kuala lumpur

Destination Guide

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is more than meets the eye.

Destination Guide Kuala Lumpur

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When In Kuala Lumpur, You Must

Know Before You Go

Chinese classics redefined, YEN, aptly means ‘vibrant’ in Mandarin. This restaurant dishes up a harmonious dining experience that is both sociable and sophisticated, made all the more exciting with an injection of pop art elements. YEN revisits traditional Cantonese recipes and a wide selection of fresh seafood. It’s all about theatrics at YEN, so keep your eyes peeled for dishes whipped up using high quality ingredients, curated to be a tantalizing feast for your eyes and mouth.

YEN

Dig In

Talk Like a Local

Learn the slang from the streets.

Lah

/lah/ suffix.
Affectionate slang used to compliment almost any sentence in a social conversation, used by Malaysians everywhere and all the time.
Ok-lah! C'mon, lah!

Neighborhoods to Explore

1. Chinatown

Chinatown hosts a famous flea market with vendors lining up the streets, serving up a taste of exciting local flavors.

2. Bukit Bintang

Start at Pavillion and shop till you drop, then take a walk down to Jalan Alor to be rewarded with a long stretch of local food haven.

3. Bangsar

Bangsar is the Beverly Hills of Malaysia. It's a lush residential suburb with great nightlife and dotted by shops, restaurants, and bars all around.

4. Brickfields

Brickfields is home to Little India, a colorful maze of jewelry stores, textile shops, and traditional Indian sweets, plus hole-in-the-wall restaurants serving banana-leaf curries and thosai pancakes.

Ultimate Access to Kuala Lumpur

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Zhongshan Building

Jalan Kampung Attap, 80 - 84, Jalan Rotan

A refurbished dilapidated row of shop lots turned vibrant arts, design, music and fashion hub. The Zhongshan Building plays home to a mini gallery, studios, research centers, cafes, a library, a record store and many more. This is one of my favorite spots to chill at and immerse in.

Meliha Faisal & Kristine Galo

Meliha Faisal & Kristine Galo / Insider

Catch a breath at the little hole-in-the-wall cafe known fondly as PiuPiuPiu. Its namesake stems from its head honcho Unagi’s love of water.

Suzie Wong

Suzie Wong

Wisma Lim Foo Yoong, 86

Suzie Wong is about as extravagant as a speakeasy can get. The attention to detail in this oriental-Hong-Kong-meets -sultry-British themed bar is admirable. The bar is inspired by fictional Suzie Wong, a working mother moonlighting as a prostitute, who fell in love with a client Robert Lomax.

Meliha Faisal & Kristine Galo

Meliha Faisal & Kristine Galo / Insider

Prepare to be entertained with one heck of a show by the cabaret performers in drag!

Limapulo

Limapulo

50, Jalan Doraisamy

Get a bold taste of Peranakan at Limapulo. Rediscover old-school Malaysian memorabilia, ornaments and trinkets of yesteryear and savor local favorites like Gerang Assam Fish and Pineapple Prawn Curry.

Meliha Faisal & Kristine Galo

Meliha Faisal & Kristine Galo / Insider

The cucur udang and Nyonya Pai Tee is to die for!

Snackfood

Snackfood

17A, Jalan Telawi

Aptly dubbed ‘Collector of Happy Things’, Snackfood is an aesthetic dream come true. They offer an eclectic range of quirky, one-of-a-kind lifestyle products ranging from journals and adult coloring books, magazines like Flow and Frankie, to artisan homemade candles and tea blends.

Meliha Faisal & Kristine Galo

Meliha Faisal & Kristine Galo / Insider

Get acquainted with the resident felines, Blackjack and Terror.

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Babel

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Babel

LC-G-02, Suria

Babel, W Kuala Lumpur’s fitness partners, has curated a series of workouts that are designed to leave you feeling harder, better, faster, stronger with classes such as HIIT20, Aqua45 & Sunrise Yoga.

Concubine KL

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Concubine KL

Lot 2, Jalan Panggong

Flirtatious and funky, Concubine KL, a new bar and restaurant in Chinatown, is inspired by the events that once took place within its walls, yet is firmly planted in the present with its contemporary view of the modern woman.

Packing List

Kuala Lumpur packing list

1. Shades

Pick up a pair of Medium Rare shades at multiple stores across town.

2. Shoes

Drop by Yokentheam to get a pair of these mules so you can walk around KL stylishly and comfortably.

3. Dress

Crafted by hands, curated by hearts. Browse through FERN‘s collection for a contemporary luxury design house fusing handcrafted Batik with modern designs.