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Guidebook for Kuala Lumpur

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Guidebook for Kuala Lumpur

Food Scene
Set on Lorong Nibong, off Jalan Ampang in KL, La Mexicana is a city taqueria that delves not only into simple tacos and tamales, but also features a menu of regional Mexican cuisines. The impressionistic food arrives with cosmopolitan style but expect home-grown taste and rich flavour. Our favourite item on the menu is the tacos campechanos (RM22), corn tortillas jammed with pork meat, cilantro, onion shavings, and Molcajete red sauce.
La Mexicana
Set on Lorong Nibong, off Jalan Ampang in KL, La Mexicana is a city taqueria that delves not only into simple tacos and tamales, but also features a menu of regional Mexican cuisines. The impressionistic food arrives with cosmopolitan style but expect home-grown taste and rich flavour. Our favourite item on the menu is the tacos campechanos (RM22), corn tortillas jammed with pork meat, cilantro, onion shavings, and Molcajete red sauce.
‘Acme’ is Greek for ‘the best’, and upon opening the door of this chic yet casual eatery, the concept is apparent, from the menu to the décor. Stepping into Acme Bar & Coffee is like going into a hip New York City loft – with clean steel lines, comfy sofas, plush cushions and floor-to-ceiling glass walls letting natural light in; all this is enhanced by soft background jazz music
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Acme Bar & Coffee
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‘Acme’ is Greek for ‘the best’, and upon opening the door of this chic yet casual eatery, the concept is apparent, from the menu to the décor. Stepping into Acme Bar & Coffee is like going into a hip New York City loft – with clean steel lines, comfy sofas, plush cushions and floor-to-ceiling glass walls letting natural light in; all this is enhanced by soft background jazz music
Drinks & Nightlife
All the rage in Kuala Lumpur now, Changkat Bukit Bintang nightlife is well-regarded as the ‘it’ party venue in the city’s lively yet fluid clubbing scene. A busy street that’s lined with plenty of international two-storey restobars, snazzy nightclubs, posh cocktail lounges, subdued whisky bars, and lively Irish pubs, it is one of the city’s most vibrant boulevards. Hosting plenty of themed nights, international DJs, and live band performances, it’s safe to say that nightlife in Changkat Bukit Bintang is anything but dull. Amongst the bevy of watering holes available here, there are a few establishments that stand out due to their unique concepts. Stand-up comedy, gay friendly parties, foreig
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Changkat Bukit Bintang
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All the rage in Kuala Lumpur now, Changkat Bukit Bintang nightlife is well-regarded as the ‘it’ party venue in the city’s lively yet fluid clubbing scene. A busy street that’s lined with plenty of international two-storey restobars, snazzy nightclubs, posh cocktail lounges, subdued whisky bars, and lively Irish pubs, it is one of the city’s most vibrant boulevards. Hosting plenty of themed nights, international DJs, and live band performances, it’s safe to say that nightlife in Changkat Bukit Bintang is anything but dull. Amongst the bevy of watering holes available here, there are a few establishments that stand out due to their unique concepts. Stand-up comedy, gay friendly parties, foreig
Some of the best nightlife in Kuala Lumpur happens far above the city streets, and rooftop bars are gaining massive popularity amongst Kuala Lumpur’s late night revellers. It has resulted in numerous nocturnal hotspots that range from classy ristorantes to cocktail lounges nestled atop high-rise structures. Offering great ambience and breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur, rooftop bars are your best bet if you want to just sit back and watch the sun set below the city horizon - with a drink in hand, of course.
Roof Top Pool
Some of the best nightlife in Kuala Lumpur happens far above the city streets, and rooftop bars are gaining massive popularity amongst Kuala Lumpur’s late night revellers. It has resulted in numerous nocturnal hotspots that range from classy ristorantes to cocktail lounges nestled atop high-rise structures. Offering great ambience and breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur, rooftop bars are your best bet if you want to just sit back and watch the sun set below the city horizon - with a drink in hand, of course.
Sightseeing
Istana Negara is Malaysia’s National Palace. Built in 1928, it is located along Jalan Istana and the 13-acre castle used to be the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia. In June 2011, it was replaced by a new, extravagant RM800 million palace near Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur. The old Istana Negara is situated on a slope in Bukit Petaling overlooking the Klang River, along Jalan Syed Putra. Its grounds are not open to the public, so the Main Palace Entrance is usually the spot where tourists take pictures. Also called The Big House, it was originally a double-storey mansion owned by local Chinese millionaire Chan Wing.
