Little India & Brickfields – Culture and Convenience on a Budget
The Brickfields is a seemingly underrated area, it’s got a mix of character, culture, modernity and convenience for the traveler who chooses to make this their base.
A large part of the culture of the area is ‘Little India’, on arrival it’s the color and vibrancy that hits you first, then the semi-royal feel of the arch lined street, next it’s the aroma, the pleasant incense grabs you and draws you past the many fabric shops and supermarkets selling all sorts of spices and goods. It’s a must visit.
There’s no shortage of food in the area, as you could imagine there are Indian restaurants everywhere, but there’s also a KFC at the bottom of Little India, and if you wander over to Sooka Sentral near Plaza Sentral, in amongst the new office buildings beside KL Sentral, you’ll find several modern eateries including the local Killiney Kopitiam, Teh Tarik, a Starbucks, a hamburger place and a restaurant and what appeared to be an Irish Bar.
Around here you’ll find some upmarket accommodation such as the Hilton, Le Meridien and Aloft. If you are on a budget, head down along Jalan Tun Sambathan 4 and you’ll find one ‘MyHotel‘, just a few minutes away there’s another on Jalan Padang Belia and another on Jalan Thambipillay. Yes, there’s three MyHotels with a few hundred meters! Nearby there’s also Hotel Sentral and Summer View. Being near KL Sentral where you can get onto all the rail services, along with the monorail station nearby, catch buses easily both around the city, to the airport and even further beyond all make this an extremely convenient location.
I stayed at the My Hotel on Thambipillay, it was clean, quite and the staff were always friendly. It’s real close to the KL Sentral monorail station too. For breakfast and lunch and dinner at odd times I made use of the conveniently located 24 hour Old Town White Coffee, a Malaysian Starbucks if you like but with food, it’s clean, comfortable and the price is fair.
Just a short walk away is the Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple and it’s only a quick taxi ride to Chinatown and the markets along Jalan Petaling.
Map of Brickfields, Little India, KL Sentral and nearby hotels: