Top 10 Places for Cheap Shopping in Kuala Lumpur

Nothing beats shopping on the streets and exploring the local culture and food of a place simultaneously, as you set out on a shopping spree to buy some amazing stuff at really low prices. And that holds for Kuala Lumpur as well! Street markets in Kuala Lumpur, including Petaling Street and Central Market, are excellent places for artsy finds and cheap reproductions and are THE places to visit to get a real sense of the local shopping scene in the city. 

The best places for cheap shopping in Kuala Lumpur:

1.    Petaling Street

Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
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This lively Chinatown shopping street is a fantastic place to soak in the local vibes and atmosphere, as you pass by shops selling low priced clothing, shoes, and accessories. The site is also well known for selling counterfeit products and cheap reproductions of well-known brands, as it is for its drool-worthy food. All in all, cheap shopping in Kuala Lumpur is a complete experience when in Chinatown!
Address: Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000, Wilayah Persekutuan
Timings: Open 24 hours
What to look out for: Souvenirs, tourist trinkets, T-shirts, DVDs and electronics
How to reach there: Petaling Street can be reached by LRT through either the Pasar Seni or the Masjid Jamek Station, or you can get down at the Maharajalela Station on the monorail. 

2. Central Market

Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
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The famous Central Market of Kuala Lumpur started as a wet market in 1888 and has transformed into a stylish art deco shopping centre as of now. Renowned for its high-quality products that can be bought at cheap prices, the Central Market is good to visit for those looking forward to appreciating the Malaysian heritage and culture. The market is divided into different zones, with each zone representing a different culture. In essence, you will find Malay stalls at Lorong Melayu, Chinese stall at Straits Chinese and Indian stalls at Lorong India. You can even get your hands on some fantastic paintings at a lower price on Art Lane, that are also a good indulgence while cheap shopping in Kuala Lumpur! 
Address: No. 10, 1st-3rd floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM everyday
What to look out for: Handicrafts, metal crafts, and woodcrafts including Batik prints, Songket fabric, beadworks, terenang jars, and labu sayong clay jars
How to get there: The KL Hop On Hop Off bus will drop you right outside the Central Market. If traveling by train, get down at the Pasar Seni Station on the Kelana Jaya Line. 

3. Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square, KL
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Berjaya Times Square is one of the most popular malls mostly known for cheap shopping in Kuala Lumpur, visited by around 2.5 million visitors every month! With over 1000 shops, the place is famous for its affordable clothes and accessories. And while you will find a lot of mid-range international brands here, do check out the local Malaysian brands, including Padini, Seed, Vincci, and Soda, which are the real crowd pullers. 
Address: 1 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM everyday
What to look out for: Clothing and accessories, home furnishing items
How to get there: Berjaya Times Square can be reached by monorail, through the Imbi Station. 

 4. Kasturi Walk

Kasturi Walk, KL
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This open-air market is an excellent place to visit if you are on the lookout for some fulfilling cheap shopping at Kuala Lumpur. It is located on the stretch alongside Central Market. Though the product variety here is not as wide as that of Central Market, it is an excellent place to pick up some souvenirs and taste tropical fruits on the way. And the place gets brownie points for being very clean and well maintained. 
Address: 32, Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050, Wilayah Persekutuan
Timings: Open 24 hours
What to look out for: Clothes and accessories, flip flops, souvenirs. 
How to get there: The place is a one minute walk away from the Central Market. 

5. Taman Connaught Night Market

Taman Connaught Night Market
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The Taman Connaught Night Market, locally known as the Cheras Pasar Malam, is a weekly night market that takes place on Wednesday nights in the Cheras neighbourhood. Your one-stop destination to find anything and everything, it also boasts of being the longest night markets in Malaysia. Make sure that you bargain a bit to get the best deals here. 
Address: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, Cheras
Timings: 05:30 PM to midnight every Wednesday
What to look out for: Electronic items, clothes and accessories, beauty products, household items, pet products, books, bags, and shoes
How to get there: The night market can be reached via MRT by getting down at the Taman Connaught Station.

6. Reject Shop 

Reject Shop
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Reject Shop is a famous chain of stores, which sells off-season clothes as well as discontinued lines mostly from famous designer stores of the USA, Europe, and Australia. If you have a knack of searching for good clothes and have the patience to do it, you will come across some of the cheapest clothing you have seen in your life at this outlet. You will find branches of the Reject Shop all over Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia.

