Top Shopping Places in Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur (Self Guided)

Kuala Lumpur is a city with a lot of famous shopping centers and street markets. For those with a moderate shopping budget, Petaling Street or Bukit Bintang is the right place to go to. KLCC is an upmarket shopping spot, famous for the Petronas Twin Towers. This is an exciting shopping center of Kuala Lumpur. Check out the top shopping places that you might like to visit on the tour below.
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Top Shopping Places in Kuala Lumpur Map

Guide Name: Top Shopping Places in Kuala Lumpur
Guide Location: Malaysia » Kuala Lumpur (See other walking tours in Kuala Lumpur)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Author: valery
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Suria KLCC

1) Suria KLCC

For the shopaholic at heart, there could be no place better than Kuala Lumpur. From bargain stalls on the street to high end boutiques, the city has something for every kind of shopper. While you can put your haggling skills to practice at the Petaling Street and the Central Market, the Suria at the Kuala Lumpur City Center is where sophistication is the key ingredient.

Located beside the Petronas, the world’s tallest twin towers, the Suria is Kuala Lumpur’s most chic shopping malls. Offering an A Class international shopping experience, the Suria is filled with the glitz and glamour. Select from some of the world’s most sought after brands and services along with some of the best local boutiques. With classy restaurants and food kiosks, one can easily spend an entire day at the Suria. Apart from having an excellent retail collection, the mall also has some fun activities and attractions that might be worth the while when you visit.

A popular choice for many visitors is the Aquaria, where you get to experience the rich underwater flora of the city. For science lovers, there is the Petrosians Discovery Center which is an interactive science center that does a great job presenting the world of science and technology to all.
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National Craft Complex

2) National Craft Complex

The best parts of the city are always the local markets and fairs that give you an insight about the core culture and traditions of the place. Not only do you get the best bargains in such places, you also stumble upon some rare finds which may end up being the highlight of your holiday. One such fascinating place is the National Craft Complex.

The fun local market situated at the Jalan Conlay, is filled with local craft, handicraft shops and other similar stores that are dedicated to promoting, educating and marketing various crafts and arts of the locals in Malaysia. From paintings and sketches to wood carved mementoes to pottery and sculptures, the National Craft Complex has a wide array of local art and craft you can choose from. However, the most sought after item in the markets of Kuala Lumpur remains the Batik paintings. This exotic textile art is exclusively from Malaysia, so you might want to stay on a look out for these!

Apart from shopping and being a mere spectator, there are a few shops that also encourage visitors to participate and put their own creativity to practice. There is a lot this local market offers, all you need is a comfortable pair of shoes, a little cash and a lot of time on hand.
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Bukit Bintang

3) Bukit Bintang (must see)

One of the most happening places in Kuala Lumpur is the Bukit Bintang, your one-stop destination to a complete Kuala Lumpur shopping experience! Stretching from Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Imbi, all the way to Jalan Pudu, the Bintang Walk is a place you do not want to miss.

No matter what your budget is, the Bukit Bintang has something to offer every visitor. Right from upscale classy and glamorous malls and boutiques like the Pavillion and Star Hill Shopping Gallery, to road side bargains, electronic shopping complexes and exclusive shops like the Low Yat Plaza, the Bukit Bintang is truly a shopper’s paradise.

But don’t let the excessive shopping put you off. If you are not very keen on peeking into the retail stores, you have plenty of other things to do at the Bukit Bintang. Some of Kuala Lumpur finest eateries can be found here. Whatever be your style, you are sure to find the perfect place, menu and cuisine to tempt, tantalize and satisfy your hunger. From hawkers who are famous all over the city for their offerings to specialty restaurants that are known world over, from delicious local fare to alfresco restaurants, the Bukit walk is the place to get a mouthful of Kuala Lumpur.
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Petaling Street (Chinatown)

4) Petaling Street (Chinatown) (must see)

Right at the epicenter of the Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur is the famous Petaling Street, the buzzing street bazaar of the city. So brush up your haggling skills and put on your most comfy pair of shoes, for this is not a sight to miss!

Infamous for pirated CDs, DVDs and books, you will find that there is very little that the street cannot offer. Right from pirated clothes, bags and accessories to local brands of goodies, the street has it all. Not only are the day bazaars worth a visit, but the street is also known for its night markets. Apart from that, the street has some mouthwatering snack stalls and hawkers that make some pretty mean local cuisine.

At the Petaling Street you will find the true essence of Kuala Lumpur’s street shopping. However, it's not all just about shopping. The area has some very pretty monuments and temples that are a pure delight to experience. Amongst these are the ornate South Indian Temple of Sri Mahamariamman and the Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, which is Chinese in origin and dates back to the early 20th century.

