5 Best Hotspots in Petaling Street You Don’t Want to Miss

WP Kuala Lumpur

Formerly known as ‘Market Square’, Petaling Street is situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, and is homeground to a series of progressive transformations since the late-19th century and early-20th century.

Renowned for its bustling wet market, you will find the area particularly busy during the early morning hours. With an array of fresh products on sale, this vibrant market serves as a focal point for the local community, attracting people who seek to procure their daily food and household essentials.Despite pre-dawn hours, the market already comes alive with vendors and shoppers, who come together to create a vibrant atmosphere. Also a stomping ground for visitors and tourists alike, expect to be spoiled for choice from a wide range of offerings, including locally-sourced fruits, vegetables, seafood, and various other fresh goods. 

 

Come nightfall, Petaling Street undergoes a remarkable transformation as it metamorphoses into a vibrant and bustling hub of activity. In the evenings is when this place truly comes alive, offering a diverse selection of merchandise, buzzing with an electric atmosphere that is unique to its nighttime charm.

From fashion enthusiasts to bargain hunters, Petaling Street caters to a wide spectrum of tastes and needs. The thoroughfare presents itself as a paradisiacal locale, brimming with opportunities to procure the most contemporary and fashionable apparel, stylish eyewear, footwear, accessories, and an assortment of captivating items. 

 
Petaling Street also boasts a great selection of Chinese cuisine. Expect everything from succulent meats to flavorful vegetables that are steamed or stir-fried to perfection. Fans of Dim Sum can also relish in the opportunity to sample an assortment of bite-sized treats, that are perfect for a social dining experience where friends and family can share a delightful medley of flavours. 

Petaling Street operates seven days a week, with the following schedule:

  • Sunday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • Saturday, 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

 

How to reach Petaling Street

 

There are numerous ways to conveniently get to Petaling Street. One may opt to drive their own vehicle, board a public bus, or take advantage of the railway transportation system to get there. 

If taking the Kelana Jaya Line LRT, disembark at the Pasar Seni LRT station, which is situated in closest proximity to Petaling Street.

 

 

If you are coming on the Ampang Line LRT, you must change to the MRT line and head towards MRT Pasar Seni. Thereafter, a quick 3-minute stroll will take you to Petaling Street.

Alternatively, you may also consider the KL Monorail. Those situated in close proximity to Kuala Lumpur can simply board the Monorail and alight at the Maharajalela Monorail Station. A leisurely 14-minute stroll will lead you to Petaling Street, offering ample opportunities to explore intriguing sights along the way.

 

Nearby attractions to visit at Petaling Street

 

1. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

 


Founded in 1873, the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is situated at the core of
Kuala Lumpur. Over the years, the temple has evolved into a prominent attraction for both tourists and locals alike. This iconic temple has profound significance as a sacred place of worship and stands as a religious site of great reverence. The temple is named after the Mother Goddess, Goddess Mariamman, who is the main deity who is worshipped in this temple. 

Fun fact: The temple design was inspired by human anatomy and ancient Hindu architecture. Notably, it has garnered recognition through its cultural heritage and distinguished architectural features, thus cementing its status as a significant landmark in the area. Conveniently, it is also a mere four-minute stroll from the renowned Petaling Street Market, making it easily accessible to those around its vicinity.

 

2. Sin Sze Zi Ya Temple

 

This famous temple is the oldest Taoist temple in the city. Located near Central Market in Pasar Seni, this temple was established in 1864 and was built to worship the two main deities in the Taoism religion, Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya. 

The temple’s beautiful pillars and its intricate designs are a sight to behold. Here, visitors can also purchase joss sticks for RM10 to participate in the Taoist ritual of burning incense to pay their respect to the deities. The temple is situated just a stone’s throw away from Petaling Street, making it highly accessible for those who are in the area. 
 

3. Kwai Chai Hong

 

Kwai Chai Hong is renowned for its hidden gems that splendidly showcase the rich heritage and vibrant culture of Chinatown. Just a brief stroll away from Petaling Street, discover a captivating thoroughfare adorned with galleries, cafés, and restaurants, that add interest and intrigue to the area.

