This is Malaysia's premier and most sophisticated shopping destination, located at the prestigious Kuala Lumpur City Centre, or KLCC. Set in the heart of the Golden Triangle, it offers an array of goods and services, from fashion, entertainment, arts and culture to fast food outlets and restaurants, all spread out over six levels of retail space where Isetan, Parkson, and Tanjong Golden Village are a few major tenants. Hotels, office buildings, a scenic park and fountains surround the center.
This shop, which has been open for over 20 years, is an authorised Adidas sporting goods reseller. The shop mainly stocks gear and equipment for sports such as soccer, tennis, badminton and hockey. Other gear, from brand names such as Wilson, Reebok and Yonex, is also stocked. The goods here are slightly more pricey than at other sport shops, but buyers can be assured of the quality on offer. Located on the main thoroughfare in the city centre, it is convenient for shoppers to visit.
Surrounding Jalan Bukit Bintang and its nearby areas, the neighborhood Bukit Bintang is a popular shopping destination among both visitors and locals in Kuala Lampur. Frequently visited by young people, this area serves as a host to night markets, cafes, bars, shopping malls and eating stalls. Moreover, the major attraction here is the numerous restaurant that serves beloved Iranian, Maghreb and Lebanese delicacies, most of which serves as a host to the participants in the Bintang Walk.
This Kuala Lumpur institution in its present form has been around since 1937. Central Market is a treasure trove of handmade items, souvenirs, custom-made crafts and art. At this wonderful shopping center/market, you'll find various stalls and small shops offering unique wares. Batik textiles can be found throughout and make for a great souvenir. A nearby theater puts on traditional wayang kulit (shadow puppet shows).
Based in Petaling Street, Chinatown is quite the colorful neighborhood. Also known as 'Chee Cheong Kai' (Starch Factory Street), which is in reference to its roots as a tapioca-producing district, Chinatown where one learns to haggle and bargain. You can find some great finds for dirt-cheap prices. Provided you've done your haggling properly. In addition to bargain shopping, you can find clubs, pubs and bars all along Chinatown. All of these things make for one extremely vibrant neighborhood.
Asian Heritage Row is a long row of refurbished buildings that house a wide variety of cuisine. Locals and tourists alike head to the Asian Heritage Row for entertainment and dining. For Malaccan Portuguese head to Kristao Restaurant and Bar or for a snack the Bisou Bake Shop can't be beat. The Asian Heritage Row contains various nightclubs, including the Loft KL and the Rupee Room.
Catering primarily to the working crowd of the nearby offices, Wisma HLA offers an interesting, if limited variety of shops. There are golf shops and tailors as you enter the premises. Moving inward, you will find an abundance of travel agencies as well as stationery stores and small eateries. For a change of pace, and a novel shopping center experience, the third floor plays host to a stockbroking firm, where you can catch some of the action on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.
For an exciting shopping spree, this is the ideal place for all shopaholics. Located in the heart of the city, yet away from the bustle of it all, Menara Weld has a great variety of products on offer, including exclusive private labels, as well as imported and branded products. You can also observe the lunchtime shows demonstrating mouthwatering cuisine, modern fashion and crafts from all over Malaysia.
Some Kuala Lumpur foodies debate whether it’s more of an Italian or Greek restaurant, but whether you order the lasagna or the spanakopita you’re sure to have a satisfying meal at Giovino. Start with tasty tapas of bruschetta or calamari, move on to hearty mains like wild boar or linguine with clams, and be sure to save room for dessert – some say their homemade tiramisu is the best in Malaysia. With elegant indoor seating plus a breezy balcony, Giovino succeeds as both a spot for romantic fine dining or people-watching with a glass of wine on trendy Changkat Bukit Bintang. They also have a retail shop so you can buy their wines, cheese, and cured meats to enjoy at home. -Tanya Procyshyn
Situated just off the bustling Jalan Bukit Bintang, this storehouse of wood handicrafts is a sight to behold for any visitor. Adorning the display shelves are figurines of traditional dancers, Malay warriors and mythical symbols from local folklore. These have been hand-carved with a high degree of skill and patience. Some of them originate from Sarawak, where certain tribes are well known for their carving skills. Prices are reasonable. A piece with an intricately carved hibiscus motif, ideal for wall decoration, costs MYR24.
Nothing to wear to that formal function? This shop may be able to offer the perfect solution. Especially good for women who have problems fitting into the usual ready-to-wear pieces, this local designer boutique gives you the option of tailoring and designing your own gowns. It is very affordable. The store also has a selection of ready-made pieces, from classic black dresses to the beautifully sequined ones. It even has traditional pieces like the kebaya and cheong sam.