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“A good example of a mixed Malaysian market”
Review of Chow Kit

Chow Kit
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Kuala Lumpur Food Tour Through Chow Kit
Ranked #63 of 322 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Wind your way past narrow stalls at this authentic market for a glimpse of where Malaysians shop. Need anything for a picnic?
Reviewed December 3, 2012

While some may not appreciate the smell, raw meats and wet floors, the Chow Kit markets are a great way to experience a Malaysian market. The produce is fresh, colourful and the variety is on display. You could not get your fish fresher than that wiggling on the table after being gutted. If you're not there for raw foods, some dried foods and cakes/treats are also there, as well as fabrics, scarves and an assortment of other things. The people are mostly happy to have pictures taken and with the Malay I could speak I soon made new friends.

1  Thank Reithewonderfuldog
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Have been meaning to get to Chow kit Markets the past couple of times we have visited Kuala Lumpur, so glad we made the effort on this trip (thanks to Lise & Sabrina fellow TA’s who took us there). This place is amazing we loved seeing all the locals selling and purchasing their daily food, anything from fish, snails, chicken, beef, stingray, fruit, vegetables just to name a few. My two boys were so fascinated with the whole experience, something they have not seen back in Australia and they were both taking it all in and asking poor Lise & Sabrina so many questions. We also got to try some of the local fruit which we all enjoyed. We definately will visit these markets again.

2  Thank katsrule
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Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

This is a place a visitor to Kuala Lumpur should make an effort to visit at least once. Depending on what one wants to see, Chow Kit offers plenty of surprises. The wet market sells various types of food and fruits depending on seasons. Even if nothing is worthed buying, it is worthwhile just to have a glimpse of the happenings not found anywhere else. During fasting month, the street is lined with bazaars selling clothes, shoes and Raya festival cookies. It operates day and night thus making the street lively.

2  Thank James N
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

The experience to visit Chow Kit is still interesting and I wouldn't have missed the chance to get there, if you are into fake everything this is the place to be, just name it, from little "LV" wallets to halls where you have women for rent, remember what I said, everything is fake, and the "women" are no exception, underneath the dresses, there is nothing else but testosterone hunting their next prey from the dark halls behind the market, good if you are into it, for me, only good for sightseeing (at a pertinent distance).

4  Thank Alain F
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

My friend and I took the monorail from Bukit Bintang to explore Chow Kit Markets.
Although it is not your usual tourist destination, we found that it was more of an insight to how Malaysians buy there food where tourism has not yet taken over (if that makes sense). There is a high Indian population that shop here so Indian influences throughout the markets are evident.

The wet markets are quite large and be prepared to get your shoes wet ie don't wear nice new shoes here) as there are gutters in the middle of the walk way to drain all the excess water from stalls. There is a bit of a smell as you walk around the markets but that is purely from the dried fish stalls and it is unavoidable and part of the experience. (avoid these markets if you are pregnant, sick or hung over as the smell makes things worse mixed with humidity) If you are taller than the average Malaysian, watch your head as the roof can be quite low at some points.
If you have never been to an asian wet market, this is a good one to explore.

We were the only westeners there during the time we were in the markets but not once did we feel unsafe as we were two females on our own.

We also explored outside the markets and found a fabric shop called Kamar. This place was great. There was a resident dj who blasted club music on all floors of the shop which I must add was a new experience for a fabric shop. (Not sure whether my grandmother would approve but I liked it)

Make sure you bring your umbrella as it can rain quite unexpectedly.

3  Thank MarjeanneW
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