Combining historical charms with contemporary chic, the hip and happening Bukit Bintang area remains one of Kuala Lumpur’s trendiest shopping and entertainment districts. Vastly popular with both locals and visitors, this area offers everything from shopping opportunities to trendy nightlife options.
With a wide range of accommodation to cater to every budget - all within walking distance to the city’s shopping malls and dining areas - Bukit Bintang is a convenient one-stop destination perfect for first-time visitors.
Bukit Bintang Restaurants
From international cuisine to wholesome local goodness, there are plenty of options available within the Bukit Bintang area for dedicated foodies. Posh, five-star restaurants intersperse with fast food joints and hawker stalls, creating a unique and delightful gastronomical heaven right in the middle of the city. Bintang Walk, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor, Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Imbi make up the five main dining areas in Bukit Bintang.
Bintang Walk is filled with open-air cafés, restaurants, clubs and speciality shops, while Changkat Bukit Bintang is well-known for its charming pre-war, colonial buildings which have been converted into an international potpourri of upmarket restaurants and pubs. The hugely-popular Jalan Alor is characterised by rows of hawker stalls on both sides, offering all kinds of local delights. Jalan Bukit Bintang offers all kinds of mouth-watering delights to suit every palate and budget, from international cuisine to wholesome local goodness, while Jalan Imbi has plenty of Chinese restaurants serving specialty dishes.
Bukit Bintang Nightlife
Nightlife in Bukit Bintang is a colourful and glamourous affair. Its two main nightlife areas, Changkat Bukit Bintang and Jalan Bukit Bintang, offer endless choices when it comes to after-dark entertainment. Jalan Bukit Bintang has many restaurants equipped with a bar that comes into full swing at night and hotels equipped with their own trendy watering holes and nightclubs. Karaoke lounges can also be found in abundance here, many of which also offer private rooms and buffet.
Regarded as one of the hip and happening party venues in the city, Changkat Bukit Bintang is filled with restaurants that metamorphose into buzzing joints bursting with energy come nighttime, and pubs that transform into bustling drinking holes after dark. Live performances from various local acts are also held in some establishments every other night.
Bukit Bintang Shopping
Bukit Bintang is known as the ultimate shopping area in the city, with a wealth of options that would appease even the shrewdest shopper. Some of the city’s major shopping centres can be found here, from premium malls to speciality outlets, suiting every budget and need.
Sungei Wang Plaza houses more than 500 retail outlets selling everything from food to clothes; together with the adjoining Bukit Bintang Plaza, they form a total of two million square feet of retail space. Pavilion KL is the city’s newest sensation, consisting of 7 levels of retail space and over 450 retail outlets housing some of the most renowned brand names. Starhill Gallery offers seven floors of luxury retail experience, each with a different theme, while Low Yat Plaza is the ultimate shopping (and browsing) heaven for IT geeks and gadget freaks. Berjaya Times Square is a one-stop leisure destination comprising 10 floors and more than 700 retail outlets including an indoor theme park with an IMAX theatre and a spa centre, while Lot 10 at the corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail houses a few specialty shops with Isetan being the anchor tenant.
Bukit Bintang Activities
From shopping to sampling a variety of local flavours, there is plenty to do in and around this area. For movie buffs, there are cinemas where you can catch the latest releases, including a towering IMAX theatre in Berjaya Times Square. For the young and young-at-heart, there’s Cosmo’s World Theme Park, Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park, and for bowling enthusiasts, there’s Ampang Superbowl.
For general wellbeing, there are many spa centres and massage parlours available in Bukit Bintang, as well as health outlets offering the unique fish spa therapy and foot reflexology. For something completely different and cost-free, you can catch live entertainment on Bukit Bintang’s streets, particularly at the intersection of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail.