Kuala Lumpur, the commercial hub of Malaysia, abounds with a vibrant blend of shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities for visitors. Shopping in Kuala Lumpur (KL) promises variety, value and convenience.
Shopping establishments display a wide range of goods rivaling hat of major cities elsewhere while the local passion for food is evident in its numerous dining spots. At dusk a whole spectrum of entertainment beckons fun lovers to a world of pulsating rhythms and flashing colours. There is a bewildering range of shopping establishments catering for every taste and budget, which includes modern air-conditioned shopping malls, department stores, hypermarkets, shopping arcades, specialty stores, handicraft centres, duty-free shops, bazaars and nightmarkets. Among the items high on the shopping list of tourists are pewter, batik, duty-free items, electrical products, porter attire, sportswear and handicrafts. A novel experience for overseas visitors is the night markets or “Pasar Malam” which begins in the late afternoon. These open-air markets feature hawker stalls that sell a variety of local produce, foodstuff, clothing and cakes. Haggling is a common practice. Street artists and traditional medicine vendors are an entertaining sight here.
The Mega Sale Shopping Carnival
Held three times a year in Kuala Lumpur and other major cities in Malaysia is an opportune time to pick up great bargains. There are several principal shopping precincts in the city. The most popular is the area bounded by Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Imbi in the hotel belt. Other popular areas are Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Petaling Street, Jalan H. S. Lee and Bangsar.
JALAN AMPANG / JALAN TUN RAZAK
Located within KL’s diplomatic enclave, the Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak areas are served by prestigious shopping complexes that boast international names as well as quality local products. Shoppers looking for upmarket merchandise will find numerous outlets here.
SURIA KLCC – https://www.suriaklcc.com.my/
Located in the ultra-modern Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) the Suria Shopping Complex tops the list as one of the city?s trendiest and classiest shopping complex. Bright and cheery with a stylised logo of the sun from which it gets its name, Suria?s neighbour is the majestic Petronas Twin Towers, KL?s most famous landmark. Within the Suria?s gleaming multi-level floors are specialty shops, Aquaria, department stores, fashion boutiques, designer fashion houses, jewelers and duty-tree shops bursting with an enormous range of products. Take a break to enjoy the refreshing ambience of the immaculately-landscaped KLCC Park and the spectacular musical fountain display.
CITY SQUARE SHOPPING COMPLEX
Comprising a hotel, office building and shopping complex, City Square caters for the varied needs of the modern shopper. The shopping complex is situated at the bustling junction of Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak. Within its 2 million sq ft of commercial area is a wide range of shops which include beauty salons, art galleries, exclusive boutiques and travel agencies.
Housed within this Plaza is a wide selection of specialty stores offering goods ranging from designer items to products for daily needs. This shopping centre is part of an integrated complex together with the adjoining City Square and Crown Princess Hotel.
This is one of the latest additions to the city’s list of upscale malls. Designed by French designer Christian Liaigre, it comprises the Avenue K Shopping and Lifestyle Centre, a luxury hotel, serviced apartments and a condominium tower. Avenue K offers leading designer labels and branded items along with attractions such as a roof garden, an exclusive spa, an international bookstore, a gourmet grocery store as well as trendy caf? and restaurants.
GREAT EASTERN MALL
This mall offers a variety of retail outlets catering to all preferences. Highlights include fashion wear, children?s clothes, computer peripherals and a well-stocked supermarket with imported foodstuff.
JALAN BUKIT BINTANG
BUKIT BINTANG PLAZA
One of KL’s oldest shopping centres, Bukit Bintang Plaza still attracts the crowds with its offerings of local and international goods comprising clothes, fashion accessories, footwear, sports and electrical equipment, pharmaceutical products, computers and furniture.
SUNGEI WANG PLAZA
This perennially popular shopping centre houses more than 500 retail outlets offering an incredible assortment of goods for all budgets. Main attractions here are photography, electronic and electrical equipment, fashion wear and accessories, bags and luggage, footwear, handphones, bric-a-brac, beauty salons and boutiques. Its Fiesta Street offers delicious Italian, American and South African fare.