Why You Should Visit:
Local cuisine at its glorious best, plus bargain-able products!
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Central Market

5) Central Market (must see)

Founded in 1888, by the British, the Central Market is one of the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur. Not only is it one of the prime locations to shop in the city, it is also the best place to enjoy the fruits of a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment. Because Kuala Lumpur has a rich blend of diverse cultures and people hailing from different parts of the globe, each have their unique set of handicrafts along with a unique blend that is very Malaysian. The market is one of the most visited sights in the city and quite a popular destination for buying souvenirs and mementoes from your vacation.

With the addition of the cemented structure in 1937, the market got the status of a Heritage site. With constant renovations and refurbishment, the market soon had distinct stalls and zones for different races to display and promote their items. In the earlier days the Central market was nick named the “wet market” because the floors were constantly wet. The market was visited mainly by tin miners of the region and sold meat, vegetables and the catch of the day! The market is easily accessible and conveniently located close to multiple public transport facilities.

Walking Tours in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Create Your Own Walk in Kuala Lumpur

Create Your Own Walk in Kuala Lumpur

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kuala Lumpur is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Lake Gardens Park Walk

Lake Gardens Park Walk

The finest thing about Kuala Lumpur is that it has preserved a balance between exhilarating urban architecture and its natural environment. Indeed, there is an abundance of greenery in Kuala Lumpur. Lake Gardens, known officially as Perdana Botanical Gardens, is Kuala Lumpur's first large-scale recreational park. It contains large manicured gardens and a host of attractions. Take this walk to...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Nightlife Walking Tour in Kuala Lumpur

Nightlife Walking Tour in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur has an active and exciting night life. Even though Malaysia is a Muslim country, there are bars and clubs where alcohol is served without restraint. The city has something to suit every kind of taste and you can easily find clubs that host live music and shows. Take the tour below to find some of the most popular nightclubs in Kuala Lumpur.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Religious Places Kuala Lumpur

Religious Places Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a very religious city where people flock to their places of worship in great numbers. Also, Kuala Lumpur has many religious communities of diverse religious convictions living in it. This makes for a great variety of places of worship. Take the tour below to visit some of the most significant places of worship in Kuala Lumpur.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Architecture Walk, Kuala Lumpur

Architecture Walk, Kuala Lumpur

The architecture of Kuala Lumpur is well known among tourists. A stunning mixture of the old and the new, the architecture of the metropolis is luxurious and magnificent. The city's skyline reveals an excellent combination of Asian, Malay, Islamic and modern architecture. Take the tour below and don't miss the chance to visit some of the most popular architectural sights in Kuala Lumpur.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Museums and Galleries in Kuala Lumpur

Museums and Galleries in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is an impressive town famous for its museums and galleries. These museums and galleries manifest both the rich cultural heritage of the nation and its spirit of innovation. Find below a list of museums that you must visit when in Kuala Lumpur.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city in Malaysia, and also its cultural and economic center. The city represents a mix of different architectural styles making it both interesting and beautiful. Kuala Lumpur has created a range of extraordinary and exclusive attractions that combine Eastern and Western elements and also showcase local handicrafts. Chief among these are Sultan Abdul...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Kuala Lumpur for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Kuala Lumpur has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Kuala Lumpur's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the KL PASS or Kuala Lumpur Backpackers Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Kuala Lumpur's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Kuala Lumpur hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Impiana KLCC Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kuala Lumpur, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Kuala Lumpur typically costs between around US$10 and US$100 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Kuala Lumpur in the comfort of a bus listening in the headsets to the commentary in English, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The ticket is valid for one (24 hrs) or two days (48 hrs).

- No visit to Malaysia is complete without savoring local cuisine – the alloy of spicy Indian, complex Chinese, and zesty Malay flavors. Embark on a culinary walking tour of Kuala Lumpur for a generous dollop of delectable Malay delicacies at some truly unique locations: hidden streets, alleyways and suburbs only the locals know about.

- Pedal your way around Kuala Lumpur on a 4-hour bike tour to appreciate the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the Malay capital from an informative group leader.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts 2 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise сould have done by walking.

- Come to appreciate Kuala Lumpur in its nighttime ambiance as the city gets ablaze with multi-colored illumination after dusk. Explore Chinatown in the cool of the night, stroll through the popular night markets, and experience KL's nightlife in its richness.

- Give yourself in to the unique charm of Kuala Lumpur on a 3-hour morning tour to explore the city's diverse architectural setting, learn about its history and more.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Kuala Lumpur, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Malacca, Kuala Selangor, or Batu Caves. For as little as US$60+ to US$170+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of great historical and cultural importance (iconic caves, royal burial ground, ancient fort, etc.), get closer to the Malaysian nature by riding a boat in the evening through mangrove forests to encounter thousands of twinkling fireflies or by going for a relaxed drive through countryside to visit elephant conservation center and take some photos with amiable silvered leaf monkeys, plus to enjoy a typical Malaysian seafood meal, and so much more. For any of these tours you will be picked up straight from your hotel in Kuala Lumpur, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (or boat, wherever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.