Lonely Planet Writer

Kuala Lumpur’s famous foodie street will close to traffic following major revamp

Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur’s most popular outdoor dining destination, will be closed to vehicles at night from January next year upon the completion of upgrading works. The move will allow at least 500 extra tables to be placed on the restaurant-lined street every evening.

Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur Image by Marcin Pieluzek / CC BY 2.0

Kuala Lumpur City Hall will close the Bukit Bintang road to traffic from 6pm to 3am when the works, including the upgrading of landscaping, lighting and drainage systems, are complete.

Formerly a red-light district, Jalan Alor transforms into an open-air dining destination from about 5pm until late every evening. Most restaurants serve alcohol, and diners can choose from almost every Malay Chinese dish imaginable, from satay and barbecued stingray to fried noodles to spicy chicken wings.

While most stallholders were reportedly delighted with the proposed plans, it’s thought the road closure could cause access issues for the residents of Jalan Alor’s three-storey shoplots.

“We will have to find an amicable way to ensure that residents will not be disrupted by the closure,” Jalan Alor Hawkers and Traders Association secretary Simon Ang Leong Yew told The Star Online.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall came under fire in 2008 after it renamed Jalan Alor to Jalan Kejora. Following a public outcry and the defacing of new road signs, the Jalan Alor signposts were re-erected within weeks.