Taman Pelangi Morning Market
The only morning market on this list, Taman Pelangi is also the wettest, and for good reason; this is where you’ll find pink-raw meat, freshly caught seafood, and vegetables still dewy from the farms. Potted plants are also a thing.
You won’t have completed your tour of Johor Bahru without a trip to this night market. Bargain items, pre-loved goods, scarves, handbags, decorative artifacts, and even vintage plaques are all displayed under blue canopies with fluorescent lights — all the better to see and buy. A live band is sometimes featured.
JB Sentral Meldrum Night Market
This market is open every night, so you won’t have to worry about missing out on your wantan mee (wanton noodles). Seafood is scrumptious (try the ikan bakar, grilled marinated fish), and the chicken wings are always a favorite.
Johor Jaya Pasar Malam
The usual round of bargain-worthy items are for sale here, and Johor Jaya is particularly known for its pastry stalls and roast duck. Food doesn’t cost more than a happy RM5 note ($1.25).
Impian Emas Pasar Malam
The food variety here is wild; you’ll find everything from muah chee (sweet rice flour balls) to marinated crabs, as well as local favorites like char koay teow (fried flat noodles) and char koay kak (fried rice flour cubes). The biggest paos (steamed buns with filling) can also be found here.