The Ultimate Shopping Directory
for Kuala Lumpur
We all have that one friend who can totally relate to Isla Fisher’s character in Confessions of a Shopaholic. After all, there’s nothing like getting excited over a shiny new buy when the paycheck’s cashed in. Shopping in a big city can be intimidating, especially when you're overwhelmed with choice. So here is a roundup of KL’s top haunts for you to shop till you drop!
Known as one of KL’s premium shopping hubs, Pavilion at Bukit Bintang is every shopper’s dream. Lovers of fashion can easily browse through the top brands rooted there, such as Emilio Pucci, Selberan & Comyns, Piaget, Jaeger LeCoultre, Loewe, and Roger Vivier. Aside from the glorious shopping, expect world famous eateries such as France’s famous PAUL bakery, macaron master Ladurée, as well as USA’s Coldstone Creamery.
Fun fact: Pavilion is the first shopping destination that these three internationally renowned food brands chose to plant their feet on Malaysian soil for the first time!
Bangsar Shopping Center
A small upscale haven for the more affluent part of Bangsar, the elegant BSC currently houses more than 170 tenants that show the finer things in life – such as De Dietrich, Maison Curio, BoConcept, TWG, Patchi, and more. Locals and expats can find every kind of pantry-fillers at gourmet supermarket Jason’s Foodhall, find unique knick-knacks at artisan bazaars, or have a fun-filled family day at the indoor skating arena. Being one of the smaller malls in KL, it’s perfect if you don’t like getting swamped by massive crowds and prefer to take your time and browse through all the shops.
It’s the iconic mall with the view of Kuala Lumpur. Suria KLCC is smack dab in the city centre, and takes the cake for being an all-rounder in its offerings of brands and amenities. It houses international fashion brands such as Farah Khan, Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch, dunhill, TUMI, and Braun Buffel. It also boasts a large 50-acre park with a playground and wading pool for family outings or whenever you need a quick breather. When you're done shopping, also check out the KLCC's Petrosains Science Centre, Petronas Art Gallery, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Aquaria KLCC Oceanarium.
Tip: Make sure you get to stay until the sun goes down to catch the colourful fountain show at the park, and take plenty of selfies at the Twin Towers!
It really doesn’t get any more luxe than Starhill Gallery. Known as “the gallery for rich experiences”, its lavish and warm interiors immediately reflect its opulence. It’s seven luxurious floors of nothing but the best, housing international icons from Dior to Khoon Hooi to Alexander McQueen. The gallery is also known for showcasing some rare and unique luxury watch and jewellery retailers, like Audemars Piguet, B.R.M Chronographes, Boucheron, Breguet, Maurice Lacroix, and Cecil Purnell. Foodies can also enjoy a unique dining experience at the Feast Village, which can be described as nothing else but a dining performance which covers every cuisine from Asian to Mediterranean. It’s time to treat yourself!
This is probably the go-to mall for anyone living in the Klang Valley – it’s just got a little bit of everything! Catch a movie at the Golden Screen Cinema after a long day of shopping, work up a sweat at the Celebrity Fitness gym, or gather your friends for an action-packed day at The Rift for a trippy Virtual/Augmented reality experience. Midvalley is your “one-stop-giant-shop” for all that you need (and want), especially if you’re pressed for time. It’s the place to be whenever there are huge sales going on.
The “fancier” sibling of Midvalley, The Gardens mall is home to more upclass brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Marks & Spencer's, Bang & Olufsen and the like. One can also seek a pamper session at beauty stores such as Aesop, Neal’s Yard Remedies and Ken’s Apothecary. For those who don’t mind cashing out on looking their best, head over to SRM Custom to blend your skincare potions the way you want it, or visit the SK-II Boutique Spa by Senze Salus so that you can put your best face forward.
A favourite and go-to for any true Bangsarian, Bangsar Village at Jalan Telawi is split into two sections in two different buildings. It’s a chic, chill, and casual place where you can fulfil all your shopping needs - from the daily necessities to fancy fineries. Stocked with everything you could ask for, trendsetters can check out the newest threads at Cosette, Wallis, and our very own home-grown Fashion Valet. BV is also a family-friendly mini complex, with a Gymboree at the top floor, and plenty of stores for both new and veteran mummies like Bebehaus and Sergent Major. And if all that shopping makes you a little tired, make your way to the popular bakery, bisou, before indulging in a treatment at the Hamman spa!
Sungei Wang Plaza
Think bargains. Think valuable scores. Think souvenirs. Sungei Wang is the place to be if you’re looking for that fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping atmosphere that gives you a shopper’s buzz. It’s a popular haunt, with over 200 stores, among locals and travellers alike because it’s also located in the city centre, and is the place to hunt for value buys that won’t break the bank. Visitors can easily find “I LOVE KL” knick-knacks and portable gifts here to remind them of their time in Kuala Lumpur.
Established in early 2011, Kasturi Walk is a shaded, open-air flea market that sits along Jalan Kasturi. Here you can find local snacks and vendors selling imitation label fashion items, reasonable bargains, and local treasures such as wooden crafts and batik pieces. Kasturi Walk also has no-fuss food stalls scattered around that sell local bites like Chinese dim sum, Indian rojak, and Malay kuih-muih. Whilst similar to the well-known Petaling Street, it doesn’t boast the same crowd, making it easier to weave through.
Think of KL’s Petaling Street in Chinatown as the shopping haven for sensitive wallets. This vibrant and colourful market is alive from day till night, with countless stalls selling everything you can think of at mind-blowingly low prices. Here you’ll be able to find RM10 Rolexes, RM5 Chanels, and RM15 Louis Vuitton. One can also sample local cuisine, with food stalls and restaurants at every corner – nothing beats a cup of refreshing air mata kucing, a bag of roasted chestnuts (the smell is unforgettable), and a warm sweet bowl of tau foo fah.
Setia Alam Night Market
Known as one of the country’s longest night markets, the Setia Alam Night Market proudly boasts a massive 2.4km-long stretch to a smorgasbord of all things cheap and delicious. You can find everything on the streets here – from RM5 coconut ice cream served in actual coconut shells to RM10 summer dresses. You can also easily find cheap and cheerful local fashion that you can easily wear in the sweltering Malaysian weather, such as light batik-inspired clothing and sandals (while you’re saving up for a pair of Birkenstocks!).