Malaysia is known for its happening streets, clubs and nightlife! From romantic theme restaurants to yuppie clubs, Kuala Lumpur is one of the most happening cities in South Asia.
Jalan Bukit Bintang is Kuala Lumpur’s best known sector and when the sun goes down, there’s almost no end to its nightlife offerings. Providing endless choices when it comes to after dark entertainment, there’s a plethora of retro-bars that swing into action come nightfall plus many of the hotels that line the street have their own trendy watering holes and nightclubs.
Regarded as the ‘it’ party venue in Kuala Lumpur’s lively yet fluid clubbing scene at the moment, Changkat Bukit Bintang is a narrow avenue filled with restaurants that metamorphose into nightclubs with cocktails bars and pubs that transform into rowdy drinking joints, with deejays spinning music. Amongst the bevy of watering holes, there are a few establishments that stand out.
Bangsar is famous for its nightlife haunts. A popular expatriate stomping ground, Bangsar is home to a variety of night spots ranging from funky pubs and mini night clubs and to resto-bars and elegant cafés. On the weekends, the streets are crawling with college students, yuppies, tourists and expatriates who come to enjoy the song, dance and drinks.
Malaysians take retail therapy very seriously: so much so that maps, which list out the city’s invasion of shopping malls, are out-of-date almost before the ink runs dry. Truthfully it is the country’s hot and humid weather that draws crowds into these air-conditioned centres; within the Bukit Bintang area itself there are more than eight malls, ranging from the posh Starhill Gallery and trendy Fahrenheit 88 to Sungei Wang Plaza and the gadget haven Low Yat Plaza.
Keeping the city’s fashionistas looking polished, this KL staple is the perfect example of how extravagant some malls can be. It features almost the same staggering square footage as Mid Valley Megamall and 1 Utama and the 1.37 million-sqft white marble complex is a combination of indoor and outdoor shopping venues.
Likened to Manhattan’s Barney’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, the mall is popular not only for its right-on-the-money location and upscale stores, but also because it has tourist attractions such as Aquaria KLCC and Petrosains, an oceanarium and science discovery centre respectively, targeted at kids. Besides that, the mall is home to the Dewan Filharmonik Orkestra (Malaysia’s first concert hall) and the Petronas Art Gallery.
Giving the shiny 1Utama complex a run for its money, the colossal Mid Valley Megamall is indeed a mega complex, known to locals as the best shopping centre halfway between the city centre and the Klang Valley.
Comprising 10 floors and more than 700 retail outlets, Berjaya Times Square is a one-stop leisure destination for all ages. Linked to a five-star hotel of the same brand name, it also comes with several food courts, an indoor theme park with an IMAX theatre, a cinema, a spa centre, a games arcade, a karaoke lounge, a supermarket, a post office, a bank, an IT mall and hundreds of retail outlets offering everything from food to fashion.
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