Shopping in Kuala Lumpur

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    Pavilion KL

    Pavilion sets the gold standard in KL's shopping scene. Amid the many familiar international luxury brands, there are branches of chains including COS, Muji and Zara. For a quick trip to Japan, head to the Tokyo Street of stalls on the 6th floor.

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    Kedai Bikin

    Managed by home-grown architects and designers, this furniture and home accessories shop turns retro furniture into contemporary showpieces. For example, the famous cord chairs – once staples of Malaysian homes – are given an updated look by adding timber armrests or a rattan weave support. Collaborations with craftspeople from across Malaysia give their products a unique, local touch.

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    Lot 10

    Fronted by branches of fashion retailers H&M and Zara, this mall's star turn is Isetan The Japan Store, a department which curates the best of Japanese products.

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    Pudu Market

    Arrive early to experience KL's largest wet (produce) market at its most frantic and visceral. Here you can get every imaginable type of fruit, vegetable, fish and meat – from the foot of a chicken slaughtered and butchered on the spot to a stingray fillet.

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    Museum of Ethnic Arts

    Although billed as a museum, the bulk of items are for sale in this extraordinary private collection of tribal arts from Borneo. You'll also find Nonya ceramics, Tibetan thangka paintings, Chinese paintings and porcelain, embroidered wall hangings, hand-carved boxes and doors, and all manner of delights from Malaysia and the region.

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    Khoon Hooi

    Reminiscent of Imelda Marcos at her most flamboyantly glamorous, the frocks created by award-winning Malaysian designer Khoon Hooi are notable for their opulent fabrics and form-fitting styles. His atelier and boutique in the APW complex is the best place to admire them.

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    The Studio

    Tucked away at the top of the Gardens Mall, the Studio is a treasure trove of contemporary Malaysian fashion and beauty loveliness that's worth searching out. There are gorgeous cheongsam dresses by Maarimaia, millinery from Bremen Wong and Asian Potions skincare made with natural essential oils.

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    Pucuk Rebung

    Specialising in antiques and fine arts, this is one of the best places in KL to find quality pieces of local craft as well as pricier Malay ethnological items. It's worth dropping by for a browse and a chat with the affable owner, ex-banker Henry Bong.

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    Nala Muse

    Browse the bold and beautiful design products – covering fashion, stationery and homewares – of Lisette Scheers. You can also buy her printed fabric here by the metre for RM150.

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    Petaling Street Market

    Malaysia’s relaxed attitude towards counterfeit goods is well illustrated at this popular night market bracketed by fake Chinese gateways. Traders start to fill Jln Petaling from midmorning until it is jam-packed with market stalls selling everything from fake designer handbags to jackfruit. Visit in the afternoon if you want to take pictures or see the market without the crowds.

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    Pestle & Mortar

    This homegrown streetwear label, which has won fans across Southeast Asia, is a love letter to KL, peddling T-shirts with quirky prints that are representative of the Malaysian lifestyle – think ais krim potong (popsicle) and the oft-eaten mamak staple Maggi goreng.

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    Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

    Located 8km northeast of the city centre, the world's largest pewter manufacturer offers some very appealing souvenirs made from this malleable alloy of tin and copper. Also for sale are the company's silver pieces under the Comyns brand and its Selberam jewellery. Selangor's products are sold at its retail outlets in KL's malls including Suria KLCC and Pavilion KLCC.

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    Central Market

    This 1930s art deco building (a former wet market) was rescued from demolition in the 1980s and transformed into a tourist-oriented arts-and-crafts centre. Nonetheless, there are some excellent finds – paper art, hand-cut soaps, jewellery and T-shirts – among its 350 shops. The adjacent Kasturi Walk – the arch is a series of wau bulan (moon kites) – is bordered by handsome restored shophouses.

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    Nala's Kampung House

    Lisette Scheers is the creative force behind the Nala brand of homewares, stationery, accessories and clothes. All her products embody a contemporary but distinctly local design aesthetic and are beautifully displayed at this small concept shop in a garden shed next to a lovely old kampung-style house.

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    Bang Bang Geng

    This shrine to the pre-digital world combines a film and print shop with the genial proprietor Koon Yik Chin's collection of antique cameras and photography related memorabilia. He describes his shop as a community for lovers of film photography but he's also happy to print your digital photos to high specs.

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    Great Eastern Mall

    This compact, upscale mall houses Malaysian fashion and accessories store Pedlars and local shoemaker Thomas Chan who crafts orthopaedic sandals and shoes.

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    Royal Selangor

    This well-regarded chain of handcrafted pewter claims origins in 1885 when a Chinese pewtersmith arrived during KL's tin-mining boom. You can still find old pieces in antique shops but the newer works on sale here are outstanding. There's another branch in Pavilion KL.

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    Taman Connaught Night Market

    In the southeast of the city, stretching for around 2km along Jln Cerdas, is the longest pasar malam (night market) in Malaysia. You'll find over 500 stalls selling mainly clothing, household goods and food. At the western end near Jln Pantas, fuel up on kway teow mee goreng (noodles), fresh juices and baked birds' eggs on a stick.

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    Bangsar Shopping Centre

    BSC has carved a niche with KL’s gourmets thanks to its fabulous food hall, Jason's, and its good collection of restaurants, cafes and bars. There are also some very pukka tailors should you need a dress shirt or suit.

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    The Gardens Mall

    Anchored by Isetan and Robinsons department stores, The Gardens Mall is home to many luxury international fashion brands as well as a multiplex cinema, spa, gym and a good range of places to eat, particularly on the lower ground floor.