Located 5 minutes from the Central Market, Chinese traders fill the covered Petaling Street from afternoon until the street is filled with stalls — selling every sorts of goods from fake Rolex and pirated DVDs to roasted ducks and a bunch of mangosteen.
The market is jammed packed at night when tourists and locals flock to buy counterfeit brand name clothing, perfumes and sunglasses or dine at the open air restaurants around the area.
Petaling Street is closed to cars, is sheltered and has two large Chinese arches at both ends of the street to mark the entry.
Haggling is allowed and is part of the fun but since the area is famous for rogue and rough traders, you should be prepared to buy when the price is agreed upon.
The street can also get very crowded on weekends (from 4 pm onwards). Remember to keep your wallet close.
How To Get Here?
Take any bus heading to Kotaraya (the mall is opposite Chinatown).
By RapidKL LRT
You can stop at the Masjid Jamek, Plaza Rakyat or Central Market stations but the nearest station to Chinatown is the last two.
Stop at the Maharajalela station. It is 10 minutes walk to the Chinatown.