Crafts & Sou­venirs

LUXE City Guides - Kuala Lumpur - - Central Market -

Ca­cophonous and colour­ful, Chi­na­town’s deco Cen­tral Mar­ket (or Pasar Seni) / 03 2274 6542 / cen­tral­mar­ / con­tains some nifty jew­els if you know where to rum­mage. Have your driver drop you at the main en­trance fac­ing the carpark and start with the lanes to the left. First up, Lit­tle Kash­mir Hand­i­crafts at #1 / 03 2273 6973 / has silky jewel-hued, crewel­work pash­mi­nas, then take the se­cond al­ley along (Malay St.) for a root around Warisan Craft at #14-16 / 017 385 7128 / with its stash of Malay wo­ven bas­kets, ikat table­cloths, shadow pup­pets, and love in­cense. Head back to the main en­trance, then carry on down the cen­tre, turn­ing right just be­fore Royal Se­lan­gor Pewter au­tho­rised dealer KL Arts & Crafts at #18 / 03 2274 6686, and at the end of the lit­tle al­ley you’ll find Her­itage of The Ori­ent (see Stand­out Stores). Re­trace to the main drag, turn right and con­tinue on for wood ve­neer art at #20 Arch / 03 2260 6971 / arch­col­lec­, and Ten­moku Pot­tery at #21 / 03 2273 2787 / which car­ries lo­cal-made ce­ram­ics in earthy tones and tac­tile pat­terns. Fur­ther on at #23 Asli Kraf / 03 2274 1811 / stocks colour­ful rat­tan and pan­danus wo­ven mats, trays and bas­kets. Next door at #25 is Tanam­era / 012 611 2065 / tanam­ / with great gift sets of spa prods from the In­done­sian ar­chi­pel­ago. On you swish, al­most to the end of the mar­ket, turn right af­ter Col­lecta­bles and head to the cor­ner for the lit­tle bric-à-brac stash that is Kota Pi­nang En­ter­prise at #35 / 012 473 1752 / its shelves burst­ing with dusty eclectibles, in­clud­ing a nos­tal­gic ar­ray of old tins from Tate & Lyle to Coty talc and Car­di­nal pol­ish. Now, carry on up the side with the mar­ket wall on your left, and about half­way, stop for a taste of honey at # 59 Gi­ant B / 03 6280 2729, then off you slink to Borneo Pearls at #63 / 016 335 2002 / bor­neo­ / for some se­ri­ous Sabah-sourced neck candy. If lunchtime calls, then tot­ter up­stairs to find pretty Pre­cious Old China at # 2 / 03 2273 7372 / old­china. / for a quiet spot of Chi­nese an­tiques, wooden booths and yum­some Ny­onya bites. The batik deal­ers are also on this floor, so head to cor­ner shop An­take­suma at #23 / 012 206 2342 / for beach-ready sarongs and kaf­tans. Strug­gling to hoist your haul? Wrap up your spoils at the DHL / 017 871 0805 / counter near the main en­trance be­fore ex­it­ing the mar­ket and head­ing di­ag­o­nally left across the carpark and road. The green build­ing on the opp. cor­ner houses Peter Hoe Evo­lu­tion / 2 Jalan Hang Lekir / 03 2026 0711. Skirt round the build­ing for the back en­trance, but save most of your pen­nies for their larger store still to come. Exit, where you’ll espy Hong Leong Bank on the cnr, but head left past the flower stalls, be­fore pick­ing up a lus­cious pineap­ple tart from Happy Meal at #143 Jalan Tun HS Lee / 03 2072 6080. Ahead of you lies Chi­na­town, but for now hang a right at Happy Meal, cross to­wards Pop­u­lar book­store on your right and look for the door­way to Lee Rubber Build­ing (opp. the Guandi Tem­ple). Hop in a lift to the 2/F Peter Hoe Be­yond (see Stand­out Stores) for a vast repos­i­tory of In­dian tex­tiles, pareos, and home ac­ces­sories, plus Malaysian de­signer Justin Yap’s leather bags and floaty evening wear. And if you’re a parched punter, this linger-wor­thy store has its own lit­tle café. Bums down!

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