LOW YAT PLAZA SHOPPING CENTRE
(Computer, Electronic & Cell Phone Heaven)
A stylish and well- integrated shopping mall, Low Vat Plaza joins the cream of favourite retail and entertainment establishments in the heart of Bukit Bintang offering a spectrum of fashion, food and family recreation as well as thematic concepts. Alongside Low Yat Plaza is the BB Park which features an outdoor beer garden, pizzeria, a food village, a tantalizing menu of local and international cuisine, local handicraft stalls and a pot-pourri of cultural performances nightly!
Located beside Sungei Wang Plaza along Jalan Imbi, this is the place for those who are interested in computer hardware and software.
This huge shopping mall with its distinctive green and blue striped facade caters to up market shoppers. Shoppers will have no problem finding their favourite branded designer items. lsetan is the anchor tenant.
Adjacent to JW Marriott Hotel, Starhill Gallery is a stylish building with marble flooring and gilded banisters. Covering an area of 280,000 square feet, this upmarket shopping mall was designed by architects and designers from Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, USA, France, Italy, England and Germany. Starhill Gallery has seven themed floors, each featuring a different experience. The “Indulge Floor” boasts fashion items and luxury brands while the “Adorn Floor” consists of luxury watches and branded fashion accessories. To refresh a tired mind and body, the “Pamper Floor” offers services related to wellness and beauty, and is reputed to be twice the size of Harrod’s Urban Spa Retreat. After an enjoyable shopping spree, stop by at the ?Feast Village? for an interesting dining experience.
Sandwiched between Lot 10 and Starhill, KL Plaza is a good place to shop for exclusive watches, travelling bags, designer shoes and jewellery. Tower Records, the huge music retail outlet located here, is a treasure trove of audio-visual items for music buffs.
Home to exclusive shops and brands that cannot be found anywhere else in Malaysia like Kiehl’s and Molocule, Pavilion is shopping nirvana. Luxuriously spacious with informative signage’s at every nook and corner, shoppers can navigate themselves very easily with no fear of getting lost here It caters to the upper-middle class to high-end market, offering brands like Versace, Hermes, Coach and Corum amongst others. There’s even an eclectic art gallery called Ode to Art which gives patrons a feast for their eyes and decor ideas for their homes. South East Asia s biggest Esprit store is also here. With over 450 retail shops spread across all its seven levels, and great choice in fashion, food and leisure, Pavilion will certainly meet your high taste pleasures.
BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE
Set foot on a retail journey as the never-ending mix of merchandise found at Berjaya Times Square takes shopping to a new level. Offering a huge array of shopping choices with brands like Mango (MNG), Motivi, Oxbow, Blush!, Nichii, Tag Heuer, Timberland, Levi’s & Dockers, U2 and many more, you will feel as though you have been on a shopping journey around the world. Besides providing enjoyable shopping pursuits, Berjaya Times Square entices shoppers with a long list of fun, leisure and entertainment choices. Its 380,000 square feet of entertainment arena houses Cosmo’s World Theme Park – Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park. Home to the longest roller coaster in Asia.
JALAN SULTAN / JALAN TUN H.S. LEE
Within walking distance of the Pudu Raya bus station, the lively Jalan Cheng Lock area has become the focus of shoppers who like to enjoy a mixed range of retail establishments – from shopping complexes to pre-war shophouses. Go there for an absorbing atmosphere as well as for some wonderful shopping.
CENTRAL MARKET SHOPPING COMPLEX
Formerly Kuala Lumpur’s principal wet-market, this bazaar-style arts and crafts centre offers a wide variety of works on sale by local artists and craftsmen. You can have your portrait sketched, or browse through souvenirs on display or visit a traditional medicine shop. Central Market is located at Jalan Hang Kasturi, which is within walking distance from Petaling Street (Chinatown), Kotaraya, Dayabumi and the Klang Bus Station. It is easily accessible either by bus or train (LRT or Commuter) and it is also within walking distance from the Star LRT Masjid Jamek Station.
