Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Shopping in Kuala Lumpur is one of the greatest pleasures for visitors to Kuala Lumpur. The city alone has more than 60 shopping malls and referred as the retail and fashion hub of Malaysia with a wide range of merchandise available in every price bracket. A premier shopping destination in Kuala Lumpur is the Suria KLCC shopping mall, located beneath the Petronas Twin Towers. This huge shopping mall is conveniently accessible by the Kelana Jaya (Light Rail Transit) Line with a station beneath the mall.

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Shopping in Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur's premier shopping district is Bukit Bintang, located in the city's Golden Triangle. Bukit Bintang is equivalent to Tokyo's Ginza, New York's Fifth Avenue and Singapore's Orchard Road. The area has the highest concentration of shopping outlets in Kuala Lumpur, catering to varying budgets but mostly in the mid to high-end price range. Bukit Bintang spans over three roads, namely Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Imbi and Jalan Sultan Ismail. Besides shopping, Bukit Bintang is home to various cafes and restaurants including
alfresco (open air) dining outlets.

Shopping complexes here include Berjaya Plaza, Berjaya Times Square, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Imbi Plaza, Kuala Lumpur Plaza, Lot 10, Low Yat Plaza, Pavilion KL, Starhill Plaza and Sungei Wang Plaza. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is a recent addition to the cluster of shopping malls in the area and houses a wide range of international retail brands in an ultra-modern complex. Fans of electronic gadgets should head to Low Yat Plaza, whilst shoppers hunting for the latest in Asian fashion should definitely check out Berjaya Times Square and Bukit Bintang/Sungei Wang Plaza.

Sungai Wang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur

Sungai Wang Plaza

Several popular malls are located outside the Golden Triangle. Bangsar (including the Mid Valley area) is home to some of the best shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. Major malls in Mid Valley include the Mid Valley Megamall and the adjacent
upmarket The Gardens. The Mid Valley Megamall is one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia comprising of five and a half floors and home to more than 400 retailers. Anchor tenants here include Carrefour, Jusco, Golden Screen Cinemas, Metrojaya and Harvey Norman. Shopping malls in Bangsar include the cozy Bangsar Village and Bangsar Shopping Centre.

Traditional Markets
Despite the onslaught of modern shopping malls, Kuala Lumpur still offers some traditional Asian shopping streets and markets. The best area for such shopping is the outdoor street market of Chinatown (at Petaling Street) located in the city centre. Nearby Chinatown is the indoor and air-conditioned Central Market (Pasar Seni), the best place to hunt for souvenirs as well as local art, craft
and traditional fabrics.

Little India
Little India near Jalan Masjid India is home to several Indian-owned shops, many offering fabrics for various use. Most of the fabrics are imported from countries like Indonesia, India and China while some are locally produced. Sewn fabrics include bed sheets, curtains, Indian sarees, scarves, batik and traditional Malay clothing such as
'baju kurung' and 'baju kebaya' for women. For peace of mind, buy from the bigger stores. Some Thai handicrafts are also sold here, alongside handmade Malaysian wooden souvenirs.

Little India, Kuala Lumpur

Little India in Brickfields

Outside Kuala Lumpur
There are many shopping malls in the neighbouring suburb cities of Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya. Major malls include Sunway Pyramid Megamall at Bandar Sunway in Petaling Jaya and Empire Subang in Subang Jaya. The Damansara area has a high concentration of shopping centres outside of Kuala Lumpur including the The Curve, Ikano Power Centre, IKEA, Courts Megastore and One Utama shopping complex.

Since 2000, the Ministry of Tourism of Malaysia has kick-started the mega sale event for all shopping in Malaysia. The mega sale event is held three times in a year i.e. in March, May and December. During the period, shopping malls are encouraged to participate to boost Kuala Lumpur as a leading shopping destination.

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