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Istana Negara
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Istana Negara is Malaysia’s National Palace. Built in 1928, it is located along Jalan Istana and the 13-acre castle used to be the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia. In June 2011, it was replaced by a new, extravagant RM800 million palace near Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur. The old Istana Negara is situated on a slope in Bukit Petaling overlooking the Klang River, along Jalan Syed Putra. Its grounds are not open to the public, so the Main Palace Entrance is usually the spot where tourists take pictures. Also called The Big House, it was originally a double-storey mansion owned by local Chinese millionaire Chan Wing.
At the heart of Kuala Lumpur is an area which never sleeps, and far more colourful and bustling than its bigger and more glamourous neighbours, KLCC & Bukit Bintang. Chinatown, based in Petaling Street, is also known as 'Chee Cheong Kai' (Starch Factory Street), a reference to its roots as a tapioca-producing district. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia. Chinatown is also a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise, a place where you can find all sorts of stuff from Chinese herbs to imitation goods. At night, its main market area, Petaling Street, transforms into a lively and vibrant night market
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Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
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At the heart of Kuala Lumpur is an area which never sleeps, and far more colourful and bustling than its bigger and more glamourous neighbours, KLCC & Bukit Bintang. Chinatown, based in Petaling Street, is also known as 'Chee Cheong Kai' (Starch Factory Street), a reference to its roots as a tapioca-producing district. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia. Chinatown is also a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise, a place where you can find all sorts of stuff from Chinese herbs to imitation goods. At night, its main market area, Petaling Street, transforms into a lively and vibrant night market
Petronas Twin Towers were once the tallest buildings in the world. Now the world’s tallest twin structures, the 88-storey buildings were designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates with both towers joined at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) by a 58 metre-long, double-decker Sky Bridge. Standing 452 metres tall, the Petronas Twin Towers retained its world-title claim to fame until 2004 when Taipei's 101 was built, measuring 508 metres tall. Today, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (opened in 2010) retains the spot as the world’s tallest building. Located in the KL city centre, the Petronas Twin Towers’ architecture is Islamic-inspired and the buildings primarily house the corporate headqua
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Petronas İkiz Kuleleri
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Petronas Twin Towers were once the tallest buildings in the world. Now the world’s tallest twin structures, the 88-storey buildings were designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates with both towers joined at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) by a 58 metre-long, double-decker Sky Bridge. Standing 452 metres tall, the Petronas Twin Towers retained its world-title claim to fame until 2004 when Taipei's 101 was built, measuring 508 metres tall. Today, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (opened in 2010) retains the spot as the world’s tallest building. Located in the KL city centre, the Petronas Twin Towers’ architecture is Islamic-inspired and the buildings primarily house the corporate headqua
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Thean Hou Temple
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Parks & Nature
Batu Caves, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus. Cathedral Cave – the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves – houses several Hindu shrines beneath its 100-metre-high arched ceiling. At the foot of Batu Hill are two other cave temples
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Batu Caves Murugan Temple
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Batu Caves, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus. Cathedral Cave – the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves – houses several Hindu shrines beneath its 100-metre-high arched ceiling. At the foot of Batu Hill are two other cave temples
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is the showpiece of the renowned 60-ha Lake Gardens. Also known as the Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur, it is billed as the world’s largest covered bird park. The 20.9-ha park was opened in 1991 and is home to more than 3,000 birds from 200 species all over the world. Easily outdoing neighbouring Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is twice the size of Jurong and most of its birds are free and accustomed to being around people. The free-flight, walk-in aviary has over 60 species of local and foreign birds, including the Indian blue peacock, with its colourful five-foot train, and the crowned pigeon, the largest pigeon species in the world.
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Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur
920 Jalan Cenderawasih
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Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is the showpiece of the renowned 60-ha Lake Gardens. Also known as the Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur, it is billed as the world’s largest covered bird park. The 20.9-ha park was opened in 1991 and is home to more than 3,000 birds from 200 species all over the world. Easily outdoing neighbouring Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is twice the size of Jurong and most of its birds are free and accustomed to being around people. The free-flight, walk-in aviary has over 60 species of local and foreign birds, including the Indian blue peacock, with its colourful five-foot train, and the crowned pigeon, the largest pigeon species in the world.
