Petaling Street

Petaling Street is chock-full of shops and stalls selling goods and food. A signboard warningagainst the sale of imitation goods provides an interesting – even ironic – contrast as the wholestreet is practically littered with fake branded items. Handbags, watches, trainers, clothing – youname it, they’ve got it. Louis Vuitton sits side-by-side with Rolex, and you can sometimes get thelatest cinematic releases at less than RM 10 each. For shoppers on a tight budget or thoselooking for cheap and cheerful ‘branded’ goods, Petaling Street will be their first stop as it offersnot just variety but also value for money as the prices can be further whittled down throughhard bargaining.

Petaling Street is also filled with opportunities to sample a delightful array of local cuisine.Chinese and seafood restaurants can be found at every corner, and stalls selling all kinds ofsnacks are stretched along the street, resulting in an interesting mixture of aroma filling the airthat is quite hard to resist. The best thing about them is that most of them are open until verylate at night, with some even staying open until four to five in the morning.For a highly-recommended list of food to try in and around Petaling Street, take a look at ourChinatown Dining section.

Bargaining is the way to go when shopping in Petaling Street, unless you don’t mind being ripped off. Prices are generally quoted 15 to 35% higher than what they are truly worth – even higher sometimes for tourists. So before you head down to Petaling Street, make sure your bargaining skills are well-honed. But first things first – before going on your haggling venture, pay attention to what you’re wearing. If you look like you have the money, some vendors will not hesitate to charge you double or even triple the price. So leave your Armani shirt and gold wristwatch behind, and dress as simply as you could. Wear no visible labels or anything that is a dead giveaway to your financial status.

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