Things to Do

Shopping in Penang

The Island of Penang is a great place to get all sorts of fashionable goods and souvenirs with its many shops, roadside stalls and shopping complexes located at all corners of the island.   

Before the 1980s the busiest shopping areas were centered on the pre-war shop houses, along the major streets of George Town. Once a free port, the shops in the city centre catered mainly to the many local and foreign tourist selling merchandise such as clothes, textiles, electrical and photographic equipments, souvenirs and popular local foodstuff. 

After Penang was stripped of the her free port status, the type of trade found along these streets have slowly changed. In addition Malaysians now prefer to shop at big air-conditioned shopping complexes, where all types of goods can is available under one roof.  These shoping complexes are a labyrinth of small shop lots or retail outlets selling a variety of merchandise ranging from clothes, shoes, toys, watches, toiletries, cosmetics, stationeries, electrical goods, books, stationeries and jewellery. Frequently the complexes houses fast food joints, a food court, restaurants and even a Cineplex.   

Where to shop:

  • Wander along the five-foot way of shops along the streets of Jalan Penang, Lebuh Campbell, Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Kimberly, to shop for local stuff, fashion goods and for local food.   
  • Shopping Malls in George Town centre: Prangin Mall, Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR), Gama (Jalan Dato Keramat), Times Square (Jalan Dato Keramat)
  • Other shopping malls in the island: Gurney Plaza (Gurney Drive), Sunshine Square (Bayan Baru), Kompleks Bukit Jambul (Relau), Queensway Mall (Costal road, to Bayan Lepas)
  • Shopping Malls on the mainland/ Seberang Perai: Megamall Pinang, Sunway Carnival
  • Hypermarkets: Tesco, Giant, Carefure - on Penang Island and Seberang Perai
  • Night markets: Most popular is Batu Ferringhi

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