Voted by CNN as the world’s fourth best shopping city after New York, London and Toyko for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013, KL is home to over 120 malls throughout the city, plus a diverse and eclectic mix of shopping precincts selling everything from luxury brands through to local handicrafts and batik. Add to this duty free shopping and competitive prices, and the city has clearly emerged as South East Asia’s new retail nirvana.
While the shopping is great at any time of the year, with the launch of the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival on 27 June extending right through to 31 August, this winter is the perfect time to escape the Winter Blues and head to KL to experience some of Malaysia’s best shopping and dining, including promotions and specials that will appeal to the entire family.
But where to start? Here are our top picks in Kuala Lumpur to indulge in a little retail therapy.
The Golden Triangle
Known as Kuala Lumpur’s commercial, shopping and entertainment hub, the Golden Triangle is actually a large area that encompasses a number of major streets. Three roads – Jalan Imbi, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Raja Chulan form a triangle which borders the entire Golden Triangle area. Here, towering scrapers, shopping malls and world-class hotels pierce the landscape.
For the lovers of luxury brands, some of the best retail bargains are to be had at the Pavilion and Suria KLCC shopping centres. Two of the city’s biggest malls, both offer privilege cards for tourists that provide great discounts at many of the retail outlets located in each one. Work your way through Pavilion. Then take a pleasant 10-minute stroll along the undercover walkway to the Suria KLCC located at the base of the iconic Petronus Towers. And when you have satisfied your retail fix, head up to Marini’s on 57 on the 57th floor of Petronus Tower 3 for a restorative cocktail while gazing upon the spectacular Petronus Towers.
Bukit Bintang Street
Also located within the Gold Triangle KL’s famous shopping and entertainment area features a wide variety of shops and outlets, and well as some of KL’s most popular shopping malls. This is the place for those in the hunt for fashion merchandise and accessories, IT products, designer brands and electronic goods. At night, the street turns into a mall where you can wine and dine al-fresco in modern cafes and restaurants. Work up an appetite at Low Yat Plaza, Sungai Wang Plaza, Times Square and Lot 10 before refueling downstairs at Lot 10 Hutong ( LG Floor, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur), which houses over 30 of KL’s best hawker stalls under one roof.
Petaling Street Market, China Town
This colourful market is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and features literally hundreds of stalls. One of the most vibrant places in the city to hunt for bargains, many of the stalls here sell copies of designer goods such as bags, belts, watches and wallets. People who are able to drive a hard bargain will walk away with some impressive deals.
Berjaya Times Square
This epic shopping mall features hundreds of chain stores as well as specialty stores. In fact, the mall is so large that it even contains its own indoor theme park. This is the perfect place to take part in a wide range of entertainment activities while searching for souvenirs and must-have items.
This impressive market was originally opened in 1936 and is one of the best places in the whole of Kuala Lumpur to shop for souvenirs. Serious shoppers will also find a wide range of handicrafts here as well as fresh produce and artwork that is sure to stir the hearts of collectors.
Where to Stay?
And for some well deserved rest and relaxation after all that shopping, the new five-star St Regis Hotel at Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, is the ideal retreat. The 208-room St Regis Kuala Lumpur is located within the mixed use KL Sentral development, with views of the Lake Gardens, the National Museum and Houses of Parliament. Features include some of KL’s most generously sized guestrooms, six food and beverage options including Taka by Sushi Saito by three Michelin-starred Japanese chef Takashi Saito, the Crystal rooftop bar, and the Drawing Room for Afternoon Tea (complete with its own tea sommelier). Right now new hotel offers exceptional value accommodation – not to mention some of the comfiest hotel beds in KL, with deluxe rooms starting from around $380 a night.
So what are you waiting for? Book your ticket to Malaysia and head to KL for the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival for the ultimate retail experience!