The city Kuala Lumpur is best known as the place where the 1, 483 feet Petronas Twin Towers is located. But there is so much more that this city has to offer than its marvellous skyscrapers. Considered as one of the melting pots of Asia, this city has plenty of delights and surprises in store for you.
Clozette Ambassador Kanchan (SapphireZiva) shares some of her favourite spots and her recommendations on where to stay and shop while visiting Kuala Lumpur.
Kanchan recommends to stay at the Grand Hyatt because it has the best view of the city's skyline, especially of the Twin Towers. Aside from that, she says the food options are amazing, especially the buffet. Another thing that you should not miss is the high tea experience, in which they serve delicious pastries, pasta and of course, delectable teas.
Fashionistas will be delighted by the numerous shopping places around Kuala Lumpur. From malls to fashion bargains, you'll definitely shop till you drop. For mall shopping, some of Kanchan's recommendations are the Robinsons in Gardens Mall, where you can find a wide selection of affordable clothes, shoes and bags. On the other hand, if you're looking for luxury items, you can visit the Pavilion Mall where high-end brand boutiques are situated.
Now for the bargain shops, Kanchan recommends to visit Petaling Street where you can buy quality items and souvenirs for a good price (depending on your bargaining skills, of course). Another place that you should visit to score some great fashion bargains is Times Square. It's a shopping mall but you'll find that the retail outlets are open for bargaining. This is where you can shop for souvenirs for your friends and family back home since the price gets cheaper if you buy in bulk. For a hundred dollars, you can already buy a lot.
For beauty finds, you can visit Metrojaya where you can find most beauty brands.
For breakfast, Kanchan recommends Yeast, located in Bangsar Village, as they offer tasty pastries and creamy lattes. Be there early because it becomes crowded right after it opens at 8 in the morning. For lunch and dinners, Kanchan's personal favourite is the Fresca Mexican restaurant where the serving and price is perfect for a whole family. For snacks, you can visit the DOME, which is a famous cafe in Malaysia offering all-day breakfast, among many other delectable treats.
At night, you can visit Bukit Bintang to experience the nightlife in Kuala Lumpur. You can visit the Zouk — a club buzzing with the young crowd, where you can meet and with mingle locals.
Celebrations And Culture
During celebrations, the city Kuala Lumpur becomes festive; and as a bonus, there are jaw-dropping shopping discounts at almost every retail store. Some of these events are the Chinese New Year and Moon Cake festival at the beginning of the year; the Ramadan celebration, which one of the biggest events in the city; and of course, Christmas season.
If you want to explore more of Malaysia's heritage, you can visit the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery and National Museum. For art lovers, make sure to visit the Pertains Gallery at the Twin Towers. Some of the spots that Kanchan also recommends for tourists to visit are the Sea Aquarium, Firefly Garden and Bird Park.
If you still have time you can also visit other notable places in Malaysia like Penang in the North or even Borneo in east part of the country. Kanchan says, "Malaysia has so many islands including Redang, Tioman, Borneo, and Pangkor, which are still virgin and offer great water activities; there are also the most visited ones being, Langkawi and Penang. You could plan a 2- or 3-day stay in Kuala Lumpur and choose the places you want to visit or just relax by the beach side, sipping on a fresh coconut or a refreshing cocktail."
(Cover photo from: @greaterkualalumpur)
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