Shopping and Eating in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
According to AbbreviationFinder, Kuala Lumpur is one of the largest cities in the country of Malaysia.
Shopping in Kuala Lumpur
Shopping in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia described on Countryaah is one of the city’s biggest temptations! Kuala Lumpur alone has close to 70 shopping malls and the city is of course the fashion hub in Malaysia. You can find products in all price ranges, in shopping malls you’ve barely seen anywhere else in the world.
Since 2000, the Ministry of Tourism in Malaysia has taken up shopping as a tourist attraction. This is done through so-called “mega sales”. The “mega-sales event” is held three times a year, in the months of March, May and December, and all shopping centers are encouraged to attend.
Shopping in the Golden Triangle
Kuala Lumpur’s foremost shopping district is the Bukit Bintang area of the Golden Triangle. It’s not unlike what you find in Ginza in Tokyo, Fifth Avenue in New York and Singapore Orchard Road (in Singapore). This area has the highest concentration of stores in Kuala Lumpur.
Bukit Bintang extends across three streets, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Imbi and Jalan Sultan Ismail. Here you will find shopping malls such as Berjaya Plaza, Berjaya Times Square, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Imbi Plaza, Kuala Lumpur Plaza, Lot 10, Low Yat Plaza, Pavilion KL, Starhill Plaza and Sungei Wang Plaza.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is the name of a recently opened shopping center and houses a wide range of international brands in an ultra-modern complex. Of course located at Jalan Bukit Bintang.
Fans of electronic gadgets would enjoy the variety of products at Low Yat Plaza, while those looking for the latest in affordable Asian fashion and design should definitely check out Berjaya Times Square and Bukit Bintang / Sungei Wang Plaza.
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman Street in the Golden Triangle is one of the most famous shopping streets for locals in Kuala Lumpur. Here you will find the largest department store in Malaysia, Sogo Kuala Lumpur.
Shopping outside the Golden Triangle in Kuala Lumpur
There are definitely popular shopping malls outside the Golden Triangle as well. Bangsar and Midvalley are districts that house some of the best shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, represented by Midvalley Megamall and the adjacent and exclusive, The Gardens. A charming center is Bangsar Village in Bangsar.
The Damansara area north-west of downtown Kuala Lumpur also has a high concentration of shopping centers. The Curve, e @ Curve, IKEA, Cathay Multi Screen Cinemas, Courts Megastore, NiuXehSui Ara Damansara and Utama (one of the best malls in Malaysia).
Despite the myriad shopping centers, one should be careful to have enough time for the traditional Asian shopping streets and markets in Kuala Lumpur. The best area for such shopping is Chinatown in the city center. Chinatown is also the place to hunt for souvenirs, especially in the Central Market, which today houses arts and crafts.
Visit Little India for everything from clothes and fabrics. Most are imported from countries such as Indonesia, India duck China. This is also the area to buy a baju kurung or baju kebaya (the traditional Malay blouse). Handmade Malaysian wooden figures are also excellent souvenirs.
Eating in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian food is very well recognized and Kuala Lumpur is an excellent place to start. Here you will find restaurants serving specialties from all over the country.
Most restaurants close quite early in Kuala Lumpur, not least if we compare with the opening hours of restaurants in Thailand. But in the city center, there are always some 24 hour kedai mamak (curry house), kedai copy (coffee shops) or simple street kitchens if you want supper.
Good food can be very cheap. Take the chance to visit the ubiquitous roadside booths known as kedai copy (literally Coffee shops), just that these sell food. Some coffee shops have tables and chairs on the roadside. Chinatown (especially in the streets of Jalan Sultan, Jalan Hang Lekir and Jalan Petaling) in the City Center and the Jalan Alor street in the Golden Triangle have some of the largest concentrations of coffee shops and stalls. Most only open at night.
A very common sight in the food tract is kedai mamak (curry house). A famous collection of mamak stalls can be found in Jalan Doraisamy Street near Heritage Row, the famous and notorious nightlife district at the end of Tuanku Abdul Rahman north of the City Center.
Here you can buy full-fledged curries, but just as well as snacks in the form of half chapati, and half pancake. It is served with dhal and curry sauce.
Food in shopping centers in Kuala Lumpur
The malls offer cheap Malaysian food as well as hygienic conditions. The price is of course a little higher than on the “street”. Lot 10 shopping center in the Golden Triangle has e.g. a collection of 20 street vendors who were invited to move in the food.
The Golden Triangle, Bangsar and Midvalley, Heritage Row Nightlife Quarter and some areas of Damansara and Hartamas are the usual places to go for people wanting to dine out.
You can eat Malaysian food in Jalan Masjid India and Kampung Baru streets in Tuanku Abdul Rahman district, popularly known as the TAR district.
Chinatown is the best place for Chinese (especially Cantonese) food, although all types of Chinese food, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, can be found all over Kuala Lumpur.
Take a stroll to Leboh Ampang Street in the City Center or to Brickfields for Indian cuisine. Bangsar has many high-end restaurants that offer western food. If you are looking for Korean food, head to Ampang Jaya (Ampang district east of City Center).
Many restaurants with kitchens from Arabia and the Middle East have emerged as mushrooms in Bukit Bintang, the Cyberjaya IT Park and Damai.
Special Tips – Atmosphere 360
Enormously tall KL Tower has a rotating restaurant almost on top of the building. Enjoying good food while experiencing the giant city of Kuala Lumpur from above is fascinating.
The restaurant is called Atmosphere 360 and offers lunch and dinner buffet. Eating here is a tourist attraction in itself.