If you are tired of high-end malls and looking to find cheap bargains and taste the local food and culture, head to the vibrant and lively Petaling Street, the centre of KL’s first Chinatown. It is a popular pedestrian walkway filled with stalls selling everything, from t-shirts and clothes to bags and souvenirs, and of course, lots of Chinese food. There are numerous stalls serving up many traditional Chinese dishes, some of which like the immensely popular roast duck, chee cheong fun, hokkien mee and beef noodles, are at least two generations old.
Soak up the sights, sounds and smells in this oldest area of KL city which is open daily from morning until 11 at night. It is a place that offers great photo opportunities with its pre-war building facades and colourful ancient Taoist and Hindu temples close by. The area is also home to many flower shops. Although the bazaar stalls are now run mostly by foreigners, civic-minded groups are working to preserve the traditional heritage of the early Chinese settlers of KL.
Petaling Street is within walking distance of Dataran Merdeka and Central Market and is easily accessible by bus or train. One can find cheap accommodation within the street itself or nearby areas.