Riuh Bazaar APW Bangsar
Riuh Bazaar at APW Bangsar is one of the newest pop up bazaars in the Klang Valley, which only started operations in August 2017. To date, they have successfully run two Riuh bazaars at APW Bangsar.
APW is actually an old building that used to be the Art Printing Works building at Jalan Riong in the Bangsar area. The business has ceased operations and the building has been turned into an event and exhibition space which is rented out.
Riuh is also a Malay word for loud festive noised and is pronounced Ri-Yoh, which is a catchy name for an event. The bazaar also caters to arts and crafts, jewellery, apparels, food and live entertainment, all housed under one space.
Riuh Bazaar APW Bangsar
So, what makes this bazaar so special? To be honest, the Green Daun visited this pop-up bazaar and found that the organisers had actually created a very lifestyle and hipster concept bazaar utilizing an industrial space. This is also in line with international standards where vendors are carefully selected for the bazaar.
Branded as a creative platform and not just another bazaar or market, the inclusion of workshops, specialty items, creative vendors, unique foods and live entertainment makes up the Riuh atmosphere. This is something new that Malaysians don’t usually come across when attending any bazaars.
While most of us have already been to many other markets and bazaars in Malaysia, we can already guess what kind of vendors you can find at these bazaars and craft markets. Most of the time, vendors are selling common items which are supplied and you may have already seen them sold in stores or online platforms.
Riuh’s direction sees more creative people, those who personally hand make items which are different and not found elsewhere. Well, items that are more unique would be the term, hence visiting the pop up bazaar was rather different and interesting.
During our visit here, we saw the pop up stores being divided into two main sections. The carts used were cleverly designed and perfect for all kinds of vendors. This means, a uniform layout in an industrial space that is pleasing to the human eye.
Outdoors, in the open area, children and adults were seen playing with bubbles, taking photos and having a great time. Surrounding the event main area, there are also coffee joints and other cafes.
Special sections with tables and chairs was also provided for those who wanted to eat.
In the food bazaar section, two rows of kiosks offered a good mix of local and international choices. One that caught our eye was no other than the Nasi Lemak Burger, a trending dish that was sold out by 4.00 PM.
Other food include healthy combinations of organics and juices, and also popular state dishes like Laksa Sarawak and Nasi Dagang from Terengganu. Generally, the choices offered here are quite interesting.
At the end of the food section, a mini stage area provided live entertainment by multiple up and coming musicians. Special performances like the Sarawak Sape playing and Sabahan traditional dances were also conducted in this area.
Overall, I would have to say that there was quite a lot going on at one main event area, and Riuh bazaar has managed to captivate the consumers by providing this.
Parking was also tricky, but they had arranged for a car jokey service outside with reasonable prices. For those taking the train, the Bangsar LRT Station is just a 15 minute walk away.
Alternatively, you can take Grab to get here too as Riuh works with Grab Malaysia for special promotions. Look out for the Grab promo code for the next Riuh bazaar.
Riuh Bazaar APW Bangsar
- When: Once a month
- Where: APW, Jalan Riong, Bangsar
- Website: http://www.riuh.com.my/
- Instagram: RiuhInTheCity
Next Riuh Bazaar Dates
- October 21-22 (Sat & Sun)
- November 11 – 12 (Sat & Sun)
- December 2-3 (Sat & Sun)
To book your Riuh Pop Up Store, you need to contact the organizers. The price is RM500 for two days for Pop Up Stores and RM400 for two days for food vendors. They require a security deposit and you need to submit online to them. Visit their website above.
If you are brining in products from China which are generally commercialized, do not bother to apply. I say this because the organizers are all out to provide something different and unique. I would suggest you apply to the many other weekend bazaars in PJ and KL, especially the shopping malls bazaars.
Other popular bazaars in Kuala Lumpur include Publika bazaar and Markets at Jaya One which is held four times a year. However, with the same vendors being present at every bazaar, consumers tend to get tired of seeing the same things.
For bazaar hunters, pop up store lovers or anyone who wants to experience a different kind of bazaar, the Riuh Bazaar at APW Bangsar is one to check out. They have kept to their promise by providing something unusual for the urbanite, by creating a very lively event, suitable for all walks of life.