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What's New and What's Fun in KL?

With its interesting brew of Malay, Chinese, Indian, indigenous and Western cultures, KL is a lively city. Whether it is your first time here or you’re a frequent visitor, check out KL Magazine for the best tips and advice.

While others visit Petronas Towers and Petaling Street, we will point you in the direction of the best places to eat, shop, sleep and see. We review only the best and bring you back stage passes to club openings, unique attractions and the tastiest restaurants in town. Whether it is a quirky Korean dessert café, a trendy boutique hotel or an exclusive rooftop bar, this guide is sure to make your KL experience unique.

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5 Best Places to Celebrate New Year in Kuala Lumpur

From dancing with the locals in massive street parties to champagne toasting in swanky rooftop bars, check out our favorite places to usher in the New Year in Kuala Lumpur. Read More...

 
Strangers at 47 Cafe

A popular weekend hangout spot in Petaling Jaya, Strangers at 47 Cafe offers a great range of unique sweet and savoury crepes in a friendly and unpretentious atmosphere. Read More...

The Humble Pie Co. The Humble Pie Co.

The Humble Pie Co. Petaling Jaya is a bright and cheerful establishment that’s well-frequented for its friendly service and wide range of tantalising pasta dishes and decadent desserts. Read More...

 
Esperance Nightclub KL

Esperance Nightclub is a sprawling entertainment complex which hosts a nightclub, cigar lounge, live music venue and a fine-dining rooftop restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. Read More...

Hotel Expert Reviews (Not boring anymore!)

 

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

Within the same vicinity are the Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park... - offering visitors a complete host of facilities, all in one spot. Read More...

 
Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur

Offering guests something a bit different from the usual five-star environment, Hotel Maya is an award-winning property that is up there with the world’s best, with enough know-how to keep guests plugged into all of the action. Read More...

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is a luxury hotel within the exciting Golden Triangle, offering immaculate rooms and facilities along with sweeping views of the Petronas Twin Towers. Read More...

 
Berjaya Times Square Hotel Berjaya Times Square Hotel

Set beside a shopping mall with an indoor theme park, the twin-complex Berjaya Times Square Hotel is a five-star property with a lively atmosphere, 650 super spacious rooms and fantastic facilities. Read More...

 

Useful Information
 - Living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 5 Signs You’ve Lived in Kuala Lumpur Too Long

From quirky lingos to rice for breakfast, here are five tell-tale signs that you’ve successfully blended into the vibrant and multiracial community of Kuala Lumpur. Read More...

 
4 Known Scams in KL

For a scam-free and pleasant vacation in Kuala Lumpur, make sure you get to know these common scams and tips on how to avoid them. Read More...

All-Night Restaurants In KL 7 All-Night Restaurants

Kuala Lumpur is home to an extensive collection of restaurants and cafes serving all types of food after midnight: here we list down our favourites – so take a look and then hit the streets tonight to enjoy! Read More...

 
7 KL Cake Shops In 7 Days 7 Cake Shops In 7 Days

In the mood for a heavenly dessert? Then head to one of KL’s numerous bakeries and cafes to indulge your sweet tooth: we’ve listed seven of our favourites – a new place for you to indulge in sweet sins each day of the week. Read More...

5 Best Shopping Mall Hotels in Kuala Lumpur 5 Best Shopping Hotels

Kuala Lumpur is home to three of the world's largest malls and ranked the fourth best shopping destination in the world; check out our selection of five great hotels attached to or above the city’s biggest malls. Read More...

 
10 Great Rooftop Bars 10 Great Rooftop Bars

To gain a new appreciation for the city, we’ve listed the 10 great KL Rooftop Bars: the best places from which to watch as the sun goes down and the city lights up at night – with a drink in hand, of course. Read More...

10 Best Cafes in Kuala Lumpur

Our 10 Best Cafes in Kuala Lumpur offer tantalising all-day brunch fare, quality coffee and tea, as well as sinfully sweet desserts with charming and unique vibes. Read More...

