From glamorous malls to Chinatown knock-offs, there’s something for every taste and every budget in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. The city is fast becoming one of Asia’s most popular shopping destinations and, with everything so much cheaper (often a third less than in Australia); you’ll find yourself never wanting to shop locally again.
Kuala Lumpur’s most renowned shopping district is Bukit Bintang (also known as the Golden Triangle), and is home to some of the best malls in the city.
Here are our top five picks to spend your ringgit:
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Pavilion is a label-lovers dream. With more than 500 stores, this huge retail haven provides a mix of luxury boutiques and high-street stores. Pavilion’s eight levels are home to everything from department stores like Tangs and Parkson; high-end designer labels such as Burberry, Prada, Bulgari and Gucci; and the popular, more affordable chains such as Zara, Topshop and Forever 21. This centre is has it all and is our pick of Kuala Lumpur shopping malls… but be warned, your credit card will get a workout. To ease the pain a little, don’t forget to sign up for your free Tourist Reward Card to enjoy fantastic offers at over 200 of the participating stores. Open daily 10am-10pm.
Suria KLCC is a six-level mall of retail outlets selling clothing, homewares, health and beauty products, electrical goods and more. It’s perfect if you have kids in tow as Suria KLCC is located at the base of the 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers, one of Malaysia’s top attractions, and also boasts an aquarium and science discovery centre. While Dad and the kids are occupied, you can get a healthy dose of retail therapy at Marks and Spencer, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Jimmy Choo and more. Open daily 10am-10pm.
One of Kuala Lumpur’s designer brand havens, Lot 10 houses almost 100 upmarket outlets like Versace, Aigner and Debenhams over five spacious levels. Plus, H&M also recently opened its biggest south-east Asia store here – a three-floor behemoth brimming with affordable, trendy fashion. Lot 10 has also just had a multi-million dollar makeover and boasts an international food mall. Open daily from 10am-10pm.
Berjaya Times Square
There is an overwhelming 1000 stores at Berjaya Times Square along with an impressive foodie and entertainment scene. You won’t find high-end labels here, instead local Malaysian stores and lesser-known brands along with toy stores, an indoor theme park complete with a rollercoaster that snakes around the top retail floors and an IMAX theatre (naturally!). It’s also the place to go to pick up some authentic Vans shoes for a bargain price. Don’t miss out on walking to the tune of your own beat on the Grand Musical Staircase – walking up a flight of stairs whilst on your shopping mission has never been more delightful!Berjaya Times Square is located outside of the main shopping precinct so you’ll need to catch a cab (although you may need to hire a truck for all of your goodies when you leave!). My Malaysia travel tip – ask the cabbie to switch on their meter as some cabs will quote you an exorbitant fixed-rate fare. Open daily 10am-10pm.
Jalan Petaling Night Market
When you want to get a feel for a city there’s no better way to experience a city’s pulse (and grab a bargain!) than at its markets. The Jalan Petaling Market on Petaling Street, Chinatown consists of stall after stall of imitation designer wares, trinkets and souvenirs. Like any market, bartering is a must. My Malaysia travel tip – when haggling, start by halving the asking price and then go a little bit less than that again. Open daily from 5pm until late.