Needing no introduction to the city’s urbanites and regular visitors, Jalan Bukit Bintang is known as the ultimate one-stop destination where all sorts of dining, entertainment, shopping and accommodation options can be found. Regarded by some as the city’s heartbeat, the street is a hub of buzzing energy that never seems to sleep.
Jalan Bukit Bintang comes into full form at night. Street performers provide free entertainment on brightly-lit sidewalks, while the night air is filled with jovial chatter from open-air cafés and music drifting in from a mixture of sources - nightclubs, pubs and buskers. Bintang Walk, Jalan Bukit Bintang’s famed walkway, often plays host to many special events in town such as the New Year’s Eve and the Merdeka (National Day) celebrations, as well as a number of street concerts and festivals.
For dedicated foodies, there are plenty of options along Jalan Bukit Bintang, offering all kinds of mouth-watering delights to suit every palate and budget, from international cuisine to wholesome local goodness. Posh, five-star restaurants intersperse with fast food joints and open-air cafés, creating a little piece of gastronomical haven right in the middle of the city.
For irresistible Japanese buffet, head over to Jogoya on the Relish Floor of Starhill Gallery. Consisting of a number of dining areas – disclosed, semi-disclosed, private seats and VIP rooms – Jogoya serves more than 200 different dishes, all prepared by skilled chefs using the freshest ingredients. For a taste of Italian, there’s the flagship outlet of Piccolo Mondo’s renowned chain of Italian restaurants, Ristorante L’Opera. Serving scrumptious Italian cuisine that is good to the last bite, the restaurant is perhaps most known for its delightful array of pizzas, baked the traditional way in a stone oven.
Located on the Feast Floor of Starhill Gallery, Shook! features seasonal trends in its extensive menu, with four open kitchens offering four different cuisine experiences - Japanese, Chinese Wok, Italian and Western Grill – as well as an impressive walk-in wine cellar containing over 3,000 bottles including premium labels and vintage wines. Moussandra on the Mezzanine Floor of KL Plaza provides a warm and welcoming dining experience that is typically Mediterranean, serving a wide range of Mediterranean cuisine which includes Greek, Spanish and Italian specialties. For a true taste of Thai, there’s Bangkok Jam in Low Yat Plaza. Featuring an exotic spread of Thai favourites that would please even the most discerning traditionalist, this vibrant restaurant captures the essence of Thailand in both its interior and offerings
Jalan Bukit Bintang offers endless choices when it comes to after-dark entertainment. Many restaurants here are equipped with a bar that comes into full swing at night, and many hotels lining the street also have their own trendy watering holes and nightclubs. Karaoke lounges can be found in abundance here, many of which also offer private rooms, entertaining patrons well into the night no matter which day of the week it is.
Part of Piccolo Hotel, right next to Ristorante L’Opera, Clique Lounge Bar provides a highly stylish chill-out space with its plush crimson interior and cosy ambience, where patrons can enjoy live telecasts of their favourite sports games or indulge in an evening of romantic wining and dining. For karaoke enthusiasts, there’s Red Box in Low Yat plaza which comes with private rooms and a wide selection of songs from golden oldies to the latest hits, as well as a buffet to whet your appetite in between crooning sessions.
Located inside The Westin Hotel, Qba Latin Grill & Bar is a restaurant cum wine/cigar bar serving scrumptious Latin American cuisine, with bands playing live Latin music almost every night. Above The Ship restaurant, there’s a popular nightspot called Captain’s Cabin Funtheque, featuring live performances, themed nights, games and a different set of tunes played every hour. Another popular nightclub located within the five-star Grand Millennium is the Pulse Ultra Club, deemed the hottest new nightspot in town, which features a large balcony overlooking Bintang Walk and a bar cum lounge area with deejays and live bands, as well as an elegant and intimate Champagne Lounge.