   
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Polpetta Café Polpetta Café

Polpetta Café is a family-owned establishment in Petaling Jaya that charms patrons with its quaint and laidback setting, aromatic coffee and homemade meatball dishes. Read More...

 
Celestial Court Sunday Brunch Celestial Court Sunday Brunch

Perfect for late risers with a craving for Cantonese treats, Celestial Court Sunday brunch at Kuala Lumpur’s Sheraton Imperial offers a comprehensive range of pork-free dim sum selections in an opulent yet casual setting. Read More...

Essence Restaurant Essence Restaurant

An all-day dining outlet with an opulent yet casual setting, Essence at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur serves over 150 tantalising local and international dishes in a 100-metre buffet spread. Read More...

 
Mandara Spa Mandara Spa

Set in the tropical gardens of Sunway Resort Hotel, the Balinese-inspired Mandara Spa offers over 30 aromatherapy massages and facials using the purest essential oils and ingredients. Read More...

Fuzion at Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

Situated within Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Fuzionis an all-day dining option that offers a generous selection of Asian, western, Middle Eastern and Japanese fare, both ala carte and buffet-style. Read More...

 
J&P Magic House Bar & Restaurant J&P Magic House Bar & Restaurant

J&P Magic House Bar & Restaurant offers a totally unique night out in Kuala Lumpur, combining excellent Italian cuisine with impressive magic shows by award-winning, Japanese magicians Read More...

Ohla Tapas & Cocktails

Situated within The Intermark Kuala Lumpur, Ohla Tapas & Cocktails is a contemporary eatery with an intimate fine-dining vibe, extensive wine list and quality Spanish fare. Read More...

 
B-Lab Bakery, Bistro & Bar B-Lab Bakery, Bistro & Bar

Serving non-halal European cuisine, home baked pastries as well as cocktails and imported wines, B-Lab is an all-day European-style bakery, bistro, and wine bar in Verve Suites, Mont Kiara. Read More...

Lima Blas Nyonya Restaurant Lima Blas Nyonya Restaurant

Lima Blas, situated in Changkat Bukit Bintang, is a humble-looking restaurant that’s well-patronised for its deliciously authentic Nyonya fare and nostalgia-invoking setting. Read More...

 
Foley's Irish Bar & Oasis Skybar Foley's Irish Bar

Foley's Irish Bar & Oasis Skybar is a contemporary Irish rooftop bar in Petaling Jaya that’s well-frequented for its diverse food offerings as well as cocktails served in generous portions. Read More...

Mojo Restaurant & Bar

Mojo Restaurant & Bar Kuala Lumpur is a one-stop nocturnal hotspot in Asian Heritage Row that’s well-frequented for its international delicacies, affordably-priced alcoholic offerings, and friendly ambience. Read More...

 
Quill City Mall

Situated just 15 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur city centre, Quill City Mall is a trendy shopping mall with an al fresco dining experience that overlooks the surrounding Kuala Lumpur cityscape. Read More...

Gastro Sentral Restaurant

Gastro Sentral is a brightly lit all-day restaurant and classy evening lounge that serves reasonably-priced western cuisine and classic pub offerings with a local flair. Read More...

 
Urbanscapes Kuala Lumpur Urbanscapes Kuala Lumpur

Urbanscapes 2014 is an all-around music festival featuring the best of art, dance, comedy and music, with internationally-acclaimed acts such as Kimbra, Local Natives and Mogwai. Read More...

Mai Bar Mai Bar

Situated at the top Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Mar Bar offers breathtaking views of the city skyline as well as an extensive array of alcohol and creative cocktails. Read More...

 
Hugo's on 6 Restaurant

Overlooking an infinity swimming pool and Kuala Lumpur’s city skyline, Hugo’s on 6 Restaurant & Bar offers tantalising Mediterranean and Asian fare with a great range of alcoholic offerings. Read More...

Grand Trinidad Cigar Divan

Nestled within Best Western Premier Sentral, Grand Trinidad Cigar Divan’s posh setting and extensive selection of premium cigar brands makes this a perfect evening retreat for cigar-lovers. Read More...

