Top 5 Muslim-Friendly Shopping Destinations: Explore Markets Worldwide

By Deidre Casandra M. | 21, Dec, 2023
Top 5 Muslim-Friendly Shopping Destinations: Explore Markets Worldwide

Embark on a journey through the vibrant markets of Asia, where culture, history, and shopping converge. Check out these top 5 destinations for a shopping frenzy, catering to the growing trend of Halal travel and tourism.

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1. Jesselton Artisan Market, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Jesselton Artisan Market

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Thoughtfully curated showcase held in Riverson The Walk in Kota Kinabalu, Jesselton Artisan Market is a monthly event that pays homage to Malaysia’s, mostly Sabahan’s skilled artisans, selling a diverse array of locally crafted treasures that span from decorative art and jewelry to furniture, clothing, and delectable handmade delicacies.

Standing as an iconic haven for art enthusiasts in Sabah, it distinguishes itself with a collection of unique and whimsical artisanal goods. Given its monthly occurrence, check the upcoming dates here to ensure you don't miss the opportunity to explore this artistic haven. The Jesselton Artisan Market beckons as the perfect place to not only discover but also indulge in the boundless creativity of Malaysian artisans. Adding to its allure, the area boasts a variety of Halal food options, further enhancing the overall experience for visitors.


2. Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea
Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea

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Explore the ultimate shopping paradise in Myeongdong, Seoul, celebrated as one of the most Instagrammed shopping districts. Myeongdong, a haven for skincare and cosmetic enthusiasts, boasts over 1,000 Korean brands, making it a perfect destination for beauty lovers. Immerse yourself in an array of fashion boutiques, K-pop merchandise, and delectable street food, and discover unique souvenirs ranging from traditional tea sets to Korean-style phones.

Beyond shopping, Myeongdong offers an immersive Korean experience with attractions like Seoul Tower and a historical cathedral. Enjoy tax-free perks on purchases exceeding 30,000 KRW, adding extra value to your Myeongdong shopping spree. This market haven is open day and night, ensuring everyone can explore its vibrant offerings at their convenience.

3. Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand

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Embark on a shopping adventure at Chatuchak, one of the world's largest weekend markets, sprawling across 35 acres. With over 200,000 weekend tourists in tow, it proudly boasts a remarkable 4.4-star rating from 40,000 Google reviewers. Chatuchak isn't just a market; it's a vast treasure trove offering everything from clothes and accessories to furniture, plants, and books, all at affordable prices. To make the most of your visit, consider exploring in the morning, donning light attire, and heading to Section 2 for a glimpse of unique handicrafts.

While navigating the bustling market, please remain vigilant against pickpockets and scammers. If you’re looking for Halal food, treat yourself to Halal delights at Saman Islam, Kah Jak, and Madenah Halal Noodle Food, located at the market. There's even a prayer room conveniently located at Section 27. A huge and Muslim-friendly market, Chatuchak truly stands as the ultimate destination, seamlessly combining variety, affordability, and one-of-a-kind finds for an unforgettable shopping experience.


4. Divisoria, Manila, Philippines

Explore the heart of Manila's shopping scene at Divisoria, the ultimate haven for budget-friendly treasures. With retail-at-wholesale pricing, it's a favorite for unbeatable deals and a lively shopping experience. Dive into diverse offerings, including textiles, seasonal local fruits, souvenirs, and trendy clothes.

Navigate the crowds with comfortable shoes, and stay alert for pickpockets. For those seeking Halal food options in Manila, 999 Shopping Mall in Divisoria offers Halal food at Kuman-Tano Authentic Halal Food and Bangladeshi Food, along with a prayer room.

5. Chilva Phuket Market, Phuket, Thailand

Dive into the vibrant energy of Chilva Phuket Market, hailed as one of the best night markets on the island. Operating from 5PM to 11PM, Wednesday through Saturday, Chilva Market is a perfect evening hangout site for gatherings due to its lively environment. Offering original and locally crafted items at reasonable prices, from clothing and jewelry to sports shoes and gadgets, this market is a budget-friendly haven for fashion enthusiasts.

Although parking can be challenging, opting for a motorcycle or taxi is advised. If you are looking for a Muslim-friendly meal, worry not, as Halal eateries in Phuket are widely available, making it a diverse and inclusive destination despite its smaller size.

We hope these destinations cater to Muslim travelers who are seeking unique shopping experiences. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags, grab your shopping list, and explore these vibrant markets for an unforgettable Muslim-friendly shopping adventure.

Cover Image Credit: Lisheng Chang on Unsplash

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