72 Hours to Shop, Eat and Explore in Kuala Lumpur
It is time to explore the fabulous capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. A beautiful skyline with The Petronas Towers front and center might have peaked your interest at first, but there is so much more to see and do in Kuala Lumpur!
The options for wandering around markets, boutiques and malls are endless, and you will be guaranteed to fill up your suitcase with some great souvenirs from many shopping trips around town. But besides the shopping you will also be able to immerse yourself in the culture and food scene which will blow you away.
We said shopping right? Well let’s get on it! Let’s start out at Kelvin Gems. This is a place where you will find some fantastic jewelry for splendid prices. So spoil yourself or someone you love with some of these gorgeous pendants.
Next up on the shopping list is Kia Klemenz Gifts & Souvenirs. This is a beautiful boutique located in the heart of the Lake Gardens. Here you will find beautiful homewares, art, garments and of course souvenirs that showcase the best of Malaysia and the region. While you are here you might also want to take a little break for the legs as they have freshly brewed coffee, tea and you have to try their croissants!
Lunch time! For a truly great taste explosion go to MTR Malaysia. They serve up some authentic South Indian vegetarian food and have been doing so since 1924! With more than 10 MTR restaurants in India and abroad you know you will find some authentic South Indian food here. It is the perfect spot to end after a morning of shopping!
Now something a little different. You will visit the Thean Hou Temple. This is an iconic structure with a unique architectural design decorated by exquisite stone and marple carving. It is the temple of the Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association. It is a 4 storey building with a marriage registry, food, stalls, souvenirs centre, venue, conference room and the main attraction which is the Thean Hou Main Hall for prayers and worshipping the goddess Thean Hou.
Dinner will be excellent as well. For this first day of dining find your way to Skillet. This is a cuisine-agnostic restaurant meaning that they do not limit themselves to any labels but they thrive to inject wild ideas into their delicious food. The settings are modern and fun and you feel more than welcome in this laid back atmosphere. So dine and relax while thinking back on a great first day in Kuala Lumpur.
As there is so much to see in Kuala Lumpur and beyond and figuring out how to get there sometimes can be tricky there is a great option KL Taxi Private Tours. There is different multiple day tours, but no matter what you are guaranteed to have a guide who knows the absolute best places to visit in and around Kuala Lumpur. It will be at your pace and you decide. It’s definitely one of the best ways to see as much of the area as possible!
Lunch time this fine day. Annalakshmi Restaurant is next on the list. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Temple of Fine Arts and they serve some fantastic buffet style North & South Indian delicacies for lunch. Lunch is served Tuesday to Sunday and it is delicious!
After being fuelled up with some tasty buffet food, time for some more shopping. Of course! There are some different places you should hit up. Start at Happy Creations. You will find some truly spectacular colourful creations to bring home. Then head to Jacque, this has been a shoe manufacturer for over 30 years. And their shoes are handcrafted, guaranteeing their customers to have to best quality shoes! Last but not least head to the amazing Ayu Flores for some fresh herbs to bring home. Ayu Flores has the widest range of Tongkat Ali, more than 7 types. Check out at their store, they carry organic and all natural root and herbs found only from the deep jungles of Malaysia, used by the indigenous for generations for healing and health benefits
Tonight for dinner you will try something truly different. You will be “Dining in the Dark“. The intention with this concept where you in fact are dining in complete darkness is to bring food appreciation to a higher level. All the senses will be heightened while dining in the dark. It is fun, different and completely mind-blowing how dining in the dark might change your perspective.
To end this fine second day, you will go to Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. This truly is Malaysia’s pride and joy. It has also become a cultural icon for music lovers around the world. The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra plays here and it is absolutely a “must-visit” stop for anyone who wants to experience some of the best culture in Kuala Lumpur.
Two options to begin this final day in Kuala Lumpur. Either head to My Batik and try out your creative skills at making some beautiful batik yourself. Go to their website to find some of the workshops they are hosting. If you wish a bit more Malaysian culture then go to The Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman. This is one of the oldest surviving traditional Malay houses. It was built in stages between 1910 and the early 1930s and it is now surrounded by a traditional herb & heritage garden right in the heart of all the modern city high rise buildings.
For lunch today head to Makan Kitchen in the DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur Hotel. This will give you a real authentic Malaysian food experience where you will try the diversity of Malaysian cuisine in a great atmosphere. The restaurant has several cooking stations which feature specialties from Malaysian, Peranakan, Chinese, and Indian cooking traditions giving you endless delicious options.
Final afternoon, of course some final fun in a mall! And how about in one made into a pyramid, Sunway Pyramid. Sunway Pyramid opened in 1997 as Malaysia’s first themed shopping and entertainment mall and it has since undergone an amazing transformation into a true shopping kingdom that boasts 4 million square feet of retail extravaganza. This a place to get lost for sure this final afternoon in Kuala Lumpur!
And it has come, the final dinner in your Kuala Lumpur adventure. Let’s make it count! Head to 2OX for a great French dining experience! You almost feel like you are sitting in Paris in this relaxed and chic atmosphere. The service is friendly and warm and the food is simply fantastic. There is no other way to end a spectacular trip to Kuala Lumpur.
We hope that you absolutely enjoyed every second that you spent in this magical city! We know there is lots to do and see, but we hope this 72 hour guide helped you experience some of the very best Kuala Lumpur has to offer.