FOOD & LIFESTYLE
CHOWRASTA MARKET


The original Chowrasta market was built in 1890 within the settlement area of South Indian immigrants. In Urdu, the market’s name is translated into “four cross roads”. After a few renovations, Chowrasta stands today as the biggest and greenest market in Penang.

Chowrasta market sees a lively gathering of locals doing their daily purchasing of fresh produce and cheap and cheerful household items and clothing. It’s a perfect place for visitors to people watch and get local souvenirs like Tau Sah Pneah (bean-paste biscuits) and preserved nutmegs for a considerably lower price than other tourist spots. A must visit is the secondhand bookshop upstairs that has a collection of used books stacking up to the ceiling.