Chinatown
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Chinatown is a vibrant district in Kuala Lumpur where you can experience Chinese-Malaysian culture. Take a stroll along the pedestrian-friendly Kasturi Walk to discover colorful shops, temples, and markets selling everything from clothes to souvenirs. Be sure to visit the famous Petaling Street Market and Central Market, as well as the beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples, too. And don't forget to sample some of the mouthwatering street food like nasi lemak (a coconut rice dish) and pisang goreng (banana fritters), and teh tarik ("pulled" tea). Join a walking or food tour to learn more about the area's history and culture. – Tripadvisor
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  • Pasar Seni • 6 min walk
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ianb111
Melbourne, Australia702 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Solo
As the title suggests, not a great deal has changed over the years in Chinatown. I did notice on my recent visit that there is now a roof covering much of the area. I cannot remember seeing this on my last visit. Although that was quite a few years ago.
Probably because on The Internet I did not spot a single vendor selling D.V.Ds. However, there are still more than enough stalls selling cheap watches to please even the most fastidious visitor. There appear to be more stalls selling pirated clothing and accessories now than before, but then again it could very well be because of my not being here for a while. As before though, this place is heaving, and it is difficult to wander among some of the stalls because of so many visitors.
One thing that has always tickled us is the chap selling roast chestnuts right in the middle of Chinatown. Roasted chestnuts are not something normally associated with a tropical country like Malaysia.
Written 1 December 2023
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amkum1
Mysuru (Mysore), India29 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
Very difficult to find rest rooms.. everything is perfectly fake. Very crowded. Bargaining is a must.
Written 12 November 2023
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RochellC
Colombo, Sri Lanka50 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
Be ready to be disappointed. No more chinese rather cox bazaar with all Bangladeshi crowd and sellers. No more the great place it used to be with Chinese shops and banter.
Written 9 November 2023
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain870 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
KL's Chinatown is more than just a commercial street, but almost all the activities are focused there. You'll find stores, restaurants, people walking up and down… it's very alive
Written 10 October 2023
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MikeFo
Brighton, UK1,049 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Market stalls highly repetitive, clothes, bags, lots of fake branded goods, sellers are not too pushy which is good. There are some good cheap places to eat around though.
Written 2 October 2023
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Melissa G
Perth, Australia57 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
A great place to haggle and buy cheap knock offs of label brand bags, shirts, shorts, shoes, watches and perfumes. A great experience and went 3 times as I have a bag fetish. Haggle with the stall workers over prices as they will highball you but you can get a great quality knock off bag for AU$30 - $40. It's really hot and humid so either go when it opens or go at night. Haggle with taxi drivers for the best price when taking your shopping back to your hotel.
Written 1 October 2023
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Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar14,379 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
This is the second name for Petaling street. Mainly Chinese shops, hundreds of them along with food stalls, juices, souvenirs and others.
Written 23 September 2023
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tkpuar
Singapore, Singapore506 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
Chinatown was a target area for our food tasting trip.
We were surprised at the wide choices for low price branded garments and hand bags.
The street food stalls open only in the evening near jalan heng jibat end.
There is a popular soya bean stall. Nearby is the famous Kim Lian Kee Restaurant at Petaling Street. The famous KL hokien mee is their signature offering.
Typical Chinatown ambience with hordes of tourists looking for Chinese food and good buys.
Written 18 September 2023
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Vaishali Limaye
Pune, India167 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Shop till you drop ! the whole lane is a treasure box of beach wear, souvenirs, sun glasses, bags, hats, clothes, suitcases and what not! This is the place you can bargain up to even half the price at some places. We bought so many souvenirs and also bought a cute cabin luggage from a Chinese shopkeeper. This is a must place if you are interested in flea or street market.
Written 3 July 2023
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DipuKV
Pune, India2,212 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Solo
An unmissable aspect of KL, whether you are a shopper or a culture vulture, Chinatown offers you an excellent peek into the lifestyles of the Chinese with its array of shopping & dining options. A few Chinese temples abound as well.
Written 18 June 2023
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