Chowrasta Market at Penang Road, within George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Malaysia’s oldest markets and one of only two markets in the city centre, the other being Campbell Street Market. It is also notable for the wide variety of Penang’s fresh produce sold within, from pickled nutmegs to tau sar pneah (Penang’s famous bean paste pastry).
The area where the market now stands was originally part of a massive Indian area in George Town. In particular, ethnic Tamils from southern India began settling around the area in the mid-19th. century. It was within the vicinity of the present market where the Tamils sold fresh produce and livestock.