Penang is a great place to shop because of the many bazaars. Checking out bazaars may not be “free” in the true sense of the word but if you don’t find anything you fancy, you don’t buy.
a) Batu Ferringhi Night Market
This night market that lines the Batu Ferringhi beach is a place for bargains. The more than a hundred makeshift stalls are very much looked forward to, although during the day, they are unsightly and mar the view from the road.
It looks like no one’s complaining, though, what with the attractive prices offered on their wares, especially pirated Blu-ray DVDs. Yet, one could still bargain for a lower price. What fun!
The starting and ending points are Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa and Golden Sands Resort.
Opening hours: daily from 7pm onwards
b) Chowrasta Bazaar
Vendors at this wet market carry all sorts of local food, wares and souvenirs.
I guess the biggest attraction of Chowrasta Bazaar, along Lebuh Tamil in Georgetown, is its old secondhand bookshop where a book lover could lose him or herself in the many titles available.
Opening hours: 8.30am – 8pm daily
c) Lorong Kulit Flea Market
This flea market on Lorong Kulit reminds me of Ipoh’s Memory Lane.
Used to be the place to offload items procured illegally, it is now a morning shopping haven for those in search of bric-à-brac, odds and ends, antiquities and such.
Lorong Kulit Flea Market is where shoppers go if they do not mind giving pre-loved items a new owner.
Opening hours: 8am – 2pm daily
d) Beach Street Sunday Market
Beach Street is closed to traffic every Sunday morning as it plays host to a line-up of family-centric activities.
There is also a street market that occupies a part of Lebuh Pantai, where vendors offer a good range of accessories, apparel, handmade items, souvenirs and more.
Opening hours: 7am – 2pm (Sundays only)
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