The shopping malls in the "new town" of Ipoh are quite old and drab. Few people patronise these malls during the night, as they are not hip places. In fact, there is no nightlife, and the whole town of Ipoh seems to die after 5:30pm. That includes Ipoh Central, too!
Cross over to Jusco (also known as the Kinta City Shopping Centre), which is slightly out of Ipoh, and the opposite is true. It is vibrant, hip, and happening. The newer shopping malls such as Jusco and Ipoh Parade are also located out of Ipoh, neither in old or new town.
Specialty shops selling traditional delicacies are found in new and old town, and they are only open up to about 5:30pm.