Petaling Street, Central Market and More Under the Hot Sun

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Stalls at Petaling Street
Stalls at Petaling Street

We had a blast at Batu Caves, and we enjoyed every moment of it.

We took a KTM train back to Kuala Lumpur KTM Station. The KTM station is the closest to our next destination – the Petaling Street area.

We regained some energy on the train by taking a quick nap. We hugged our backpacks close to our chest to keep ourselves warm. More passengers boarded the train as we got closer to the city center. But since we were both seated, the crowd didn’t bother us too much.

Arriving at Kuala Lumpur KTM Station

The rain stopped somewhere between Batu Caves and Kuala Lumpur. The bright sun was shining without mercy as I took a peek through the train window to see how was the weather like.

One of the platforms at Kuala Lumpur KTM Station.
One of the platforms at Kuala Lumpur KTM Station.

The slow train got even slower as it entered the train platform. Kuala Lumpur KTM Station is a huge train station with old brick pillars and walls. It felt like the train we were on was too modern to match the vintage interior of the station.

After the train came to a complete stop, we alighted the train and headed towards the exit.

Getting to the exit required some walking. We didn’t let go of the opportunity to admire the architecture of the train station. Also, we stopped and took photos whenever we saw a good spot for them.

KTM Komuter Train at Kuala Lumpur KTM Station
KTM Komuter Train at Kuala Lumpur KTM Station
Wayne posing with a KTM Komuter train.
Wayne posing with a KTM Komuter train.
A new KTM Komuter train arriving at the station.
A new KTM Komuter train (right) arriving at the station.

We were heading to the Petaling Street area, which is just beside Pasar Seni LRT Station. To reach the LRT station from where we were, we had to use an elevated pedestrian walkway. The walkway helps commuters cross Sungai Kelang or Klang River, which flows under it.

We saw some nice graffiti painted along the banks of Klang River as we approached Pasar Seni LRT Station. We could even spot people taking pictures with the graffiti art.

Graffiti Along the Banks of Klang River
Graffiti Along the Banks of Klang River
More graffiti spotted along the banks of Klang River after we set foot in Pasar Seni LRT Station.
More graffiti spotted along the banks of Klang River after we set foot in Pasar Seni LRT Station.

Healthy Lunch in an Arts and Crafts Shop

Our next stop is at Peter Hoe Beyond. It is a unique shop selling homeware, clothing, crafts and souvenirs. It also houses a café for visitors wanting to escape from the busy streets outside.

We only knew about it when Shook Ting was looking for lesser-known places to include in our itinerary.

As Kuala Lumpur residents for almost 5 years, we have never heard of Peter Hoe Beyond. It warranted a visit when I learned that it is one of the top spots for tourists and visitors to buy souvenirs.

The shop is not easy to find because of its location inside the Wisma Lee Rubber building. A guard asked where were we headed to as we entered the building. For a moment, we thought we entered the wrong building. Anyway, he did let us through after we told him about our intentions of visiting Peter Hoe Beyond. He even pointed out to us that it’s at the second floor.

Shook Ting at Peter Hoe Beyond's Entrance
Shook Ting at Peter Hoe Beyond’s Entrance

It was impossible to miss the shop when we arrived at the second floor of the building. Entering the shop was like unpacking a box filled with confetti. We could see all sorts of homeware, crafts, fabric, clothing, decorative items and souvenirs.

The shop was such a contrast with the building that houses it. The Wisma Lee Rubber building is old, and it looks plain and boring. Peter Hoe Beyond is the complete opposite. It brings the space it occupies to life with the vibrant colors of its products and a well-lit interior.

Before we explored the shop, we went straight to the café inside. The café does not offer an extensive menu. We ordered a spaghetti with green salad and a slice of blueberry cheesecake. For drinks, we had a glass of iced coffee and a glass of iced lemon tea.

We liked the spaghetti a lot. As you can see from the photo below, it came with a huge serving of fresh vegetables. It was a healthy choice to fuel our body with energy for the rest of the day.

Spaghetti and Salad at Peter Hoe Beyond's Café
Spaghetti and Salad at Peter Hoe Beyond’s Café

Dining at the café was pleasant even though there were shoppers walking around. If you wish to catch a breather from the bustling streets outside, this is the place to be.

We spent some time strolling around the shop to see what it has to offer. We didn’t buy anything, but the items on display were impressive. We do not think they will disappoint anybody who wants to buy authentic souvenirs when he or she is in Kuala Lumpur.

