Kuala Lumpur: Petaling Street

Petaling Street, one of the many outdoor market streets of Kuala Lumpur, was a bit of a disappointment. A lot of guides will recommend it as a great place to get souvenirs–and you may find some–but I preferred the Cultural Center. The part of Petaling that we went to was more full of western brand knockoffs and counterfeits than real Malaysian handiwork, very tourist-trappy. It also, being open air, was hot and humid.

I thought it far more appropriate for people watching, and checking out the street food stalls. The mechanical chestnut roaster was pretty cool, and we grabbed a bag of longgan fruits (which look kinda alien on the outside, but removing the peel yields a sweet, juicy treat).


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