Penang - A Maze of Beads, Baubles and Branded Goods...
A Treasure Trove for Shoppers Everywhere.
Like everything else about this small city, shopping here is also a larger than life experience – just know where to go and you will find what you want!
Penang has a good mix of modern mega malls, quaint antique stalls and local al fresco night markets.
In the heart of George Town, the bustling Little India enclave and nearby China Town is an exciting place not only to buy the communities’ unique spices and products but also to experience a slice of local culture.
Just a skip away is Komtar Pacific shopping mall offering a different experience altogether. Housed in the iconic 65-storey Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (Komtar) tower, the mall is one of the many outlets offering everyday products and fashionwear.
Adjacent to Komtar is Prangin Mall – a popular hangout for teenagers and the young at heart. It is here that you’ll find the latest Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong styles. Prices are affordable and the fashion is definitely whimsical, outrageous and flamboyant – by Malaysian standards, that is!
Also within the same vicinity is the newest kid on the block – the 1st Avenue Penang mall that houses slightly more upmarket tenants for fashion as well as IT and electronics.
Further away but within walking distance is Gama – one of the oldest supermarkets in town. Another 10 minutes on foot from Gama along Jalan Dato Kramat is Penang Times Square, perhaps better known for its eclectic mix of food and entertainment outlets than retail tenants.
About 15 minutes’ drive away from the city centre is Penang’s famed Gurney Drive promenade where Gurney Plaza, a massive “lifestyle shopping mall”, is located.
Boasting of concept fashion stores, bookshops, IT specialty stores, home décor outlets, electrical appliance shops, a cineplex and karaoke centre, it is one of the most popular malls in town.
The dining outlets here are extensive with the presence of various international coffee and fast food chains.
A stone’s throw away is Island Plaza, located along Jalan Tanjong Tokong. This mall is currently undergoing a makeover designed to create a new contemporary look. It will offer an improved mall structure and wide array of tenant mix, offering shoppers a unique ‘resort shopping’ experience when upgrading works are fully completed by mid 2012.
Located minutes away from Island Plaza is Straits Quay – Penang’s first and only seafront retail marina that houses many interesting and chic restaurants and bars. Within the same area is Tesco, the global grocery and general merchandise retailer.
For a tropical taste of island shopping, head to Batu Ferringhi – a mere 45 minutes away from Gurney Drive. At night, the tourist belt comes alive with stalls selling everything from food and wooden handicrafts to silver jewellery, totes and tees.
On the other end of the island in Bayan Lepas, you will find Queensbay Mall and Kompleks Bukit Jambul. While the former offers the best in cosmopolitan shopping with a myriad of top brands, the latter mainly offers communication and audio-visual gadgets and IT-related products.
At Sunshine Square, which is also in the vicinity, you will find mostly home-grown labels and some of the best of Malaysian fashion.
On the mainland, shopping is also quite a serious affair with Aeon, Megamall Pinang and Sunway Carnival being a popular hangout for teen shoppers.