If you like to mix your sightseeing with a bit of shopping, we’ve got two places for you: Central Market and Amcorp Mall. The former is a historical landmark that stocks diverse handicraft items, while Amcorp Mall hosts one of the Klang Valley’s longest running flea markets.
Central Market Kuala Lumpur
This iconic heritage building began life as a wet market in 1888, and has undergone multiple facelifts to bring it to its current look. What you’ll find here is a plethora of Malaysian handicrafts, art, souvenirs, collectibles and home-grown restaurants.
Inside the market there are zones representing the three main races in Malaysia: Lorong Melayu, Lorong Cina and Lorong India. Each zone contains a variety of stalls, shops and kiosks peddling things unique to its particular race. All manner of items are on sale here, including food such as traditional snacks, sweets and fried treats.
The Central Market Annexe, located behind the main building, is home to a variety of studios, galleries, a 3D art museum, and caricature artists. Take a stroll down Central Market Art Lane too where everything from batik print makers to portrait artists ply their trade.
Looking for little trinkets? Or vintage items like vinyl records, watches or coins? Amcorp Mall in Petaling Jaya, which houses an enormous flea market on Saturday and Sunday, is your place! Since 1998, this mall has become a haven for antique collectors and second-hand sellers.
One can spend hours digging through unique treasures here for that special find. Of course, bargaining is the name of the game here, so make sure to brush up on your negotiation skills!
Some of the things you’ll come across are rare comic books, vintage cameras, movie posters, retro figurines, old currency, time-worn furniture, and even precious stones like antique jewellery, gemstones, amulets and talismans. If you need a breather, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in the mall to drop into.
Amcorp Mall Flea Market
Where: 18 Pesiaran, Off Jalan Timur, Petaling Jaya
When: 10am-10pm (Mon-Sun), Flea Market: 10am-5pm (Sat and Sun)
Tel: 03 7958 2784