The Golden Triangle & KL’s Must Visit Hot Spots
The Golden Triangle names an area that is Kuala Lumpur’s hotspot, if you are looking for the center of all the action then this is most certainly it.
The Golden Triangle, an unofficial name that goes some way to outlining the CBD, is a large area that encompasses KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) which includes Petronas Towers, Jalan P. Ramlee (party street), Bukit Bintang (the shopping area), Jalan Sultan Ismail (street with five star hotels, restaurants, and nightlife).
Key Attractions within the Golden Triangle
Petronas Towers – the architectural icon of KL, See review
Aquaria KLCC – Aquarium with underwater tunnel, See Review
KL Tower (Menara KL) – Observation desk and restaurant, See Review
Berjaya Times Square Theme Park – Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park, See review
Karyaneka – Malaysian art and craft showcase. You can get the chance to dabble at batik painting or basket weaving. More here
Shopping – The area is a shopping mecca and the main streets are Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Imbi, Julan Sultan Ismail, and Jalan Ampang. The key malls to visit are Suria KLCC, Sungei Wang Plaza, Lot 10, Fahrenheit 88, Starhill Gallery, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Low Yat Plaza and Berjaya Times Square.
Eating – For a cultural experience head to Julan Alor, also try the food courts which offer a vast array of local cuisine to sample, try: Lot 10 Hutong at Lot 10 Mall, Sungei Wang Plaza has a hip food court called Foodzania, KLCC Signatures at Suria KLCC is another food court and Food Republic at Pavilion KL.
Nightlife – On Bukit Bintang try Pisco Bar, Frangipani, and Havana Bar & Grill. Jalan P. Ramlee features the two infamous clubs the Beach Club and the Thai Club many young Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai girls will flock here to hook up with cashed up white-guys. The Row KL is popular with hipsters and trendhunters, check out Timbre. The Pavilion KL has an Irish Bar and several spots for casual drinks.
For transport within the Golden Triangle, there is the Hop on Hop Off Bus, GoKL bus, the Monorail and LRT. Read more about these on the transport page.
Beyond the Golden Triangle
Brickfields and Little India – shop for imported Indian specialties and fabrics, and of course Indian food. More here
Chinatown and Petaling Market – food, shopping, and culture. More here
Heritage Park of Kuala Lumpur – features the Perdana Botanical Garden, National Monument, Butterfly Park, Bird Park, National Mosque, Islamic Art Museum, Muzium Negara, Royal Malaysian Police Museum, and the National Planetarium. More here
Merdeka Square – take a stroll around the historic buildings. More here
Kampong Bharu – the oldest residential area in KL and a great cultural insight. More here
Also, see our attractions category for more things to do in KL
KL’s Golden Triangle and Hots Spots on a Map
Walking Map of the Golden Triangle Map via Swiss Hotel KL