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Batu Ferringhi Night Market

A 1-kilometer stretch of market stalls crammed together along Jalan Batu Ferringhi to sell clothing, imitation designer bags and sunglasses, watches, jewelry, phone covers, souvenirs, toys, paintings and much more. Many items are low quality knock-offs so its essential to barter a reasonable price. Higher quality items like locally made souvenirs and paintings can be hunted down by savvy shoppers.

The bustling street markets conceal some of the world’s best hawker stalls at Long Beach Café as well as a handful of beachfront restaurants and bars. Tuk-tuk rides, massages, henna tattoos, and tailor stores can also be found amongst the market stalls.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

30-120minutes

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

6pm-11pm7 days

Look Around

Clothes and hats for saleClothes and hats for sale
Handmade personalized keychainsHandmade personalized keychains
Pathway surrounded by vendor stallsPathway surrounded by vendor stalls
Bargaining is required to get the best priceBargaining is required to get the best price
Walking through Batu Ferringhi Night Market

Who Will Like Batu Ferringhi Night Market

Retail Therapist

Peruse the many vendors to find that perfect souvenir or trinket. Haggle to get the best prices on handbags, wallets, watches, sunglasses, flip flops, clothing, and more. 

Food Connoisseur

Let your senses be your guide through the many food stalls behind the markets. Sample flavorful delights from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Japan, and beyond. Wash it all down with a cold local beer brought to your table by waiters from the nearby bar.

Nightlife Star

Start your evening browsing the market stalls then continue on for a bargain meal at a hawker market followed by cocktails on the beach. If you're game, why not get a henna tattoo?

Insider Tips For Batu Ferringhi Night Market

  • Arrive early to avoid crowds.
  • Say 'no' if you feel a price is too high, especially at the first few stalls you visit. You're likely to find the same item elsewhere and vendors will agree to lower prices as the evening progresses.
  • Be careful of traffic when the crowded footpaths force you to walk on the road.
  • Make sure the agreed price suits the quality of the product. Most items are cheap knock-offs but there are some good quality local handicrafts like original paintings and sketches. 

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Where Is It

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Jalan Pantai Batu, Taman Pantai Batu, 11200 Tanjong Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

How To Get There

Car

RM2-RM5 (USD$0.46 - $1.15) • Several small carparks along Jalan Batu Ferringhi. Most belong to restaurants that expect you to dine when using their carpark for shopping. Parking is usually free for motorbikes. Other parking options include nearby hotels like Parkroyal Penang. Free street parking is also available if you’re lucky enough to find a spot.

Driving directions... Walking directions from car...

Taxi

Drop off and pick-up along Jalan Batu Ferringhi in front of night markets. A 1-way taxi from Georgetown costs RM20-30.

Bus (101 & 102Jalan Batu Ferringhi Stop 8 (Holiday Inn))

Rapid Penang public busses. Fare from Georgetown is RM4. Short walk north along the main road to the night market.

Walking directions from bus... More details...

What To Bring

Do:
  • Comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven pavement.
  • Cash for purchases. Most stalls don't accept card payments.
  • A street haggler's mindset for successful bargaining.
  • Reusable bags to carry your purchases.
Don't:
  • Valuable belongings like precious jewelry or large amounts of cash.
  • High expectations of finding high quality products. Most items are cheap, Chinese knock-offs.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yes

Tripod allowed: Not encouraged

Selfie sticks allowed: Not encouraged

Best time to shoot: Night

Drones

Drones allowed: Not encouraged

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

Several hawker stalls, restaurants and beachfront bars are located behind the market stalls. 

  • Long Beach Cafe  brings over a dozen hawker stalls together, each having perfected their signature dish or cuisine over generations. Options include Thai, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, pizza, noodles, roti, and much more. Buy a dish or 2 from a few different stalls to sample the variety. Prices are very reasonable, it’s not uncommon to buy a meal for RM5-RM10 (USD$1.15 - $2.29).
  • I Heart U food court is a similar set up to Long Beach Café with slightly less variety. Go here if all the tables at Long Beach are taken.
  • River Stone Bistro has tables and chairs set up on the beach sand and is the perfect place to enjoy your favorite cocktail while watching the sunset and bopping along to trendy music.
  • BoraBora @ Ferringhi  is a beachfront restaurant and bar offering Malay and international food along with an extensive cocktail list. Arrive before 6pm to get a table outside overlooking the ocean.

Backstory

A small night market started in Batu Ferringhi when Penang's tourism industry kicked off in the mid-1970s. Early market stalls sold homemade handicrafts like wood carvings and woven baskets. As tourism increased and the markets grew larger, store owners began importing products from China aimed at international tourists. Sadly few, if any, local handicraft stores still remain.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Barter on price, it’s expected.
  • Be extra courteous to other visitors given the narrow walkways and tight spaces between stalls. 
  • Walk away if the priceis too high. You'll probably find the same item further down the street. 
Don't:
  • Be pressured into buying items you don't want from pushy sellers.
  • Believe sellers who offer a special price, early price, or late price just for you.

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Wide range of clothing and souvenirs available.
  • Haggling atmosphere. Never pay more than you think is reasonable.
  • Range of bargain food stalls in neighouring hawker markets.
Could Be Better:
  • Crowded walkways and tight formation of storefronts makes maneuvering tricky at times. 
  • Cheap knock-offs and poor quality products. Not enough locally-made handicrafts.
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