Shook Ting with the batik fabrics at Peter Hoe Beyond.
Shook Ting with the batik fabrics at Peter Hoe Beyond.
Homeware at Peter Hoe Beyond
Homeware at Peter Hoe Beyond
Home Decor and Traditional Malay Clothing on Display
Home Decor and Traditional Malay Clothing on Display
Traditional Malay Clothing at Peter Hoe Beyond
Traditional Malay Clothing at Peter Hoe Beyond
Lamps and Porcelain Ware for Sale
Lamps and Porcelain Ware for Sale

Quick Stroll Through Central Market / Pasar Seni

The hot sun shined on our faces as we exited the old Wisma Lee Rubber building. I forgot whether I let out a quiet sigh, but we were definitely more eager to continue our journey after the break.

We walked for about 5 minutes to Central Market. You may think it is just a market in Kuala Lumpur where locals go to for vegetables, meat, and daily essentials. This is not the case, though. Pasar Seni, the name of the market in Malay, means art market.

Central Market's Main Entrance
Central Market’s Main Entrance

Central Market is the home to hundreds of shops and stalls. They sell many forms of artwork, souvenirs, and traditional crafts. It is the place where most travelers and tourists go for local art pieces and souvenirs.

Malay Street in Central Market
Malay Street in Central Market
Straits Chinese in Central Market
Straits Chinese in Central Market
Little India in Central Market
Little India in Central Market

Beside Central Market is a pedestrian walkway called Kasturi Walk. It features a huge steel-made Malaysian wau bulan (Malaysian moon kite). It is also the place where local artists set up shops to showcase and sell their work.

This giant Malaysian moon kite (wau bulan) at Kasturi Walk is made of steel.
This giant Malaysian moon kite (wau bulan) at Kasturi Walk is made of steel.
A stall selling paintings at Kasturi Walk.
A stall selling paintings at Kasturi Walk.

We took some pictures around Central Market before walking back to Petaling Street.

Ending The Trip with A Walk in Petaling Street

One of the Many Entrances to Petaling Street
One of the Many Entrances to Petaling Street

There was the usual crowd as we wandered through Petaling Street.

There was a tinted roof covering the street. Its purpose is to shelter visitors as well as the sellers along the street from rain and sunshine. Despite having the roof, it was interesting to us that many stalls still set up their own canvas shelter.

Stalls at Petaling Street
Stalls at Petaling Street

We also saw tourists checking out fake branded goods and bargaining for the best deal they could get. We couldn’t figure out the psychology behind buying fake branded goods. Their prices are not that cheap, and in most cases, their quality is pretty bad. Moreover, you don’t need an expert to tell that some of the imitations were poor.

So why are people still buying? Could it be that they are just buying it for the fun of bargaining and interacting with the shopkeepers?

Anyway, Petaling Street is famous for having many stalls selling counterfeit items. You can find fake wallets, handbags, belts, jerseys, perfumes, watches and almost anything that comes to your mind.

A stall at Petaling Street selling fake branded handbags.
A stall at Petaling Street selling fake branded handbags.

We also found food stalls and Chinese restaurants along Petaling Street. We were still full from our earlier meal at Peter Hoe Beyond so we didn’t patronize any of them.

We did stop by a famous iced longan drink stall called Air Mata Kucing to quench our thirst.

Air Mata Kucing Stall at Petaling Street
Air Mata Kucing Stall at Petaling Street

We felt so refreshing as the cold drink went through our throat and into our stomach. The drink consists of dried longan, siraitia grosvenorii (also known as luohan guo in Mandarin), rock sugar and winter melon. I couldn’t resist ordering another cup after we finished the one that Shook Ting ordered.

We Can’t Wait for the Next Trip

After the drinks, we walked back to Kuala Lumpur KTM Station and took a train back to Kepong. This was where our short Kuala Lumpur trip came to an end.

Even though it was a short trip in a city we are living in, it brought surprises that made the entire trip enjoyable. It also helped us realize that slow travel is the ideal travel style for us moving forward.

Have you traveled in the city where you are staying in? Where will you bring a visitor if he or she is visiting the city for the first time?

We are planning our next trip so be sure to share your answers with us in the comment section below!

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  1. Thanks for sharing this awesome look at Petaling Street, Wayne! Having visited KL a couple of times, I can definitely attest to China Town and Little India being two of my favorites in that wonderful city. I love the vibe of the former a little bit more thanks to the atmosphere and awesome hawker stalls that can be found within. I’m a sucker for that stuff so I guess that’s why I feel this way. Little India was great but I feel like there’s good Indian food all around. Hell, I barely had a bad meal while in the whole of Malaysia so what am I talking about? Lol. Thanks for sharing this, Wayne. Great post!

    • Hey Duke, glad to know that you like Petaling Street and Little India. Even though I’m a Malaysian, I never had the experience of strolling through the street. I’m gonna do it one day since you mentioned there is good Indian food around. 🙂