Top 5 Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur

4 January, 2010

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.

Bukit Bintang KL Malaysia

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.

Central Market Shopping Malaysia

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.

Chinatown KL Shops

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.

Petronas Towers

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.

Merdeka Square KL Malaysia

Photos courtesy of Nomad@TW, ~MVI~, bigdani, Sham Hardy, Thomas van Ardenne

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

Comments (21)

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  • scenicviewsReply

    13 February, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Thanks for sharing this comprehensive report. My wife ask me to make a short trip to Malaysia, and I think your handy guide is very useful to us. Thanks.
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  • Suzanne DayReply

    13 December, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Great article with a wealth of information – you prettymuch picked the same places I did! I loved KL and have also written some articles on Kuala Lumpur in case anyone wants more to read, particularly on Chinatown and Little India:

    Things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: A Traveller’s Guide to Kuala Lumpur Attractions & Sightseeing

    Kuala Lumpur Shopping: A Shopaholic’s Guide to Exciting Purchases in KL, Malaysia

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    9 February, 2011 at 2:12 am

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  • Bocas Del ToroReply

    1 March, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Impressive list, very useful! I’ve only seen Petronas Towers and I would love to visit the places you suggest. Hey, do you have a list of places where I can take my kids to enjoy in KL? Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Zhiqiang & TingyiReply

      2 March, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      Consider shopping in Petaling Street and exploring the Bukit Bintang shopping areas – lots to do for kids, even an indoor amusement park!

  • JackReply

    5 March, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Malaysia is a must visit country.

  • RajivReply

    14 March, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks for the advice. I am planning a trip to Kualalumpur this year. I will try and certainly visit the mentioned places.

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  • RajivReply

    14 June, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I am planning a trip to kualalumpur very soon. Your article has provided a good insight of the city.

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    16 October, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Something about Malaysia from me. Everyday living and places of interest through my own experience. My website is for my own fun only but maybe it can give you some extra picture of Malaysia – informal, okay. I suggest that after you visit Kuala Lumpur, take a bus to Malacca for a historical and fun journey. Next day, you go back to Kuala Lumpur, go to Genting Highlands. Take the bus. Our bus facilities are good enough and cheap. If you are interested in silk, don’t forget to visit Kelantan and Terengganu.My blog :

  • AnitaReply

    8 November, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Hey…thanks for the list, it gave me a lot of clarity on what all I should include in my itinerary…I am travelling on my own this December, and want to check out KL in the company of new friends

  • David LReply

    10 November, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    There are more than that in KL.

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    23 April, 2012 at 5:27 pm

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  • SundanceReply

    6 June, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with all people you really realize what you are speaking about! Bookmarked.

  • EmmaReply

    16 July, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    For travelers traveling to Kuala Lumpur, some of the top things to do here include heritage walk or tour, shopping, eating and urban sports like golfing, horse riding and jogging. Kuala Lumpur city is safe and with buzzing nightlife.
    Kuala Lumpur is perfect blend of tourist attractions, food, nightlife and shopping..
    Hope you all like it and plan next trip to Kuala Lumpur.

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    5 December, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    great blog post..!! I have never seen before like this post actually i’m planning to visit kuala lumpur soon it’s very helpful post for travelers.

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