Penang is a pleasant shopping centre. Its shopping facilities - ranging from modern complexes to roadside stalls and the 'pasar malam' (night markets) - offer an almost endless range of products.
The main shopping centres are in Penang Road, Burmah Road and Campbell Street in the city. One of the more prominent shopping complexes on the island is Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) in Penang Road; it has over 200 shops.
Bona fide tourists, whose stay does not exceed 14 days, can purchase goods at special prices from duty-free shops. These shops display the `duty-free' sign. Roadside shops are Penang's most popular bargaining centres. Prices are negotiable and reasonable, depending on one's skill at bargaining. Prices are however fixed in the larger departmental stores.
If you come to Penang to shop for handicrafts, I have to say that your choice is quite limited. The only handicrafts made in Penang are batik and pewterware. These are usually found in their outlets along Batu Ferringhi. They range from small pieces of souvenir items to rather pricey pieces such as works of art of tableware.
Yahong Art Gallery in Batu Ferringhi has a good selection of batik paintings, along with handicrafts such as wood carvings, Sarawak pottery, silverware and others.
If you are looking for the beautiful Nyonya porcelain, they are classified as antiques.