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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kuala Lumpur: 8 places to shop till you drop

When shopping is on your mind, Malaysia won’t disappoint you. With its enviable selection of malls and markets, Kuala Lumpur offers alluring alternatives to everything on your list, all within your budget. So whether it is designer labels, cosmetics or traditional souvenirs, Malaysia can definitely be your one-stop-shopping destination!!

imageBintang Walk Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Bintang Walk is popular with locals and tourists alike. Stretching from Lot 10 Shopping Center to the JW Marriott hotel, Bintang Walk is a colorful and vibrant row of street-side cafes, restaurants and pubs. The night life here is fabulous too with its colorful and dazzling array of lights. ‘Go here for some energetic shopping’.

Central Market The oldest shopping center of Kuala Lumpur, the Central market is where one can stock up on traditional Malay items. Pick up traditional goods such as batik, embroidery, carvings, souvenirs, sculptures, clothes, among other interesting items. You can also request local artists to paint caricatures, or even get full-blown portraits made. After your spree, relax and unwind at some of the restaurants and cafes in the building or at the riverside amphitheater nearby. ‘Traditional Shopping at its best’.

Berjaya Times Square Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur is an architectural masterpiece that houses over 10,000 shops, service outlets and a variety of retail anchors all under one roof. Linked to the 5-star hotel Berjaya Times Square, this is your one-stop leisure destination with its mind-boggling range of food courts, indoor theme park with an IMAX theatre, cinema, spa centre, games arcade, karaoke lounge, supermarket, bank and IT mall. ‘It’s All in the Square’.

imageJalan Petaling For an authentic taste of Malaysia, visit this vibrant marketplace for its Chinese-centric goods.  Learn more about the traditional medicines and herbs on display and browse through fashion accessories and electronic goods. The stalls here peddle everything you are likely to need, from Holland grapes to Taiwanese batteries. Sit down at some of the popular Chinese al-fresco restaurants and treat your taste buds to traditional delicacies such as pastries, savory meats and cakes. ‘Bargain Shopping can be very satisfying too’.

Sungei Wang Plaza Spend time at this award-winning shopping complex, which covers over two million square feet together with the Bukit Bintang Plaza. This two-decade-old plaza houses over 500 retail outlets selling everything from food to clothes, and is the best place in the city to get yourself a good bargain. ‘Perfect for family shopping’.

imageCraft Complex Looking for traditional artifacts? Head straight to the handicrafts complex situated in the golden triage of Kuala Lumpur’s business district and indulge in a unique variety of craft-related activities and programs. The key places to check out here are the Craft Museum, Craft Village, Karyaneka Craft Boutique and the Artists' colony. ‘Astounding Malaysian Art’.

Suria KLCC When you need retail therapy, indulge yourself at this premier shopping destination that is located next to the famous Petronas towers. Navigate through six levels for leading brands at its luxury boutiques; tuck into mouth-watering treats at its food courts. Book lovers should stop at Kinokuniya, the only branch of this premier bookstore in Malaysia. ‘Opulence next to the world’s second tallest towers’.

imagePasar Malam (Night Markets) Take a leisurely stroll through the night markets to browse through and haggle for household goods, audio/visual equipment and trinkets. Check out the prominent display of pirated goods at throwaway prices. Pick up fresh produce and sample food items or just soak up the infectious atmosphere of the night market. ‘Shopping that continues well into the night’.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to shop till you drop…in truly Malaysia?


Note: Photos in this post have been used with written consent from Beehive Communications on behalf of Tourism Malaysia.

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