With a deep history dating back to the olden-day Chinatown, Kwai Chai Hong stands out as a go-to for tourists, who flock here to capture its allure through their lenses, thanks to its myriad of murals that are nothing short of inspiring. 

Did you know: The name Kwai Chai Hong (also translated as Little Ghost Lane) was first coined by children who used to run around and play in that area back in the day. 

Prior to this, Kwai Chai Hong was previously an abandoned alleyway but in 2018, the lane was redeveloped into a hotspot that showcases the true history and heritage of Kwai Chai Hong. 

Each artwork seen here holds a meaning and a purpose of the history of Chinatown dating back to the 1940s to the 1960s. From a painting of an elderly man playing the Urhu to the artwork of little kids playing marbles, the story of each generation is portrayed and brought to life in the present. Each painting that is shown in the lane, is of someone who used to work or live in the same alley years ago. To know more about each mural, visitors are able to scan a QR code that is located next to each one and listen to the history and meaning of each painting.

Many exciting events or showcases have been held here. Even The Stranger Things Season 4 showcase had chosen Kwai Chai Hong to bring the show to life to the locals recently. This locale is ideally visited in the afternoon when the colours of the artworks come to life under the gentle embrace of natural light, making it an optimal time to capture striking photographs. Moreover, you can indulge in a refreshing and leisurely interlude at one of the nearby cafes, adding to the overall enchantment of your visit.

4. REXKL

 

REXKL is known as a distinctive lifestyle destination that seamlessly juxtaposes elements of modernity with a rich heritage. The historical edifice, formerly known as REX Cinema, has been beautifully reimagined and transformed into REXKL, exemplifying a harmonious coexistence of old-world charm and contemporary allure. Within its confines, one can enjoy a whole spectrum of activities, ranging from retail, restaurant, to immersive encounters with arts and culture. 

Here too, you will find an array of shops and boutiques offering an extensive selection of distinctive gifts and souvenirs that embody the rich cultural heritage of Chinatown. The diversity of its culinary offerings further adds to the intrigue, providing tantalising choices from local delicacies to international cuisine.

 

REXKL is also renowned as a hub for artists seeking to showcase their creative projects. The venue boasts a number of art galleries that welcome art enthusiasts and aficionados alike. In addition, REXKL also serves as a dynamic event space, playing host to a variety of captivating events and exhibitions, making it a dynamic cultural nexus that continually evolves to enrich the experiences of its visitors.
 

5. Central Market

 

Central Market was constructed in 1888 as a centre for wet markets. However, in the 1980s, it underwent a transformation into a craft market. Today, Central Market has evolved into a prominent tourist destination, offering a diverse array of Malaysian handicrafts, souvenirs and food.

 

 

The establishment is home to an extensive collection of traditional Malay handicrafts. Here, one can procure exceptionally unique and exquisite items such as batik, songket, and wood carvings. Furthermore, Central Market boasts a selection of Chinese handicrafts, including calligraphy, porcelain, and jade. Additionally, visitors can explore a variety of Indian textiles and jewellery, reflecting the rich tapestry of Indian culture, within its premises.

Today, Central Market has also gained recognition as a prominent venue for hosting events. Over the years, numerous culturally significant events and performances have been staged at this location. To stay updated on upcoming events, visit their website for the latest information.

Central Market is open daily from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

 

Nearby places to eat at Petaling Street

 
1. Hawker Stalls

 

If you haven’t already heard, Malaysia is famously known for its hawker stalls, offering authentic Malaysian cuisine at reasonable prices. Renowned for some of the best roadside cuisine, Petaling Street dishes up some of the most iconic and tasty offerings that you can grab on the go. Not only will you get a taste of Malaysia but you can also get a glimpse of the preparation of your dish. Street vendors prepare your dish before your very eyes to serve you the freshest and the most piping hot dishes. Here in Petaling Street, you are guaranteed to be able to indulge in some of the best hometown meals that will ignite your taste buds. 

