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“Made for shopping and eating” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kuala Lumpur

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London, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
6 helpful votes
“Made for shopping and eating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2008

KL is an excellent location for shopping and for Dining. The new malls are fantastic, especially ‘The Pavilion’ on Jalan Bukit Bintang – opposite the ‘Marriot’ hotel. ‘The Pavilion’ is also a great place to eat and chill out; offering an array of bars and eateries for all palates in sophisticated surroundings at very reasonable prices. It also has a great cinema, a spa and an up-market karaoke venue on the upper floors. The hawker stalls on Jalan Alur, parallel to Jalan Bukit Bintang, are also great and popular with the locals. As KL is relatively a new city, its historical quarter is very modest in size and most of KL’s history and development is new. As a result, the main tourist sites in KL can generally be visited in just 2-3 days. However, the number of days that you should put aside for shopping is completely dependent on the size of your wallet or the limit on your credit card. If retail therapy is what you seek, then look no further then KL. Having enjoyed Hong Kong and Bangkok as shopping locations, I can honestly state that when it comes to shopping KL is king. The upmarket shops are bigger and more extensive than in Hong Kong, the mid-range retail market is highly competitive and the imitation designer goods market is superior to and cheaper than that of Bangkok. Did I mention the food? The food in KL is great! In terms of tourist destinations, obviously the ‘Petronas Towers’ are a must, but try to visit the stupendous new ‘Museum of Islamic Arts’ and its beautiful lunchtime restaurant – opposite the National Mosque on Jalan Lembah Perdana. The buffet lunch is fab. Central Market is good for traditional souvenirs. China Town is a disappointment and the surrounding area is filthy and run down. KL’s surrounding suburbs offer more pleasant experiences and are architecturally and culturally more rewarding a visit.
Although they represent extremely good value, the 3 different metro systems in KL are nevertheless logistically very strange in that its stations do not generally interconnect with each other and, geographically speaking, metro stations tend to be inconveniently located. The ‘Golden Triangle’ is best covered either on foot or by Taxi. Taxis are quite economical, so long as the driver uses the taximeter for the journey. Some Taxi drivers or touts will insist on fixing a price for your journey and charge you 8 to 10 times the actual fare for the convenience.
Also, did I mention the food? Eating out in KL is pure culinary pleasure and the quality of the vast array of cuisine available is a direct reflection of KL’s historical ethnic mix and its mission to become a modern cosmopolitan business hub. Shop, eat and enjoy.

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5 Thank Mujib
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Dorchester, UK
1 review
6 helpful votes
“Shopping in Kuala Lumpur for the girls”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2008

Shopping in KL is fantastic, from the KLCC shopping mall (up market price)near the twin towers where you could spend a whole day and still not see all the shops to the medium priced area in BB Plaza and Sungei Wang Plaza found near the monorail stop called
Bukit Bintang. There is also the usual bargaining areas of China town and Little India, where I purchased some fantastic dress materials at Jekel's silk palace, 5 for $15. I must recommend D Nail Spa in store called Shop A Lot in the BB Plaza. Excellant Manacure $15 and Pedicures available Jing Jing was very professionable and it lasted well. Also nearby is a very good
taylor (own shop) in the yellow area of Sungei Wang Plaza called Lester Wong. I had a dress made to fit in 5 days about $100.
Where I would stay again is the Pacific Regency Appts,. Monorail
was easy to negociate and cheap.Taxis most trips not more than
$4. Good place to go.

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6 Thank Buttercup18
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Kuala Lumpur
Level Contributor
5 reviews
7 helpful votes
“Kuala Lumpur - My List of Favourites”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2007

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sights & Attractions
KLCC
Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square)

Shopping

Restaurants & Cafés

• Victoria Station, Medan Damansara ([--])
This steak house is our family restaurant for birthday celebrations.
From the menu - Sirloin steak and mashed potatoes with sparkling red grape juice

• Sun Moulin – Isetan Lot 10 / KLCC, 1 Utama
French / Japanese inspired boulangerie
Absolutely love the strawberry cake, had it for my birthday.

