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Spending a good part of my teenage years growing up in KL, I know a bit about it. Here are some of the things you have to do if you’re in town for the first time.
1. Marvel at the iconic PETRONAS Towers that’s built using a postmodern architectural style with Islamic designs due to the Muslim majority in Malaysia.
2. Travel back to the past to experience the rich culture of the city through the Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
3. Indulge in a delicious meal by sampling the flavors of Malaysia through the famed Nasi Kandar.
4. Gain new feathery friends as you identify the various species. And feel free as a bird as you enjoy the environment at The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park.
5. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Malaysia through the works of art and the various artifacts in the National Museum.
6. Enjoy the cool waters and have fun with your family or friends when you visit the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park.
7. Explore the depths and the diverse species of sea creatures at the Aquaria KLCC.
8. Get souvenirs such as T-shirts, keychains, wallets, and hunt for valuable bargains when you shop at Central Market.
9. Visit the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station to learn about rail transport and how it has helped make lives more comfortable.
10. When you want to experience how it is to dine like a local, you can try out some street food at Hutong.
11. Discover how jewelries are made by visiting a working pewter museum which is known as the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre.
12. Feast your eyes on the breathtaking view of the city through the Kuala Lumpur Tower.
13. Relax and unwind while surrounded by nature and lots of pretty butterflies at the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park.
14. From luxurious items to your everyday needs, you can shop and find them all at Suria KLCC.
15. Alor Street is the place to be when you want to try out new food or just want to satisfy your hunger.
16. Experience the diversity of faith by visiting the Jamek Mosque and learning about the rituals and beliefs that other religions follow.
17. Interact and have fun with the animals in the National Zoo of Malaysia.
18. If you want to experience the Chinese culture while in Kuala Lumpur, you can wander through Chinatown and see the locals there.
19. Istana Negara is the place to be if you want to learn about the history of royal families and how they have helped build the Malaysian culture.
20. Learn about currency and view different coin collections at Maybank Numismatic Museum.
21. Be amazed and learn about the uniqueness of the Islamic architecture through the National Mosque.
22. When you’re more on the adventurous side and would want to reconnect with nature, you can go on climbing the Batu Caves.
23. Whether you want to engage in meaningful conversations or just want to take an afternoon stroll, you can do that in KLCC Park.
24. Discover the wonders of a Buddhist Temple by visiting the Thean Hou Temple.
25. See the city come to life at night-time by going out with friends or family at the Golden Triangle.
Kuala Lumpur, commonly known as KL, is the economic capital of Malaysia. It is also my adoptive hometown, having finished highschool in this bustling metropolis.
One of my favourite things about KL is it’s vibrant nightlife. From rooftop restaurants, bars in five-star hotels, pubs, and bars which have a friendly ambience, a wide range of choices of alcoholic beverages, and talented DJs to bustling night markets that remain open until the morning, these are just some of the many attractions that KL offer. One must also try Jalan Alor’s bustling stalls and seafood restaurants and Changkat Bukit Bintang’s chic see-and-be-seen nightclubs with hip-hop and house tracks. Below I’ve compiled a beginners guide to KL’s nightlife.
- Changkat Bukit Bintang
Known as the “it” party venue, this street is lined with various international two-storey restobars, classy nightclubs and cocktail lounges with international DJs and live band performances. There are also stand-up comedy, gay parties and foreign film screenings which you also find in this area which is one of the city’s most energetic places.
- Rooftop Bars
For people who love to party, rooftop bars are the most popular since they offer great ambience and breathtaking views of the city through their high-rise structures. A few of the many best rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur are Marini’s on 57, Sky Bar at KLCC and Luna Bar.
- Petaling Street
Petaling street in Chinatown is a famous shopping district with a lively night market with stalls selling clothes, souvenirs, and accessories at very cheap prices. There are also a few nightlife spots in this area such as hostels and cocktail bars which are located in narrow alleyways.
- Jalan Alor
Jalan Alor is one of the most well-knows roads in Kuala Lumpur when it comes to food because there are numerous seafood restaurants that close late. Jalan Alor is famous for the air-conditioned Chinese seafood restaurants which can be easily spotted through their signage lightings and Chinese lanterns.
Nightclubs in Kuala Lumpur vary from classy and chic rooftop bars with amazing views to underground venues. The most famous nightclub in Kuala Lumpur is Zouk KL. However, if you are finding a more affordable and less mainstream type of songs, Under9 KL is the place to be in Friday and Saturday nights.
Bangsar is a place for nightlife since it has cool pubs, mini night clubs and unique cafes. This place is usually visited by college students, tourists, and the younger ones. The famous places in Bangsar are SIX Cocktail Lounge, Ril’s, The Social, and La Bodega.
Ampang is the place to be for high-end socialites since the five-star hotels and award-winning rooftop bars are here. This area connects straight to the Petronas Twin Towers with locals who love to dress up. Ampang’s most famous areas are Como Bar Kuala Lumpur, Zouk KL and Omakase + Appreciate lounge.
- The Row Kuala Lumpur
If you are looking for a European ambience with unique ambience that offers local cuisine, The Row Kuala Lumpur is the perfect place. There are chic cafes, bistros and restaurants in this area.
- Night Markets
Locally called “pasar malam”, night markets open as early as 18:00 which sells almost anything you can think of which allow both locals and tourists to shop for cheap goods.
- Jalan Bukit Bintang
Jalan Bukit Bintang is one of Kuala Lumpur’s best nightlife places since there are a number of unique resto-bars, trendy nightclubs and Karaoke lounges which are open any day of the week starting at 21:00.
Do bear in mind though that alcohol in Malaysia can get quite pricey, as it’s heavily taxed. For house parties, I usually source my drinks from this online liquor shop. I haven’t found another source that can beat its price for authentic drinks.