Kuala Lumpur’s Market District; Pasar Seni & Chinatown
Located very close to each other is an area that lends itself for an afternoon in shopping, food and a local experience very unique. One of my favorite places of Kuala Lumpur, especially for its food, I find myself not alone in enjoying its popularity.
Walking through the streets of Pasar Seni, better known internationally as the Central Market, you can smell the fresh fruits from afar. When I planned on going here I expected exactly what it was, but I hadn’t expected its richness. Along the many stalls that stand along the street where you can get anything from Durian to dehydrating 100+, I also found myself among cities most hated but most recognizable creature; the pigeon. Walking a little further I even found a Kentucky Fried Chicken only to exit the street with what later I heard, this wasn’t everything! The big blue building next to the street is the ‘real’ Pasar Seni, however it was closed when I was there. Closed? Yes, closed! So now I have to go back and visit the true Pasar Seni.
Pasar Seni, or actually a street along Pasar Seni, many markets can be found here, as well as a KFC! Woohoow!
But I wasn’t bored. A little Central Market walkway experience brought me to one of the most famous Chinatowns in the world; Jalan Petaling. Translated as Petaling Street, also known as Chinatown, it’s probably the most-visited, most popular area in all of Kuala Lumpur. And it’s easy to know why. Cheap bargaining is done everywhere! Even though your sunglasses won’t last longer than three months, if you need anything you should get it here. And if you’re not up to that, there is a whole other reason to go here; food!
Jalan Petaling, probably the most famous part of Kuala Lumpur (apart from the Petronas Towers that is)
While living in Kuala Lumpur, we would always eat at Chinatown, we even had our own little place. It was called Richard’s Seafood Restaurant, however like so many things in KL, we gave it a nickname. Maybe that’s another reason why I love KL, everything has a nickname, which is a tradition my hometown Rotterdam, The Netherlands is also famous for.
Pigeons can be found anywhere! It's amazing how KL both feels like a fairytale, but also like home. I'm still not a big fan of them though!
The restaurant us Dutch students and expats always gathered we nicknamed ‘Pink Cloth’. Because when walking down one of the legs of Chinatown (it’s shaped in a cross shape), we would always spot this restaurant from far away by the bright color of it’s tables. Not to mistaken for the ‘Red Cloth’ which is actually the restaurant next door! I miss how we would eat in a local way here; just order different dishes and share them! Way up my favorite restaurant list, definitely!
Chinatown is always busy but not in an annoying way! It will always be my favorite Chinatown