Shopping in Kuala Lumpur – Malls, Markets and More [2020 Update]
KL offers visitors and locals a very unique and diverse shopping mix, made up of a mix of high-end luxury and street stall value, the traditional and modern, from mega-malls to street markets. With the diverse demographic, also comes a diverse range of goods across a range of cultures which is a big part of what makes KL so special.
Famous shopping areas in Kuala Lumpur are mostly located around Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail in the heart of the Golden Triangle (or KLCC). It’s the most popular area for visitors and locals featuring several large shopping malls selling goods ranging from electrical items, software, technological goods, branded goods, supermarkets, bookstores, souvenirs shops, clothes, shoes, bags, watches, and other accessories. Not to mention dining and entertainment.
Major Shopping Malls by Area
It surprises many that Kuala Lumpur is one of the top shopping destinations in the world with a high density of major malls concentrated in the central area and a diverse range of goods and every international brand you could think of.
There are three main streets where Kuala Lumpur’s best malls are located being Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and then Mid Valley and Nu Sentral if you want to head out of the city center. For all malls see here.
Malls on Jalan Bukit Bintang
Lot 10 is a small modern mall in the central area of Kuala Lumpur that is perhaps most famous for its food court of the same name.
Star Hill Gallery, a luxury and class mall that attract the upmarket shopper with its purely branded and designer boutiques. Same management as Lot 10, with shops stocking only the finest international names of clothes, jewelry, timepieces, accessories, leather goods, and various designer items.
Pavilion is one of the top malls in KL featuring big name and luxury brands and a wide range of restaurants and cafes.
Times Square in Bukit Bintang is one of the tallest malls with 3.4 million square feet in total area, the mall stands out with its height and twin tower-like European styling. It is one of the top malls in KL featuring brands, cinema, restaurant, and cafe.
Sungei Wang Plaza, popular and crowded with a wild range of shops, including beauty salons, amusement centres, restaurants, branded clothing for teenagers, fashion accessories, DVDs, souvenirs, household decorative items, beauty and hair items, and some wholesale clothing outlets.
Low Yat Plaza is the most famous place to shop for IT products in the entire Kuala Lumpur. With over 500 retail outlets, operating mainly within the 4 retail floors.
Featuring over 250 retail stores featuring gadgets, fashion, entertainment and F&B sparing out seven levels. Fahrenheit 88 is for young urbanites featuring fresh new fashion.
Malls on Jalan Ampang
AK Avenue K is a smaller mall that is less crowded than many of the others in the city area. Regardless it features several major tenants including H&M and Superpark Malaysia.
The centrally located Great Eastern Mall is a small mall offering a number of eateries and mid-level brands, eateries, fitness centre, and supermarket.
Malls on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
The massive Japanese chain department store sells homewares, appliances, home décor, handbags, shoes, clothes and much more.
The mall features seven storeys of retail including AEON, Golden Screen Cinemas and H&M.
The mall features low-price sportwear, shoes, leather goods, photography equipment, and electronics goods.
Outside of the CBD, at Brickfields and near to KL Sentral, you’ll find Little India where you can find all types of spices and Indian cloth, fashion, and cuisine. Head a little further along the KTM line to Komuter Mid Valley Station and you’ll be at Mid Valley City which combined is a massive retail mall, dining and entertainment development.
Mid Valley City
There over 400 shops in total, 2 mega food-courts and for entertainment a bowling center and cinema.
Featuring 6 levels of shopping and more than 200 retail boutiques. It is focussed on high-end shops, with numerous international and local brands.
This multi-level mall near major transit options has brand-name stores, eateries & entertainment.
Markets are hugely popular, not only for discounted goods and items you can’t easily find elsewhere but also for the food. KL’s night markets are a foodies heaven, offering a diverse range of Asian cuisines. Also see our list of the top ten markets in KL.
The most popular markets are
Jalan Petaling Market is perhaps KL’s most well-known and visited market, located in Chinatown it offers a characterful destination bustling with life and activity. It’s also well known for copy-goods and fakes but you can also find genuine seconds and local crafts.
Central Market Kuala Lumpur is a centre for Malaysian culture, art and craft featuring 300 shops offering clothes, crafts, souvenirs, along with local food stalls.
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