We love Kuala Lumpur! From the tastiest food to the interesting historic and religious landmarks, here's where to do the city up right
Travelling is our jam. We’d jump aboard a plane and flit off to Mauritius, Bali or Okinawa at the drop of a hat if we had our way. If you’re thinking of doing just that, and pondering your next port of call, we’re here to shout about KL. From the AMAZING food to the friendly people and the wonderful cultural gems spread across the city, explore to your heart’s content with our guide to Kuala Lumpur.
Here’s your guide to Kuala Lumpur
Guide to Kuala Lumpur: Explore
Petronas Twin Towers
The iconic Petronas Twin Towers have been on the big and small screen for years (remember that scene with Catherine Zeta Jones in Entrapment?) but you’ve got to see these babies for themselves. Designed by César Pelli, the structure is the tallest twin set of towers in the world and reference Islamic design elements. Up close, they are simply stunning, and if you’re all good with heights, then definitely head up to get a view from the Skybridge.
Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Once a wet market, this charming blue building is now filled with vendors selling creative wares from throughout Malaysia and beyond. This is where you want to go to pick up trinkets and souvenirs, art pieces, local fashion, and to sample a range of local snacks, plus the exterior facade is totally Instagrammable.
Central Market, Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A short drive from the city centre, the Batu Caves are one of the most popular Tamil shrines outside India. Climb the 272 coloured steps (dodging monkeys as you go), and you’ll find yourself inside temples surrounded by stunning limestone rock formations. Wildly beautiful colours bring it all to life, along with statues of peacocks and various deities. You simply can’t miss a visit here if you’re in KL.
Batu Caves, Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Surrounded by Kuala Lumpur’s Lake Gardens, the Islamic Arts Museum Museum (IAMM) is the largest holder of Islamic art in southeast Asia. Alongside artifacts from Persia and beyond, the museum places an emphasis on telling the stories of Islam throughout Asia. This is a great place to learn more about the most practiced religion in the country, and the building itself is a must-see with its turquoise-coloured domes.
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Jalan Lembah Perdana 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Guide to Kuala Lumpur: Eat
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a taste of modern Malaysian fare, then book in at Bijan. Located in Bukit Bintang (a popular spot for alfresco restaurants and bars), the restaurant puts a contemporary spin on traditional dishes. Definitely try the duck rendang and we thoroughly recommend the cocktails too.
Bijan, No 3 Jalan Ceylon 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, p. +603 2031 3575
Water Lily Vegetarian Restaurant
Looking for cheap and cheerful deliciousness during your stay in Kuala Lumpur? This restaurant is AMAZING. Every single dish you order will taste amazing, and they offer a range of cuisines, including Malay and Chinese. You have to have the wonton noodles; so good!
Water Lily Vegetarian Restaurant, 23 Jalan Tun H. S. Lee 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, p. +60 3-2070 6561
Be sure to head over to Petaling Street while you’re in KL and explore the amazing selection of things for sale. From clothing to fake handbags to pretty much everything you can imagine, thankfully an awning overhead blocks the rain (and sun) from ruin your haggling experience. Plus the street food vendors will keep you well fed between all that shopping.
If you have a hankering for Japanese during your stay in the capital, then make a beeline for Zipangu. Working with the freshest Japanese ingredients, indulge in your fill of sushi and sashimi, or order the perfectly cooked tempura. Fun fact: they have an entire vegetarian menu, so nobody needs to go hungry.
Zipangu, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250, Malaysia, p. +603 2074 3900 /Ext 1369
Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery
This wonderful vegetarian/vegan buffet is open Monday-Friday from 11am to 2:30pm and serves up a HUGE selection of tasty Chinese and western dishes. At around 14 ringgit a meal, get there before the 12pm rush for maximum veggie selections!
Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery, 161 Jalan Ampang 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, p. +603 2164 8055
Guide to Kuala Lumpur: Stay
Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Thanks to its central location, friendly staff and amazing facilities, that include a fab swimming pool and spa, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is one of our fave places to stay when in Kuala Lumpur.
Read our full review of Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur here
Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 50250 Malaysia, p. (60 3) 2032 2388
Navigating Kuala Lumpur’s MRT is simple, and the price is very cheap, so taking the train is a great way to get around the city, but it won’t get everywhere. There are plenty of taxis that can be easily hailed throughout the city centre, and if in doubt, book your own car through GrabTaxi.