 
Jam & Kaya Cafe

Jam & Kaya Cafe is a Melbourne-inspired cafe in Petaling Jaya that’s proving popular for its tantalising all-day breakfasts and delicious chocolate drinks. Read More...

Little Fat Duck Food Truck

Little Fat Duck is a food truck that serves affordably priced Italian and French cuisine for on-the-go diners in Subang Jaya. Read More...

 
KL Sentral KL Sentral

Southeast Asia’s largest railway station, KL Sentral is Kuala Lumpur’s one-stop transport hub, with monorail, KTM komuter and light rain transit trains, taxis and buses serving routes around Peninsular Malaysia, and to Singapore and Bangkok. Read More...

Villa Danieli

The glamorous Villa Danieli in Sheraton Imperial Hotel Kuala Lumpur is an award-winning Italian restaurant delivering small plate masterpieces complemented by highly professional, friendly service. Read More...

 
Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tour Elephant Sanctuary Tour

A full-day tour through the scenic Malaysian countryside, The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tour is a great way to get back in touch with nature and come into close contact with majestic elephants. Read More...

The Red Beanbag Cafe The Red Beanbag Cafe

A popular all-day dining option in Publika, The Red Beanbag is a charmingly rustic cafe with great ambience, wide range of coffee and tea as well as sumptuous western delicacies. Read More...

 
Dynasty Restaurant Kuala Lumpur Dynasty Restaurant KL

A standout ambassador for non-halal Cantonese Chinese food in the city, Dynasty restaurant in Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel offers food that is fresh, full-flavoured and not too expensive. Read More...

Bunga Emas

A fine dining eatery in The Royale Chulan Hotel KL with a decidedly regal air, Bunga Emas restaurant puts out expertly-crafted Malay cuisine that delivers on the taste front. Read More...

 
SIX Cocktail Lounge

A trendy cocktail lounge in Bangsar, SIX serves an extensive array of whiskies, wines, beers, and creative cocktails all in some rather laidback settings. Read More...

Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar

Offering award-winning French-Japanese fare, Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar in Micasa All Suites certainly deserves its reputation as one of the city’s best restaurants. Read More...

 
Riblee's Restaurant

Well-frequented for its signature pork ribs and chops, the classy Riblee’s in Desa Sri Hartamas makes for a great place for family dinners and after-work drinks. Read More...

Tanzini Upper Deck Tanzini Upper Deck

Set on the 29th floor of G Tower Hotel, Tanzini Upper Deck is a fine dining restaurant with a magical feel, owing to its interior design, great views and fantastic food. Read More...

 
Nobu Restaurant Kuala Lumpur Nobu Restaurant KL

Located on the 56th floor of Menara PETRONAS 3, Nobu Kuala Lumpur is Southeast Asia’s first branch of the Michelin-starred Nobu Japanese restaurant, set to open in early September 2014. Read More...

Prego at The Westin Hotel Kuala Lumpur Prego

An award-wining venue at The Westin Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Prego is a must-visit restaurant serving classic and creative Italian cuisine. Read More...

 
Thirty8 Thirty8

An award-winning dining room, wine bar and lounge in Grand Hyatt Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Thirty8 restaurant offers classic Chinese, Japanese and western cuisine and is clearly one of the finest restaurants in KL. Read More...

B’s All Day Dining

Impressing us with its culinary combinations featuring subtle and robust flavours, B’s All Day Dining is a restaurant in Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel offering gorgeous views of the Putrajaya Lakeside. Read More...

 
Gateway @ KLIA2 Gateway @ KLIA2

Gateway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (Gateway @ KLIA2) is a massive shopping mall that houses more than 90 eateries and 110 retail outlets, offering a unique shopping experience for travellers. Read More...

Pisco Bar Pisco Bar

Pisco Bar is a Spanish-styled bar and restaurant with a tantalising food and beverage menu and music by some of the best DJs in Kuala Lumpur. Read More...

 
The Gardens Mall Kuala Lumpur The Gardens Mall KL

The Gardens Mall is an upscale shopping complex with approximately 200 stores focusing on designer brands, set just next door to Mid Valley Megamall. Read More...

