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Top Choice Tower in Bukit Bintang & KLCC

Petronas Towers

Resembling twin silver rockets plucked from an episode of Flash Gordon, the Petronas Towers are the perfect allegory for the meteoric rise of the city from tin-miners' hovel to 21st-century metropolis. Half of the 1…
Top Choice Area in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

Kampung Baru

The charm of this Malay area, gazetted by the British in the 1890s, lies in just wandering the streets, which you can also do with a guide on the city's free Kampung Baru walking tour. Traditional Malay wooden house…
Top Choice Temple in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Kuala Lumpur's oldest Chinese temple was built on the instructions of Kapitan Yap Ah Loy and is dedicated to Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya, two Chinese immigrants instrumental in Yap's ascension to Kapitan status. Severa…
Top Choice Hawker in Bukit Bintang & KLCC

Jalan Alor

KL's biggest collection of roadside restaurants sprawls along Jln Alor, just north of Jln Bukit Bintang. From around 5pm till late every evening, the street transforms into a continuous open-air restaurant, with hun…
Top Choice Malaysian in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Rebung

Occupying the top level of a multistorey car park overlooking the Botanical Garden, flamboyant celebrity chef Ismail's restaurant Rebung is one of KL's best. The seemingly endless buffet spread is splendid, with all…
Top Choice Park in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park

This 173-hectare lush, landscaped park is also known, and more aptly described, by its colonial-era moniker: the Lake Gardens. This is KL's largest green space, and you can spend hours exploring the rolling terrain.…
Top Choice Mall in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Bangsar Village I & II

These twin malls are linked by a covered bridge and offer upmarket fashions, including local designers such as Jonathan Liang at d.d.collective, Comoddity menswear by Vincent Siow, Fashion Valet specialising in Musl…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre

Part of the Sentul West regeneration project, this modernist performing-arts complex puts on a wide range of progressive theatrical events including dramas, musicals and dance. Also on offer are performing-arts cour…
Top Choice Mall in Bukit Bintang & KLCC

Pavilion KL

Pavilion sets the gold standard in KL's shopping scene. Amid the many familiar international brands, there are some good local options, including British India for fashion, offering well-made linen, silk and cotton …
Top Choice Hawker in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Bangsar Sunday Market

This weekly market, though mostly for fresh produce, is also a fine hawker food-grazing zone. Stalls sell satay and a variety of noodles including asam laksa (laksa with a prawn paste and tamarind-flavoured gravy), …