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  • 10 Best Shopping In Bukit Bintang

    The city’s premier shopping destinations along Bintang Walk

    Kuala Lumpur’s independent shopping scene is concentrated around the inner city, with Bukit Bintang and KLCC acting as the capital’s epicentre for fashion and entertainment. Along Jalan Bukit Bintang, you will find that the city has gone into overdrive when it comes to retail offerings, with more than nine major malls within a four-km distance of each other. What’s more the free Go KL city shuttle bus makes a circuit of the area, making it even easier to mall-hop.

    This fashion precinct has something for everyone: if you are looking for luxury, Starhill Gallery and Pavilion KL are the spots for you with Gucci, Hermes and Louis Vuitton under their roofs. What’s more, Berjaya Times Square (home to the country’s largest indoor theme park), offers shopping, leisure and dining venues that encompass several blocks, while those hunting for the latest gadgets and gizmos should head to Low Yat Plaza, a mall specialising in all things tech-related.

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    Pavilion KL is the city’s go-to hotspot for haute couture shopping. It takes a lot to stand out in the capital’s retail landscape but this shopping centre, which occupies prime real estate along Jalan Bukit Bintang, does just that. Keeping the city’s fashionistas looking polished, the 1.37 million-sqft white marble complex houses a combination of 450 indoor and outdoor shopping venues divided into six zones and spread across seven floors.

    Some of the brands you can find here include big-ticket European luxury retailers such as Coach, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Juicy Couture, MaxMara, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent – all of which you can find in the Couture Pavilion zone. Meanwhile, those searching for lower-priced, mid-market international and local brands (like Forever 21, Pull & Bear, MNG Mango and Salabianca), will find them at the Fashion Avenue sector. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Address: 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
    • Tel: +603 2118 8833
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    Set opposite the Amoda office block, Berjaya Times Square is a 48-storey twin-tower complex that spans the lengthy Jalan Imbi Boulevard. Currently the fifth-largest building in the world, it has over 1,000 retail stores and 65 food outlets. First opened in 2003, adjacent to the 7.54sqft mall is the four-star Berjaya Times Square Hotel – a high-rise venture with 650 rooms, a pool, gym, sauna room, rooftop garden and squash courts.

    Inside each 203m tower you will find a variety of affordable, small time retail boutiques: entertainment-wise is where the mall really shines – there is a nine-screen cinema, Asia’s largest indoor theme park (with 14 specially designed rides including a thrilling roller coaster), an archery range and 48-lane bowling alley. It is connected to the Kuala Lumpur Imbi Monorail station via a footbridge. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Address: 1 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Tel: +603 2117 3111
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    Set along the same retail belt as Starhill Gallery and Lot 10, renowned French cosmetics retailer Sephora has an outlet set up along Jalan Bukit Bintang. Founded in France in 1970, Sephora KL is the first branch opened in Asia.  

    Though the KL store’s product line is probably only 30% of Sephora’s US counterparts, the cosmetics podium still draws in a healthy crowd each day, featuring more than 250 brands of cosmetic products as well as an in-house label of beauty merchandise.

    The two-storey beauty emporium spans across approximately 10,000sqft and owes a large part of its success to its lifetime return policy. Brands available include Urban Decay, Amazing Cosmetics, Urban Decay, Bare Minerals, Earth Organics, Korres, Soap + Glory, Ole Henriksen, Clarisonic, Mario Badescu and Boscia. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Address: Starhill Gallery, 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
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    Maintaining the right balance between local and international style, Lot 10 is one of the city’s oldest malls, housing a mix of local boutiques, one-off concept stores and international brands. A KL landmark, its location along Bintang Walk (central KL’s main shopping and entertainment district) has been instrumental in its success, with a connecting sky bridge linking the five-storey complex to BB Plaza, Sungei Wang and the Bukit Bintang monorail station.

    Providing an intimate shopping experience, Lot 10 houses approximately 40 fashion labels under its roof, with international luxury brands such as Calvin Klein, Ed Hardy and Versace, as well as affordable lines like Braun Buffel, H&M, Nike, Topshop, Timberland, Zang Toi and Zara represented. The mall also houses Teeq, a rooftop restaurant with good views of the city skyline – there is even a garden between this eatery and Rootz dance club that serves as a for-hire venue for private functions. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Address: No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
    • Tel: +603 2782 3566
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    Starhill Gallery is one of the city’s ritziest malls, with smartly dressed doormen waiting to usher you into stores, ambient lighting, soft jazz music and carpeted floors working together to create a setting both elegant and fashionable. A red carpet retail experience like no other, the 250,000sqft complex was developed by the YTL Corporation and houses more than 100 luxury labels.

