Kuala Lumpur, popularly referred to as KL, is the capital city of Malaysia. Officially the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, it is also the largest city of the country, spreading over almost 245 sq km. Steel-clad skyscrapers, mega shopping malls, renowned monuments, bustling markets and burgeoning nightlife - that is Kuala Lumpur for you!
Kuala Lumpur is divided into separate districts, each known for something extraordinary. However, the main draw of the city is the Golden Triangle comprising of Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Chinatown areas. Popular as the entertainment hub of the city, these are home to some of the trendiest nightclubs, lounges and bars.
Home to three of the 10 largest shopping malls in the world, it comes as no surprise that Kuala Lumpur is often considered as the retail and fashion hub of Southeast Asia. Authentic handicrafts to major international brands are all on sale in the masses of malls in Kuala Lumpur (read 66!). The city's traditional markets are equally enjoyable with atmospheric experiences. Visiting KL during March, May or December during the mega sale event is an escapade in itself for the shoppers.
Kuala Lumpur is a non-stop banquet. Drom dining at lavish restaurants to eating with the locals at the street stalls, almost all of Malaysia's culinary specialities can be found in KL. Do stop by the hawker stalls and traditional neighbourhood kopitiams (coffee shops) to sample the best of the local delicacies. Kuala Lumpur is also the gateway to Malaysia's contemporary art scene with numerous visual arts gallery and exhibition centres.
The 6th most visited city in the world (in 2019), KL is thronged by tourists. Yet, it retains the laidback ambience and jungle lushness of the kampung (village) it once was. Exploring this 21st-century metropolis is a cakewalk with a comprehensive road system and extensive public transportation. Hop on any of the mass rapid transit (MRT), light rapid transit (LRT), monorail, commuter rail or public buses and whizz past Kuala Lumpur in a matter of minutes!
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Kuala Lumpur is a hungry traveller's dream destination offering the best of multi-culinary Malaysia. The city houses some of the best fine-dine restaurants in the world, but the local street stalls take the cake for sampling the local delicacies. Two dishes are more easily found in Kuala Lumpur than anywhere else - pan mee (wheat noodles tossed with dark soy and chopped pork), and sang har mee (freshwater prawns cooked in a gravy of rice wine and prawn fat, and served over crispy noodles).
To experience the local food scene of Kuala Lumpur, head to Jalan Alor in Chinatown. From 5:00 PM to midnight, the street turns into a riot of feasting. Do try the grilled fish, satay and koi lan. To devour the best breakfast or brunch, stop by Pudu area. Once a Chinese village, it houses several great eating places.
Bangsar Sunday Market and Masjid India Pasar Malam are weekly markets known for the hawker food. Stalls sell everything from a variety of noodles to satay, asam laksa, char kway teow to Indian and Chinese snacks.
Read more about street food of Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur Food Directory
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