Shop 'Til You Drop with Bargains Galore
From name-brand shoes and handbags to local street markets, Malaysia has shopping options for everyone. Inexpensive electronics, cheap knock-offs, exclusive designer brands or pre-loved are on offer throughout the country, with the capital, Kuala Lumpur, housing most of the upmarket shopping centres and extensive malls.
Kuala Lumpur is fast becoming one of Southeast Asia’s shopping hubs. The KLCC Suria Mall is located underneath the infamous Petronas Towers and divided into three sections: designer and brand labels, more affordable and some international labels, and kids’ toys and clothing. There are food courts, five-star restaurants, electronics stores and music shops all conveniently located next to the monorail station.
Not enough up-market shopping for you? Follow the covered walkway for more shops than you’ve ever imagined! At Bukit Bintang there are shops for all budgets and styles, eateries, bars, a vibrant nightlife and plenty of transport options to and from, making it an idea hub for any visit to Kuala Lumpur. Here you can spend hours wandering through The Pavillion, Starhill Gallery, BB Plaza, Berjaya Times Square and Low Yat Plaza. Movie theatres, bookstores, electronics shops and high-end boutiques will make the time fly by.
For a handmade touch or souvenirs for others, don’t pass up on a visit to Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market. This is where a more authentic Malaysian experience comes to light and where visitors can purchase key chains, figurines, t-shirts, shoes, bags, cute knick knacks and local handicraft such as batik. Items here are more reasonably priced than in the malls, and some stall holders are happy to haggle with you. Buy in bulk for even better prices!
Leaving Kuala Lumpur, visitors are more likely to find local craft markets than large malls, however there is usually one central shopping centre in each main Malaysian city. Most places have sensational night markets, with fresh fish and produce next to souvenirs and handicrafts. Be cautious as some natural products can’t make it home through Australian quarantine, so if you aren’t sure just keep your money in your pocket.
Kota Kinabalu has night markets along the waterfront that extend into pre-loved clothing sections winding up and down the side streets. Inexpensive food on offer and you can watch everything being cooked fresh in front of you – what a treat! Kuching and Penang offer similar style markets, and the central markets in most towns double as the gathering point for locals to discuss politics, the weather, their family or just life in general. Penang is home to some lovely handmade objects and tasty treats! And local grocery stores are a great place to taste local delicacies and sweets.
From Langkawi to the Cameron Highlands to the night life of Kuala Lumpur, your holiday to Malaysia is a fantastic opportunity to pick up unique pieces of art and jewellery not found elsewhere, as well as inexpensive, hand-made clothing that fits perfectly! Organize your shopping mall trips during the hottest parts of the day and allow yourself to breathe in the relief of air conditioned paradise.