Things to Do in Chinatown

A feast for the senses, there is no shortage of temptation to be found when strolling down the world-famous Petaling Street. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells as you duck down laneways, wind through kiosks and enjoy everything this dynamic district has to offer.

Barter for Bargains on Petaling Street

Petaling street food vendor

Though less sophisticated than some of Kuala Lumpur's better-known shopping precincts, like the megalopolis found at the nearby Bukit Bintang, a trip to Petaling Street rewards savvy shoppers with rock-bottom prices on hand-woven textiles, imitation jewellery and gadgets galore. Those looking for an even better bargain can take a cue from the locals and try their hand haggling with stallholders.

Eat your way through the Alleyways

A visit to the vendors on Petaling Street promises an eclectic mix of food stalls emblematic of Kuala Lumpur's unique flavour and cultural flair. Indulge in slow-roasted Cantonese duck or try Wantan Mee – a wonderfully aromatic fried noodle dish jam-packed with barbecued pork and wok-fried vegetables. With a range of authentic Chinese cuisine offered alongside traditional fare from Malaysia and beyond, you're guaranteed to get a taste of everything this dynamic city brings to the table.

Discover Chinatown's Night Markets

After you've roamed through the shopfronts and hawker stalls by day, be sure to track back for a taste of Petaling Street by night. While the Market's officially close at 10:00 pm each evening, several stalls stay open well into the early hours of the morning, leaving plenty of time to experience the electric atmosphere of Chinatown's Night Markets with delicious food and drink in hand.

Attractions near Petaling Street

Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur

Nestled in the heart of the city centre, Chinatown is just a stone's throw away from some of Kuala Lumpur's other star attractions. Hunt for local handicrafts at Central Market or pay a visit to Independence Square, a historic landmark where Malaysia's flag was first flown in 1957.

Chinatown KL Hotels

Whether you wait for the sun to set or decide to discover the markets by day, the wonders of Chinatown are best explored from a hotel near Petaling Street. Choose PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur for stylish, luxuriously furnished suites less than 10 minutes away when traveling by car.