The street markets of Malaysia capture some of the best aspects of the unique and unmistakable culture of the country. You can find almost anything you fancy here, such as handmade jewellery and crafts, produce, and clothes and so much more, all at affordable and reasonable prices. A multitude of food stalls selling a wide range of mouthwatering local dishes and snacks are also a prominent feature of these markets. One of the biggest selling points of a night market is not the items for sale, but the lively atmosphere and vibe of the place that truly make up Malaysian culture. You definitely can’t experience a holiday in Malaysia without going to at least one of these night markets. Read on to find the best night markets in Penang, Malaysia.
1. Batu Feringghi Night Market
Batu Ferringhi is a beautiful beach area near Tanjong Bungah in Penang. They sell all sorts of jewellery, souvenirs and accessories, such as phone covers and chargers, swimwear for the beach, and sports goods. Like most night markets, there is also the culture of haggling, so don’t be surprised at the flexible prices. There are also food stalls selling local snacks, as well as a McDonald’s at the end of the street. There are also some beach activities one can do during the daytime, such as swimming and sun tanning.
Batu Feringghi Night Market
Address: Jalan Pantai Batu, Taman Pantai Batu, 11200 Tanjong Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily 7pm-1am
2. Farlim Night Market
Farlim Night Market is one of the biggest night markets in Penang and located on a spacious field at Medan Angsana, Bandar Baru Air Itam. They have a much wider range of food stalls and food trucks, with many classic local favourites that you must try. Some fan-favourites include the fried radish cake, Yong Tau Foo (seafood balls served with chilli and sweet sauce), as well as grilled satay. Grab some dessert or quench your thirst with a sugar cane drink, while you peruse the stalls selling goods and souvenirs.
Farlim Night Market
Address: 27-75, Medan Angsana, Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Wednesdays 6pm-10:30pm
3. Paya Terubong Night Market
Paya Terubong Night Market is one of the smaller night markets in Penang and mostly caters to the locals in the area. Everyday items are mostly sold here, such as slippers, watches, wallets, some jewellery. There are also some food stalls, which are unique to this specific market and you may not be able to find them elsewhere. The rojak sold here is a favourite: sold uniquely on a food skewer instead of on a plate. They also sell some local tidbits and junk food.
Paya Terubong Night Market
Address: 1228l, Jalan Paya Terubong, Bandar Baru Air Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Sundays 7pm-10:30pm
4. Nibong Tebal Sunday Night Market
This open-air market is only open on Sundays, hence the name. It is one of the longest street markets in Penang. They sell the usual goods and necessities, but they are most famous for a wide variety of delectable local dishes, and all local favourites as well. If you’re looking for the best local dishes, you can find many here, such as the Kueh Teow soup (rice noodles soup), Nasi Lemak, Assam Laksa, and the Kuih Sayur (chives and radish cakes).
Nibong Tebal Sunday Night Market
Address: 14, Jalan Sungai Daun, Taman Nibong Tebal Jaya, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Sunday 7pm-10pm
5. Pasar Malam Van Praagh
Pasar Malam Van Praagh, also known as Night Market on Friday, is a popular night market and one of the biggest here in Penang. They only open on Fridays in the populated Taman Kheng Tian, along Van Praagh Road. The stalls along the main road sell mostly clothing and household items, while the food stalls at the smaller roads offer some of the best local hawker food in Malaysia, and at extremely affordable prices.
Pasar Malam Van Praagh
Address: Taman Continental, 11600 Jelutong, Penang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Fridays 6pm-11pm
6. Kimberley Street Food Night Market
Kimberley Street Food Night Market is a major street food place and a foodie paradise. It is open from the early evening until late at night, so you can have a six-hour dinner as you make your way down the street. They have numerous great local food stalls, as well as dessert shops. There are tables and chairs scattered all around the street, where you can order at the stalls and have the piping hot food delivered straight to you. Some of the best (arguably) dishes here include the Duck Kway Chup and sweet soups from ‘Traditional Home Of Desserts’.
Kimberley Street Food Night Market
Address: 1, Jalan Sungai Ujong, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: 5pm-11pm (except Wednesdays)
7. Macallum Street Night Market
Macallum Street Night Market is one of the more well-known night markets here in Penang, often hailed as one of the must-visits of the city. Open only on two days of the week, Monday is the main night when the majority of the stalls are open and the street will be bustling with activity. Other than classic local hawker food which you can definitely find there, you can also find other snacks like flavoured popcorn, waffles and fried chicken. Of course, other cheap goods, clothes and daily necessities can be found here too.
Macallum Street Night Market
Address: Lintang Macallum 1, Pengkalan Weld, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mondays and Thursdays 6pm-11pm
8. Tanjung Bungah Night Market
Tanjung Bungah Night Market is yet another market, this one is open on Tuesdays. While relatively smaller compared to other bigger night markets, you can still find just as much great local food and cheap finds here. The food here at this market is definitely unique; you can find Peking duck and Xiao Long Bao here! One of the highly recommended snacks is the aligot cheese, mash potato and cheese melted in a cup, so sinful but so delicious!
Tanjung Bungah Night Market
Address: 598-GF-0, Jalan Tanjung Bungah, Taman Tanjung Bunga, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Tuesdays 5.30pm-10pm
9. Sungai Dua Night Market
Sungai Dua Night Market is located opposite Tesco in Sungai Dua and stretches towards the inner roads. They offer amazing hawker food, from Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines, as well as clothes, local snacks, and basic necessities. One of the most famous dishes includes the kebab, which has been localised with Malaysian flavours and a definite must-try! Other foods include Nasi Lemak, Ketupat, and a fresh cup of sugar cane drink. You can also find seafood, fruits and vegetables to buy and cook on your own.
Sungai Dua Night Market
Address: 1, Jalan Sungai Dua, Sungai Dua, 13800 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: Saturdays 5pm-10pm
A must-visit in Penang
Whether you’re looking for some affordable souvenirs or the best local dishes, or just wanting to get a glimpse of true Malaysian culture, night markets (or affectionately referred to as Pasar Malams) are the best place to be and you can’t miss out on a visit during your trip to Penang.
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