Bird Park a visit. Billed as the “world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary,” the park offers
experiences such as feeding parakeets, taking
a selfie with a parrot and watching ostriches
There’s no better place for a crash course in
Malaysia’s rich culture than Batu Caves. Just
a 20-minute drive from the city center, the
400 million-year-old limestone caves house
ornate Hindu temples; the world’s largest statue
of Lord Murugan, the god of war and victory,
guards the entrance. Prepare to ascend a steep
path of 272 steps to reach the largest cave, but
the resulting view is well worth the effort.
If there’s one thing everyone flocks to Kuala
Lumpur for, it’s the shopping. Boasting an
attractive duty policy, a diverse assortment
of international luxury brands and a buzzing
scene of bargain-friendly street markets, KL has
emerged to become East Asia’s shopping mecca
for a range of budgets.
The hub of it all is Bukit Bintang, the commercial center of the city. An area overgrown
with shopping malls, it can be intimidating
if you don’t know your way around. If you’re
short on time, simply make a beeline for the
posh Pavilion Mall, where Hermès, Jimmy
Choo and Fendi jostle for space.
For a calmer experience, try combining
shopping with sightseeing. The imposing
Suria KLCC is a six-story mall at the base
of the Petronas Towers. No ordinary mall,
it houses the finest haute couture stores as
well as Malaysia’s first concert hall — Dewan
Filharmonik Orkestra — and an oceanarium for
kids and adults alike.
If you’re looking out for something unique,
here’s a local secret: Bangsar Village has a
cluster of exquisite boutiques where you can
find modern designs, edgy accessories and
fashion-forward dresses. And because no trip to
Kuala Lumpur is complete without a banana-leaf meal, stop by Nirwana Maju in Bangsar to
rejuvenate after a long day of shopping.
The food scene in Kuala Lumpur balances
elegant fine dining with heavenly street food.
The city’s wide range of cuisines and dining
JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur. A favorite way to
options offers plenty to appease the global pal-
ate. One case in point is the carefully curated
yet deliciously innovative menu at Shanghai, the
authentic Shanghainese dining experience at the
start the day here is with a traditional dim sum
brunch, and one of KL’s best.
To truly immerse yourself in the city’s food-obsessed vibe, the Jalan Alor night market is an
essential stop (it opens at 6 p.m.). Dive senses-first into this vast street-food bazaar, where
the busy cacophony and incredible smells only
add to the energetic atmosphere. Local delights
include fiery laksa made in coconut milk, juicy
satay sticks and a range of handmade dim sum.
If it all gets a bit intense, the plush Pavilion Mall
is right next door, offering a quiet respite and a
chance to catch your breath.
Unwind after a busy day at Kuala Lumpur’s
highest rooftop bar, located in the lesser-known
third Petronas tower — yes, there are three.
Marini’s on 57 offers breathtaking views of the
other towers and the city. Indulge yourself at
this one-of-a-kind whiskey bar as you watch the
sun magically set over the city and cloak it with
dusk. Its cigar lounge is an excellent spot to take
business meetings as well.
As the sun goes down, KL shakes off its suit
and glams up for the night. No one can call the
city dull; on the contrary, its nightlife sets many
others to shame. The vibrant Changkat Lane
has an array of options, from stand-up comedy
venues and posh whiskey bars to loud Irish pubs
and hectic nightclubs. Why choose, though? It is
the perfect place to go bar-hopping and get a
dose of everything.
The ability to offer such a diverse bouquet of
experiences is ultimately what defines Kuala
Lumpur. Its history, culture and modern flair
make a compelling bid for attention, while its
spectacular food and shopping scenes will have
you wishing to return the moment you leave. [
Clockwise from below:
The refined dining room
of Shanghai restaurant
at the JW Marriott Kuala
Lumpur; a statue of Lord
Murugan at Batu Caves;
the illuminated twin
Petronas Towers at dusk.