Penang, Malaysia



Penang has a good mix of modern shopping malls, department stores, outdoor markets, small boutiques and humble street stalls. The best place to start is the area along and nearby Penang Road located in Georgetown's city centre. There are plenty of small local shops and street stalls here as well as the shopping mall at KOMTAR and nearby at Prangin Road is Prangin Mall. From Penang Road, you can walk along the smaller shopping streets of Macalister Road, Burma Road and Campbell Street.

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Penang Road

Street shopping along Penang Road

In the heart of Georgetown centering around Lebuh Pasar (Market Street) is the enclave of Little India. This is a colorful area of Penang occupied mainly by Indian-owned shops selling Indian merchandise including colorful sarees, spices, jewelry and music. Penang's Chinatown centres around Campbell and Chulia Streets and home to many small Chinese businesses that have been here for generations. Here you can find Chinese restaurants, markets, small shops, street stalls, medicine (herbal) shops, antique stores to name a few.

Shopping Malls

  • Queensbay Mall, Bayan Lepas - This is the largest shopping mall in Penang, home to more than 500 retailers offering a wide variety of local and international fashion brands.
  • Gurney Plaza, Gurney Drive - An upmarket shopping mall in Georgetown offering fashion, consumer electronics, computers, shoes, books and a multiplex cinema.
  • Prangin Mall, Prangin Road - Located next to KOMTAR building, featuring more than 160 retailers on five floors as well as dining outlets, a multiplex cinema and a games arcade.
  • Penang Time Square, Jalan Dato Keramat - Opened in October 2009, it is a planned urban redevelopment project with the main retail area called Sunshine City.
  • Sunway Carnival Mall, Seberang Jaya - This large shopping mall is located on the mainland and anchor tenants include Parkson Grand and the Giant Hypermarket.
  • KOMTAR, Penang Road - KOMTAR tower is a multipurpose office cum retail complex and once a premier shopping destination on the island but has lost out to many of its competitors.
  • One-Stop Midland Parks Centre, Burmah Road - The shopping mall is home to more than 200 retailers offering plenty of bargains including clothes, computers and electronics.
Queensbay Mall, Penang

Queensbay Mall

  • Chowrasta Market, Penang Road - This is Penang’s most well-known market and has been around for nearly a century offering local delicacies, clothes, bags and accessories.
  • Night market at Batu Ferringhi - Besides the beach, Batu Ferringhi is known for its sidewalk bazaar opening from around 8.00 p.m. until midnight.
  • Little Penang Street Market, Upper Penang Road - Lively market occurring on the last Sunday of the month featuring more than 70 stalls selling merchandise ranging from clothes to curios.
  • Flea market at Lorong Kulit - Opens everyday from 8.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. and a popular destination for vintage items, antiques and the occasional curios.
Penang is well-known for its Chinese bakeries and for some ethnic Chinese visitors from Malaysia and Singapore, purchases from one of these bakeries to take back home is almost a must.
  • Ghee Hiang, 95 Beach Street - Opened for business in 1856 and the oldest bakery in Penang, famous for its pastries, cookies, white coffee and sesame seed oil.
  • Him Heang, 162-A Burma Road - Arguably the most famous Chinese bakery in Penang, popular among locals and Singaporean tourists for traditional bakeries such as 'Tambun Pneah'.
  • Ng Kee Cake Shop, 61 Cintra Street - The shop produces traditional Cantonese biscuits including wedding biscuits and one of the famous biscuits is 'Ham Chit Soo'. 
  • Sin Hock Seng, 316, Penang Road - The shop sells more than one hundred different types of biscuits and you can find various kinds of traditional Chinese biscuits here. 
  • Heap Hoe Hin, 6743 Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth - Located on the mainland side of Penang, this shop has been in business since 1949 and currently sells more than 450 types of biscuits.
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