Below are some hawker stalls you should check out at Petaling Street:

  1. Yooi Kee Chee Cheong Fun (Non-Halal)
  2. Hon Kee (Non-Halal)
  3. Tang City Foodcourt (Non-Halal)
  4. Kiew Yee Baru Restaurant (Non-Halal)
  5. Waaron Kuus (Halal-Certified)

 

2. Restaurants

 
Petaling Street is also packed with restaurants that deliver the most delicious meals. Filled with a variety of divine cuisines from each culture in Malaysia, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing one to dine in. 

From authentic Malay cuisines to a spice-filled meal at an Indian restaurant, Petaling Street does not disappoint. Both Halal and Non-Halal options are available around the area, with something for everyone to enjoy. Come and taste some of the most mouth-watering meals that hold history and meaning to the city. 



From authentic Malay cuisines to a spice-filled meal at an Indian restaurant, Petaling Street does not disappoint. Both Halal and Non-Halal options are available around the area, with something for everyone to enjoy. Come and taste some of the most mouth-watering meals that hold history and meaning to the city. 

Below are some restaurants to look out for around Petaling Street, both Halal and Non-Halal options available:

      1. Vintage 1988 (Halal-certified)
      2. China Town Seng Kee (Non-Halal)
      3. Crispy Pork Noodles Soup (Non-Halal)
      4. Westlake Petaling Street Restaurant( Non-Halal)
      5. Da Bao Restobar (Non-Halal)
      6. Gui Gui BBQ (Non-Halal)
      7. Day One Day One Noodles (Non-Halal)
      8. Loong Cafe (Non-Halal)
      9. Lai Foong lala Noodles (Non-Halal)
      10. Lai Kee Eatery (Non-Halal)
      11. Mee Tarik Restaurant (Halal Certified)
      12. Raya Restaurant (Halal Certified)
      13. Chinatown Cendol (Halal Certified)
      14. Foodmarket (Halal Certified)
      15. Vinny Jeyaa Banana Leaf Curry House (Pork Free)
      16. Sekalf (Halal Certified)
      17. The Lankan (Pork Free)
      18. Qui Lin Mee Restaurant (Halal Certified)
      19. Aron Shah (Halal Certified)
      20. The Background (Halal Certified)
  • Warong Old China  (Halal Certified)
 
3. Cafes

 
Come and unwind with a strong cup of coffee and tasty treats. Petaling Street is known for some of the best cafes you can find. Be tempted by the smell of fresh coffees, pastries and desserts as you step into these modern cafes.

Below are some cafes you may visit at Petaling Street:

  1. Hungry Tapir Cafe
  2. Tea Cafe
  3. Yew Yew cafe
  4. The Rabbit Cafe
  5. Licky Charm 
  6. Stellar
  7. Crane KL
  8. Lim Kee Cafe
  9. Zhaoji Desserts
  10. Jao Tim
  11. Mingle Cafe
  12. Aooo Melbourne Cafe
  13. Dodoo Kitchen
  14. Mood Mood
  15. Neko Neko

 

4. Bars

 

Spend your day or night in local bars here. Indulge in a refreshing cocktail or unwind your mind after a hectic day. Petaling Street is famously known for its hidden bars along walkways and alleys. Be sure to keep an eye out to catch subtle signs that will point you in the direction for an exquisite cocktail. 

Have fun and enjoy the night at a couple of these bars located in the Petaling Street area:

  1. The Cocktail Bar
  2. Coupe De Vin

That said, this is not all of the restaurants and cafes available around Petaling Street. Check out the complete list here.

 

So, definitely plan a visit to Petaling Street during your next trip. With all these exciting and fun-filled places to check out, you will not be disappointed. Holding deep history, Petaling Street also offers an educational trip where you can broaden your knowledge of the history of cultures of Malaysia, while indulging in a melting pot of rich and delectable Malaysian flavours across restaurants found within the area.


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