Supermarkets / Markets
Daily goods and household products are both the core business in the supermarkets and markets in Pulau Pinang. They too have other main items. For Chowrasta Flea Market, they sell books and magazines second-hand and some are even out of prints. The highlight is that you can exchange books with the owner. Dried local food like nutmeg is also one of the famous products in markets. Remember to get good bargains when you purchase!
Carrefour Penang Prai
Carrefour is the ultimate hypermarket for affordable daily stuff at its cheapest. You can shop everything you need from daily stuff to electrical appliances here.
Add: 2929 Jalan Kelisa Emas 1, Seberang Jaya, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang
Tel: 1300 88 2939
In Malaysia, the name Giant has become synonymous with everyday low prices, big variety and great value. This has been underscored by the Shoppers Trend Survey, which showed that Giant was perceived as the cheapest place, in Malaysia, to shop for everyday groceries.
Add: Ground Floor, Penang Plaza, 126, Jalan Burma, 10050, Pulau Pinang
Campbell Street Market
Locate at the junction of Campbell Street and Carnavon Street, Penang. One of the oldest wet markets in George Town; it was built in 1900 on part of the Kapitan Kling burial ground. Although the graves were exhumed and remains relocated, a shrine dedicated to Mustafa Wali, patron saint of poulterers remains within the market. Housewives living within the vicinity of Campbell, Carnavon, Chulia and Buckingham Streets shop here for fresh meats, fish, vegetables and other dry goods. Also available around the corner are stalls selling fresh fruits.
Add: Junction of Campbell Street and Carnavon Street, Pulau Pinang
Cecil Street Market
Just merely 15 minutes walk from KOMTAR, Cecil street market is a late afternoon market selling dry goods like salted fish, dried vegetables, anchovies and mushrooms, fresh vegetables, seafood, chicken and pork, roasted meats, canned food, clothes and household items. Also includes a hawker centre selling a variety of Penang's most memorable dishes. You should try duck meat koay teow th'ng, wantan mee, chee cheong fun, char koay teow, dumplings, chicken rice, nyonya cakes and laksa.
Add: Lebuh Cecil, 10300 Pulau Pinang
Chowrasta Flea Market
A very wide selection of books and magazines, some out-of-print, are available at the second-hand book stores. Genres range from all types of fiction, classical literature, medical textbooks, music, school textbooks, law books etc. You can also exchange your books.
Add: 1st Floor, Lower Penang Road, Pulau Pinang
Penang's sole flea market sells anything from antiques, records, books and clothes to electrical items, aphrodisiacs, spectacles and fruits. Love it or loathe it, Penang flea market at Lorong Kulit has gained quite a reputation among Malaysians and tourists alike. Whether or not the Penang flea market is similar to (or different from) other flea markets around the world is a matter of personal opinion but it definitely fits in with the description above, which was taken from the American Heritage Dictionary.
Add: Jalan Dato' Kramat, Pulau Pinang
Salvation Army Thrift Store
Used clothes and shoes in excellent condition, old radio sets, VCRs, books, magazines, video cassettes, music cassettes and home decor items on sale here. All profits go towards supporting the Salvation Army boys' home.
Add: Perak Road, Pulau Pinang
HOTELS IN PULAU PINANG
There are plenty of old buildings in Penang, giving you a feeling of 'nostalgic'. Hence some of the hotels there may look really old but you can still find great atmosphere when you adapt to the lifestyle in no time. There's also better accommodation in the business centre. If you are on a backpack and needs budget hotel, look for them in Lebuh Leith and Lebuh Chulia.
Guide to Penang Hotels