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Night markets in Penang

Seven days, seven markets. Are you ready to haggle?

Monday: Macallum Street night market

This is where a good pair of flip-flops will come in handy. This labyrinthine night market yields a glorious array of street food such as belacan fried chicken, char koay kak and Taiwanese sausage. There are also a few stalls dedicated to children’s toys, giving you a great opportunity to reward your kids after the hour-long walk.

George Town

Tuesday: Tanjung Bungah night market

On most days of the week it’s a morning wet market by day, but on Thursday nights it turns into a bustling night market filled with sumptuous goodies like the ban chang kuih (Chinese pancakes), steamed siew mai and Hakka yong tau fu. Once you’ve savoured the street food and shopped for cheap clothes, make your way back with a refreshing nutmeg juice in hand.

Tanjung Tokong

Wednesday: Farlim night market

Air Itam’s largest night market is a haven for local foodies, so come here with a canvas bag and a big appetite. The portion size is perfect for one and some of the must-try include curry fishball, duck rice, kerabu bihun, lok lok (food sticks dipped in boiling soup) and seafood char koay kak. If you’re taking the bus, get the driver to drop you off at the Bandar Baru supermarket in Farlim; the night market is located behind it.

Air Itam

Thursday: Batu Ferringhi night market

This night market opens every night and offers more goods than food. Thanks to its tourist-friendly status, stall owners are likely to jack up their prices, so haggle smartly before settling on your favourite sunglasses, handbags, purses, generic T-shirts, watches and more.

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Batu Ferringhi

Friday: Jelutong night market

This warm, stuffy night market necessitates that you wear lighter clothes and sandals for comfort. Since this night market has its own website, don’t be surprised to find tourists mingling with the locals at this food haven. There are over 100 stalls arranged in a U-shaped formation offering ais kacang, sushi, fried chicken, stinky tofu, pork burger and more.

George Town

Saturday: Sungai Dua night market

For a full night market experience, come after 7pm when stalls are set up to attract a constant stream of customers. The charred goodness of the local satay is a must-have as well as larger mains such as roti john and nasi tomato, best paired with juicy fried chicken.


Sunday: Paya Terubong night market

They’re slightly smaller than the other night markets in town but just as bustling as the rest. Score good bargains on local knick-knacks, kitchen utensils and accessories here. If you’re looking to grab a bite, pack up some night market regulars like char koay teow and cold desserts.

Air Itam