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KLoé's Guide to
Kuala Lumpur

An insider’s guide for what you really want to do when you visit.

Don’t expect to find recommendations for temples or monuments here. Instead, you’ll find parks, markets, quirky stores, restaurants, the arts, bars, and clubs.

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From the great outdoors to art galleries, museums and more, these are some of the best things to do in town.

 

The Zhongshan Building

What once housed the Selangor Zhongshan Association is now an independent arts and research hub. One can find art spaces, a café and a bakery, a bookstore, and a library here.

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APW

An industrial-themed space converted from a former commercial printing factory, APW houses hip eateries, a co-working space, and a series of markets and events.

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Petronas Philharmonic Hall

Within the Petronas Twin Towers, the MPO hosts an extensive lineup of concerts, from classical masterpieces to film music, pop, jazz, and traditional.

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KL Forest Eco Park

Also known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, this ancient rainforest right in the heart of the city features a canopy walk for visitors to walk amongst the gigantic trees.

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Brickfields

Once a centre for brick-making in KL’s early days, Brickfields today is known as Little India. Expect a vibrant mix of temples, textile and jewellery shops, and authentic South Indian cuisine.

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Independent shops, a mega bookstore, and more: There’s a reason they call Kuala Lumpur a shopper’s paradise.

 

Nala Designs

Nala specialises in hand-drawn Asian inspired designs. Their bright bold patterns are imprinted on stationery, clothing, and homeware.

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Books Kinokuniya

The mother of all bookstores in Kuala Lumpur, this Japanese chain is like a giant library with over 300,000 titles in English, Japanese, Chinese and Malay.

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Naiise

A Singapore-based design store with a goal to make good design accessible to all. Come for locally-inspired gifts, homeware and clothes.

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Eat At

Local streetfood, contemporary cafés, and fine dining restaurants – Kuala Lumpur has it all.

 

Pork-free

Chocha Foodstore

Chocha means ‘sit down and drink’ in Hakka. Enjoy Asian dishes with a modern twist and a curated selection of teas in a stylish, postmodern setting.

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Serves pork

Joloko

Spicy Caribbean-style BBQ, served from an open kitchen in a lively courtyard. The drinks list includes mescal, tequila and fermented fruit wines.

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Pork-free

Isabel

Isabel stands out with its unique Parisian café-meets-post-colonial-era décor, focusing its menu on fresh and lively flavours of the Southeast Asian cookbook.

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Pork-free

LOKL Coffee Co.

This popular brunch and lunch destination in a pre-war shophouse serves comfort food to travellers exploring the heritage district. Get a seat in its bustling courtyard.

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Serves pork

Proof Pizza + Wine

Sleek and refined, Proof brings a quiet but distinct elegance into the pizza scene in Kuala Lumpur, mainly serving artisanal, wood fire oven-baked pizzas.

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Pork-free

Tamarind Springs

A fine dining restaurant serving classic Indochinese fare from Lao, Vietnamese, and Khmer kitchens, with an intimate setting within a forest reserve.

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Drink At

From rooftop bars to speakeasies, end your evening at these top spots in the city.

 

Heli Lounge Bar

Set on a rooftop helipad with spectacular views of the city. There’s also an indoor bar and lounge downstairs with quirky, aeronautical-themed décor.

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No Black Tie

KL’s leading jazz bar, No Black Tie has been graced by some of the region’s most established musicians for over 14 years and counting.

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PS150

Step past the vintage toy shopfront and enter an atmospheric hidden cocktail bar set in a former brothel. Headed by renowned bartender Angel Ng.

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Suzie Wong

A hidden bar resembling an opium den, with atmospheric red velvet decor and live cabaret performances. Grab street food from a cart just outside, operated by the bar.

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