Kuala Lumpur is real paradise for shopping maniacs. There is something for everyone, from street markets to designer labels and huge shopping malls. All together in the centre of KL.
PETALING STREET in CHINATOWN
One of the best street markets. You can find hundreds of stalls selling exotic fruit, food, fake designer handbags, wallets, belts, watches, clothing and much more. Best time to visit the market is in the evening. Although if you don´t like crowds go a bit earlier. Advice nr. 1 – haggle! Prices are usually quoted 35% higher that they are worth it. Be neutral – don´t show too much interest in that given item. Ask how much is it and when they say 20 MYR don´t be affraid to say that you buy it for 7 MYR. It is better to start with the lowest possible price because if you would say 12 MYR you would never get below this. If you are still not happy with the price they offer, walk slowly away and in most cases they will stop you and will accept your last bid.
The market has a long history dated back to 1888 when is was known as a wet market selling mainly fish, meat and vegetables. These days it is a centre of Malaysian culture where you can get anything from art and craft, costumes and food. On the top floor you can actually find few eateries where you can get meals for a very convenient prices. The market is located in the heart of the city. You will not miss it due to it´s baby blue colour.
When I was in KL, I took a walk from the Central Market to Pavillion. On this not long way I passed about 3 other shopping malls. Pavilion was the best one. Not only it was the biggest one but because all the shops you can think of are located in this one place. If you want cheap H&M or be a bit more spendy and shop in Prada, it´s all there! If you are planning to go there, reserve few hours of your time because you will need it to explore this seven-storey mall. If you get hungry visit the food court on the lower food court and have Japanese, Korean or local food or just stop by in one of the cafés. The hot and humid weather make the indoor shopping a popular activity within the locals, so expect it to be busy.
This six-storey mall is located at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers in the KL City Centre. Here you can find more upscale shops, so if you are on a budget this might not be the right shopping place for you. Few highlights: it has Marks&Spencer with its food section! So if you are tired of eating noodles and rice, you can have some European food. It has Nando´s! A dining chain from South Africa with Portuguese theme which is in UK only (the only country in Europe) and has great chicken, wraps, pitas, burgers and much more. This mall offers a lot of entertainment like cinema, Aquaria, The Dewan Philharmonik, Art Gallery, beautiful park with fountains just in front of the mall and much more.
If this is still not enough here are few more shopping malls for you :
Mid Valley Megamall near Bangsar
The Garden near Bangsar
Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur in Bukit Bintang