Shopping in Penang


With a diverse array of merchandise on offer, shopping in Penang is always an enthralling experience. Formerly a duty-free island, Penang has retained its status as a prime shopping destination offering plenty of thrills for fervent shopaholics. Including modern shopping malls, antique shops, night markets and more, Penang offers something for every shopper irrespective of budget or preferences.

To cater to the multitude of affluent shoppers visiting the island, many imposing shopping malls may be found in Penang. Available in these shopping complexes are a vast assortment of goods, ranging from designer items for fashionistas looking for the latest trends to fresh produce for those who wish to eat healthy. Some of the outstanding shopping malls in Penang are the KOMTAR Penang, Gurney Paragon Mall, Gurney Plaza, Auto-City and Queensbay Mall. Of these KOMTAR is perhaps the most prominent with its high-rise building, whilst Queensbay Mall is the largest mall in Penang.

A shopping highlight is the area of Georgetown with its appealing combination of modern shopping complexes, specialty stores, bazaars and roadside stalls, each offering unique experiences. Not to be missed is the Chowrasta Bazaar, which is one of the most frequented markets in Penang. This age-old market sells many kinds of local delicacies. Georgetown’s Chinatown is another unique venue where the visitor will be able to find items such as traditional costumes, jade creations, herbs, crystals, antiques and traditional medicines. Similarly, the neighbourhood of Little India offers traditional Indian merchandise such as spices, Indian delicacies, gold jewellery, sarees and Indian entertainment.

Batu Ferringhi is another unique venue, with its night market offering apparel, luggage, home decoration items, souvenirs and more. The night market provides the opportunity to obtain bargains not to be found elsewhere and lets you enjoy a shopping spree even after sunset!