One of the fun things to do in Penang at night is to visit night market. As evening falls, the streets of town come alive with the bustling hawker stalls and street food lined along the road.
This Penang night scene has became a popular haunt for travelers from all around the world as much as for locals.
1. Macallum Street Night Market
If you want to find some of the cheapest finds, you should go to this maze of street food, cheap clothes, accessories and home necessities. Quality is sometimes questionable, so be sure to inspect goods before you make a purchase.
Photo: Mark Walker
Nonetheless, Penang hawkers NEVER disappoint – rest easy on their grilled satays, pickled nutmegs, char kuoy kak, yong tau foo, lor bak, bubble teas and more.
Opening Hours: Monday, 19:00 – 23:00
Address: Lintang Macallum 1, Pengkalan Weld, Georgetown
2. Farlim Night Market
Every Wednesday, an open field will be filled with hundreds of stalls hawking jewelry, toys, clothing, shoes, DVDs and literally everything the usual night bazaar sells. The most impressive of this night market is their price hasn’t changed much after all these years.
Do not miss out the stall which sells BBQ pork stick. being marinated to perfection, flavour is strong and for RM1, you could not ask for more and their very own homemade sauce is a must to try. Spicy enough to make your tongue numb!
It is presumably the biggest pasar malam in Penang!
Opening Hours: Wednesday, 18:00 – 23:30
Address: 27-75, Medan Angsana, Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
3. Jelutong Night Market
On Friday night, this energetic place will be packed with food vendors tempting you with delicious offerings like assorted sushi, yong tau foo, roast pork, char koay kak, prawn crackers and more.
I particularly love the yong tau foo there. Even if I had to jostle through the crowds to get to the stalls, I will always have a bowl of yong tau foo at the market. It doesn’t matter if I have to stand and eat. That’s the essence of walking through night market isn’t it!
Please do find this tiffany bowl yong tau foo if you happened to stroll around Jelutong Pasar Malam!
Opening Hours: Friday, 18:30 – 24:00
Address: Jalan Van Praagh (Road), Jelutong, Penang
4. Sungai Dua Night Market
If you’re in the Gelugor neighbourhood during the weekend, make sure you visit this road street and enjoy Penang delicacies with the local crowd. It offers hawker food such as assam laksa, chai tow kway (fried carrot cake), char kway teow, chee cheong fun and many more.
There’s also kopitiam along side the street if you want to sit down and have a proper dinner while having your grab-and-go delicacies.
Opening Hours: Saturday, 17:30 – 23:00
Address: Opposite Tesco Extra , Jalan Sungai Dua, Georgetown, Penang
5. Batu Ferringhi Night Bazaar
Explore this extensive bazaar, stretching up to one kilometre and providing shoppers with more than 100 stalls. As Batu Ferringhi is a highly popular destination among tourists, the market products on sale range from replica of branded goods all the way to souvenirs and handicrafts.
This is a great place to just casually walk around and find unique items, knockoff branded items and little gifts to take back home to family and friends.
Opening Hours: 18:00 – 24:00
Address: Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Penang
So there you go, Monday nights at Macallum, Wednesday nights at Farlim, and Friday nights at Jelutong, Saturday at Sungai Dua, and Batu Ferringhi opens every night! It’s probably best for you to have a day off in between… to recover from the food indigestion and money spent! Cheers!
Penang Night Market List
– Macallum Street Ghaut
– Penang Relau
– Teluk Bahang
– Tanjung Bungah Market
– Lintang Slim
– Desa Green
– Farlim Night Market,
– Pantai Jerejak
– Kampung Selamat
– Jalan Thean Teik Night Market
– Paya Terubong
– Bayan Baru
– Jelutong Night Market (Taman Kheng Tian)
– Perak Lane
– Sungai Ara
– Balik Pulau
– Sungai Dua (Island) Night Market
– Paya Terubong Night Market
– Balik Pulau
– Sungai Nibong Bus Station
Everyday – Penang Batu Ferringhi ( The most popular night market with lots of tourist )
Butterworth Area Night Markets
Monday – Tesco Extra Nearby
Tuesday – Taman Bagan
Wednesday – Raja Uda ( The opposite of Kwong Wah Chinese Primary School – Recommended )，Seberang Jaya
Thursday – Mak Mandin，Sungai Dua ( Desa Murni Nearby )，Bagan Ajam
Friday – Permatang pauh
Saturday – Bagan Lallang，Taman Inderawasih