Troika Sky Dining Troika Sky Dining

Kuala Lumpur locals are becoming spoilt for choice when it comes to fine dining restaurants with a view but Troika Sky Dining stands out for its two restaurants and bar. Read More...

 
The Rabbit Hole The Rabbit Hole

Invoking a relaxed yet trendy vibe, The Rabbit Hole is a vibrant restobar in Kuala Lumpur with four unique concept environments and a satisfying array of food-and-beverage offerings. Read More...

Jibby & Co Cafe Jibby & Co Cafe

Inspired by the vibrant cafe culture in Melbourne, Australia, Jibby & Co is a quaint establishment with a satisfying food-and-beverage menu as well as freshly baked cakes. Read More...

 
Burgertory Burgertory

A home-grown establishment in Subang Jaya, Burgertory offers deliciously sinful and value-for-money pork, beef and vegetarian burgers – all of which are handmade, of course. Read More...

Nu Sentral Mall Nu Sentral Mall

Nu Sentral is Malaysia’s first ever transit mall hub, offering a multitude of entertainment spaces, alfresco dining and other unique features for an exciting shopping experience. Read More...

 
Antipodean Cafe

Quaint yet hip, Antipodean Café is an all-day breakfast bar that resembles a charming Spanish bistro, ticking all the right boxes in terms of food, service and ambiance. Read More...

The Roof @ First Avenue The Roof @ First Avenue

The Roof is home to five concept venues: cigar and whiskey lounge Malt & Leaf, Play dance club, sports bar Score, fine dining fusion restaurant Signature and Stratosphere, Asia’s first grassy helipad bar. Read More...

 
IPPUDO at BSC IPPUDO at BSC

Adopting a contemporary concept plus an open bar section, IPPUDO’s newest outlet offers a more extensive food and beverage menu to complement its signature ramen dishes. Read More...

Kanna Curry House Kanna Curry House

Well-frequented for its award-winning banana leaf rice and fast service, Kanna Curry House is a South Indian restaurant located at the fringe of Section 17, Petaling Jaya. Read More...

 
IPPUDO at The Garden IPPUDO at The Garden

A non-halal Japanese restaurant, IPPUDO at The Gardens Mall offers high quality, homemade ramen and tantalising pork dishes in a posh and stylish ambience. Read More...

El Cerdo, Changkat Bukit Bintang El Cerdo Restaurant

If you are in the mood to put some pork on your fork, head on over to El Cerdo along Changkat Bukit Bintang for carefully crafted dishes with inventive porky interpretations. Read More...

 
Tous Les Jours Tous Les Jours

Tous Les Jours is a French-Korean bakery with classic French pastries, unique South Korean breads and a wide array of delicious cakes. Opens daily from 08:00 till 22:00. Read More...

Melur and Thyme Melur and Thyme

Melur and Thyme is an East-meets-West restaurant with a quiet ambiance at a less-prodded area in KLCC. Serving fusion-Malaysian dishes with a focus on duck, it is a great place to for a hearty lunch and dinner. Read More...

 
Starhill Culinary Studio Starhill Culinary Studio

Hone your culinary skills by joining classes at Starhill Culinary Studio! Learn how to cook your favourite Malaysian dishes, delicious Japanese cuisine and delectable French snacks in a sleek, comfortable atmosphere. Read More...

Espressolab Coffee Shop Espressolab Coffee Shop

A serious establishment for all things coffee, Espressolab is a minimalist café in Solaris serving up some of the best coffee in the city, allowing guests to bring in outside food to enjoy with their drinks. Read More...

 
Area 27, Bukit Bintang

In Kuala Lumpur the name Bernard Chandran is synonymous with local haute couture. Read More...

Burger Junkyard Burger Junkyard

Burger Junkyard in Kota Damansara – a gourmet burger bar worth investigating for its hearty, inventive meat sandwiches. Read More...

 
Di Wei Chinese Restaurant Di Wei Chinese Restaurant

Di Wei Chinese Restaurant is a posh dim sum restaurant in Empire Hotel Subang putting out tasty versions of these Chinese-style tapas dishes in air-conditioned comfort and boasting prompt service. Read More...

