Petaling Street is located in the Kuala Lumpur near Jalan Pudu and is one of the oldest parts of Kuala Lumpur city. Petaling Street, also known as Chinatown of Malaysia is a popular tourist attraction.
Usually, when you shop in Chinatown, it’s all about negotiating price, you can make negotiate with the seller and get huge discounts, it all depends on how well you can bargain.
The street market opens from 10am every day until 11pm and there are many stalls selling pirated or cheap versions of branded watches, designer handbags, shoes, t-shirts, and other items including gems, jades, and toys.
Attractions & Activities in Petaling Street
The iconic Rex cinema which was burned down in 1972, is located in the Chinatown area. Rex Cinema is a revamped community cultural space, giving the opportunity to the business owners, local artists, and entrepreneurs. Rex KL is open to the public with events, food stalls, bars, markets, workshops, and live acts.
Petaling Street is also a hotspot location to shoot street photography in Malaysia for the local photographers or travelers.
During the night, if you are hungry and craving for food, head to these popular local food stalls in Petaling Street. China Town Seng Kee served delicious Claypot Lou Shi Fun with raw egg yolk. For the best Hokkien Mee in Chinatown, go for Kim Lian Fried Hokkien Mee in Jalan Hang Lekir.
After a long walk, we can get thirsty, best to get an ice cold of the popular ‘air mata kucing‘ drink in Chinatown, a type of antioxidant drink which is good for kids and adults.
If you prefer fast-food restaurants, you can find McDonald’s, Kenny Rogers, and other fast-food chains around the area.
Get a personal photographer to take portrait photography for you when you visit Chinatown KL.
It takes a short walk to Kotaraya Shopping Complex which is just opposite of Chinatown. You can find cheap deals for apparel from t-shirts & jeans. It takes only about 4 minutes to walk to Central Market from Chinatown if you are looking for souvenirs, arts, and handicrafts.
Other nearest shopping malls including Sogo KL, Maju Junction & Pertama Complex can be accessed by car.
With 15-20 minutes walk along Jalan Pudu, you can reach Jalan Bukit Bintang, the popular shopping & entertainment districts in Kuala Lumpur.
Where To Stay In Chinatown
There are many budget hotels & inns around Petaling Street, which offers lower room rates and nearest to the area but sometimes there is a limit to the facilities provided. No worries, we are here to help you to search the popular hotels with the cheapest room deals closest to the city.
If you are looking to stay nearby at luxury 4-5 stars hotels (which might takes a short walk), we suggest trying to search the cheap hotel deals in the Bukit Bintang area.
This area might not be safe for tourists, always be cautious of pickpockets. Always keep your valuable items safe and try not to show off in the public.
Get to Chinatown by Pasar Seni Putra line or by car route from Jalan Raja Chulan or Jalan Bukit Bintang to Jalan Pudu.
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