Chow Kit Market is one of Malaysia’s most infamous landmarks. Separated into two sections, the first part of Chow Kit is home to the city’s unofficial red light district, while the other part plays host to the largest wet market in Kuala Lumpur.

A popular place among locals to purchase fruits, vegetables, meat, spices and much more, Chow Kit Market offers a wide variety of produce at reasonable prices despite being a known tourist location. Local restaurant owners and chefs also frequent the market in the early mornings to have their choice of select cuts and freshest produce.

The dry section of the market is undoubtedly the cleaner section, where vendors peddle a wide array of fruits, vegetables, tofu, spices, and more. The variety of produce gathered here is astounding. Not everything is local, as vendors also peddle imported items such as grapes from Australia and pears from Korea.

Feel free to have a chat with the friendly local vendors to find out more about the produce. It’s a great way to experience authentic Malaysian hospitality at its finest.

You can also head over to the wet market section, where you’ll be greeted with a strong smell of freshly butchered meat and fish. From chicken and seafood to beef, mutton, and pork, the wet market hosts up to more than 40 vendors, each selling their produce at dirt cheap prices.

Be warned, as vendors often display heads of cows and goats on the counters of their stalls, which can be quite a confronting image, especially for children.

Towards the other end Chow Kit, away from the wet market, is where you’ll find a labyrinth of alleys and side streets. After dark, this seedy area turns into a dangerous place, with prostitutes, drug addicts, and gangsters lingering around doorways and inner lanes. A word of caution to stay away from this area at night, as neither locals or foreigners are safe within this vicinity.

Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm, Mon – Sun
Address: 418, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit, 50100 Kuala Lumpur
Waze: Chow Kit Market

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Vincent Wong

Vincent Wong is an aspiring writer cum photographer and traveller, who loves diving head first into culture and exploring the wonders of the world. Like any Malaysian, Vincent loves food and is always on the hunt for the next best meal. After having spent several years away from Malaysia, this young man realised the uniqueness of his home country and aims to tell the stories of Malaysia and all it has to offer.
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