Shopping in Panang Souvenirs, Arts & Handicrafts
There are many places to shop for souvenirs in Penang.
The Snake Temple has space set aside for traders, with two rows of shops at the left and right and a few shops in front of the street. You can probably find some things you like here. if you want more choices and better bargaining, the Batu Feringhi hawker centre is a better place to buy Penang souvenirs.
Rao Saree Centre
There are many tailors In Little India that can make a Punjabi suit or Saree. The prices between each shop differ greatly so shop around. Rao Saree Centre is one that’s reasonably priced. You can have your choice of material from a large selection of color, sparkle and texture varieties in a wide range of prices.
You’ll look through a style book and choose a design before the tailor takes your measurements . You’ll have to put down a deposit, and the sari will be ready the next day.
Yahong Art Gallery
This is one of the few art dealers that shows up in guidebooks for Ferringhi Beach, and it’s a good one. Besides a nice collection of antiques and jewelry (and higher-end souvenir handicrafts for when the sticker shock of the originals hits you), it also has a real art gallery, with a collection of original batik paintings by masters of the craft (Teng and his sons) and other contemporary Penang artists. You can get matted prints of some of the batik paintings, too (for when the sticker shock of the originals hits you).
There’s also a selection of batik cotton and silk fabric on rolls (as opposed to the tablecloths and clothes everywhere else).
If you are shopping for souvenirs like bookmarks, postcards, magnets and keychains with Penang flavors, you can check out the MPH bookstore. Surprisingly they are priced reasonably as compared to other shops or bookstores there. There are quite a variety of items there. You can use the pricing there as a benchmark.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Penang.