There are so many great things about being in Malaysia, from wonderful food to lovely sights, sounds and natural attractions. Social and entertainment hubs can be found practically everywhere in West Malaysia’s many cities and almost every day can turn into quite the adventure.
It’s at night, however, that massively popular night markets and bazaars appear throughout the country’s main areas. Here, you can expect to find delectable treats, refreshing drinks and intriguing items in quaint side stalls.
Locals and tourists alike flock to Johor Bahru’s renowned night bazaars. If you’re in the area, here are a few of the more popular night markets you should check out.
JB Sentral Meldrum Night Market
This gem is well known for its scrumptious seafood selections. Open every night, the JB Sentral Meldrum night market features an assortment of mouthwatering delights - including non-seafood options like piping hot chicken wings.
The main attractions that draw hungry visitors to this little outdoor spot situated in Jalan Meldrum? Wantan mee, Char Kway Teow and Oyster Omelette. The ikan bakar (grilled marinated fish) also appears to be a huge hit.
You can find the Meldrum Night Market just behind JB Sentral, which is also located close to Salam Tandoori Corner. Here, you can find tandoori delights that are on par with those from other Indian restaurants in the area.
Freshness is the main selling point at this eatery and you can expect to find that even the Naan is made piping hot each time you order it!
Address: 23 Jalan Meldrum, Bandar Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 5:00 pm to 12:00 pm daily
Bazaar Karat is another renowned night market where you can find interesting trinkets, items, clothing, accessories and food. With a layout reminiscent of a neighbourhood “pasar malam”, visitors can find items sold at various stalls. It’s especially lively on the weekends and strategically located close by to other prominent landmarks including UTC Mall and Puteri Pacific hotel.
Drop by after 9 pm (or maybe even later) because that’s when the streets begin to flood with hawkers selling their wares. There’s even a haircut stall. Henna design services are available within the colourful labyrinth too. As with other night markets, the quality of some of the merchandise here may be a little questionable so keep your eyes open.
If you’re fortunate enough, you just might catch live performances by local bands on either end of the street as well.
Address: Jalan Segget | Dekat City Square, Johor Bahru 80000, Malaysia
Opening hours: Monday and Friday 6 pm - 12 am / Saturday and Sunday 7.30 pm – 12 am
Taman Impian Emas Pasar Malam
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The Taman Impian Pasar Malam could be considered one of the least crowded markets in Johor Bahru (and that’s probably by design). With almost three whole streets connecting a string of stalls and hawkers, the wide walkways and well-shaded paths can make for a great strolling experience that isn’t filled with the same claustrophobic, stuffy atmosphere that pasar malams are often known for.
Taman Impian Emas is known more for its delicious food and unique dishes that wouldn’t be easily discoverable at other night markets. Look out for salt-baked BBQ Crabs for crabs sautéed over a rich flamed charcoal grill, until they’re a luscious red colour.
Address: Jalan Impian Emas 4, Taman Impian Emas, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursdays only
Pasar Malam Johor Jaya
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Not too far away from the Family Food Court in Mount Austin, Pasar Malam Johor Jaya is a well-hidden gem that’s best known for the mobile kueh stall that can be found here.
Opening at 4 pm, the sweet delicacies found at this famous stall are often sold out within an hour. The owners are usually done for the day and wrapping up by 6 pm so arrive early if you’re in the area and interested in seeing what all the fuss is about.
Aside from the sweet kueh selections, Johor Jaya also features a wide array of other savoury delicacies.
Address: 40, Jalan Dedap 13, Johor Jaya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesdays only
KSL Monday Night Market
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If you’re up for something that’s a little easier to find and more accessible, the KSL Monday Night Market is a colossal bazaar with food variations that can be observed throughout the entire stretch. Night market staples like Carrot Cakes and Char Kway Teow or Tau Hway in Brown Sugar and Paos (Steamed Buns) are located here along with numerous traditional cake stalls, selling beautifully prepared classic marble cakes, Pandan chiffon cakes and many other fan favourites.
‘Take away’ a few bags before you head off for the night.
Address: 33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor
Taman Puteri Wangsa Pasar Malam
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You should have no problem locating this gigantic spot. It’s known as one of the biggest night markets in Johor Bahru. This heavyweight contender holds true to this reputation. Featuring more than a hundred stalls that serve some of the most delectable night market specialities JB has to offer, you could spend an entire night here so be sure to take your time.
Depending on the season, you can find vendors at Taman Puteri Wangsa Pasar Malam selling top-grade durians and jackfruits as well as many other choices.
You can also look forward to enjoying traditional Malaysian street food that’s available here. Try a plate of Mee Goreng that’s prepared right before your eyes.
Address: Jalan Badik 16, Taman Puteri Wangsa, Ulu Tiram, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 5:00 pm to 12:00 am on Fridays only
Johor Bahru is home to many, many more night stalls and areas that each feature unique food experiences and speciality items.
While you’re here, grab your friends and drop by as many of them as you can for a taste of JB after dark.
Frequent pasar malam food hunter? Let us know which pasar malam/markets you like the most on the comment below!