Shopping in Malaysia

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Pavilion KL

    Pavilion sets the gold standard in KL's shopping scene. Amid the many familiar international luxury brands, there are branches of chains including COS, Muji and Zara. For a quick trip to Japan, head to the Tokyo Street of stalls on the 6th floor.

  • Shopping in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Kedai Bikin

    Managed by home-grown architects and designers, this furniture and home accessories shop turns retro furniture into contemporary showpieces. For example, the famous cord chairs – once staples of Malaysian homes – are given an updated look by adding timber armrests or a rattan weave support. Collaborations with craftspeople from across Malaysia give their products a unique, local touch.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Ipoh

    Kong Heng Square Artisan Market

    During the colonial era, these walls formed the city's large single shop block. Today a cluster of craft stalls has sprung up around this light-flooded atrium in Ipoh's old town. Don't miss pausing to slurp an ice ball at Bits & Bobs (RM5) or browsing the cutesy pachyderm-themed purses and trinkets at Why Not Elephants.

  • Shopping in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Lot 10

    Fronted by branches of fashion retailers H&M and Zara, this mall's star turn is Isetan The Japan Store, a department which curates the best of Japanese products.

  • Shopping in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

    Pudu Market

    Arrive early to experience KL's largest wet (produce) market at its most frantic and visceral. Here you can get every imaginable type of fruit, vegetable, fish and meat – from the foot of a chicken slaughtered and butchered on the spot to a stingray fillet.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

    Museum of Ethnic Arts

    Although billed as a museum, the bulk of items are for sale in this extraordinary private collection of tribal arts from Borneo. You'll also find Nonya ceramics, Tibetan thangka paintings, Chinese paintings and porcelain, embroidered wall hangings, hand-carved boxes and doors, and all manner of delights from Malaysia and the region.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in George Town

    Unique Penang

    Be charmed by the colourful artworks, prints and postcards of friendly young owners Clovis and Joey, as well as the many images created by the art students they train here.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in George Town

    Bon Ton

    Head here for fabrics – both new and antique – as well as boxes, stationery, coffee-table books, art pieces, bags and other classy Asian bric-a-brac.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Kuching

    Museum Cafe & Shop

    Local textiles, organic soaps and an excellent selection of books on Sarawak's history and culture are all good reasons to visit this combination of gallery, gift shop and cafe. Come for the all-day breakfast and good coffee and stay to admire (and maybe purchase) the striking artworks by Kuching-born Ramsay Ong Liang Thong.

  • Shopping in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Khoon Hooi

    Reminiscent of Imelda Marcos at her most flamboyantly glamorous, the frocks created by award-winning Malaysian designer Khoon Hooi are notable for their opulent fabrics and form-fitting styles. His atelier and boutique in the APW complex is the best place to admire them.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in George Town

    Batek-Lah

    Malaysian-produced batik printed cloth is made into a variety of men's and women's fashions and gift items here. Some of the more expensive designs are hand-drawn rather than block-printed, making them unique.

  • Shopping in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    The Studio

    Tucked away at the top of the Gardens Mall, the Studio is a treasure trove of contemporary Malaysian fashion and beauty loveliness that's worth searching out. There are gorgeous cheongsam dresses by Maarimaia, millinery from Bremen Wong and Asian Potions skincare made with natural essential oils.

  • Shopping in George Town

    Gurney Plaza

    In addition to more than 300 shops, including the department store Parkson, Penang’s most glamorous mall serves up a whole floor of food and beverage outlets, the excellent Mercató supermarket, and a multiplex cinema.

  • Shopping in Kota Kinabalu

    Sabah Museum Gift Shop

    Across from the Sabah Museum, this place sells books on all things Borneo – from field guides to birds, fish and mammals to WWII history, indigenous culture and first-hand accounts of life in colonial British Sabah – check out the trilogy by Agnes Keith.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Pucuk Rebung

    Specialising in antiques and fine arts, this is one of the best places in KL to find quality pieces of local craft as well as pricier Malay ethnological items. It's worth dropping by for a browse and a chat with the affable owner, ex-banker Henry Bong.

  • Shopping in George Town

    Gerak Budaya

    If you're looking for books about Malaysia, or books written by local authors, this is the place to come. This branch covers fiction and poetry; another branch specialises in non-fiction.

  • Shopping in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

    Nala Muse

    Browse the bold and beautiful design products – covering fashion, stationery and homewares – of Lisette Scheers. You can also buy her printed fabric here by the metre for RM150.

  • Shopping in George Town

    Gerak Budaya

    The nonfiction branch of this excellent bookshop, specialising in books about Malaysia or by Malaysian writers.

  • Shopping in Melaka City

    Jonker Walk Night Market

    Food hawkers, trinket sellers and fortune-tellers line Jln Hang Jebat for Melaka City's weekly extravaganza of street food and shopping. The street closes to traffic, shops stay open late and a party atmosphere prevails. Graze on barbecued quail eggs and kuih (sticky-rice sweets) as you squeeze between souvenir and T-shirt stalls, pausing to watch the occasional Chinese karaoke performance.

  • Shopping in Kuching

    Main Bazaar

    The row of old shophouses facing the Waterfront Promenade is chock-full of handicrafts shops, some outfitted like art galleries, others with more of a ‘garage sale’ appeal, and yet others (especially along the Main Bazaar’s western section) stocking little more than kitschy-cute cat souvenirs.