Filled with charming people and countless of places with character, KL is unlike any other city in the world. Discover the city with its shopping malls and popular landmarks hidden in the streets. If you ever decide to make a visit to the capital of Malaysia, let this list help you uncover the best of KL!
1. Snap the skyline of KL from the Petronas Twin Towers
Take a mandatory trip down to KLCC and snap a shot from the base of the iconic towers! If you’re ok with heights, enjoy KL’s city skyline from the Skybridge and Observation Deck. Tickets can be purchased from the Concourse Level of the Petronas Towers. After you’re done, spend the night taking a walk through the gorgeous KLCC Park nearby and enjoy the view by the colourfully lit up fountains.
Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: RM 85 for adults
RM35 for children below 12 years
Free admission for children below 2 years old
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays
9:00am to 9:00pm (Closed between 1:00pm – 2:30pm on Fridays)
2. Catch the sunrise at Bukit Tabur
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Rise early and make your way to Bukit Tabur to catch a different type of breathtaking view. A secret paradise to escaping the bustling city, Bukit Tabur is well-known especially among hikers. The 3 popular trails are the East, West and Far East. Make sure you’re well-equipped and prepared for the hike, it’ll be worth it once you’ve reached the peak! Do take note, this is not for the faint-hearted.
Address: Ulu Kelang, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Admission: RM5/person is required for permit
Hikers can get their permits from:
District Forest Office of Selangor Tengah KM 11 (Batu 9), Jalan Cheras-Kajang, 43200 Kajang, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Tel. : 03-9075 2885 Fax : 03-9075 6022
3. Dine at the Fancy Breakfast Club
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Finding its home at Bangsar, Fancy Breakfast Club has carefully-crafted meals and an ambience that’s sure to snag a place in your heart, and maybe your Instagram feed too. Their table set-ups will make you want stay there forever. Fancy Breakfast Club also hosts themed-parties if you feel like playing dress-up once in awhile!
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Address: 6, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tuesdays to Sundays
9:00am to 4:00pm
4. Conquer the bowls at Boat Noodle
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A popular street food from Thailand, Boat Noodle is probably the closest thing to the original that you can get in Malaysia. There are two types of noodles – Pathumthani and Ayutthaya, each having a unique distinct flavour. Costing only RM2 per bowl, its no wonder you often see stacks of Boat Noodle bowls on your Instagram! You’ll have no trouble finding them as there are several outlets in KL, but if you’re in town you can easily find it at the heart of the city.
Address: 02-49-10 & 02-49-11, 2nd Floor, Berjaya Times Square 1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am to 10:00pm
5. Find gifts from Petaling Street
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Petaling Street is one of the best places to find gifts in KL because they have almost everything. You won’t leave Petaling Street empty-handed as it’s filled with stalls selling watches, running shoes and even small trinkets! The streets are a bit narrow, with stalls by the side and passers-by walking through so brace yourself!
Address: Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 12:00am
6. Retail therapy at Bukit Bintang
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A paradise for every shopaholic out there, Bukit Bintang is a must-visit for retail therapy. Each shopping mall is a heaven of its own, with a variety of retail outlets and restaurants to satisfy your needs! Start your day from Pavilion KL, and move down to Fahrenheit 88, Low Yat Plaza and Berjaya Times Square.
Address: 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
7. Marvel at the limestone caves of Batu Caves
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One of the popular destinations in KL, Batu Caves is a Hindu temple hidden inside a giant limestone cave! The temple is simply a breathtaking sight, with three main caves and smaller shrines around. You have to climb 272 steep steps from the entrance of the temple before you get a treat of the skyline view! You can also probably see monkeys roaming free in the cave.
Address: Batu Caves, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 6:00am – 9:00pm
8. Discover vintage collectibles at Snackfood
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Visit the curated Snackfood at Bangsar after dining at the many chic cafes and restaurants nearby. Snackfood has a range of vintage and quirky finds such as retro collectibles, magazines, and planters to colourful accessories and bags. It’s a nice place to explore and be inspired after a long day!
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Address: 17a, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 12pm to 7pm (Tues to Sun) Closed on Mondays
9. Learn about the history of Malaysia at the National Museum
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There’s always time to pick up something new when you travel! Take time to discover the history and culture of Malaysia at the National Museum. Read a little more about the country and take a closer look at the preserved artefacts. You’ll be amazed by what you’ll learn here, and perhaps even fall in love with their blue tiles!
Address: Jalan Damansara, 50566 Wilayah Persekutuan, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Admission: RM5 for tourists
RM2 for children between 6 – 12 years old
Free entry for children below 6 years old
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm
10. Take a stroll at Dataran Merdeka
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After shopping at Petaling Street or looking through the cultural art at the Central Market, take a stroll at the Dataran Merdeka alongside heritage buildings like the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the National History Museum and the Royal Selangor Club. Take photos at the historical site where Malaysian Flag was first raised and sit by the field of where the national day parade is held!
Address: Jalan Raja, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
11. Get your dinner from food trucks at TAPAK
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It’s not everyday that you can have your food prepared from a truck! Feast on Malaysian flavours with a twist at TAPAK Urban Street Dining, where you can get a taste of what the locals eat. With so many dishes to choose from, it’s a truly unique experience for you to chill for the night with the good company and great food!
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Address: 2A, 2A, Persiaran Hampshire, Hampshire Park, Hampshire Park, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 6:00pm – 12:00am
A city with stories and places to discover, KL will take your breath away be it from atop the Petronas Twin Towers or the streets of Petaling. Go ahead and drop by, KL is calling!