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Discover Kuala Lumpur and beyond

A city that effortlessly combines forward-thinking modernity with the colourful culture and tradition of Malaysia. You’ll be presented with an incredible wealth of things to do in Kuala Lumpur – where shopping, nightlife and gastronomy are taken to a new level.

Bursting with shopping malls, scattered with heritage zones and renowned for its cuisine, Kuala Lumpur is a city of extremes which embraces both tradition and innovation. At first glance you’ll be greeted by sky-scraping towers, the famous Formula 1 race track and a glitzy nightlife – where anything from jazz to karaoke goes. Look a little harder and you’ll discover a slower place, as temples and nature sanctuaries further the unique appeal.


Shopping for all budgets

With an impressive 66 shopping malls, as well as street markets and bazaars, Kuala Lumpur certainly lives up to its reputation as a shopper’s paradise. Starhill Gallery is the go-to place for designer labels, while Berjaya Times Square is plentiful with international chains and KL City Walk is the first pedestrianised shopping area, which is bursting with boutiques.


Kuala Lumpur sightseeing

Make your first stop Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers, where you can enjoy spectacular city views from sky bridge and the 421-metre-high observation deck. Visit heritage sites around the city, such as Merderka Square and Royal Selangor Club, and embrace the city’s diversity whilst exploring Chinatown and Little India.


Kuala Lumpur nights out

Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant nightlife presents a variety of places to go, once the sun goes down – with chic bistros, trendy rooftop lounges and glitzy dance clubs aplenty. Spanning from understated secret bars to the larger than life karaoke scene, whatever your budget, the city will not disappoint. Start at Changkat Bukit Bintang, one of the city's most happening boulevards.


Day trips beyond the city

Beyond the cosmopolitan city centre, you’ll find beautiful beaches, verdant tea plantations and sprawling paddy fields. Visit the white sandy beaches of Pangkor Laut Island or explore the diversity of the Cameron Highlands. Enjoy a night-time boat tour of Kuala Selangor, against a fire-fly lit sky. Or spend a day at Sekinchan, which is best explored by bicycle.

Where to eat in Kuala Lumpur: supper clubs

Secret dining rooms in people’s houses are becoming a fashionable alternative for diners who want an authentic taste of Kuala Lumpur without sky-high prices. Time Out KL food editor Surekha Ragavan seeks out five of the city’s tastiest.


Best for… Elegant, restaurant-standard meals in an intimate flat

Nick Au and Ryonn Leong are the whizz kids behind the city’s innovative supper club wave. Don’t expect regular pies and puddings from these boys: they plate up Heston Blumenthal-style creations, such as poached chicken mousseline with avocado, duck broth with corn and tomatoes, and aerated century egg with cream. For an operation run from their flat on select Saturday nights, the technology and techniques get pretty sophisticated – a sous vide machine and siphon guns are current toys in the kitchen, with a Pacojet and Thermomix to debut soon.

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Best for… Comforting Vietnamese food in a warm environment

When Kenneth Teoh brought his Hanoian wife Hoa back to Kuala Lumpur, one of the city’s most promising supper clubs was born. The couple is serious about good food and ingredients, and often travel to local fishing villages and paddy fields to source ingredients for their Vietnamese menus. The dishes might sound simple on paper, but on execution, Cute Ball can rival some of Kuala Lumpur’s best Vietnamese joints. Highlights include a clay pot-braised catfish, and minced pork wrapped in wild betel leaf. When it comes to dessert, the couple’s dark chocolate tart is something of a revelation.

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Best for… Rustic, home-cooked meals made with top-notch ingredients

After dinner parties, gushing friends and family would encourage Jennifer Palencia and her husband, Brabon, to open a commercial outlet. But instead of a brick-and-mortar restaurant, Jen decided to ‘own and keep her freedom’ by introducing a private dining room in her home. Just like Jen’s demeanour, her food is warm and abundant, with signature dishes including mushroom tartlets and stuffed roast lamb. When she’s not busy entertaining, Jen runs cooking classes at the weekend for those who want to attempt local dishes, such as nasi lemak, at home, as well as apprentice courses for kids.

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Best for… A bit of Europe and the Med

It all began when Huck posted photos of his kid’s birthday party spread on Facebook, which led to curious friends asking for more. After much contemplation, Huck gave up his 18-year advertising career to focus on running a private kitchen. His food is largely reflective of his travels – you could be served anything from ‘cottage lamb stew pie’ to seafood risotto – but pretty much everything made from scratch. Despite the far-flung corners of the world that he travels to, it’s not a dinner at Huck’s without his famous durian mud pie ice cream.

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Best for… Well-executed Asian food in a nostalgic setting

Enter Eddy Kwong’s house and you’ll be greeted with vintage Malaysian paraphernalia – straw baskets, antique tables and intricate china are splashed around the residence, creating a home-style Malaccan vibe that’s difficult to replicate in a restaurant. All of this goes down a treat with the Peranakan, Chinese and Thai food that he serves. In the kitchen, Eddy gets help from his brother Raymond and sister-in-law Phakamart, and the trio can whip up a spicy curry or laksa as mean as some of the best restaurants in the city. Dinners are hosted three times a week and reservations must be made a week in advance.

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