Shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur
Besides the food and nightlife, Kuala Lumpur is home to a number of must-visit shopping malls, each with their own specialty. As these shopping avenues are highly accessible via private or public transport, it’s not difficult to pay them a visit at night or during the weekends.
Midvalley Megamall and The Gardens
Midvalley Megamall and The Gardens are the two most popular shopping malls in Malaysia. They are adjacent to each other and most locals refer to them together as "Midvalley". Located at the south of Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Midvalley is one of the largest and most geographically strategic shopping malls.
Entertainment abounds in Midvalley. There’s is a local cinema, GSC, which happens to be the largest cinema outlet in Malaysia, with over 20 movie halls.
For shopaholics, Midvalley offers a wide range of local and international fashion brands. Boutiques from brands like Zara, Nike, Puma, Giordano, Padini and many more are the favourites among shoppers. Do keep an eye out for promotions and sales as they are on-going at different shops all year round.
On the other hand, The Gardens houses many premium and luxury brands like LV, Coach, Armani Exchange, Fossil, Rolex and many others. Compared to Midvalley Megamall, The Gardens offers a quieter and more relaxing shopping experience.
Low Yat Plaza
Low Yat Plaza, locally known as the “IT Place”, is the hub for the latest technology gadgets and digital equipment in Kuala Lumpur. Located behind Sungei Wang, Low Yat Plaza was deemed a failure until it was converted into an IT hub. Since then, businesses have boomed and tenants quickly filled the mall.
Inside the mall are small kiosks selling similar items such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets from different brands. There are also giant IT stores that sell everything from phone accessories, laptops, desktop computers, printers and lots of other IT equipment.
Berjaya Times Square
Located at Jalan Imbi and near Low Yat Plaza, the mall can be easily spotted in Kuala Lumpur. One of the things that made Berjaya Times Square popular is the indoor theme park. Apart from the usual theme park thrills, the mall even has an indoor mini roller coaster.
There are many small fashion shops in Berjaya Times Square which carry clothing lines by local and overseas indie designers. If not into shopping, then head to the IMAX theatre. Here, one can have movie experiences with state-of-the-art audio visual effects that other cinemas and movie theatres cannot provide.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Located just opposite JW Mariott and within walking distance from KLCC, Pavilion is usually packed during the weekends. International brands are aplenty here and, like Gardens, most of the shops and boutiques sell luxurious fashion items and clothing. To relax and wind down over the weekends, Red Box Karaoke serves as a great entertainment spot for families and friends to sing their lungs out.
Tokyo Street at the top level is a must visit for fans of Japanese culture. All sorts of Japanese food and desserts can be found here, including ramen, sushi, ice cream and even Japanese pizza.
Sungei Wang Plaza
Sungei Wang Plaza is one of the oldest shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. Located at the heart of Bukit Bintang, the mall is a shopping paradise for teenage girls and ladies. There are hundreds of small clothing shops in the mall that sell cheap and affordable fashion items.
Suria KLCC, an exclusive shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, is also home to one of the world’s tallest twin towers, the Petronas Twin Towers. KLCC is located just 1km from Pavilion. Locally known as KLCC, it is like the Beverly Hills of Kuala Lumpur. Most world-renowned brands can be found here.
Apart from the usual shopping and food, the mall offers a science museum and discovery centre called Petrosains. Established by a local oil and gas company, Petronas, Petrosains seeks to educate the public and tell the story of all the science and technology applied in the oil and gas industry.
Other than the towers and Petrosains, the KLCC Park is another spot within the Suria KLCC vicinity that is frequented by many locals, tourists and expats. It features a large man-made lake with fountains as well as a 1.3km jogging track. Seen as a green pocket within the busy city, the park is a great place to wind down and relax after a long and busy week.