Kuala Lumpur is the national capital of Malaysia as well as its largest city. It is one of the best cities to visit in Asia. With its charming mix of old and new of gleaming skyscrapers towering over small, charming colonials facades, the vibrant, dynamic pulse of Kuala Lumpur is tempered by an underlying old world charm. This beautiful city boasts a lot of luxury hotels, fabulous restaurants, and massive shopping malls with stores bearing designer insignias and the highest standard of living in the country. KL is a shopper’s paradise with an excellent range of shopping establishments catering to every taste and budget.
Pavilion KL, Starhill Gallery, and Suria KLCC
You will find all the major luxury brands straight of the catwalks between these three outlets, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Hermes, Yves Saint Laurent, Hugo Boss and much more. These are the premier shopping destinations in the city and such also house some excellent restaurants and bars. Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC also have some of the largest bookshops in the city.
The Gardens and Lot 10
Mid-range luxury labels can be found at these smaller shopping centers, which offer a cozy environment to shop in without having to fight the crowd. The Gardens is adjacent to Mid Valley Megamall, and it is the only luxury shopping center located out of the Golden Triangle, which comprises the areas of Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, and Jalan Ampang. Lot 10 was the first premier shopping center in the country, but it scaled down its labels once large complexes began sprouting up in the city.
Sungei Wang Plaza, Low Yat Plaza, and Bukit Bintang Plaza
Those are the places to go for bargain finds, knick-knacks, electronics…Anything you can think of you will find right here. These shopping centers are interconnected, and as such you might not even notice that you have wandered from one to the other. Adjacent to Bukit Bintang Plaza is Low Yat Plaza, which caters exclusively to your IT needs. You will find here everything from earphones to monitors, cable, and other accessories.
Mid Valley Megamall and Berjaya Times Square
Mid Valley Megamall is the largest retail, food, and entertainment center in Asia, offering something for everyone from mid-range labels to unique Malaysian items. Berjaya Times Square similarly has smaller boutiques with a theme park that pulls in the crowds on weekends.
Bangsar Shopping Center and Bangsar Village II
In addition to being a nightlife hotspot of the suburbs, Bangsar’s two shopping centers offer a string of high street styles that are chic without the matching price tags. Both centers are popular with the expatriate crowd and feature restaurants, bars, and well-stocked supermarkets.
China Town and KL’s Little India
Two main places for street-side shopping is along Jalan Masjid India, which is KL’s Little India and Petaling Street, also known as China Town. At the former, you will find everything of Indian origin, from saris and accessories to earthenware pots, authentic Indian restaurants and must try Indian sweets. The atmosphere around the street alone is a reason to pay a visit. Over on Petaling Street (China Town), you will find a whole range of imitation designer goods. If you plan to buy clothes or accessories here, haggle the best you can buy slashing quoted prices down by at least by 60 percent.