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January 13, 2008

Shopping and Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia

Malaysia, Truly AsiaShopping in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur or commonly known as "KL"--promises variety, value, and convenience. There is a bewildering range of shopping establishments catering to every taste and budget, which includes modern shopping malls, department stores, handicraft centers, and duty-free shopping.
Experience the novelty of shopping in the open-air night markets or Pasar Malam, where haggling is a common practice. From branded items to ethnic bric-a-brac, the city will dazzle you. The Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival from July to September is a shopping experience not to be missed as it offers a whole range of goods at competitive prices.

Major Shopping Malls In and Around Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia:
  • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang *NEW
  • Suria KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers
  • Mid Valley Mega Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra
  • Lot 10 Shopping Center, Bukit Bintang
  • Bangsar Shopping Center, Bangsar
  • Bangsar Village, Bangsar
  • One Utama, Bandar Utama
  • Ther Curve, Damansara Perdana
  • Sunway Pyramid, Bandar Sunway
  • Berjaya Times Square, Jalan Imbi
  • Starhill Shopping Center, Jalan Bukit Bintang
  • Sungai Wang Plaza, Jalan Bukit Bintang
  • Bukit Bintang Plaza, Jalan Bukit Bintang
  • Maju Junction Mall, Jalan Sultan Ismail
  • Central Market, Pudu
  • The Mall, Jalan Putra
  • The Weld, Jalan Raja Chulan
  • Imbi Plaza, Jalan Imbi
Petaling Street / Chinatown

The Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur (KL) teems with stalls and people. Shop for watches, bags, wallets, jeans, t-shirts--think pirated or imitation Gucci, Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Christian Dior, etc.--and all manner of bric-a-brac.

Locals flock here for the fruits, Chinese cakes, cookies, and delicious and mouth-watering hawker food such as claypot chicken rice, "Lok Lok" (various seafood and meats cooked in hot boiling water and served with various dipping sauces), grilled fish and seafood, etc. Other than shopping, one should not miss trying out the local delights here. Outside the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple nearby are stalls selling garlands and strings of sweet smelling jasmine. The strong smell of Chinese traditional herbs and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee fill the air.

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman

The grande dame of KL shopping, in the days before modern complexes took the city by storm. Many established names like GS Gill, P. Lal, and PH Henry chose to remain when others moved out. The shops along this stretch offer a wide range of fabrics and textiles, imported leather goods, bags and luggages, carpets, sports goods, and winter clothing. Narrow alleys between the shops offer a fantastic range of clothing material at irresistible bargain prices. Other established names offer a fine collection of silver and crystalware. Sogo Shopping Complex and Maju Junction Mall are located along this stretch.

Jalan Masjid India / Little India

The neighborhood around the Indian Muslim mosque known as "Little India" to the locals, is filled with numerous wholesale and retail outlets offering a wide range of Indian goods. Boutiques, restaurants, textile shops, and hawker stalls contributing to the exotic tapestry. This is the place to find traditional Indian finery such as sarees, lenghas, kurtas, and dhotis as well as a variety of adornments. A sprinkling of Malay boutiques displaying traditional wear can also be found. Streetside entertainers vie for attention with blaring Bollywood music as the pungent scents of spices and curries; and heady sweet incense assail your senses.

Laman Seni / Kuala Lumpur Art Market

A monthly Arts and Crafts Bazaar, held every first Saturday in the vicinity of the National Theater and National Art Gallery at Jalan Tun Razak. It showcases the works of local artists and artisans. Interact with them during the demonstrations, hands-on art projects and art appreciation sessions. Traditional wayang kulit performances or shadow puppetry are held in the night.

Flea Markets and International Bazaar
  • Weekend flea market at Amcorp Mall
  • Mont Kiara Flea Market
  • Bangsar Shopping Center International Bazaar
Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur (KL)

Kuala Lumpur offers exciting nightlife for those looking for relaxation. Besides local and international theatre shows and symphony archestras, there is a wide variety of entertainment including live bands, jazz bands, strollers, dinner shows, cabaret, disco and karaoke lounges. Take your pick and celebrate till the late hours of the night.

Jalan Sultan Ismail and the adjacent Jalan P. Ramlee take center stage at the city center with numerous pubs, bars, and dance clubs takes center stage at the city center with numerous pubs, bars, and dance clubs. Entertainment establishments are plentiful along Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, and Jalan P. Ramlee where there are numerous hotels. The Jalan Telawi area is the "happening spot" in the upper class residential area of Bangsar. The bars, pubs, bistros, and restaurants draw mostly young professionals and expatriates.

KL Nightlife: Dance Clubs, Bars, and Pubs

Jalan P. Ramlee & Jalan Sultan Ismail
  • Poppy, Jalan P. Ramlee
  • Nouvo & Sangria, Jalan P. Ramlee
  • Beach Club, Jalan P. Ramlee
  • Bar Ibiza, Jalan P. Ramlee
  • The Grand Modesto, Jalan P. Ramlee
  • Budaba, Jalan P. Ramlee
  • Bar Uno, Jalan P. Ramlee
  • Hard Rock Cafe, Concorde, Jalan P. Ramlee
  • 12SI, Jalan Sultan Ismail
  • Espanda, Jalan Sultan IsmailBukit Bintang
  • Frangipani Bar, Changkat Bukit Bintang
  • Havana Club, Changkat Bukit Bintang
  • La Bodega, Jalan Tingkat Tong Shin
  • Hemingways, Changkat Bukit Bintang
  • Bintang Shack, Jalan Bukit Bintang
  • Planet Hollywood, Jalan Bukit BintangBangsar
  • The Red Chamber, 33 Jalan Telawi 3
  • Barzar, Jalan Telawi 3
  • Telawi Street Bistro, Jalan Telawi 3
  • Bar Flam, Jalan Telawi 3
  • Absolute Chemistry, Jalan Telawi 3
  • Alexis, Jalan Telawi 3
  • Finnegans, Jalan Telawi 3
  • Bilique, 34 & 36A Jalan Telawi
  • La Bodega, 16 Jalan Telawi 2
  • The Social, 57-59 Jalan Telawi 3
Sri Hartamas
  • 1957 Bistro, 22 Jalan 25/70A
  • Little Bali, 4 Jalan 30/70A
  • Bar Amber, 14 Jalan 24/70A
  • Bar Med, Lot Pt 4512, Jalan 23/70A
  • Souled Out Cafe, 20 Jalan 30/70
  • The Orange, 22-1 Jalan 24/70A
  • Home and Away, 37 Jalan 23/70A
  • Backyard Grill and Pub, 28 Jalan Sri Hartamas 8
  • Cristo's, 76 Jalan 27/70A

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