KOTA RAYA SHOPPING COMPLEX
In the vicinity of Chinatown, Kota Raya has a wide range of shoes, handbags, clothing and textiles.
Located at the heart of KL’s bustling Chinatown, Petaling Street is the place to head for those who are interested in experiencing the excitement of bargaining for their purchases. Its popular night market is a daily feature. This is a good place to purchase Chinese artifact like figurines, incense-holders, paintings, joss-sticks and bric-a-brac. Other interesting items include herbs for traditional remedies and sweetmeats. Aged craftsmen at work in their shop houses can be seen producing goods such as lanterns, tin ware and calligraphy items along the streets. Shops here stock a variety of textiles, clothes, shoes and handbags. Petaling Street is also known for its jewellery shops with their fascinating variety of beautifully crafted gold items set with priceless gemstones.
Located at Jalan Changkat Thamby Dollah in Pudu, Shaw Parade attracts a steady stream of shoppers with its range of photographic equipment, videos, home decor and specialty items.
SINAR KOTA SHOPPING COMPLEX
Easily accessible from the Pudu Raya bus station, Sinarkota showcases a full range of quality goods from luggage to household products, children’s paraphernalia, shoes, pharmaceutical products, watches, textiles and accessories.
Located along the intersection of Jalan Tun H.S. Lee and Jalan Cheng Lock, this complex is another attraction of KL’s Chinatown with its many little shops offering a variety of goods from hair ornaments to clothing, textiles, shoes and handbags. There are also gift shops, music shops, book shops and toy stores.
UDA – OCEAN SHOPPING COMPLEX
Located near the Klang Bus Station, it offers a wide range of apparel, shoes, handbags and textiles at reasonable prices.
JALAN TUANKU ABDUL RAHMAN
This area enjoys a reputation as the grande dame of KL’s shopping. The stretch of road here is flanked on both sides by pre-war buildings. The interesting facades have been preserved and re-adapted for modern businesses, mostly retailing. Shops offer a wide range of fabrics & textiles, bags & luggage, carpets, sports goods and winter clothing. The nearby Jalan Masjid India and Lebuh Ampang are equally popular among shoppers. Walk through the narrow alleys to hunt for unique buys. A major shopping mall in this area is the Sogo Departmental Store. Other popular shopping complexes such as the Pertama Complex, Globe Silk Store, Kamdar and Tang Ling offer affordable shopping for those on a budget.
Take the STAR LRT to the Bandaraya Station. Sogo is situated just across the road.
This popular Japanese department store is a big draw among city dwellers for its diverse merchandise, from fashionwear, household items, electrical and electronics, to sports equipment. The store also offers a large selection of Japanese foodstuff.
One of the earlier shopping complexes in the city, it has mid to budget-price items such as sportswear, shoes, handbags, watches, photographic equipment and electronic goods.
MAJU JUNCTION, GLOBE SILK STORE, KAMDAR & TANG LING
These stores, located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, offer affordable shopping for those on a budget. Popular items are adults apparel, children’s clothes, textiles, furnishing and bric-a-brac.
JALAN MASJID INDIA
Running parallel to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, this street is lined by shops selling Indian items such as sarees, sandalwood oil, bangles, silver anklets, gold jewellery, brassware and Indian silver tableware. Other items include religious paraphernalia, handicrafts, herbs and perfumed oils.
Step out of the confines and comfort of the shopping malls and take in some serious street shopping. Malaysia’s street-style shopping is a concoction of bazaars, flea markets and the ever-present “pasar malam” or night market, and is certainly a major, if not popular element of the local culture.
Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman is closed to traffic between 5:00pm – 10:00pm every Saturday and transforms into a night market where petty traders and hawkers sell an assortment of goods in the open air. The night market offers visitors an interesting place to walk through and perhaps pick up some casual attire, local products, clothing as well as sample some local delicacies. Drop in at any street mart nationwide and you will be assaulted by a mix of colours and aromas that paint a picture vibrant enough to provide endless snapshots, fun experiences and best of all, a bag full of bargains. Browse through jewellery, ornaments and accessories, trendy apparels, home furnishings, handicrafts, food and other knick-knacks. Our open marts offer many surprises to catch your fancy, all at rock bottom prices.
So, brace yourself for a fun-filled shopping adventure on Malaysian streets – remember though, bargaining is a must. It is after all, one of the best parts of local street shopping.
While street shopping is a not-to-be-missed affair, these days shoppers will find that the streets have moved into the comfortable environs of shopping malls. The 2 in 1 combo offers a delightful choice of shopping for traditional departmental store items as well as knick-knacks that typically can only be found at street stalls.
The affluent suburb of Bangsar’s has emerged in recent years as a popular shopping centre for its large expatriate community and the local residents. Bangsar is centrally located between the city and the municipality of Petaling Jaya, a mere 15-minute drive from the city centre. There are two modern shopping complexes, boutiques and attractively decorated shops selling a wide range of products such as antiques, furniture, textiles, cosmetics, household items, electrical goods and sports wear. Apart from shopping complexes, Bangsar’s appeal also lies in the wide choice of dining outlets and entertainment spots available, making it a magnet for social gatherings especially in the evenings.
BANGSAR VILLAGE 1 & 2
Located along Jalan Telawi, the Bangsar Village shopping centre has grown from a small and friendly community shopping mall to a vibrant centre to fill the entertainment and leisure hours of those within the Klang Valley. Among the retail mix here are a general supermarket, an organic supermarket cum deli, coffee chains, pharmacies, a bookstore, restaurants and cafes, as well as children’s toy shops and play centres. There are many retail kiosks operating at Bangsar Village 1 featuring quaint and charming pieces of imported children’s clothes (at affordable prices) and handmade embroidered throws and quilts. Bangsar Village 2 is slightly different from its twin. It is a boutique shopping centre targeted to the fashion lovers around the world. It has some renowned designer names within its fashion retail mix, besides a good selection of outlets offering home decor, books, health and beauty services, and paintings. Brands such as Ted Baker, Raoul, Massimo Dutti, Liz Claiborne, Mexx, Zara, Birkenstock, Aldo, Nike, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Royal Doulton can be found in the new wing. Occasionally, the shopping centre organizes thematic events and exhibitions. Among the more interesting ones was an exhibition and sale of antique pieces salvaged from shipwrecks in the Malaysian waters. The Treasures of the South China Sea featured fine antique ceramics dating back to several hundreds of years old including rare blue and white porcelain, qingbai ware and antique celadon. Both Bangsar Village 1 and 2 have a good selection of dining outlets ranging from Japanese to Italian, seafood to Chinese, and more.
MID VALLEY MEGAMALL
Located strategically between KL and Petaling Jaya along the Federal Highway, the Mid Valley Megamall is one of the city’s premier shopping malls. Its 430 retail outlets and anchor tenants such as Metrojaya, Jusco and Carrefour are well-stocked with a wide range of merchandise. Of interest here are the one-stop IT centre, the Pet Wonderland, Asia’s largest cineplex and gym and the mega MPH bookstore. A novelty here is the feng shui or Chinese geomancy outlet. Look out for the exciting promotions and activities that take place regularly at the mall’s concourse area.
Take the KTM Komuter train to the Mid Valley Station. The mall is linked to the station via an overhead pedestrian walkway. Alternatively, take the Putra LRT to the Bangsar Station. From here, there are feeder buses to Mid Valley Megamall.
Bangsar Village and Bangsar Shopping Centre are other shopping malls in the area, offering a wide range of imported foodstuff and other merchandise. Located on the outer limits of the city are other major shopping centres such as One Utama, Ikano Power Centre, The Curve, Pearl Point, Alpha Angle and the Mines Shopping Fair.