Kuala Lumpur is becoming increasingly popular as a shoppers'
paradise. It offers a range of shopping opportunities from
modern shopping complexes to open-air bazaars. Shopping buffs
will be spoilt for choice with the wide array of goods
available. The list includes expensive fashion wear and designer
items, locally made silk batik, pewter, cosmetics, antiques,
sportswear, brassware, silverware and electrical goods.
The main shopping areas in
Kuala Lumpur are located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan
Petaling, Jalan Bandar, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Bukit Bintang and
Duty free shopping is also
available at the KL International Airport and various other
outlets in the city. The range of items includes cosmetics,
perfumes, liquor, cigarettes, chocolates, cameras, portable
radios and cassette players, watches, pens, lighters and leather
Dining & Restaurants
Kuala Lumpur is a paradise for food lovers. The cosmopolitan
populations of the city as well as the migration of people from
other parts of the country over the years, has contributed to an
exotic and exciting range of cuisine.
The visitor can choose from
Malay, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese or Nyonya fare and a whole
array of delicacies from the various states. A traditional
favorite with foreigners and locals alike is Satay. This popular
dish consists of slices of skewered meat (chicken, beef or
mutton) that is marinated in spices and roasted over a charcoal
grill. It is then served with a combination of peanut gravy,
rice cubes, cucumber and onions.
The city offers an endless
choice of settings for dining out. The list includes posh hotel
restaurants, casual family restaurants, trendy delicatessens,
chic sidewalk cafes and food courts offering a combination of
hawker style fare and fast food. A variety of international
cuisine such as continental, American, Korean, Japanese,
Vietnamese and Thai are available at elegant restaurants and
major hotels around the city. Many well known dining spots are
located along Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Ampang and in Bangsar.
Living up to its cosmopolitan image, Kuala Lumpur is the place
for a variety of entertainment. Bars, pubs and discotheques
offer in-house entertainment, ranging from solo piano to
strolling and live bands with singers. There are also karaoke
lounges where you can choose to sing your favorite songs. The
main entertainment spots are conveniently located within the
city's Golden Triangle, encircled by Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan
Bukit Bintang and Jalan Ampang. The residential district of
Bangsar outside the city center is another favorite night spot.
Modern cinemas, many of them
located in shopping complexes, cater for fans of contemporary
English, Malay, Chinese, Hidi, and Indonesian movies. Shows
start at 1.30 p.m. and continue throughout the day until 11.30
at night. Screening times are available in the local newspapers.
Local theater groups regularly
stage contemporary Asian and Western dramas. Dance dramas and
the bangsawan (traditional Malay opera) performance will
enthrall theatre lovers. A schedule of performances is also
available in the local newspaper.
The public transportation system in Kuala Lumpur and its
outskirts is well developed and efficient. You can explore the
city at a leisurely pace without straining your budget.
KL is extremely well-serviced
by air, bus and train routes. The main bus station - Puduraya -
on Jalan Pudu which is just east of Chinatown, and services all
of Peninsular Malaysia as well as Singapore and Thailand.
Long-distance train journeys depart from the historic old train
station, located 1km (0.6mi) from the new KL central.
Air-conditioned buses and
inexpensive taxis are the most convenient modes of transport.
Alternatively, the Light Rail Transit (LRT) System provides a
comfortable and hassle-free means to move around the city and
its suburbs. Speedy commuter train services provide easy access
to towns outside the city such as Rawang, Port Klang and