Egg Fashion Egg Fashion

Mixing old-fashioned service with thoroughly up-to-the-minute style, Egg is a bright and airy shop stocking great daywear by the likes of local design labels Egg. Read More...

 
Hop-On Night Excursion Hop-On Night Excursion

See the city in a whole new light with the Hop-On Night Excursion. Visit Batu Caves, Chinatown and more, plus treat your taste buds to one of Malaysia’s most famous local delights – satay! Read More...

Rum Jungle Club Rum Jungle Club

Standing prominently along Jalan P Ramlee, Rum Jungle is a rainforest-themed nightclub divided into four main areas (each with a bar counter of its own), and a notorious reputation for attracting ‘working girls’. Read More...

 
Royal Selangor Visitor's Centre Royal Selangor Centre

Recognised as one of the country's premier attractions, the Royal Selangor Visitor's Centre is a gorgeous and well-managed exhibit, with free guided tours that will take you through its galleries and even the factory Read More...

Cedar on 15 Cedar on 15

Cedar On 15 is a rooftop fine-dining restaurant on the 15th floor of Impiana KLCC Hotel offering top-notch fusion food, a fantastic location just opposite Suria KLCC and a refined, relaxed atmosphere Read More...

 
Emporium Grand Cafe Emporium Grand Cafe

Holding the record for the longest running Happy Hour in KL, the extraordinary Emporium Grand Cafe and Lounge is a bar and restaurant that serves western and Mediterranean food with an Asian twist, in distinctively lavish environs. Read More...

F Block F Block

Just what the doctor ordered for thrifty fashionistas, F Block is one of our favourite local boutiques, offering an unfailingly cool collection of clothes, shoes and jewellery in step with the current season’s fashion styles. Read More...

 
Quirky Brown Cow Quirky Brown Cow

The sort of store that will have thrifty fashionistas rejoicing, Quirky Brown Cow is a Bangsar fashion boutique known for its chic, vintage, and romantic collections at prices that won’t break the bank. Read More...

Harrods Cafe Harrods Cafe

Opened early 2013, Harrods Cafe is a teashop quickly gaining popularity for treats like cakes, macaroons and pastries, as well as its made-to-order sandwiches and mains. Read More...

 
Jorya Weekend Jorya Weekend

Jorya Weekend is a Bangsar clothes store housing a collection of in-style fashions, feminine designs and casual wear, designed for sophisticated fashionistas who are unafraid to show off their individual style with flair and conviction. Read More...

il Lido Rooftop Bar il Lido Rooftop Bar

A great place for a casual, romantic date, the two-storey Il Lido is an award-winning fine-dining restaurant and rooftop bar offering a menu of well-executed Italian dishes and inventive cocktails. Read More...

 
Ronnie Q’s Ronnie Q’s Bar

A Bangsar sports bar that is largely popular with expats, Ronnie Q’s is a laidback, homey and friendly place best known for its warm and efficient staff, ice-cold beers and tasty pub grub. Read More...

Rootz Rooftop Bar Rootz Rooftop Bar

Topping Lot 10 shopping centre, Rootz Rooftop Bar looks like lavishly-conceived version of a Russian palace nightclub with velvet drapes, glittering chandeliers, plush armchairs and gold-gilded paintings of early 19th century Renaissance. Read More...

 
Tous Les Jours Tous Les Jours

Tous Les Jours is a French-Korean bakery with classic French pastries, unique South Korean breads and a wide array of delicious cakes. Opens daily from 08:00 till 22:00. Read More...

Hard Rock Café KL Hard Rock Café KL

A legend on KL’s nightlife scene, Hard Rock Café is a great place to go if you are craving a burger and fries, or if you want to rock out to live music. Read More...

 
Melur and Thyme Melur and Thyme

Melur and Thyme is an East-meets-West restaurant with a quiet ambiance at a less-prodded area in KLCC. Serving fusion-Malaysian dishes with a focus on duck, it is a great place to for a hearty lunch and dinner. Read More...

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