Bukit Bintang literally translates as Star Hill and is indeed a ‘star’ in shopping and entertainment. Shopping and entertainment takes on a more luxurious persona in Bukit Bintang. From the award winning Pavillion, Starhill, Lot 10, Fahrenheit, Sungei Wang, Berjaya Times Square Mall, Imbi Plaza and Low Yat Plaza, all these are merely a handful of an almost swanky malls that offer internationally-known brands. Most of these malls serve as lifestyle centres and come complete with restaurants, cineplexes, spas, fitness centres and theme parks.Bukit Bintang is undoubtedly the city’s foremost shopping precinct with everything from haute coutre fashion, fragrances and timepieces to computer peripherals and the latest gadgets.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is currently Malaysia’s premier shopping destination offering trendy fashion, cuisines and urban leisure. This shopping mall has over 500 outlets offering the finest fashion, home furnishing, entertainment and culinary delights. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is the winner of 24 local and international retail awards.
Starhill Gallery is a luxury retail mall located in the Bukit Bintang shopping district of Kuala Lumpur. The mall opened in 1996 as Starhill Shopping Centre but the word ‘Gallery’ was added to the official name of the mall because it held the largest watch gallery in the world at the time for the affluent Malaysians and foreign visitors.Visitors will see a large number of exclusive jewellery shops designer boutiques for fashion, shoes, handbags and cameras. On the lower ground level of the mall are a number of lavish restaurants.
Fahrenheit 88 is Kuala Lumpur’s latest addition in vibrant, iconic shopping destinations for the young urbanites with over 250 retail stores, anchored by the first UNIQLO flagship store in Malaysia. It also contains F&B hot spots and entertainment outlets spanning over 7 levels of shopping space.
Lot 10 Shopping Mall offers a diverse range of fashionable lifestyle choices from a range of cultures, with variety of ladies fashion ranging from executive apparels to elegant garments and its anchor tenant, ISETAN of Japan. The store is spread out over 5 levels which boasts a wide selection of electronic shops, supermarkets, food courts, restaurants, specialty stores, beauty, health treatment and an entertainment outlet.
SUNGEI WANG PLAZA
Sungei Wang Plaza is a vibrant shopping hub in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with offerings in fashion, accessories, mobile phones, gadgets, beauty and many more at affordable rates for all kinds of shoppers. This plaza offers visitors more than 800 retail outlets in one shopping haven complete with functional facilities and accessible public transportation. Known as one of the most happening malls in town for its events and promotions since the 90s, Sungei Wang Plaza is home to numerous popular international and local artistes, fashion shows, countdown concerts, festive season stage showcases and corporate social responsibility programs. The Plaza went through its second major refurbishment in late-2012.
Imbi Plaza is the place to go if you are looking for computer hardware and software at less inflated prices. Imbi Plaza is a low-budget shopping mall, where prices mainly depend on your bargaining skills.
LOW YAT PLAZA
Low Yat Plaza, located in the shopping district of Bukit Bintang, is the best place to look for computers, cameras and electronic gadgets.
BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE
Berjaya Times Square houses over a 1,000 retail outlets including theme parks, book stores, cinemas, excellent shopping experiences, accommodations, business facilities, restaurants, gadgets and electronics, fashion and apparel, home furnishings, gifts and collectibles and many more under one roof. Berjaya Times Square Theme Park is an indoor theme park that offers thrilling rides and activities for people of all ages. Galaxy Station rollercoasters for thrill seekers while Fantasy Garden is great for family fun with eight rides amidst colorful garden avenues. Theme Park Ticket purchase is required.
JALAN ALOR (STREET FOOD)
Open Daily: 6.00pm- 12.00am
It is a place both locals and tourists flock to for a full-blown open-air street food experience. It was known as a red light area but is now a well-known tourist eatery. Just a street away from Jalan Bukit Bintang, visitors love Jalan Alor for its vibrant and buzzing aura of food choices. Located just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang and a short walk away from Changkat Bukit Bintang, it is a hive of activity when the sun sets.Red lanterns are strung across street lamps, casting their warm glow onto the hordes of people on the street. Food hawkers wave plastic menus at everyone, enticing them with photos of their specialities.Dubbed the cultural heart of the city’s local cuisine, tourists rarely venture here unguided. Both with tourist guides and locals alike; almost every tourist will be brought here. A sharp contrast to trendy Jalan Bukit Bintang and Changkat Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor has a local charm to it with atmospheric air-conditioned chinese seafood restaurants, bright fluorescent restaurant signage lighting and mini red chinese lanterns strung up in the trees. But it is also a tad messy because of the seemingly-endless row of hawker stalls set up on the five-foot walkway, with plastic tables and chairs spilling out onto the road. Kuala Lumpur being a cosmopolitan city, the variety of food available is amazing and in Jalan Alor the barbecued meats, noodles and desserts are some of the best (and reasonably priced) in the city. Most of these dishes cannot be found in fashion-conscious restaurants – and even if they are, they are rarely as tasty, so hawker stalls are a favourite on the city’s foodie scene. The place stays loud and vibrant throughout the night with vendors furiously fanning grills of chicken and beef skewers, the metallic clang of frying woks and the air thick with charcoal smoke is part of Jalan Alor’s unique charm.
CHANGKAT BUKIT BINTANG
Open Daily: 6.00pm – 1.00am
Changkat has grown organically is open, friendly and fun. Changkat Bukit Bintang is a network of alleys and streets that make part of the Bukit Bintang area. You will come across a blend of old and new charm buildings from the prewar era which have now been refurbished into upscale pubs been likened to London’s Piccadilly Circus and New York City’s Times Square and dubbed Dining. It is a trendy place for pub crawling and one of Kuala Lumpur’s most “happening” night scenes. This street is lined with a mix of chic casual bars, restaurants, street hawkers, pubs and budget hotels. Changkat Bukit Bintang are broad. It is the street with the most vibrant restaurant scenes in downtown Kuala Lumpur.Foodies would love the wide variety of gastronomic choices from authentic traditional dishes to fusion cuisines. There is the Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar, Thai Baan 26 and Italian Neroteca. After clubbing or drinking late at night, pub crawlers or revellers may join the locals for some food on bamboo skewers (meatballs, chicken, squid, boiled eggs, a variety of vegetables, cuttlefish).In tandem with Changkat establishing itself as Kuala Lumpur’s most happening entertainment area, it has also become the place for budget travellers to stay. This not only helps make for a refreshing mix it also acts as a counterweight to the sprawl of surrounding 5 star hotels.Without the tourists and resident expats, many entertainment venues would simply not survive. As it is, Changkat goes from strength to strength, for which both locals and visitors to KL frequent. So, when one fancy a chilled out drink, a good meal,or a place to groove, Changkat a night out.