Little India/ Kapitan Kling Gold Bazaar
Close to the heart of Georgetown is Little India, one of the Penang’s oldest commercial district and where for centuries, Indian merchants have sold spices, textiles and jewellery. Also known as the Kapitan Kling Gold Bazaar, the area thrives with gold, gemstone and jewellery shops, stretching all the way to the Chulia and Campbell streets. Along the main street, flower sellers paint a riveting picture with blooms in all shades. If you’re looking for exotic buys in a street mart infused with colour and culture, this is the spot to head for.
Batu Feringghi Sidewalk Bazaar
Tourists staying at the sea fronting resorts of Batu Feringghi get more than sunny beaches and palm trees. When the sun goes down each day, vendors appear on the sidewalks selling a hoard of goods ranging from apparel, accessories, handicrafts and paintings, trinkets and food. Lit up by bright lights, the stalls and vendors entice shoppers with bargains that make great holiday souvenirs. Take a leisurely stroll and check out this famous mile-long night market.
Little Penang Street Market
This one a month market is held on the last Sunday of each month, at Upper Penang Road in the city centre. Somewhat different from the others, this mart serves as a venue for showcasing Penang’s culture and creativity in an exciting and affordable way. Visitors will be treated to an assortment of food, live performances, visual arts, children’s activities and even demonstrations and book readings at times. Many of the crafts featured are hand made and uniquely local. In an effort to support local charity organisations, the mart also promotes community-based crafts produced by single mothers and the marginalised sectors. The performances meanwhile, focus on both traditional and contemporary entertainment. The mart is unique in its eco-friendly commitment and so, products from natural and recycled materials recycled are common finds.
Over a century old, the Chowrasta Bazaar has retained a remarkable old world appeal that still reaches out to shoppers today. It is the place many go to for preserved fruits- a top favourite being nutmeg, various sweets, biscuits and local delicacies that aren’t usually found elsewhere. Try out your haggling skills with the pleasant vendors here and you could come away with a bagful of bargains. Behind, is a wet market selling all kinds of fresh produce while a few metres away, is a network of stalls that forms a bazaar of another kind. Known to the locals as ‘Jual Murah’, one can easily find t-shirts, apparels and many a trinket at attractive prices.
Lorong Kulit Flea Market
Located by Penang’s City Stadium, this flea market has been popular with the locals for decades and is full of surprises. Food, fruits, electrical items, antiques, clothing, traditional medicines, gemstones, second hand items and even pets and live prawns can be found here. All you need to do is patiently browse through the jumble of merchandise to discover a priceless reward. What’s unusual is that a peddler who is spotted there one day may not be there the next. It’s a market that starts early and wraps up by mid-day; so be there early to get into the midst of the morning hustle and bustle.