Kampung Baru Market is a small wet market with a food court located in the middle of a major road in Jalan Air Itam. It is actually enclosed in a middle island that separates the opposing lanes of traffic on Jalan Air Itam. Kampung Baru literally means “new village” which is bordered by the Kampung Baru Market on the west and the Air Itam roundabout on the east.
Officially called Pasar & Kompleks Makanan Kampung Baru, the market has been in operation since the 1960s and still serves the surrounding community in Kampung Baru, Air Itam. It is being managed by the Penang Island City Council.
Inside the wet market, there are separate sections for fresh vegetables, fruits, dry food, fish and chicken and beef. There are also a few stalls selling clothing and sundry items.
Right next to the market is a hawker centre where locals enjoy a variety of Malay food for breakfast and lunch. Some of the favourites you can find here are nasi lemak, vegetarian mee, mee goreng, koay teow goreng, mee kuah, bee hoon kuah, mee kari, koay teow soup, different styles of nasi goreng and shrimp fritters. There are also Indian shops selling roti canai, apom, capati, thosai and various roti.
Also found in the middle of the island are few small restaurants. Exactly opposite of Jalan Air Itam, you can find the Keat Clay Pot Bak Kut Teh which opens only in the evening.
Located just opposite the street is the Chung Ling High School, along Lorong Batu Lanchang. There is also a mosque and police station near the market. Encompassing the area are several auto repair shops and service centres, a few restaurants and the residential community in Indah Kota Apartment and Taman Sri Indah.
Considering that it is in the middle of the road, it can only provide a small space for parking However, it is in a central location where it is easily accessible by bus. So it is easier to take public transport to come here. As the space is limited, there is no more room for the market to expand so the neighbouring communities go to other public markets like the Rifle Range in Jalan Padang Tembak and the Farlim Market along Thean Teik Road.
How to get to Kampung Baru Market?
You may take any of the buses that pass through Jalan Air Itam including Rapid Bus Penang Bus No 201, 202, 203, 204, 306 and 502, and alight at opposite of Pasar Kamung Baru. The market is on the right.
If you are driving from George Town, Jalan Air Itam is accessible via Jalan Dato Keramat or via Jalan Scotland, heading toward Jalan Air Itam. It may be difficult to find parking early in the morning when the market is in session. You may find parking on the roadside of nearby streets.
Nearby Sights and Properties
• Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Chung Ling
• Masjid Kampung Baru
• Sunshine Square Farlim
• Kek Lok Si Temple
• All Seasons Place
Pasar & Kompleks Makanan Kampung Baru
Address: Jalan Air Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia