Cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur is an impressive juxtaposition of skyscrapers, six-lane highways, colonial architecture and lush greenery. As Malaysia's economically-booming business hub and centre of government, it is home to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, well-regarded as the tallest twin towers in the world. KL is also a shopper’s haven, housing some of Southeast Asia’s largest shopping malls as well as street markets selling one-of-a-kind apparels and trinkets. This urban jungle is also well-frequented for its mouthwatering delicacies, with thousands of restaurants serving every imaginable type of food to suit every budget. Getting to know the city takes a bit of an effort due to its massive size, so we've come up with a handy Top 10 everything in Kuala Lumpur - from where to stay and eat to attractions and activities, your KL holiday experience will be an unforgettable one!
Best of Bukit Bintang
Though Bukit Bintang is best known for landmarks such as Pavilion KL and the thriving nightlife along Bintang Walk, there is so much more to this area than its reputation as the shopping and entertainment hub of Kuala Lumpur. It is true that you can find more than nine major malls in this area, but here you can also find stunning temples and colourful street markets.
A blossoming network of public transport ranging from buses to trains, ply routes concentrated within this section of town, making it one of the most highly-convenient places in the city to reach. To help you explore all the experiences that shape and define Bukit Bintang, we have come up with lists rounding up Bukit Bintang’s Top 10 chart-toppers, making it even easier for you to decide where to eat, see, shop and go at night.
Best of KLCC
KLCC is a 100 acre development designed to be 'a city within a city', and is home to a variety of must-see landmarks and experiences. Whether it is shopping in Suria KLCC, getting some of the best views of the city from the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers’ Sky Bridge, or dancing, drinking and partying the night away in some of the capital’s best rooftop bars, KLCC caters to all comers.
With unique sights, sounds and tastes on offer, it is simply a matter of ticking off the checklist of must-sees' and do's, so we recommend jumping right in! To help you narrow the field down to the chart-toppers of the best places to see, shop, eat and go at night, we have combined our years of experience to come up with the definitive guides to KLCC's top offerings.
Best of Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
One of the country's greatest tourist draws, Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown is a thriving tourist bubble, blessed with a must-see collection of temples, handicrafts markets and art galleries. A small area largely dominated by the city's Chinese community, every guidebook ever written on Kuala Lumpur will tell you to expect shopping bargains of a lifetime here, especially at the notorious Petaling Street market, where fake-label goods can be found in abundance!
Besides that, Chinatown is great for its food, particularly hawker cuisine, but do not be fooled - this area is also a fantastic place for charming bistros and even, an award-winning French-Italian restaurant! A fun area known for its bustle and exotica, come nightfall it is not the sort of place for footloose action - rather Chinatown charms with its alternative nightlife offerings, from an art gallery/ bar combo to a 24-hour snooker centre.
Best of KL Sentral
Situated just 2 km away from the city centre, KL Sentral houses an impressive array of luxury hotels, local and international eateries with easy access to Malaysia’s largest rail transport hub. KL Sentral is also within walking distance from the laidback residential neighbourhood of Brickfields where numerous quaint Buddhist temples and colourful shops with a strong South Indian presence can be found. Easily accessible via LRT, KTM, and Monorail, Kuala Lumpur’s massive shopping malls are also situated just several train stops away from KL Sentral Station.
Getting to know this tiny yet bustling area of Kuala Lumpur is a bit of a daunting task, so we've come up with a comprehensive Top 10 Everything in KL Sentral - from where to stay and eat, to attractions and activities, your holiday experience will be an enjoyable one!
Best of Bangsar & Mid Valley
Cosmopolitan Bangsar is a residential neighbourhood just four km from the Kuala Lumpur city centre, best known for its array of shopping, dining and nightlife offerings. On one hand it is a hip area with quirky stores, trendy restaurants and happening nightclubs and bars: however, you will also find it to be a culture-soaked haven of exotic street markets and temples. Attracting a healthy mix of locals and expats, it is less than five minutes from KL Sentral, making it easily accessible to travellers.
Our favourite activity here is visiting its award-winning restaurants, from casual breakfast joints to fine dining fantasy spots that have withstood the test of time. Still, travellers should also not miss out on the chance to visit the upmarket designers and indie shops here - they are sure to put your wallet through its paces.
Best of Chow Kit
Chow Kit is an atmospheric, localised area of Kuala Lumpur city centre, filled with rows and rows of long-established retail outlets specialising in wholesale goods. While it is best known for its daily market, called Bundle Chow Kit by locals, Chow Kit also houses a number of prized local restaurants as well as sightseeing opportunities including Southeast Asia’s largest Sikh temple.
Easily accessible via public transportation, the Chow Kit monorail station serves the area, set only a two-minute walk from Jalan Haji Hussein. This unassuming section of Kuala Lumpur is a well worth visit if you are looking to get a taste of local city life, so we have compiled our Top 10 chart-toppers in Chow Kit on where to eat, see, shop and go at night.
Best of Petaling Jaya
Often overlooked by mainstream travellers, Petaling Jaya is no slouch in the entertainment department, hosting more than its fair share of attractions, including a theme park, live-action puzzle room, Southeast Asia's largest climbing gym and even a trampoline park! It may be a 20-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur but the 97.2sqkm city has plenty of indie flair that makes a trip here worthwhile, with a thriving restaurant scene that rivals even Kuala Lumpur’s.
Speaking of KL, similar to the city's shopping scene PJ has retail landmarks that will most definitely tempt you to put your wallet to work, but its nightlife is pretty tame in comparison to KL, with more pubs and bars available than dance clubs. No matter what you are looking to see or do, we have come up with Top 10 lists to help guide you to the best the city has to offer.
Best of Subang Jaya
Located approximately 20km from the Kuala Lumpur city centre, Subang Jaya is a self-contained hub of higher education institutions, eateries, independent retail stores, and houses many interesting activities one can enjoy with a group of close-knit friends and family. Subang Jaya also houses an abundance of excellent eateries, each offering a unique gastronomic experience.
Shoppers will rejoice in the number of shopping complexes that can be found Subang Jaya, including Empire Shopping Gallery and One City. Perfectly catering to night owls and those who are craving a pint, Subang Jaya offers a satisfying number of restobars and coffee joints that are open past midnight. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this bustling township, so experience the best of Subang Jaya with our list of Top 10 attractions, eateries, shopping outlets, and nightspots.