Top ChoiceMalaysian in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar


Occupying the top level of a multistorey car park overlooking the Perdana Botanical Garden, flamboyant celebrity chef Ismail's restaurant is one of KL's best. The seemingly endless buffet spread is splendid, with...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

Suzie Wong

Push aside the heavy curtain at the end of a clubby bar to discover the wild goings-on at this old Hong Kong–style speakeasy cocktail bar. Expect a glamorous drag cabaret, live music and handheld fireworks to...

Top ChoiceSoutheast Asian in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu


Isabel is pure charm and a great addition to KL's dining scene. Both in terms of its menu and contemporary tropical decor, the restaurant provides a sophisticated twist on local classics, with dishes from across...

Top ChoiceSouth Indian in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu


The recipes and ingredients of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Sri Lanka are the foundation for the sensational tasting menus served at Nadodi (which means nomad). We highly recommend the vegetarian option – 12 courses...

Top ChoicePark in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Lake Gardens – Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park

This 70-hectare lush, beautifully landscaped park is most commonly known by its colonial-era moniker: the Lake Gardens (Tasik Perdana in Malay). This is KL's largest green space, and you can spend the better part...

Top ChoiceTower in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Menara KL

Menara KL

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...

Top ChoiceMosque in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad

Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad

This graceful, onion-domed mosque, designed by British architect AB Hubback, borrows Mogul and Moorish styles with its brick-and-plaster banded minarets and three shapely domes. Located where the Gombak and Klang...

Top ChoiceHawker in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

Jalan Alor

Jalan Alor

KL's biggest collection of roadside restaurants and street food vendors sprawls along Jln Alor, just north of Jln Bukit Bintang. While a few restaurants and stalls are open during the day, most open for business...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

Sitting atop leafy Robson Heights, this vividly decorated multistorey Chinese temple, dedicated to Thean Hou, the heavenly queen, affords wonderful views over Kuala Lumpur. Opened in 1989 by the Selangor and...

Top ChoiceInternational in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

Eat X Dignity

Barack Obama visited this worthy project run by Dignity, a Malaysian foundation providing education for the poor and refugees. Students gain work experience at this attractive cafe, which serves excellent...

Top ChoiceBuddhist 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...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Inhabiting a building that's nearly as impressive as its collection, this museum showcases Islamic decorative arts from around the globe. Scale models of the important Islamic buildings, fabulous textiles,...

Top ChoiceMall in Bukit Bintang, KLCC & Pudu

Pavilion KL

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...

Top ChoiceAsian in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Chō Chǎ Foodstore

Behind the raw concrete and timber facade of the old Mah Lian Hotel is this restaurant and teashop with a plant-filled courtyard and the original hotel tiles. Chō Chǎ's 'tea sommelier' serves an extensive...

Top ChoiceCoffee in Masjid India, Kampung Baru & Northern KL

Three Little Birds

Three Little Birds

Top-tier coffee bar and micro-roaster Three Little Birds is manned by the pioneers of third-wave coffee culture in KL: Michael Wilson and wife Amirah Mohammad of Artisan Roast, as well as coffee geek Joey Mah....

Top ChoiceBakery in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Tommy Le Baker

You're not going to meet anyone in KL as passionate about sourdough and baking as Tommy Lee, aka Tommy Le Baker. Trained in Paris, he bakes amazing sourdough loafs and sweet pastries. The bread is used in the...

Top ChoiceIndian in Lake Gardens, Brickfields & Bangsar

Annalakshmi Vegetarian Restaurant

The quality of the lunchtime buffet at this upmarket vegetarian restaurant is exceptional, with an extensive and constantly replenished array of freshly made salads, curries, biryanis, fried morsels, chutneys,...

Top ChoiceHawker in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Madras Lane Hawkers

This hidden-away alley of hawker stalls is best visited for breakfast or lunch. Among its standout operators is one offering 10 types of yong tau fu (vegetables stuffed with tofu and a fish and pork paste; RM1.50...

Top ChoicePerforming 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...

Top ChoiceAntiques in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

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...