Kuala Lumpur is known as a shopping paradise for many especially with its glitzy designer boutiques and high-gloss mega malls. However, beneath the glitz, there are also crafts and cultural finds, street markets and traditional and modern architecture that will appeal to anyone in the city. I will be sharing with you, from my personal experiences, top 5 places you can visit in Kuala Lumpur to satisfy not just your shopping craves but also provide an educational experience to your stay in this city.
1. Bukit Bintang
You can stroll down Kuala Lumpur’s catwalk in the glare of neon, amidst all the designer boutiques and mega malls. This place is touted as KL’s answer to Paris’ Champs Elysees and Tokyo’s Ginza rolled into one. This place is dense with restaurants and bars and is particularly a good hunting ground for entertainment after dark.
2. Central Market
Away from the glitz of Bukit Bintang, Central Market offers the opportunity for you to indulge in some low-key shopping. You will find some interesting shops, with craft goods from Borneo and Indonesia and during the weekends, you can expect some form of musical entertainment just outside this market.
3. Chinatown – Jalan Petaling
Shop for bargains in the busy Chinatown street market, though look out for the vast array of counterfeit goods. This is the place to engage in some light-hearted banter with the vendors and maybe make the occasional purchase of something you don’t really need. The night market is open from 6pm to 11pm daily.
4. Petronas Towers
Visit one of the tallest buildings of the 20th century, symbol of the country’s modernity. While here, indulge in a little retail therapy in the Suria KLCC where you could spend an entire day shopping, eating and being entertained.
5. Merdeka Square
Once you are satisfied with your shopping exploits in Kuala Lumpur, why not slow down and step back into history and admire architectural gems of a bygone age e.g. the majestic Sultan Abdul Samad Building.