The heritage building of Central Market was built in 1888 and served orginally as a wet market. Today, similar to Jonker Walk in Melaka, it is a market for Malaysian souvenirs, handicrafts, textiles (batik, songket etc.) and art. It is also known as "Pasar Seni", which liturally means Art Market in Malay. There is a also a food court at the first floor as well as a few restaurants (Baba Nonya restaurant, Thai restaurant, Secret Recipe, Old Town Kopitiam).
The Annexe Central Market, located just next to Central Market houses art galleries and art supply and stationary shops as well as spaces for theatre and music performances.
The street in front of Central Market (Jalan Hang Kasturi) is a pedestrian walk that was been upgraded recently with a roof. Here you can find more stalls selling crafts and souvenirs.
Central Market certainly isn't the cheapest place to find souvenirs and handicrafts but it has a wide selection of quality products from all cultures in Malaysia whether it is from Borneo and Peninsula.
Opening Hours of Central Market
10am - 10pm
How to get to Central Market
Central Market is centrally located in the historical / colonial part of Kuala Lumpur between Merdeka Square and Petaling Street / Chinatown. It can be reached within a few min walk when you are in the area. The closest LRT station is "Pasar Seni" (Kelana Jaya Line) which is just 3min away.
view Kasturi Walk (with Central Market on the left), coming from Pasar LRT station
shops inside Central Market
Cute Fish Spa, at a price of RM5 for 10 minutes (of tickle torture) this is inexpensive way to test out this treatment, where small fishes (called Doctor Fish) nibble off dead skin from your feet
Annexe Central Market next to Central Market
map and location of Central Market
One of the last remaining small and personal hostels in town. Located right in the middle of Bukit Bintang. Run by owner Suzy for almost 15 years.