Jalan Hang Kasturi
50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
tel: +60 3 2031 0339 / +60 3 2031 5339 / +60 3 2031 7339
fax: +60 3 2032 2399
Daily 10am-10pm. Shops open until 8:30 or 9pm
NileGuide Expert tip:
Located behind the main building is the Central Market Annexe, housing many art galleries including the Annexe Gallery.
Central Market, a former wet market, has been lovingly and cleverly preserved, restored and transformed into a one-stop cultural shopping complex. This 123-year old structure, with a glorious Art Deco exterior, is home to dozens of kiosks and stores brimming with local handicraft, home wares, antiques, fashion, jewelry and quirky souvenirs. Different zones are used to categorize the different cultures – the Malay lane is where you can find all things Malay from wau (kites), songket (silk), keris (Malay dagger) and batik; Chinese and Indian lanes. Amble past traders and fortune-tellers, all of whom can be seen busy plying their wares. Good investments include silver, wau, songket, batik, pewter, wood craft, Chinese painting, and Nyonya Baba antiques. Sometimes prices can be slightly elevated than what you may find elsewhere. These days you can find products from all over Asia at the Central Market.