One of the newest additions to Kuala Lumpur’s ‘mallscape’, Fahrenheit 88 is a five-storey structure that lays claim to prime real estate along Jalan Bukit Bintang. Previously known as the KL Plaza, the mall was given a RM100 million revamp since its change of ownership and its extensive refurbishment has resulted in an uber posh retail mall that plays host to a wide variety of sophisticated small-time boutiques.
Opened in 2010, the complex is managed by the same company that handles Pavilion KL, so it’s no surprise that the shopping podium sports the same trendy design as its sister venture. Though smaller in size, the 300,000sqft Fahrenheit 88 offers a wide-ranging array of stores – these shops occupy small spaces and have a cute and colourful style.
Hotel on a mall
Anchored by the flagship Malaysian store of the Japanese fashion retailer UNIQLO (also known as Yunikuro) – which occupies three floors at the far right corner of the complex – Fahrenheit 88 has snagged the top spot as one of KL’s most popular malls. A mid-range shopping centre aimed at young and trendy urbanites, Fahrenheit 88 is topped by Fahrenheit Suites – a four-star establishment that houses 85 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments along with a fitness centre and swimming pool. Additionally, the mall shares the same retail belt as Starhill Gallery and Sephora.
The entire block of buildings along this shopping strip sports the same ultra posh façade as Fahrenheit 88 – glass-and-chrome walls and colourful extra-large posters complete the mall’s exterior appearance. VINCCI – a popular Malaysian shoe retailer – occupies a two-storey corner lot at the left-hand side of the mall while Body Shop is located just beside the front entrance. Besides that, Fahrenheit 88 houses over 280 retail stores; instead of the designer fashion marques found in Pavilion, the mall plays host to a wide range of mid-range fashion boutiques such as Hat Attack, Rip Curl, Charles & Keith, Tropicana Life and more.
Fahrenheit 88 is not an especially big structure – it’s roughly the same size as Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) – but there are a variety of eateries scattered around the complex. The lower ground floor is home to a sprawling food court – Celsius KL – that serves up an array of local and international culinary offerings. Meanwhile, noteworthy restaurants such as the California Pizza Kitchen, Midori Japanese Steamboat & Buffet and Sakae Sushi can be found within the complex. If you’re looking for a java fix, then head on over to the Pacific Coffee Company – the Singaporean chain has a wide range of brews to suit almost every preference.
What to do
The mall’s entertainment sector is not scrupulously comprehensive but there’s a decent assortment of entertainment options; popular karaoke joint – CEO Karaoke Box is located at the fourth and fifth floor of the mall. Meanwhile tech stores such as Epi centre and Signature IT retails the latest must-have varieties of gadgets and gizmos.
How to get there
Deriving its name from the fact that the average temperature in Malaysia rarely drops below 31.1°C (88°F), Fahrenheit 88 is easy to navigate and sports a comprehensive range of facilities. Restrooms, public phones, elevators, escalators, ATMs, money changers and baby diaper changing rooms can all easily be found. Additionally, the mall is easily accessible via public transportation lines – the nearest Monorail stations include the Bukit Bintang and Raja Chulan stops. Meanwhile, plans are in development for an underground tunnel linking Fahrenheit 88 to the popular Pavilion KL.
- Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: 179 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 WP Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Tel: +603 2148 5488