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Where to Shop in Kuala Lumpur

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What tourists are saying about shopping in Kuala Lumpur

“Pavilion KL – Best mall in KL city”

This mall is in the heart of the city and a must-visit for visitors to Kuala Lumpur. Great food court in the basement offers a range of foods at reasonable prices and you will be spoilt for choice!

There is a Tokyo Street on Level 6 for Japanese delights. There are also lots of other f & b outlets within the mall on other levels.

Many key designer brands are in this mall and the whole shopping experience is very pleasant with great lighting and wide walkways. Something for everyone here!

Visited October 2015

pavilion kl

The Pavilion KL shopping mall is some of the newer malls that was opened in recent years. The Pavilion is located in a strategic area in the Bukit Bintang enclave.

“Pavilion KL – An upscale shopping mall with branded stuffs!”

This is the mall for everyone. Shoppers can find all the top brands like Prada, Gucci, Hermes, Ralph Lauren etc and all the popular UK highstreet brands under one roof.

In terms of food, there’s a wide variety of F&B options – Japanese, Western bistro, Spanish, Chinese, Thai, Middle eastern and the best food court in KL. Great place to visit even if you are just a window shopper.

Visited September 2015

“Suria KLCC – Multi level Mall underneath the Petronas Towers”

Shop til you drop here. Six floors of shopping madness. Crowds of people most of the time, and extended hours as the walkway connecting to KLCC, and then Bukit Bintang Walkway, opens at 6am and does not close until 11pm. I’m sure you can find what you want here…

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The Suria KLCC shopping mall is within the famous KLCC enclave.

“Suria KLCC – Classy..!!!”

Great place for window shopping. Half of the Mall is infested with designer showrooms, where the best you can do is ogle at the show windows. The balance half is where you and I, the mere mortals can perhaps thing of loosening our wallets.

Jokes apart, this mall is the most chic and happening in the entire KL. You can easily spend an entire day here. The best of restaurants present fabulous dining options. Lot of entertainment options present here too.

Overall, a great package. And the best part is that it is a part of the Petronas towers. You will go there anyway. So, do drop in…

Visited September 2015

“Suria KLCC – Modern-Classic European Architecture Mall”

This is not your average mall. Suria KLCC is also known for its upscale stores and tourist attractions such as Aquaria KLCC and Petrosains, an oceanarium and science discovery centre.

“Bukit Bintang – A mall for everything!”

A must visit for shopping. Cloths, bags, electronics, accessories, cosmetics etc……. Whatever u want, u can get it here – both Branded & cheaper.

Weekends r very hot & happening here. On the corner of every street or cafe, u will find music band, Painters, street food.

This place is very notoriously famous as red light activities during night but a must visit for shopping. So Families r advised to stay away from here during late night.

Visited August 2015

bukit bintang

Bukit Bintang is basically a heaven for shopaholics. You can find not only branded merchandise but also hard-to-find rare antics as well as unique items in some of the old shophouses here.

“Bukit Bintang – Street Food Heaven”

Needless to say if you have just eaten then a visit to Bukit Bintang would be rather pointless but if you haven’t eaten all day then welcome to Street food heaven.

Each stall offers food but but I’d advise looking for the restaurants with the most locals in as they know where the prices are best and the food quality is top notch.

Visited October 2015

“Bukit Bintang – Hip n Happening”

The Bukit Bintang area turns into a very hip place during nights. It has got shopping places, bars, restaurants, all of which are opened till the wee hours of the morning. It gets very crowded during weekends.

It has also got an MRT station which is connected to entire KL. Anybody planning to visit the Golden Triangle can spend sometime here.

Visited February 2015
Source: Tripadvisor – Shopping in KL

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A food court within the Pavilion KL. You can try various cuisines in the food court. The major one are the Malay, Indian and Chinese cuisine. There are also western and middle eastern cuisine.

About shopping in Kuala Lumpur

From branded goods to rustic handicrafts, foodstuffs to software, be it the little stores around the corner or the mega malls,  you can find almost anything in Kuala Lumpur shops.

The hottest shopping area is Bukit Bintang around Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail. For the direction to get to Bukit Bintang area, visit this page about Kuala Lumpur Vacation.

You can find the map of Bukit Bintang at the bottom of that particular page. It will show you where the hottest shopping malls are located.

