Sungai Ara Market is a community wet market located in Tingkat Sungai Ara 1, near the junction of Jalan Tengah and Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim (formerly Jalan Sungai Ara). It serves the surrounding neighbourhood of Sungai Ara.
The market opens early in the morning and closes by noon time. Inside you can find separate sections for vegetables, fruits, fish and seafood, poultry and dry food. There’s also an enclosed section for pork products. On the side, you can find shops selling biscuits, fruits, vegetables, clothing, flowers, toys, utensils and housewares.
Outside the marketplace, the stalls spill onto the roadside of Tingkat Sungai Ara 1 selling fruits, cakes and breads, newspapers and meats, congesting the street during peak marketing hours.
Beside the wet market is a small building with a row of coffee shops, mini market, and fashion and accessories shops. There are few cafes here; the one at the corner is Kedai Kopi Siang Tatt, which is popular for breakfast for the choices of food offered like Lam Mee, Curry Mee, Char Koay Teow, Jawa Mee, porridge, Wan Tan Mee, Koay Teow Soup among others. At the centre is the Ching Ying Coffee Shop where people go for the popular Hokkien mee. Towards the end of the row are another small eatery and another big coffee shop near the parking area.
Named after the river in the area with the same name, Sungai Ara was once a village town bordered by Relau, Bayan Baru, and Bayan Lepas until the junction of Jalan Makamah and Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim. It comprises single-storey and double-storey houses and apartments including Taman Sungai Ara, Sunrise Garden, Taman Desa Ria, Springfield Condominium, Mutiara Perdana and Desaria among others.
The vicinity has plenty of schools, banks, clinics and major shopping complexes. Its strategic location makes it easy to access via the two bridges in the island, the first Penang Bridge and the second bridge in Batu Maung. Travelling from KOMTAR to Sungai Ara takes around 30 minutes via the Jelutong Express highway.
How to get to Sungai Ara Market?
You may take any of the Rapid Penang Buses Nos. 302 and 308. Alight at Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim, in front of Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Sungai Ara and walk around 10 minutes to market.
If you are driving from George Town, Sungai Ara market is accessible via Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu (Route3113) or via Lebuhraya Gelugor (Route 6) and then to Jalan Tun Dr. Awang to Sungai Ara 5 in Sungai Ara. There is limited parking at the back of the market which becomes usually full early in the morning. You may need to park on the roadside and walk a distance to the market.
Nearby Sights and Properties
• Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Chong Cheng
• Kuil Sri Bathra Kaliaman
• Hean Boo Keong Temple
• Masjid Al-Huda Sunga Ara
• SJK (T) Sungai Ara
• Pearl Island Golf and Country Club
Kompleks Pasar & Balai Rakyat Bayan Baru
Address: Tingkat Sungai Ara 1, 11900, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia