There is something about the way the products or goods are all laid out – so pretty, colourful, or delicious, how the stalls are right next to each other, and the atmosphere that is just bustling and lively – that make pop up markets and weekend bazaars a fun and enjoyable experience. What I love most about these kinds of events though is how there are always new things to discover!
Check out these pop up markets & weekend bazaars in Klang Valley for some much needed retail therapy and to support local businesses. And remember to follow them on their social media pages to keep up to date on what’s happening!
1. Kedai Artisanal Marketplace
I love visiting Kedai on a weekend – there is always something exciting happening! I must also confess that I have never gone home empty handed whenever I visit one of the bazaars or pop-up markets of various themes that are held there on a weekly or a monthly basis. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Kedai itself is a lovely place with many Instagrammable spots, yummy dining options and cool shops, so do check them out as well. Keep an eye out on upcoming events via this link or their social media pages.
2. Central Market Kuala Lumpur
KL’s oldest surviving marketplace that was established since 1888 – Pasar Seni or also known as Central Market is another hot spot for pop up markets or weekend bazaars. There is something going on every weekend, so make sure to drop by for a visit. You can take the opportunity to explore other attractions such as batik painting or the Illusion 3D Art Museum that are within the building too.
3. Publika Shopping Gallery
Publika Shopping Gallery is another place to head to for bazaars on the weekends along with other fun events such as live painting sessions, festivals, and art exhibitions. Whether you are there to dine in one of the many delicious restaurants and cafes or to do your grocery shopping, the weekend bazaar is definitely worth checking out.
4. Jaya One
A community-led commercial hub including homes, office space, business suites, The School, and The Square – Jaya One is the place to go especially if you are a pawrent! One of the few places that are pet-friendly, you can bring your furbaby along when you are visiting the pop up markets or bazaars that are held regularly at The School.
5. Rumah Tangsi
Did you know that Rumah Tangsi used to be the town house of Kuala Lumpur’s renowned businessman, Loke Chow Kit? A beautiful mansion with an eclectic-Neo Classical style, it is now a social hub that hosts various events and can even be used for weddings, exhibitions, etc. There is only one small problem – parking spaces are scarce but fret not, the Masjid Jamek LRT Station is only a 10-minute walk away, so you might want to consider using the LRT when you visit.
Other than the physical places that you can head to on the weekends for the pop-up markets and bazaars, you can also keep an eye out on the people (such as those listed below) who organises such events. Since they organise events of various themes and types, you’ll know where to go depending on what interests you.
6. I Love Bazaar by RylDesigns
I Love Bazaar is a brand developed by RylDesigns to cater to the Malaysian bazaar scene. It was established with the goal of giving local business owners a venue to market and display their wares. Having been a part of the market community since 2009, I Love Bazaar is recognised as one of the Klang Valley’s original bazaar organisers. Check out the Lifestyle Collective 5.0 x MyTOWN KL that is currently being held from 16 to 18 September! More info can be found on their IG page.
7. Makers & Co
Makers & Co. is comprised of a group of passionate entrepreneurs wanting to create a platform for home grown products, local crafters, unique items, and aspiring artists. By showcasing, connecting, and introducing vendors to markets, fairs, and bazaars, they hope to generate the opportunity for brand awareness. I still recall that I decided to join their Tukar Tangan Preloved Market that is held in Jaya One but withdrew in the end because of the lockdown that occurred. Another event they hold regularly is the Seek & Keep Artisan Market that takes place in Bangsar Shopping Centre.
Specializing in organizing markets and bazaars with a focus on giving vendors a stage to connect with a greater audience, Bazaar-esque will be holding their very first pop up market this weekend (17 – 18 September) at The School in Jaya One. Under the theme of Picnic Indulgence, you can expect to find handmade delicacies, DIY activities such as candle making and fluid bear pour painting and even busking when you visit.
9. Neo Space
A one-stop solution for events and promotions, Neo Space has a lot going on! A glance at their social media shows all the current and upcoming events and they all look like a lot of fun! Currently, there are organizing the Boss Babes Ville, a lifestyle pop up market at Wangsa Walk Mall. Another pop-up market that caught my eye is the Art+D pop-up market that is held in Fahrenheit 88; it showcases local products, artisans, and retailers. Btw if you are a local business that would like to be involved, there are spots still available!
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