    Directly opposite Pavilion KL, brands represented include Maurice Lacroix, M Missoni, Korloff, Davidoff and Rado to name a few. If you’re looking to relax and unwind, the third floor has a 50,000sqft spa and relaxation centre (called the Pamper Zone), with 93 treatment rooms. Meanwhile, the lower ground floor plays host to the expansive Feast Village – a food court that’s not exactly your average eatery. The ultra posh food quad plays host to a dozen award-winning restaurants that sport trendy design and fashionable themes. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Address: 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
    • Tel: +603 2782 3855
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    Deriving its name from the fact that the average temperature in Malaysia rarely drops below 31.1°C (88°F), Fahrenheit 88 is a five-storey mall that lays claim to prime real estate along Jalan Bukit Bintang. Previously known as KL Plaza, it was given a RM100 million revamp and opened in 2010.

    A mid-range shopping centre aimed at young and trendy urbanites, it is anchored by the flagship Malaysian store of Japanese fashion retailer UNIQLO. Though smaller in size than some of the other malls along this street, the 300,000sqft Fahrenheit 88 is home to approximately 280 retail stores with cute and colourful style. Instead of the designer fashion marques found in Pavilion, the mall has a wide array of mid-range fashion boutiques such as Hat Attack, Rip Curl, Charles & Keith, Tropicana Life and more. Easily accessible via public transportation lines – the nearest Monorail stations include the Bukit Bintang and Raja Chulan stops. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Address: 179 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
    • Tel: +603 2148 5488
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    Called Low Yat by locals, this mall specializes in all things tech-related. Directly opposite Berjaya Times Square, the 12-storey complex is divided into a series of interconnected stores surrounding a main concourse. It used to be a haven for pirated computer software and movies until a government crackdown in 2006: since then, it has shaken off its less-than-savoury reputation and transformed into a respectable IT mall.

    Stores range from small time ventures to large-scale shop lots by big name brands such as Toshiba, Nokia, Celcom, Sony, Digi, Microsoft, Dell, Maxis, Fotokem, HTC, Samsung, Nikon, Acer and Lenovo. With so many specialty shops, everything’s competitively priced and usually negotiable. There are even stores with tech experts that assemble computer parts, install computer software and fix mobile phones and cameras for a nominal charge, all while bypassing the technical jargon. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
    • Address: No. 7 Jalan Bintang, Off Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang Central, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
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    Established in 1977, the seven-storey Sungei Wang is a 1.2 million sqft complex well known for amassing an assortment of stores under one roof, with locals praising it for its array of cheap fashion boutiques. Divided into coloured zones it is easy to navigate – the T-Zone (also known as the Trendy Zone on The Roof) is where you’ll find clothing stores catering to teenage fashion sense. The IT zone (IT @ Sungei Wang) on the third floor is where you will find computers, IT hardware and software. Food-wise, there is an al fresco area called Fiesta Street with a selection of restaurants that serve Italian, American, Chinese, South African and Asian fare.

    Besides clothes shops, there are also outlets specialising in cell phones and their trimmings, plus dozens of kiosks crowded together selling costume jewellery, soft toys, video games, watches and more. Connected to the air-conditioned Bukit Bintang Plaza (which only plays host to anchor tenant, department store Metrojaya), there is a link bridge that links Sungei Wang and Bukit Bintang Plaza to Lot 10 just across the road. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
    • Address: Sungei Wang Plaza SWP Box No. 009, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
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    Kuala Lumpur’s first wholesale fashion mall, Kenanga Wholesale City is a 500,000sqft complex listed by Tourism Malaysia as one of the city’s must-visit destinations. Housing over 800 stores selling clothes, fashion accessories, shoes, gifts, and more at really cheap prices, it is inspired by the success of wholesale centres in China, Indonesia, Thailand and Korea. Another plus for shoppers at Kenanga Wholesale City is that since merchandise moves so quickly here, there are new collections for shoppers to look forward to every week. To draw in shoppers, the mall periodically arranges events to entertain visitors, such as fashion shows and cultural performances: celebrity appearances at KWC include popular Taiwanese artiste Wang Leehom, who visited on 9 January 2011. Read More...

    • Address: 8-01, Kompleks Kenanga Wholesale City, No.2 Jalan Gelugor, Off Jalan Kenanga Wilayah Persekutuan 55200 Kuala Lumpur
    • Tel: +603 9221 8081
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    Imbi Plaza
    Imbi Plaza

    Similar to Low Yat Plaza, this complex is an IT mall with a variety of computer hardware and software vendors that retail their goods at much cheaper prices than their counterparts in other major shopping centres.

    Set along busy Jalan Imbi, and famous for their illegal music CDs, computer and game software, if you are considering dropping some money in this temple of consumerism, we suggest looking at the wide range of illegal Blu-ray and DVD movies. You can even find the latest seasons of popular TV shows, as well as classic titles.

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00 Monday – Friday; 10:00 – 22:00 Saturday & Sunday
    • Location: Jalan Imbi
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