A visit to the Central Market Kuala Lumpur, is a wonderful way to experience Malaysian culture, arts 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.
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.
In the upstairs foodcourt, satisfy a rumbling tummy with a yummy lunch. There is lots to choose from, and it won’t break the bank, costing around 10MRY ($USD2.50/$AUD3.33).
Take a break at the local Fish Spa – but be warned, if you are ticklish, you’re in for a treat!
7D Motion Theatre
What a hit with the kids! Select your favourite 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!
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!
We thoroughly enjoyed our Batik Painting experience – definitely one not to miss out on. For our full review on Batik Painting, CLICK HERE
I have never been much or an art critic – I like a nice piece of artwork, but I certainly have little art appreciation. Strolling through the Central Markets however, I throughly enjoyed looking at the variety of pieces on offer, including some beautiful textured art, the likes of which I have not seen before.
Central Market Catering
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 catering 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 centre stand., and definitely try the Icecream Floss, sold at the drink stand!
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 it’s appearance!
Central market catering options are endless – and the prices can’t be beat, with most meals costing around $5AUD/$USD3!
Central Market Opening Hours
The Central Market opening hours are from 10am to 9.30pm 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.
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
Overall, the Central Market Kuala Lumpur was a fantastic place to spend an 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!