Malaysia has a plethora of destinations known for different attractions: Kota Kinabalu (or referred to by locals as KK) in Sabah is known for its sandy beaches; Penang is unrivalled in its local cuisine and Kuala Lumpur has the all the outlets, brands and deals that any shopaholic could hope for. As Malaysia’s largest urban city, this teeming metropolis no doubt offers ample avenues for retail therapy. You may be wondering how one decides where to go with so many shopping destinations to choose from. Well, you’re in luck. We’ve mapped out a rough route to explore the best of Kuala Lumpur all in a day.
Start with a stay at PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur, where you’ll be a stone’s throw away from these venues, and work your way to each pit stop beginning with Berjaya Times Square.
1) Berjaya Times Square
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Don’t be fooled by its plain-vanilla façade. Waiting inside Berjaya Times Square, one of the world’s largest megamalls, is a sight like no other. There’s no resisting a shopping mall that has its own indoor theme park – and the largest one in the country at that! With an impressive seven-storey high roller coaster, it’ll keep both children and adults occupied for hours. Besides the novel attraction, shoppers swarm this mall also for its budget bargains. It offers a blend of local boutiques such as street wear store Krookz, and international labels, including Adidas, Esprit and Body Glove. Don’t forget to grab a pretzel at Auntie Anne’s, a crowd favourite among locals and visitors.
2) Low Yat Plaza
Hop across the street from Berjaya Times Square to reach Low Yat Plaza, the ultimate one-stop shop for all things electronic. A mecca for shutterbugs, computer geeks and gamers, it’s got gadgets and gizmos aplenty with enticingly competitive price tags that are often negotiable as well. In 2009, it was recognised by The Malaysia Book of Records as the country’s “largest IT lifestyle mall”. You can also find fashion outlets and a bookshop at the plaza, should you fancy a break from the tech offerings.
3) Starhill Gallery
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Located a few blocks down the street from Low Yat Plaza, Starhill Gallery is another gem that’s hard to miss, thanks to its distinctive geometric architecture and glass frontage. A far cry from its more economical counterparts, this establishment houses upmarket designer brands, an art gallery, and 50,000sqf of spa facilities. Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Rolex are among the many lionised names you’ll come across here. Fret not though if you don’t have deep pockets – visit for the experience of revelling in the posh ambience.
4) Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
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On the other side of the street is Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, which is also five minutes away from PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur. Like Starhill Gallery carries a fair share of luxury labels (Prada, Kate Spade, Versace and Burberry, just to name a few). However, it caters to the mid-range crowd as well with stores like Topshop, Zara, Muji, and Tokyo Street. Having worked up an appetite from the shopping spree, you’ll be pleased to find culinary refuge in the smorgasbord of eateries at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. For a light nibble, check out The Loaf, a Japanese bakery founded by Malaysia’s former prime minister.
5) Suria KLCC
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We’ve finally come to the last stop at Suria KLCC, but it’s by no means the least. The mall is situated right at bottom of the Petronas Twin Towers, the definitive city icon of Kuala Lumpur – no trip to this capital is complete without a visit to this 88-storey landmark. Besides the variety of fashion boutiques and food courts (one of which serves solely local delicacies), Suria KLCC is also home to a massive Kinokuniya bookstore outlet, an aquarium and an orchestra hall. Fancy an evening stroll? Setting a befitting backdrop is the adjacent KLCC Park, a sprawling urban garden complete with a symphony fountain, a children’s pool and a mammoth playground the size of two football fields.
Savour a fuss-free stay at PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur, situated conveniently at the heart of these sites. You can also opt for the PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur located nearby that is also within easy reach of the five shopping malls and more.