Posted on Dec 17th, 2019

A Complete 2019 Guide to Penang Night Markets

If you think that the food you can find in Penang during the day is the best there is, you are most definitely wrong. Penang night markets are equally good, if not better than their daytime counterparts. Most Malaysians refer to them as ‘pasar malam’, which is ‘night market’ in Bahasa Melayu. We took the time to compile information and have created this complete guide to Penang night markets. It’s safe to say that most of the night markets you will have heard of or searched for will appear in this guide. Some are open on specific days, while some are open daily. Read away!

Macallum Street Night Market (Monday)

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While the Macallum Street night market is open on both Monday and Thursday, most of the stalls will be open only on Mondays, which is why people associate Mondays with this particular night market. Going to this pasar malam means enjoying the classic local favourites like char koay teow and wan tan mee. But that’s not all; there are also delights like waffles, crafted ice cream and flavoured popcorn, making this place suitable for people of all ages. This night market is just the right size, with minimum repeat stalls (different stalls selling the same food or drink). If you are looking for affordable goods and clothes, there are also a couple of stalls selling those here.

Tanjung Bungah Night Market (Tuesday)

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Think Tuesday, think Tanjung Bungah Night Market. Notorious for its lack of car park space, this is somewhere you would prefer to travel on foot, or even use public transport over driving there with your own vehicle. What makes this pasar malam different is its food stalls that sell food like Peking duck, aligot cheese and Xiao Long Bao. If you head to this place during the durian season, you will be covered in the pungent smell of the fruit by the time you leave the market, as there will be a number of durian stalls open as the season starts.

Farlim Night Market (Wednesday)

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Most Penangites will know Farlim as a very happening residential area. This is reflected in their night market scene. This pasar malam is bigger than the rest, boasting a variety of food stalls and food trucks that sell both the classics and the modern-day favourites, such as long french fries. We recommend trying out the satay and Yong Tau Foo (tofu or vegetables stuffed with meat). If you’re feeling thirsty, there’s always a sugar cane drink to fall back on.

Batu Ferringhi Night Market (Thursday)

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Most of the other night markets in Penang are not open on Thursdays. So while Batu Ferringhi night market is open daily, most people see it as the Thursday pasar malam. Unlike other night markets in Penang, this one is more cooling as it is right next to a beach. It’s not so much of food stalls here, but more of jewellery, unique accessories, decorations and souvenirs. Nevertheless, there are still a couple of food stalls open. If you ask the locals, they will tell you to be prepared to bargain and counter-offer if you want to shop here.

Pasar Malam Van Praagh/Jelutong Night Market (Friday)

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Also known as Jelutong Night Market, this pasar malam was set up specially for the locals, as it sells mostly clothing, electronics and commonly-used household items. Of course, as the area is highly populated, there are also food stalls that sell local hawker favourites like putu mayong, Nasi Kandar, Hokkien Mee and more. After all, this is one of Penang’s biggest night markets.

Sungai Dua Night Market (Saturday)

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How often do you come across a night market that has hawker food stalls selling Malay, Chinese, and Indian cuisines? This bazaar or pasar malam is known to have the biggest variety of food stalls, when compared to the others in Penang. Located near the Tesco Extra in Sungai Dua. this street market is the go-to place for amazing foods like Nasi Lemak, Nasi Briyani, Ketupat, and Kebab. Homemakers will also shop for fruits and vegetables here, showing you how fresh and affordable they really are!

Nibong Tebal Night Market (Sunday)

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This night market is dubbed as foodie heaven, due to the number of food stalls that are open here. Over here, you’ll find myriads of gastronomic local dishes like Nasi Lemak, Assam Laksa and Koay Teow soup. If you happen to be in Penang island on a Sunday, this is the place to be, but we recommend walking or taking public transport here instead of driving, as finding parking can be rather difficult. This pasar malam is one of the longest night market in Penang.

Paya Terubong Night Market (Sunday)

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If you find yourself in Georgetown, Penang on a Sunday night, this is the place you will want to go to. For those who do not know, this pasar malam is located nearby Kek Lok Si temple. At this point, you’d probably know that night markets in Penang are all about local hawker food favourites, but this night market has a stall that has a unique take on the Fruit Rojak. They use skewers instead of plates or bowls, turning it into a rojak cum lok lok experience.

Kimberly Street Food Night Market (Daily)

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As the name suggests, this pasar malam is all about food. As a matter of fact, the locals think of it as a regular ‘makan place’ (the go-to place for meals) more than a night market, simply because of its large variety of food and dessert stalls. The usual dinner combo people would go for is the Duck Kway Chup and desserts from Traditional Home of Desserts; it’s so good to the point where people are willing to queue for it.

Experience all the night markets Penang has to offer

There’s literally a night market to go to every day in Penang, it’s crazy! Want to go to each and every one of them? Plan for a week-long Penang foodie trip and book a room at Sunway Hotel Georgetown. Our comfortable and affordable 4-star hotel rooms are all you need after a busy day in Penang. For more information such as how to travel to and the opening hours of the various Penang night markets, click here. Indeed, these markets are only open after sundown, which is why we recommend these places to go to during the day; they aren’t too far from the hotel. If you happen to be searching for snacks or souvenirs, we have recommendations too! Start planning today!

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