4 Best markets in Malaysia for the freshest produce
Shopping on a budget? We’ve got you covered with the cheapest supermarkets in Malaysia!
You never really realise how expensive grocery shopping is until you move out of your home and suddenly, you have to buy everything. It’s not as simple as just opening your mum’s fridge and taking out milk or butter, or raiding her pantry for salt and pepper.
Sometimes, nipping to the nearest supermarket isn’t the best idea because you could be saving quite a lot of money if you shop slightly further out. For instance, I live in Damansara Heights, a slightly upper-class neighbourhood in Malaysia. The closest supermarket to me would be Ben’s Independent Grocer, which is not the cheapest supermarket around.
But if I drive out about 15 to 20 minutes to NSK, I would be getting more bang for my buck. So, with my experience in shopping for cheap groceries, I’m putting together a list so you can find the cheapest supermarket in Malaysia to shop at.
Cheapest supermarket in Malaysia: 4 public markets to shop at
There aren’t many Tesco supermarkets around, but if you happen to be near one, then shopping at Tesco is a great idea. Here, you will be able to buy house brand items such as diapers, canned food, and even cereal! Tesco branded items are generally much cheaper than your other branded goods found in any other supermarket and the quality is just as good!
Tesco also has its own in-house bakery where you can buy freshly baked goods. You can get free parking if you spend above RM30 in a single receipt by validating your parking ticket before leaving! And another thing I love about Tesco is its recently implemented self-checkout counters. It’s really easy to use and you get to breeze through the checkout process. No more long queues!
Nonilo Tip: Use Tesco online, the online delivery app, which allows you to place your order online in the comforts of your own home and have the groceries delivered to your doorstep. Tesco often has online-only offers which will also save you some money!
Tesco Mutiara Damansara
No. 8, Jalan PJU 7/4, Mutiara Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Open daily from 8AM-1AM
Price point: $$
NSK Trade City is easily the cheapest supermarket in Malaysia, hands down. Ask anyone! If you haven’t been to NSK, you’re missing out on a lot. It is the ultimate shopping haven for any supermarket junkie!
If you think, ‘Oh, I’m just going to pop in and get milk,’ NSK is NOT the place for you. You will need to set aside a minimum of 30 minutes to get through this supermarket. Here, you will find the freshest meat, fish, soy products, vegetables, fruits and more.
Why? NSK’s turnover of inventory is so high that they practically restock every day! The restaurants, cafes, and other small businesses shop at NSK, and it is also open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Nonilo tip: It tends to get busy in the wee hours of the night, which is when the business owners go shopping so go in the afternoon! That’s the best time to shop as the cashier queues will be short and the place won’t be crazy crowded!
Address: 43, Jalan Kuchai Maju 13, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Price point: $
3. Pasar Borong Selayang
If you prefer to get down and dirty in a wet market, then Pasar Borong Selayang is your best bet! It is also a wholesale market, which tends to attract the small business owners.
Open 24 hours, the produce you will find here is most certainly as cheap (if not slightly cheaper) as NSK. Yes, you can find some products here that are cheaper than the cheapest supermarket in Malaysia. But in terms of comfort, NSK with its air-conditioned space and wide aisles wins.
However, you can be assured that your shopping experience at Pasar Borong Selayang will be a fruitful one which yields fresh produce at affordable prices!
Nonilo Tip: Bring your own shopping bag or a medium shopping trolley.
Pasar Borong Selayang
Pusat Bandar Utara Selayang, 68100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Price point: $
Giant is a household name for most Malaysians. We grew up with this brand and chances are, this was the supermarket we all shopped at with our parents when we were younger.
Apart from the nostalgia, Giant is a great and economical shopping place. Like Tesco, Giant has house brand products which are priced lower, putting it on the cheapest supermarket in Malaysia list. It even provides items that are only found here! Keep a lookout for Giant coupons and deals in the local newspaper to save even more.
Unlike Tesco, NSK or other wet markets which only have a few locations, Giant has opened its doors in almost every major suburb in every city.
Nonilo Tip: Stay updated with Giant deals and vouchers by visiting their site and checking out online catalogues before heading down to the store.
Open daily from 10AM-10PM*
(varies from outlet to outlet)
Price point: $
Now, with your own place, you have to buy everything from condiments to fresh poultry to oil. But fret no more, the list of the cheapest supermarket in Malaysia above will make it fun and exciting!
Want the most bang for your buck when grocery shopping? Make it more affordable by visiting these four Malaysian supermarkets!