Lifestyle in Kuala Lumpur

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Expats moving to Kuala Lumpur will soon enjoy all the benefits of living in this world-class destination. KL is a bustling, multicultural city, and this is evident in the range of shopping, cuisine and nightlife options available. As the city is such a cultural melting pot, KL is widely influenced by the variety of people who call it home. 

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping in Kuala LumpurMalaysia is a world-class shopping destination, so much so that exploring the city’s countless shopping malls is a popular pastime adopted by locals, tourists and expats.
Expatriates moving to Kuala Lumpur need not worry about packing all their favourite wardrobe items as one trip to the Golden Triangle, the city’s premier shopping area, will see all the old favourites replaced, renewed and revitalised.
The Golden Triangle is central to KL in terms of entertainment and business. Bukit Bintang Street is lined with shops and malls stocked with electronic goods, fashion merchandise and designer brands. Malls like Low Yat Plaza, Sungai Wang Plaza, Lot 10 and Times Square also stock all these items and more. At the base of the Petronas Twin Towers, shoppers can find the popular Suria KLCC, which has a host of designer goods. Other shopping destinations around the city include Mid Valley’s megamall in Bangsar and Mid Valley area.
Jalan Hung Kasturi is the place to go if looking for Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market, which is the best place to buy arts and crafts, antiques, paintings, handicrafts and quirky souvenirs. Nearby Chinatown is an ideal destination for finding a bargain. Chinatown has everything from herbal medicines and dried food through to designer t-shirts, jewellery, wallets and handbags.
The Mega Sale Carnival in July and August is orchestrated by the Ministry of Tourism for Malaysia in an effort to boost Kuala Lumpur’s reputation as a world-class shopping destination.

Eating out in Kuala Lumpur

Expats in Malaysia are in for a treat for the senses when it comes to the range of dining out options available. Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines and this is particularly evident when sampling the delicious fare on offer in the exotic, trendy and stylish restaurants in KL.
Being a meeting point of cultures and immigrant communities, Malaysians have come up with some unique tastes such as nasi goreng, a rice dish cooked with coconut milk and served with anchovies, roasted nuts, cucumbers, a slice of egg, sambal (chilli paste) and curries. The mixture of fragrant spices, coconut milk and curry leaves make mamak (Indian Muslim cuisine) Kuala Lumpur’s most popular cuisine. 

Chinese dishes are also a firm favourite with prominent dishes such as bakkwa (dried pork) and char kway teow (stir fried noodles with prawns, eggs, pork and sprouts) readily available throughout the city.

Nightlife and entertainment in Kuala Lumpur

Despite the majority of Malaysia’s population being Muslim, Kuala Lumpur’s many other cultures and religions are welcome and the local population is largely tolerant of many of the hedonistic indulgences many Western expats enjoy. Alcohol is widely available, and there are a range of bars and nightclubs across the city.
From rooftop bars with city skyline views to trendy cocktail lounges and glitzy dance clubs, KL has something to suit every night owl’s preference and budget. Karaoke is also a particularly popular activity in KL and most establishments have happy hours with drinks specials.
The Golden Triangle is KL’s nightlife hub. Jalan Bukit Bintang, which is one of KL’s busiest streets, is lined with bars, restaurants and clubs, while Bangsar Baru, which was once a run-down business district, has also become a trendy area with bars and restaurants to enjoy.
Weekends allow expats with families to engage in travel around the region or there are sporting and social clubs within the city that meet over the weekends. KL also has many beautiful parks for the whole family to enjoy, including the Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kanching Rainforest Waterfalls and the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. The city also offers many museums and cultural activities for expats to learn about the local heritage and culture.

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