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Top Choice Temple in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Kuala Lumpur's oldest Chinese temple (1864) was built on the instructions of Kapitan Yap Ah Loy and is dedicated to Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya, two Chinese deities believed instrumental in Yap's ascension to Kapitan s…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Omakase + Appreciate

This cosy, retro cocktail bar is one of KL's top-secret drinking spots. The expert mixologists here each have their own menu of speciality cocktails or, if nothing appeals, ask them to create a drink tailored to you…
Top Choice Tower in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Menara Kuala Lumpur

Although the Petronas Towers are taller, the 421m Menara KL, rising from the crest of Bukit Nanas, offers the best city views. The bulb at the top contains a revolving restaurant, an interior observation deck at 276…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

KL Forest Eco Park

KL's urban roar is replaced by buzzing insects and cackling birdlife at this forest of tropical hardwoods, covering 9.37 hectares in the heart of the city. One of the oldest protected jungles in Malaysia (gazetted i…
Top Choice Mosque in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Masjid Jamek

Gracefully designed by British architect AB Hubback, this onion-domed mosque borrows Mogul and Moorish styles with its brick-and-plaster banded minarets and three shapely domes. Located at the confluence of the Gomb…
Top Choice Square in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Merdeka Square

The huge open square where Malaysian independence was declared in 1957 is ringed by heritage buildings, such as the magnificent Sultan Abdul Samad Building and St Mary's Anglican Cathedral, both designed by AC Norma…
Top Choice Clothing in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Gahara Galleria

This boutique at the National Textiles Museum sells pieces by the Malaysian label Ruzz Gahara. Batik artisans – many of them based in the villages of rural Kelantan – use traditional printing methods to create the t…
Top Choice Cafe in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Aku Cafe & Gallery

This intimate, art-filled cafe serves good hand-drip brews, ice-blended drinks and juices from pressed apple to banana smoothie. Light meals and pasta dishes are outshone by the inventive dessert menu (try the panda…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

PS150

The southern end of Petaling St's evolution into a hip hood is helped along by PS150, a cocktail bar concealed behind a fake toyshop in a building that was once a brothel. Inside, the dim red lights and vintage-styl…
Top Choice Cafe in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

VCR

Set in an airy prewar shophouse, VCR serves first-rate coffee, all-day breakfasts (RM19 to RM35) and desserts to a diverse crowd of backpackers and laptop-wielding locals.