If you’re looking to discover the essence of Kuala Lumpur, this article will help you. With just a few clicks or stops, you can find interesting places to see and experience in downtown Kuala Lumpur.
Most of the destinations in this article are within a short drive or public transportation ride of downtown. That means you can easily head out and explore on a beautiful day!
Downtown Kuala Lumpur is always busy with tourists and people-people alike. There are so many sights and places to see that it can be hard to decide where to go.
However, if you know your limits, you could spend a whole day tour-ing! A good way to determine whether tour-ing is right for you is how much travel time it takes you on average weekly basis.
Stay close to the downtown area
Though Kuala Lumpur is a fairly large city, you’ll want to make sure you don’t overdo it with your trip. You’ll need to return to the city for business and/or fun, so spending time in the area is important.
You’ll also want to stay close to the downtown area for business and other reasons. The government has placed some notable businesses in convenient locations, making it hard to find a good place to do business or enjoy an event.
If you have a lot of work obligations, then you should consider staying in suburbs or rural areas away from the city center. Doing business in the downtown area can be expensive due to high electric bills, transportation costs, and other factors.
You’ll also want to consider traveling by public transportation if you don’t live or work nearby. There are plenty of buses and trains that take you back and forth between the city center and other parts of the region.
Visit the Petronas Towers
The Petronas Towers is one of the largest high-rise structures in the world. It is also one of the most visited landmarks in Kuala Lumpur.
Visitors can take a fun filled 15–30 minute elevator ride to the top where you can get a unique view of downtown and surrounding areas. You can also walk or take an escalator down to the lower level where you can explore the viewing platforms and enjoy a great view of downtown and surrounding areas.
The Petronas Firm, headquartered in Seattle, owns both towers with Vornado Realty Corporation owning below-grade parking spaces around them. Visiting officials from around the world come up to visit and gain a better understanding of Kuala Lumpur’s geology and architecture while visiting these towers.
Go to the Bukit Bintang area
Bukit Bintang is an area of middle-class, Western-style suburbia located just north of central KL. It’s a nice, peaceful place to stroll and enjoy the view over the city skyline.
The area has a number of beautiful parks and open spaces where you can exercise or simply enjoy the views over the city. The areas are also well lit at night making it a nice place to settle down and enjoy some quality sleep.
There are many fun activities available in Bukit Bintang such as adventure tours, golf courses, gyms, pools and clubs. If you’re looking for a more intense workout than what you can get at your local gym, check out the adventure tours in Bukit Bintang.
Visit the National Museum
The National Museum is a great way to spend a few minutes at the museum. There are many famous artifacts and structures within, including the Great Mosque of Canda, the Peranakan Residence, and the Petworth Hotel.
Most of the museum is in Dutch Rule era times, so you will be surrounded by beautiful Asian decor and furnishings. This is also interesting for those who study history as this is how people lived back then.
The museum also has a children’s area so you might even find your kids interested in what they are looking at.
Check out the markets
There are many street markets around town, and they’re a great way to start your day. Start your day with a visit to one of the many food stalls that line the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
Many of them have lunch specials, so it is a good way to start your day. Plus, you’ll learn some local foods!
There are also many supermarkets located all around Kuala Lumpur, so you can stock up on supplies for the week ahead. Check out the ones in Central and Chinatown districts to start off your day.
And don’t forget about the extensive fast food chains such as KFC and Pizza Hut! You will find almost anywhere in KL has a KFC or Pizza Hut, so you can always find something new to try.
Try local food
If you are unfamiliar with Malaysian food, you may find it fresh and flavorful. Most of the foods are complex and have many variations. There are many restaurants that specialize in Malaysian food and offer a variety of dishes.
Many of them offer delivery and private dining options too! You can go straight to the kitchen and have your meal prepared.
Local food is often times more expensive, but can be better quality ingredients.
Try looking up local foods like lemak kambing or satuk makhijaang to see if they are popular ones or if they are hard to find.
Take a walk in the park
If you are ever feeling too rushed or don’t have time to explore, you can take a quick walk in the park. There are many parks throughout the city, and if you are always on the go, you can take a relaxing walk at one of them.
Many of them have rest rooms, so it is just a matter of finding your way to one and trying it out. Most have entrance fees that can be paid with your credit card, so you won’t be spending money until you take a chance!
Many people find this part of town very calming, so if you are looking for some stress relief this is a great way to do it.
Shop at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
The largest indoor shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur has over 100 shops and restaurants. Most of them are located in the upper levels, making it difficult to see everything inside.
However, since many of them are open late, there is always someone to help you find something fun to wear or a tasty meal to eat. Plus, most of them have delivery and/or food delivery services!
It is also possible to dine at many locations on site, making it an excellent way to save money while traveling. Many places offer discounts of between 20% and 50% off during the weekdays from 9am-5pm.
If you do not want to spend your time dining at sites on site, there are also plenty of dining options in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Most notable is the Hard Rock Cafe located just north of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.