There’s more than one Penang night market (or Penang pasar malam)! Or rather, there seems to be a different one on every day of the week!
You can try bargain hunting and negotiating too!
Table Of Contents:
- What You Can Buy
- Other Night Markets
- Getting Around Penang
What You Can Buy At Penang Night Markets
- Street food and dessert
- Fake designer goods
- Handmade jewelry and wooden crafts
- Fresh produce
- Phone accessories
Penang Night Market Schedule
Shopping in Penang is not just limited to shopping malls! And you can find a bustling night market every day in Penang!
Monday Penang Night Market
1. Macallum Street Night Market
It’s easy to spend an hour at Macallum Street Night Market:
Which takes up 2 sides of Macallum Street in Pengkalan Weld. The market is about 7 minutes’ drive from the clan jetties of Penang!
You can find classic Malaysian hawker food like char koay teow and lor bak. And snacks like waffles, pickled nutmegs and popcorn!
As well as an assortment of cheap household products, toys and clothes!
Tuesday Penang Night Market
2. Tanjung Bungah Night Market
Although not as impressive as the other night markets, you can still find about the same food and goods for sale at Tanjung Bungah Night Market!
Interestingly, there’re some international snacks too! Like xioao long bao and aligot (cheese with mashed potato)!
This is the place to go during durian season if you’re looking for alternatives besides Penang durian farms!
Wednesday Penang Night Market
3. Farlim Night Market
Plan your trip to Kek Lok Si on a Wednesday and you can partake in one of the biggest night markets in Penang!
Close to a large residential area (Farlim), the prominent night market takes place on an open field.
With food trucks and stalls selling more food, souvenirs, clothing, DVDs and all sorts of knick-knacks!
Food to try at Farlim Night Market:
- Sugarcane juice
- Tau fu fa
- Pineapple tarts
- Char koay kak (Fried raddish cake)
- Salted fish steamed bao
- Ramli burgers
- Thai BBQ pork sticks
- Keropok lekok (dried fish crackers)
- Thai fried chicken
- Lok lok
Thursday Penang Night Market
4. Paya Terubong Night Market
Despite being small, Paya Terubong Night Market is a favorite haunt of residents in this area!
You’ll notice that the majority of goods sold are everyday accessories – slippers, wallets and the like.
Friday Penang Night Market
5. Jelutong Night Market / Pasar Malam Van Praagh
This is another well-loved market in Penang. It comprises of stalls lining Van Praagh Road and Taman Kheng Tian.
You can tell that the market provides for the local residents as there are lots of everyday items for sale!
Jelutong Night Market food to try:
- nasi tomato (Tomato rice)
- Putu mayong (Indian rice noodle dish)
- Muar chee (Chinese dessert snack similar to the Japanese mochi. Usually filled with peanuts and sugar)
- Yong tau foo
- Roast pork
- Hokkien mee
- Nyonya kuih
Saturday Penang Night Markets
6. Sungai Dua Night Market
Residents in the Gelugor area and students from the nearby Universiti Sains Malaysia like to pick up groceries from this market. It’s convenient that it’s just across from a Tesco Extra too!
The roadside market has fresh seafood, vegetables and seasonal fruit and a wide selection of Malay, Indian and Chinese hawker food!
Food to try:
- Nasi lemak
- Ketupat (rice balls that go well with satay!)
- Nasi biryani
- Assam laksa
- Chee cheong fun
- Char kway teow
Tip: A good time to go is after 7pm! This is when most of the stalls are already set up!
7. Batu Lanchang @ Food Truck Party
A relatively new imitative by the authorities in Batu Lanchang to lure more visitors to the area:
Featuring 20-30 food trucks selling Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Italian and American street food at the same location as the local wet market.
Sunday Penang Night Markets
8. Paya Terubong Night Market
If the name sounds familiar, that’s because there is another market (at a different location) of the same name under Thursday night markets in Penang!
This busy roadside market is larger than the Thursday night market of the same name.
With many food stalls selling local dishes like belacan fried rice (nasi goreng belacan) or street food like lok lok.
9. Nibong Tebal Sunday Night Market
On the other hand, this exceptionally long market occurs only on a Sunday!
Note: This market is on the mainland at Nibong Tebal, and not on Penang Island!
Foodies will appreciate the gastronomical delights for sale at this market:
- Kueh teow soup noodles
- Kuih sayur
- Nasi lemak
- Assam laksa
Other Night Markets In Penang
10. Kimberley Street Food Night Market
Hawker stall culture in Malaysia is eminent at this almost daily night market:
Where the first step is to find a table and seat. Then order your drinks. Remember the table number and give it to your chosen food stall so they can bring the food to you!
You’ll likely notice a long queue in front of one stall specializing in duck kway chup! This is a flavorful soup with succulent duck meat and wide and flat rice noodles!
Other food you can try here:
- Oh chien (Omelets with oyster meat)
- A variety of tong sui (Chinese sweet soup desserts)
- Chicken feet koay teow th’ng
- Lok lok
- Chee cheong fun (Hong Kong style)
- Char koay teow
11. Batu Ferringhi Night Market
At Batu Ferringhi, you’ll find another daily Penang night market by the main road and beach!
True, most of the wares for sale among the 100 or so stalls are geared towards tourists! They even have swimwear, phone chargers and flip flops for sale!
Make sure to put those bargaining skills to good use if you spot something you like at this lively venue! Prices here are higher than other night markets in Penang!
Tips For Visiting Night Markets
- Some sellers are more aggressive than others – you can either avoid eye contact or politely say “no, thank you” whilst shaking your head no
- Beware of pickpockets
- Designate a “meeting spot” with your group members in case you get lost!
- Don’t wear any expensive jewelry
- Sellers often expect buyers to negotiate prices so you don’t necessarily have to settle for the initial price they give you
- Use of single-use plastic is common at these markets. Avoid creating trash by bringing your empty water bottle and a container. And possibly your own cutlery.
- When buying food, try to look for those stalls that make it on the spot! To avoid chance of food poisoning!
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Getting Around Penang
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Penang night markets may not have air-conditioning like Penang shopping malls. But that doesn’t discourage people from visiting them!
Pick up some Penang souvenirs and try some local food while you take in Malaysian night market culture!
Get a different perspective of Penang with a trip to one of these night markets scattered around Penang!