Visiting Kuala Lumpur – A City Guide
A city of skyscrapers and side streets, minarets and markets, Kuala Lumpur is a modern metropolis that cherishes its cultural heart. Whether you’re here to visit the business hub around the Golden Triangle, explore Chinatown
’s busy streets and markets, or enjoy the nightlife of Bukit Bintang
, Malaysia’s capital hums with enticing energy.
Kuala Lumpur: City Layout and Top Attractions
The focal point of this metropolis is Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
, a business district defined by iconic landmarks like the twin Petronas Towers
. Redeem your IHG® Rewards Club points to extend your stay at a luxury KL hotel close to KLCC’s shopping and dining.
is the center of Kuala Lumpur’s colonial core, a haven of classic Malaysian architecture. Southwest, you’ll find hip nightlife in Bangsar
, the spice-scented Indian enclave of Little India in vibrant Brickfields
, and KL Sentral
’s hotels and fashionable dining.
Eating Out in Kuala Lumpur
Lively Petaling Street
sells Chinese street food at hawker stands tucked between displays of handbags and sunglasses. Nearby Madras Lane continues the feast with a plethora of food stands, including Chinese and Malay delicacies.
Chow Kit Market is the place to go for fresh meat and seafood, while Jalan Alor
road becomes an open-air restaurant in the evening, with every sidewalk sprouting chairs and tables.
If you prefer the cool comfort of air conditioning, Suria KLCC Mall
offers a wide variety of cuisines, from the typical Chinese-Malay-Indian to Japanese, Thai and Italian.
Shopping in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market
focuses on local artisans, with booths selling colorful batik cloth, handmade wood carvings and other traditional handicrafts.
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Bukit Bintang’s Pavilion KL
shopping mall has numerous international brands and an entire section of Japanese goods. You’ll find everything from this season’s hottest sneakers to designer purses in hundreds of stores.
Culture & Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur
When the sun goes down and the day’s steamy heat settles, Bukit Bintang is Kuala Lumpur’s main entertainment hub, with cinemas, lively night markets, Latin American dance floors and swanky rooftop bars.
If you’re looking for something more low-key, try the pubs and high-quality steakhouses in the Bangsar and Mid Valley neighborhoods. Close to hotels in Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya offers something different: a giant indoor trampoline park
, open late into the night.
The Islamic Art Museum
houses an expansive collection of Islamic artifacts, alongside exhibits about architecture, calligraphy and the cultures of Malaysia.
If you’re a fan of live performance, Istana Budaya
is a state-of-the-art opera house and concert hall that’s the best place to catch the National Symphony Orchestra or the National Choir.
Leisure in Kuala Lumpur
The Perdana Botanical Gardens
, with over 800 varieties of orchid, offer a lush and quiet urban respite.
Just outside the city are the Batu Caves
, a Hindu pilgrimage site that’s also a popular place for rock climbing. In Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
, you can get up close with Malaysian elephants.