It’s late at night and all the shopping complex are closed, but you have a strong urge to satisfy your shopping needs, or you need to buy some new clothes urgently for tomorrow’s event, or your kids are bawling their heads off for wanting a new pet that just died, fret not. There’s a place exactly for you to feed your needs and desires. In fact, there’s several places you can go to shop at midnite until wee hours in the morning!
In Selangor, Malaysia, we called these awesome, night markets – Uptown. Open from 8-9pm to 3-4am daily, uptowns in Selangor are located in few strategics locations around major populated areas like in Cheras, Danau Kota, Shah Alam, Kajang and Kota Damansara, and a few other smaller ones.
Consist of close to 300 stalls selling various items from dresses, jeans, shoes, cosmetics, women accessories, shirts, sports attires, bags, sunglasses, perfumes to exotic pets, costumes and food stalls, even offering some health services like foot massages, leech treatment, or sinus treatment, they’re truly all-in-one centers for your needs.
As the festive season is nearly here (in just 7 days more!), I decided to take a look at the nearest uptown to my place – Uptown Kota Damansara. Located at Kompleks Muhibbah, Jalan Teknologi, Section 3, Kota Damansara, it’s also called Uptown D’Kota, Kota Damansara.
How to get here? Follow LDP highway going towards One Utama shopping center > pass One Utama-keep left > take left turning going towards IKEA & Ikano > continue and go into the tunnel > go straight all the way > pass Petronas gas station on the left > continue all the way and keep left > look out for some row of colored lights on the left > you will notice there’s a lot of cars parked on the roadside.
Some uptowns like Kota Damansara are built under a massive rooftop area so even if it’s raining you’ll still gonna be enjoying your window shopping. The only downside to all the uptowns are the parking lot. Most have none, so you’ll have to park your car by the roadside, and if you are unlucky you’ll have to walk far to the entrance to the main area. Don’t worry about finding one though as there are always some RELA corps (Volunteers of Malaysian People) on duties to guide your car to any spots available, and of course it’s free parking!
When I got there I was quite surprised to see more stalls there, double lining around the usual rooftop area. It turns out that some of those new stalls were given special license to operate here just for the upcoming festive season for these 2 months (Ramadhan & Syawal). I was pretty excited as now I can shop for my Raya’s attires (traditional festive clothes) here instead of going to more crowded and devoid of parking spots’ shopping complexes.
The place was more crowded than usual, I was a bit lost as where to start ‘browsing’ so I just follow my eyes. My oh my, there’s so many clothes, so many shoes to look at! I end up buying 3 pairs of shoes at a very cheap price of RM15 per pair! Well, since those shoes are not branded by any means, with some homemade or imitation design, prices range are from RM15-30 is quite affordable if you’re looking for a quick and cheap fix to your everyday wardrobe. Women and shoes? you can have as many as you want :D
Next to check out are the clothes, the price however are not so cheap, ranging from RM120-200, for a beautiful beaded ‘baju kurung’ (Malay traditional dresses) or a ‘kaftan’. I bought myself a red ‘baju kebaya’, quite pricey at RM170 (after discount) but no sparkling beads though. I know, I know bad choice…but I was pretty excited at that time! (in a very defensive mode).
I was looking for a new curtain though, but only one stall was selling it and it’s not cheap (or to my taste) either. So we end up walking around and around until we had seen enough. Bought myself a chocolate dipped marshmallow as I was getting pretty hungry with all the ‘adrenalin rush’, if you get what I mean :P
I also noticed they have put up 2 stages for karaoke singers out there, instead of the usual one in front of the food stalls area. This new one is located at the back area.
Check out all the other stalls here in my gallery.
You know the time when you have some money in your hand and have all those pretty things around you that you feel you must have? It happened to me that nite…I left home quite broke *sigh* And you know what? I actually went here two times this week, both time also broke, but quite happy and excited with my new purchase, the usual feelings you got after a long and tiring shopping thingy. Ha ha! I even bought a few fireworks for my dear nephews :D Okay, for the festive season, you can buy those here too, but only the normal, ‘safe’ fireworks. For ‘adult’s fireworks, those Thunderclap or Scuds or the ‘Independence Day’ fireworks, I guess you have to make an order with the vendor :P
Guess where we went after that to quench our thirst and had our ‘sahur’? To one of the nearby restaurant that serves yummy Thai foods at a very affordable price – Waneeda Tomyam Restaurant (formerly known as Vicchuda Tomyam Restaurant). It’s our favourite place that we know will still opened long past midnite whenever we went to Kota Damansara.
Just some note from my roaming around the other uptowns or downtowns;
- Downtown Cheras – large, with lots of cool bags, and foot massage
- Uptown The Mines, Seri Kembangan – small and easy to walk around with lots of sports attires & jerseys
- Uptown Jalan Reko, Kajang or Reko Sentral – lots of variety, lots of restaurant around the place too, I heard there’s a Grill Burger there – Burger Bakar Queen but I couldn’t find it yet ;p
- Uptown Danau Kota, Setapak – the always busy place with lots of blouses, jeans & even fish/pet stall. The evening bazaar Ramadhan also located here.
So, have a fun weekend everyone, and please no last-minute shopping for the festive season – it’s a headache and you’ll tend to buy stuff you don’t need at exorbitant prices! So be safe and be patience :)