Bukit Bintang shopping paradise

In the Bukit Bintang area, you will find Bukit Bintang Plaza (BB Plaza), which is joined to Sungai Wang Plaza, well-known for its electrical items such as computer hardware and software as well as photographic equipments.

The more up-market Lot 10 is across the road from Sungai Wang Plaza with mid- to high-priced items and branded goods in the top floor.

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Night view at the Bukit Bintang area.

Down the road is the even more up-market Starhill Centre, with its international shops. Next door at KL Plaza is the American Tower Records, Kuala Lumpur’s largest music store.

Along Jalan Imbi, Imbi Plaza is the place for computer goods, including software and peripherals.

The latest add-on to the list of mega shopping mall is the Pavilion KL.

Pavilion KL is probably the grandest mall in Kuala Lumpur as of now and it is believed to be on par with some of the world class shopping malls such as the New York’s 5th Avenue, Tokyo’s Ginza, and Milan.

pavilion kl

A very special decoration for the coming Hari Raya celebration at the Pavilion KL.

Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)

Central Market is probably the best place for souvenirs, with its two levels offering Malaysian, Asian hand-crafted goods and souvenirs, and artwork.

Kuala Lumpur’s glitziest shopping mall to date is the modernistic Suria KLCC at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers, which houses all the big chains a well as interesting boutique shops, international cuisine and cozy cafes as well as cinemas.

Golden Triangle of KL

Adding to the list of mega malls in the Golden Triangle area is the Berjaya Times Square shopping complex that is probably one of the most happening places in Kuala Lumpur.

The key tenants at Berjaya Times Square are Metrojaya, South East Asia biggest Border’s Book Store, Asia biggest indoor theme park – Cosmo World and Malaysia first 2D and 3D IMAX theater. The Berjaya Times Square is absolutely one of the must-visit shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur.

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Multi-storey shopping center at the Berjaya Times Square.

Aseana department store is definitely worth a visit. There are wonderful crafts from all the Asean countries, including a range of gift ideas from Malaysia. The sarong selection is excellent, as are its range of Straits Chinese embroidered kebaya blouses.

Sogo Kuala Lumpur on Jalan Raja Laut is one of the largest department stores in Southeast Asia with eight floors, a waterfall on the top floor where the restaurants are, and good sales.

berjaya times square

You can find a huge children theme park in the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall.

Down the road, Pertama Complex sells cheaper goods, but is good for shoes. The Mall on Jalan Putra opposite the Putra World Trade Centre is still popular for haute couture and specialist shops. There is also a stuffy hawker centre on the top floor and souvenir stalls.

Find rare and unique items at Jalan TAR

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman or Jalan TAR has small interesting shops selling Asianware such as Chinese embroidery and antiques.

jalan tar

You can find some very old shop houses along Jalan TAR.

Therefore, if you are antiques enthusiasts, then this is a good place for you to hunt some rare and hard to find items. The Globe Silk Store along this road has affordable clothes and textiles.

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is closed to traffic every Saturday 5-10pm and transformed into a night market or pasar malam with bargain good hawked in stalls.

Jewellery, Indian saris and comfy cotton kurta pyjamas are found behind this road in Masjid India.

Night market at Petaling Street

The famous and crowded Petaling Street night market comes to life 5-11pm every evening, with a variety of stalls offering textiles, clothes, leather goods, jewelery and designer watches.

petaling street

Petaling Street is located within the Chinatown enclave. You can find lots of goodies here.

Biggest mall in Malaysia

Out-of-town shopping malls are also worth a visit. Try Asia’s biggest mall at the Mid Valley Mega Mall, and the trendy 1 Utama, now with extension that incorporates more stores and bigger space.

The Sunway Pyramid shopping mall has recently been extended as well. It is located in the famous Sunway City in Subang Jaya which is easy to access with public transportation. The Sunway City incorporates a lot of entertainments such as the famous Sunway Pyramid shopping mall and the Sunway Lagoon water theme park.

At night, there is a night club at the Sunway City for those who like clubbing and partying. And the best part about the Sunway City is there is an affordable Sunway Hotel Pyramid Tower within walking distance for resting and relaxing after a day of play at the water theme part, shopping frenzy and probably mid-nite clubbing.

sunway pyramid

The Sunway Pyramid shopping mall consists of two sections which are Sunway Pyramid 1 and Sunway Pyramid 2.

Be warned though all Kuala Lumpur shopping malls are packed on weekends.

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