Visiting The Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

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A visit to the Central Market Kuala Lumpur is a wonderful way to experience Malaysian culture, art, and crafts. Only minutes from the heart of the city, it is a great place to spend an afternoon, with plenty for all to see and do!


What is the Central Market Kuala Lumpur?

The Central Market is a hub for Malaysian culture, steeped in history. Home to over 300 stalls, the Central Market was built in 1888 and initially used as a traditional wet market. After substantial renovations, Central Market is now a must-see tourist attraction.


Central Market in Kuala Lumpur


Activities at Central Market Kuala Lumpur

From shopping to Art, spa treatments to craft – the Central Market has something for everyone! Get lost in the aisles of countless shops, score yourself a bargain on some beautiful traditional items, or stock up on presents for friends and family back home. No matter who you are or where you a from, Central Market truly caters to everyone – without feeling like a tacky tourist attraction.



Fish Spa

Take a break at the local Fish Spa – but be warned, if you are ticklish, you’re in for a treat!


Enjoy a ticklish foot pedicure at the Central Market



7D Motion Theatre

What a hit with the kids! Select your favorite movie, strap in and take a ride. At only 10MRY ($USD2.50/$AUD3.33) per person, the whole family can have a turn. We tried something a little older for Brody, followed by a playful cartoon ride with Sienna.

Personally, I didn’t think it was fantastic – not much more than a bumpy ride, but I’m glad I had one go… I just wouldn’t go again. The kids on the other hand… we had to drag them off it!


All ready to enjoy the 7D Cinema



With so many shops, it is easy to spend hours wandering the aisles, admiring the handiwork and seeing new things. Craft, art, clothing, knick-knacks, electronics, and keepsakes of your time in Malaysia – there really isn’t anything missing. One could easily spend a fortune.

We were told it was a place to barter, but we found very few were willing – even after walking away, the Vendors were certainly not showing any eagerness to secure a sale!



Stroll the aisles of the Central Market and grab a bargain



Batik Painting

Batik Painting is a strong part of Malaysian culture and at the Central Market you and your family can learn how to do it, and create your own little masterpiece to take home! Definitely and experience not to miss – and super budget friendly! For a full review of Batik Painting, CLICK HERE



Art Galleries

For art lovers, there is a huge array of art on display at the Central Market. Locals sit sketching celebrities, brightly colored pieces catch your eye as you wander the aisles and unique 3D art pieces beg you to touch!



Food at the Central Market

There is certainly plenty to see and do at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, but when your tummy starts rumbling or the kids start complaining, head upstairs to the food court area – Central Market doesn’t disappoint!

There is a huge array of dishes on offer, from Indian, Thai, and Malay, to more traditional Western options. Purchase your drinks at the center stand., and definitely try the Icecream Floss, sold at the drink stand! There is lots to choose from, and it won’t break the bank, costing around 10MRY ($USD2.50/$AUD3.33) per person.

If you’re after a yummy treat, definitely try the Icecream Floss, or, for something much more traditional, try the Ais Kacang – it is actually super yummy, despite its appearance!

Central market catering options are endless – and the prices can’t be beat, with most meals costing around $5AUD/$USD3!


Ais Kacang and Icecream Floss – 2 must-try items at the Central Market



Central Market Opening Hours

The Central Market opening hours are from 10 am to 9.30 pm daily.


Central Market Location

Central Market Kuala Lumpur is located just minutes from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. A quick Uber ride, or a few minutes on the LRT will have you there quickly and easily, ready for the adventure ahead.


By Train


Pasar Seni Station is located right opposite of Central Market Kuala Lumpur.


Masjid Jamek Station is within 15minutes walking distance to Central Market Kuala Lumpur.


5 minutes walking distance from Kuala Lumpur Station.


By Taxi/Uber


This is our preferred method of getting around Kuala Lumpur. When booking your Uber, simply select Central Market as your destination. (If you haven’t already tried Uber – CLICK HERE for a free test ride!)


There is a taxi stand located in front of Central Market Central Market Kuala Lumpur. Please ask your driver to take you to Central Market


By Bus

Rapid KL Bus

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KL Hop-On Hop-Off

This City Tour Bus stops at the station right opposite of Central Market Kuala Lumpur.


Visitors in Kuala Lumpur can also travel for free within selected routes in the city with the GOKL free city bus service. The GOKL bus stops opposite Central Market Kuala Lumpur.



Overall, the Central Market Kuala Lumpur was a fantastic place to spend a day – we arrived mid-morning and with so much to do and see we were well entertained until the early evening! If you are coming to Kuala Lumpur, don’t miss a visit to the Central Market!



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  1. Melanie said on July 25, 2016 1:16 pm:

    Thanks for another interesting and informative post. Loving the new layout too!

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      Karen said on July 25, 2016 4:04 pm:

      Thanks Melanie. Have you visited before? Glad you like the new layout.

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