AboutKL Petaling Street

Kuala Lumpur’s Petaling Street – A Treasure Trove for Everyone

Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, or what is more well known locally as Petaling Street (or simply P.S.), is no doubt among one of the must-visit places and attractions in this capital city of Malaysia. Despite the name, it is possibly one of the best cultural melting pot places in the city – apart from the many shopping malls -, a testimony that it is popular not just among the Chinese, but also among the rest of the locals and foreigners too.

Just a short walk from Pasar Seni LRT Station, Petaling Street is the place where most go to buy some cheap knock-offs – from handbags to watches and from designer shirts and jeans to football jerseys. There are some good quality knock-offs, and there are some bad ones, to cater for every budget. If you’re looking to get anything here, haggling is a must-have skill, as everyone is expected to haggle for a lower price.

Common tips for haggling in Petaling Street include:

  1. Start your offer at 50% off the first quoted price; and
  2. Only start haggling if you’re really interested in the item, and that you’re actually willing to pay the price that you’re offering. (There have been reports that things might turn a bit ugly if you back out once the vendor has agreed with your offer price.)

However, Petaling Street is not just about browsing and shopping for knock-offs (and souvenirs). The place is also “swamped” with restaurants and food stalls, some of which are quite popular among locals and foreigners.  For Muslims, there might be some concern about the halal-ness of some of these. Fret not however, here are some popular options that everyone could try when visiting Petaling Street.


Street Food for Everyone


AboutKL: Kim Soya BeanUncle Bean/ Kim Soya Bean Stall

If you’re taking the LRT (Pasar Seni Station) to get to Petaling Street, chances are you’re going to Petaling Street via Jalan Hang Lekir. On your right hand side at the junction where Jalan Hang Lekir crosses Petaling Street, there’s a small stall, called “Uncle Bean” that is popular for its soy bean milk and tau fu fah so much so they’re often said to have one of the best soy bean milk and tau fu fah in town. A cup of cold soy bean milk or a bowl of tau fu fah (with a selection of syrups) is just the perfect way to start your visit to Petaling Street.

Address: Junction of Jalan Hang Lekir/ Petaling Street | Map 



AboutKL: Air Mata Kucing

Petaling Street Air Mata Kucing

If you’re looking for something less “milky” to help kick off your exploration of Chinatown however, Petaling Street Air Mata Kucing Stall might be your answer. Located across the road (just diagonally from Uncle Bean/ Kim Soya Bean Stall and in front of Hong Leong Bank), their cold longan drink, sweetened with rock sugar, is just the perfect company to help you cool down from humidity, and perhaps the heat of haggling too, which you might soon end up doing.

Address: Junction of Jalan Hang Lekir/ Petaling Street | Map




AboutKL: Buah Berangan

Roasted Chestnut Stall

While getting your drinks – whether at Uncle Bean/ Kim Soya Bean Stall or Petaling Street Air Mata Kucing – you most probably won’t be able to escape the nice sweet aroma amidst some smoke coming from a nearby street food stall. Just follow the smell (which is not that hard, as the stall is located right opposite Uncle Bean/ Kim Soya Bean Stall on Jalan Hang Lekir) and get a bag or two of roasted chestnuts to accompany your cold drink and you’re set to go.

Address: Junction of Jalan Hang Lekir/ Petaling Street | Map



AboutKL: Apam Balik

Apam Balik Stall

If you need something heavier than roasted chestnuts, then a piece or two of apam balik, local’s favourite pancake, could just be the thing that you need. All you need to do is just cross Petaling Street and walk a few meters down Jalan Hang Lekir, where you’ll find the stall on your right. Simply grab a bite of the crunchy apam balik here and you’d understand how the uncle (how most Malaysians address older guys) is still doing good business after some 30 years.

Address: Jalan Hang Lekir, opposite Hong Leong Bank | Map



AboutKL: Mua Chi

Madam Tang Mua Chi Stall

If you’re nuts about peanuts, then maybe apam balik would not be enough for you. Worry not however, as there is a stall nearby that sells another local favourite – mua chi. Madam Tang Mua Chi Stall, located right across the street from Uncle Bean/ Kim Soya Bean stall, serves soft and chewy mua chi in a variety of flavours. Rest assured though, all are coated with generous amount of grounded peanuts.

Address: Junction of Jalan Hang Lekir/ Petaling Street | Map




AboutKL: Kueh tradisional AMAH

Kopitiam Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock

If street food is not your scene, or if you’re still hungry after downing all the roasted chestnuts, apam balik and mua chi whilst walking the length of Petaling Street, there’s Kopitiam Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock in Jalan Balai Polis, just some 200 meters away from Petaling Street’s entrance/exit arch on Jalan Sultan.

A popular café with common “traditional” guy names of the 3 main races in Malaysia, Kopitiam Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock serves a variety of local favourites from, surprise, surprise, among the 3 major races. Suffice to say, you’d be spoilt for choice! If you’re here for something heavy, try their award-winning nasi lemak, a rice dish that is often cited as Malaysia’s national dish. For something light, you can always try their selection of kueh (local dessert).

The café’s rustic and old school setting also makes it very Instagram-able if you’re into that popular photo app.

P.S. If you’re sharing your photos on Instagram, don’t forget to use the hashtag #AMAH.

Address: 13, Jalan Balai Polis | Map



A Complete Cultural Day-Out


What is a visit to Chinatown without taking the time to check out some of the temples in the area? On your way back from Petaling Street, you can easily drop by any of these 3 major temples:


AboutKL: Sri Mahamariamman TempleSri Mahamariamman Temple

Some might be surprised but there is actually a historic Hindu temple located right in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in the city, is usually visited by tourists as part of their Chinatown experience. At weekends, if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a ceremony or two, including weddings, there. Add this experience to the vibrantly coloured architecture and garlands, one can expect a colourful memory to bring home.

Address: Jalan Tun HS Lee | Map



AboutKL: Guan Di Temple

Guan Di Temple

Located just a few meters down Jalan Tun HS Lee from Sri Mahamariamman Temple is Guan Di Temple, a Chinese temple that is also popular among tourists for its architecture and location in Chinatown. Even when it’s closed for the day, the building from the outside is enough of an attraction especially to those who are really into architecture and culture. When it’s open, one can expect to see more inside, amidst the many faithful who are there to perform their prayer.

Address: Jalan Tun HS Lee | Map



AboutKL: Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Located along the same road as the previous 2 temples but somewhat hidden and closer to Central Market (Pasar Seni) is Sin Sze Si Ya Temple. The temple is perhaps much less visited by tourists compared to the other two but it is just as historically important if not more. Said to be the oldest in town, this Chinese temple was built in 1864 by Yap Ah Loy, one of historically important figures in early development of Kuala Lumpur. Go inside and see how the temple works on the Chinese philosophy of “Three Teachings”, i.e. Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

Address: Jalan Tun HS Lee/ Lebuh Pudu | Map



Looking to see and experience more? Head over to the nearby Pasar Seni (or more popularly known as Central Market #CentralMarketKualaLumpur), a treasure trove on its own that warrants a separate write-up.


  • Nadhirah Tan Binti Abdullah
    9th February 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Loving the photos as usual....

  • joysofyz
    16th February 2017 at 6:00 PM

    interesting to know! I'm from KL but I seem to not travel in KL before LOL

    • RaW | Ramble and Wander
      16th February 2017 at 6:22 PM

      I know the feeling only too well because that's what I felt when I joined the walkabout around Petaling Street the other day, haha! Time to explore more of our own backyard, right? 😉


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