7. The Factory Outlet Store

The Factory Outlet Store
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The Factory Outlet Store, also known as FOS, is also another excellent option when it comes to cheap shopping in Kuala Lumpur. The clothes and other items sold here are mostly overruns that have been sourced directly from the factories, thus shoppers get genuine merchandise at really affordable prices. You will find top brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, G.A.P. and others here;  and you can grab designer T-shirts for as low as RM 16 and pants and jeans for just RM 30 at these outlets.
F.O.S. outlets in Kuala Lumpur:  F.O.S has twelve outlets in Kuala Lumpur, located at AEON Alpha Angle Shopping Centre, Setapak Central, Mid Valley Megamall, 1 Mont Kiara Mall, Sungei Wang Plaza, Berjaya Times Square, VIVA Home Shopping Mall, Wangsa Walk Mall, Avenue K, Sunway Putra Mall, Cheras Sentral and NU Sentral. 

8. Sungei Wang Plaza

Sungei Wang Plaza, KL
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Established in 1977, the Sungei Wang Plaza is also known as the 'River of Gold', and boasts of being the longest-running malls in Kuala Lumpur. An excellent place to visit for those who want to shop to their heart's content, the place has everything that one would want to buy, and at cheaper prices as compared to its counterparts. The lower floor is flooded with boutiques and art workshops, while the middle-level floors are where you will find a variety of cheap stuff, including jewellery and clothing. Bargaining is definitely a part of shopping here, so don't hassle to settle for a fair price!
Address: Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100, Wilayah Persekutuan
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM everyday
What to look out for: Clothes, watches, books, cosmetics, souvenirs including key chains, fridge magnets, bags, shirts and miniature Petronas towers.
How to get there: Get down at the Bukit Bintang stop on the MRT and exit via Gate 2 to reach the plaza.

9. Low Yat Plaza

Low Yat Plaza, KL
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The Low Yat Plaza is one of the oldest shopping centres in Kuala Lumpur, specially dedicated to electronic items, including mobile phones, cameras and accessories. However, one will have to be very careful since a lot of shops offer duplicated gadgets here. So among all the frenzy and excitement over cheap shopping in Kuala Lumpur, it is best to stick to proper shops that give you more options and some guarantee. The smaller shops on the higher floors usually offer more discounts, so be sure to check those out before you make a purchase.
Address: 7, Jalan Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100, Wilayah Persekutuan
Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM everyday
What to look out for: Electronic items    
How to get there: The Low Yat Plaza is a three minute walk away from the Berjaya Times Square, and can be reached by monorail, through the Imbi Station.

10. Kenanga Wholesale City

Kenanga Wholesale City
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Kenanga Wholesale City is a must-visit place if you plan to purchase items in bulk, since buying more things will get you meagre prices and extra discounts. With fashion stores spread over eight storeys, this wholesale mall is home to over 800 shops, complete with all modern facilities and spacious walkways. However, if you wish to purchase only a limited number of items, try visiting the mall on weekends, since this is the only time when they welcome retail customers.
Address: No.2, Jalan Gelugor, 55200 Kuala Lumpur
Timings:
Sunday to Thursday - 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Friday and Saturday - 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
What to look out for: Ladies clothes, accessories, handbags, shoes, lifestyle products, leather goods.
How to get there: The Kenanga Wholesale City can be reached by LRT or Monorail through the Hang Tuah Station.

The Malaysian Year-End Sale

The Year End Sale, KL, Malaysia
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The Malaysian Year End Sale is a massive annual campaign that takes place from October till New Year's Eve. This is the best time to shop for a range of products at discounted prices, not just in Kuala Lumpur, but throughout Malaysia. Shops throughout the country offer amazing discounts on clothes, electronic items, and accessories during this sale period, and you can buy goods for up to just half the price!

Well known malls that offer these deals include the Sunway Pyramid, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Intermark Mall, Sunway Velocity Mall,  Midvalley Mega Mall, One Utama and Berjaya Times Square.

Tips

  • Parking can be a real issue when travelling to these places, especially in the sale season; so try and stick to public transport. 
  • The markets can get really hot and humid, since the stalls are set up super close to one another, and are visited by a large number of people. It is advisable to wear light and breathable clothes, keep yourself well hydrated and be careful of your possessions. 
  • Though you will come across a lot of items at really cheap prices, make sure that you check thoroughly for any defects before making a purchase. Be especially careful with electronic items and gadgets. 
There is something for each and everyone when cheap shopping in Kuala Lumpur - from artsy clothes to artworks and amazing souvenirs; all you need to do is take a day out and explore the streets of the city!

This post was published by Muskan Ahuja

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