The Butterfly Park is also located in Lake Gardens, housing more than 6,000 butterflies from 120 species. Landscaped like a bushy garden with lots of flowers, the park will enthrall visitors as butterflies float to your shirt and hand, sticking like badges. Also check out the nursery and breeding area where you can see butterfly larvae emerging from their cocoons. Besides the butterflies, a wide range of insects such as rhinoceros beetles and praying mantises are on display. There's also a souvenir shop where you can purchased frames of preserved butterflies, scorpions and other insects.
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Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
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The Butterfly Park is also located in Lake Gardens, housing more than 6,000 butterflies from 120 species. Landscaped like a bushy garden with lots of flowers, the park will enthrall visitors as butterflies float to your shirt and hand, sticking like badges. Also check out the nursery and breeding area where you can see butterfly larvae emerging from their cocoons. Besides the butterflies, a wide range of insects such as rhinoceros beetles and praying mantises are on display. There's also a souvenir shop where you can purchased frames of preserved butterflies, scorpions and other insects.
Arts & Culture
Istana Budaya is Malaysia’s National Theatre. Also known as The Palace of Culture, it towers over the National Art Gallery on Jalan Tun Razak. Built in 1999, it is the country’s main venue for local and international music, dance and drama performances, including operettas, classical concerts and more. The first theatre in Asia with state-of-the-art stage equipment, Istana Budaya is rated as one of the world’s top 10 most sophisticated theatres, on par with the Royal Albert Hall in London. The RM210 million complex is spread across 54,400sqm and was officially opened by former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahatir Mohamad.
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Istana Budaya
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Istana Budaya is Malaysia’s National Theatre. Also known as The Palace of Culture, it towers over the National Art Gallery on Jalan Tun Razak. Built in 1999, it is the country’s main venue for local and international music, dance and drama performances, including operettas, classical concerts and more. The first theatre in Asia with state-of-the-art stage equipment, Istana Budaya is rated as one of the world’s top 10 most sophisticated theatres, on par with the Royal Albert Hall in London. The RM210 million complex is spread across 54,400sqm and was officially opened by former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahatir Mohamad.
Shopping
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is KL’s haute couture shopping Mecca. It takes a lot to stand out in the city’s mallscape but this shopping centre, which occupies prime real estate along Jalan Bukit Bintang, does just that. Opened in 2007 it has three major sections – a retail mall, an office block and two residential towers. Keeping the city’s fashionistas looking polished, this KL staple is the perfect example of how extravagant some malls can be. It features almost the same staggering square footage as Mid Valley Megamall and 1 Utama and the 1.37 million-sqft white marble complex is a combination of indoor and outdoor shopping venues.
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Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
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Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is KL’s haute couture shopping Mecca. It takes a lot to stand out in the city’s mallscape but this shopping centre, which occupies prime real estate along Jalan Bukit Bintang, does just that. Opened in 2007 it has three major sections – a retail mall, an office block and two residential towers. Keeping the city’s fashionistas looking polished, this KL staple is the perfect example of how extravagant some malls can be. It features almost the same staggering square footage as Mid Valley Megamall and 1 Utama and the 1.37 million-sqft white marble complex is a combination of indoor and outdoor shopping venues.
Giving the shiny 1Utama complex a run for its money, the colossal Mid Valley Megamall is indeed a mega complex, known to locals as the best shopping centre halfway between the city centre and the Klang Valley. One of the country's largest urban development projects, the 4.5 million-sqft emporium is comprises a shopping mall, an office tower block, 30 signature offices and two hotels – the 646-rooom Cititel Midvalley and the 390-room Boulevard Hotel. The mall was awarded the Best Shopping Complex Award 2000 by Tourism Malaysia and Best Retail Development Award 2001 by FIABCI Malaysia.
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Mid Valley Megamall
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Giving the shiny 1Utama complex a run for its money, the colossal Mid Valley Megamall is indeed a mega complex, known to locals as the best shopping centre halfway between the city centre and the Klang Valley. One of the country's largest urban development projects, the 4.5 million-sqft emporium is comprises a shopping mall, an office tower block, 30 signature offices and two hotels – the 646-rooom Cititel Midvalley and the 390-room Boulevard Hotel. The mall was awarded the Best Shopping Complex Award 2000 by Tourism Malaysia and Best Retail Development Award 2001 by FIABCI Malaysia.
Entertainment & Activities
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Sunway Pyramid
3 Jalan PJS 11/15
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