's the best price you'll get, unless you want to stand there haggling for an hour only to get the price down to 9rm. (prices are fixed in the shops that are air conditioned)
What to buy: DVDs, bags, watches, beads, shoes, cell phone accessories, underwear, clothes (esp skirts are nice. Shirt quality is rather bad), local fruit
What to pay: 20~25rm for a bag is an acceptable price. 10rm for a watch is rock bottom (best price). Around 15~40rm for skirts, 40~80rm for jeans, and 10~20rm for shirts.