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PENANG WET MARKETS - Scene Of Penang Citizens' Living Culture

Despite the growing popularity of comfortable shopping in air-conditioned hypermarkets, wet markets still exist in Penang.  Besides catering for supplies of  fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, the wet market is also a very popular venue for breakfast at the hawker stalls and heritage type of coffee shops.  Although it may not be possible to confirm whether the selling price of perishable products sold in the wet market is cheaper, there is no doubt that  hawker food served at the stalls there would definitely be cheaper.  And in terms of taste, the food taste would also be much better as the authentic hawker food recipes would had originated from traditional immigrants who had started business within the wet market area and then passed on from one generation to the next.


On any festive occasions, the traditional wet market vendors are generally more knowledgeable and can readily be able to supply those special food items which are required for ceremonial offerings.  Housewives make up 80% of the shoppers in the wet market as it is also a venue for brief meeting and chit-chat with neighbours near and far.  And some shoppers do enjoy the opportunity of bargaining for some discount before paying for their purchases.


Majority of the wet markets operate during the morning hours before noon except for 2 special wet markets which start business operation only in the afternoon hours, from 2.00 pm until 6.30 pm in the evening.  Chowrasta Market, Air Itam Market, Pulau Tikus Market and Campbell Street Market are heritage wet markets which sells the complete range of cooking groceries ranging from food, fruits, vegetables, live chicken that are slaughtered upon purchase request, meat, fish, crabs and all kinds of shelled seafood. The market place is most busy during the early morning hours from 7.00 - 9.30 am where housewives usually plan to finish off their marketing cores earlier and be able to start their daily cooking preparations ideally before noon.




Penang Wet Market Locations & Business Hours


Wet Markets Location Business Hours
Chowrasta Market Jalan Penang, Georgetown Morning
Campbell Street Market Jalan Campbell (End of road), Georgetown Morning
Jelutong Market Lorong Penaga & Lorong Ipoh , Jelutong Morning
Kuantan Road Market Kuantan Road ( Off Jalan Dato Kramat ) Morning
Air Itam Market Air Itam Morning
Bayan Baru Market Next to Sunshine Square, Bayan Baru Morning
Pulau Tikus Market  Jalan Pasar & Jalan Cantoment, Off  Jalan Burma Morning
Lebuh Cecil Market Georgetown, Afternoon
Batu Lanchang Market Lorong Batu Lanchang Afternoon

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