Shopping & Entertainment
In terms of modern shopping and fashion trends, the shopping malls in Kuantan have just a bit more variety and merchandise items compared to other east coast states in Malaysia. However, if you are looking for a more local experience, shopping at the various night markets and handicraft centres is an absolute delight. Meanwhile, entertainment in the form of pubs and night clubs can be found within the international hotels around Pahang. And if you are looking for total excitement, Genting Highlands offers in-door and out-door theme parks, shopping arcades, restaurants, casinos and world-class live shows and concerts.
The Berjaya Megamall in Kuantan houses over 2 million square feet of shop lots home to brands such as Vincci, Bonia, Body Shop and many more. You will also find banks, clinics, beauty centres and restaurants. Anchored by Parkson Grand, the mall also offers entertainment (the GSC Cineplex and a bowling alley) and a food and beverages court.
In addition, the Berjaya Megamall houses the Tesco hypermarket chain where you can buy household items as well as groceries and food stuff at very affordable prices.
With 110,000 square feet of shopping lots and 700 carpark spaces, the Kuantan Parade at Jalan Haji Abdul Rahman provides excellent shopping experience with abundance choice of food, entertainment, fashion, services, household items, gifts, fashion accessories and many more. Besides being home to the numerous small shops, Kuantan Parade is anchored by a local retail centre – The Store.
CapitaMall (East Coast Mall)
The CapitaMall (East Coast Mall Kuantan is described as the latest happening in town. A 5-storey high modern retail and commercial complex, this popular mall it is located at Jalan Putra Square 6, Putra Square, Kuantan. The anchor tenants of the mall, namely Parkson Grand and Carrefour occupy the left and right wings of the building respectively.
Besides the shopping malls, Kuantan has some retail players such as Mydin Wholesale Mart, The Store, Giant Hypermarket and the textile centre Kamdar. These retail centres offer equally quality products and merchandise for shoppers at attractive prices.
For light casual shopping there are roadside night markets (or pasar malam in Malay language) in the various towns where you can buy fresh products, poultry, beef, fish and seafood, groceries and household products all from makeshift stalls within a stretch of road. You can even shop for shoes, clothes and textiles. You can bargain or negotiate for discounts and get good prices at these places. The main attractions of night markets are the delicious and mouth-watering local delicacies.
One of the popular night markets in Kuantan is at Jalan Gambut, right in the middle of Kuantan town. Go for a walk on Saturday nights to experience the excitement of the night market. Night markets normally start at about 5.00 p.m. and last until 10.00 p.m.
There are also Sunday and farmers’ markets where shopping for fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and seafood, vegetables, groceries and other household needs can be obtained rather cheaply.
If you are interested to purchase souvenirs, the Handicraft Centre in Teluk Chempedak showcases handicrafts from all over the state. Finely woven pandanus household articles, woodcarvings, shell crafts, exquisite gold and silver brocades and many more are available at bargain prices. In addition, batik, the wax-printed fabric, is available in a variety of eye catching designs you simply cannot do without a few metres of the material. More handicraft centres are available in Cherating and Sungai Karang.