Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown
The distinctive oriental gate at the mouth of the street and the red paper lanterns strung across ought to give you a clue that you’re about to enter, what is often referred to as, the Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur. Petaling Street was home to several labourers from China who came to work at the tin mines in the region.
Today, the street is crowded with everything Chinese, from manufactured items to foods to traditional medicine.
Petaling Street is known for its versatile range of cheap goods – souvenirs, snacks, cuisine, electronics, apparel, artwork, shoes, watches, handbags, herbs and more.
Don’t forget to sample the different types of fried tofu on skewers – seafood tofu and fishcake are highly recommended.
If bargaining is not your forte, Petaling Street should just be a cultural, and not a shopping, destination.
- Please note that you are expected to bargain at Petaling Street.
- Do remember to ‘dress down’ or don very casual attire just so the hawkers do not hike up the prices based on your looks. Flip-flops and faded T. Shirts would not be unwelcome.