• La Bodega – Jln Telawi, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Pavillion KL ([--])
Matriarch of Spanish cuisine.
From the menu - Scrumptious breakfasts, tapas and rosé wine, sangria

• Gusto’s / Bianco’s – Damansara Perdana
Nice and pleasant place for dining. just a stroll from my home
Gusto’s with its deep red décor is the venue for NYE 2006, my Birthday party 2006 and my first date with Beybi has since closed,
Replaced by Bianco’s with its all white décor, but my fondness for the place remains.
From the menu - Italian food over chilled Chilean house wine

• Captain’s Cabin, Bukit Bintang
The dim lights and soft music in this steak house gives it soothing ambiance and a relaxing feel but the attraction is maybe because of the Jumbo glass beer
Beybi’s fave place and where we had dinner on his birthday.
From the menu - Fillet mignon and Brandy flambé steak

• Dome Café ([--])
Originated in Australia, classic continental style café with a stylish ambience.
Features a European-style and local menu and coffee.
From the menu – chicken and mushroom pie, pesto chicken foccacia, coffee drinks

• Bakerzin – 1Utama ([--])
Nice casual dining café specialising in desserts, but mains are just as delish..
The pretty cakes displayed at the entrance is inviting and the warm chocolate cake is heavenly

• Delicious by Ms. Read – 1Utama ([--])
Cozy place for girl-talk sessions over tasty food and drinks

• Winter warmers
The place for English style afternoon tea served in bone china tea-cups and three-tier tray comprises of sandwiches, scones, cakes and cookies..

• Haagen-Dazs
Love the Bailey’s ice-cream

• Italian restaurant and BoatHouse at Taman Tun

• Auntie Juliet’s – Kota Kemuning
Homely café near the office, the place for lunch splurges on western food
From the menu – Chicken chop with black pepper sauce and potato salad, fish & chips, warm bread pudding with vanilla ice-cream

Accommodation - Rest, Sleep, Dream
• KL Hilton, KL Sentral ([--])
My absolute fave hotel in KL, love the rainshower and curling up on the rattan chair by the pool
The venue for office Annual Dinner 2005 & 2006 and NYE 2007 with sis

Nightlife and Entertainment
• Boom Boom Room; Modesto’s The Forum, Damansara
It has since closed, but the memories remains

• Hard Rock Café ([--])
Famous all over the world, American diner serving juicy burgers, also the place for good music and live band.
Has the best Long Island Iced Tea!

• Pharmacy / Cockpit / Lock-up / School, Bangsar
Usual place for Friday nights with the girls, with lots of stories to tell the morning after..
• Sanctuary, The Curve
Refined sister club of School with contemporary Asian décor and pretty butterfly back-drop.
• Laundry, the Curve
affiliate of Italian restaurant counterpart, Italiannies
a lounge / cocktail / music bar with raw and industrial-styled dècor but complimented by elegant chandelier, the place for cool music to chill over warm bread, pizza and beer by Italiannies

• Asian Heritage Row ([--])
Quaint street with row of elegant and sophisticated restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs :
 CoChine Lounge & Restaurant, a restaurant offering IndoChina fare
Bar SaVanh, stylish scene for partying, the venue for NYE 2005

• Luna Bar, Pacific Regency
urbane style rooftop poolside lounge bar with spectacular views of KL city
Venue of sis’ birthday party

• Scarlet, Cineleisure
Contemporary European décor
Will be having my birthday party here this year!!!

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Thank ErnaButterfly
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Shanghai, China
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Where eastern and western style merge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2007

Kuala Lumpur is giving me a totally different impression from other southeast asia cities. It is asia tradition (Malaysia, India and Chinese) combined together, being lined up neatly by a western format. You will have a pretty neat view almost everywhere, even the huddling crowd in busy shopping mall is just a beautiful scene surrounded by brands and banners of different cultural background. The city has a pretty good design for the infrastructure, which is merged into the hills and valleys scrawling all over Malaysia.

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1 Thank daweic
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Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
6 reviews
22 helpful votes
“Construction in Kuala Lumpur”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2007

There is a tremendous amount of construction in KL right now, and apparently no ordinance on how late they can go, as the two construction sites across from our hotel operate through the night several times a week.

Advice for booking accommodation in KL: inquire with your hotel about nearby construction, and insist on a room on the opposite side of the building.

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