Culture, Food and Shopping for 72 Hours in Kuala Lumpur
The iconic Petronas Twin Towers dominate the amazing skyline in the vibrant and dynamic city of Kuala Lumpur. This capital of Malaysia is a fantastic tourist destination with its colourful street markets, bustling downtown and delicious food options.
If you love shopping the options are endless, and with an exciting culture, you can immerse yourself in amazing galleries and giant malls followed by numerous delicious food spots. It will be easy to spend 72 hours in this awesome city!
Begin your stay by checking into your Kuala Lumpur hotel. To stay at a true oasis in the very heart of the city we suggest you check in to The Westin Kuala Lumpur. Just minutes away from The Petronas Towers and right at the doorstep of amazing shopping and entertainment this is a strategic spot to stay. At the hotel you will enjoy wellness and amazing hospitality, not to mention beautiful rooms to relax in after a day of exploring the city.
For your ride there and back from the airport, Airport Taxi is your best option.
Start off this great stay in Kuala Lumpur with some shopping and venturing around in a grand mall. Head to Sunway Putra Mall. Located within the Diamond Triangle, one of the most vibrant hubs and business and residential districts of Kuala Lumpur, this beautiful mall is a fantastic spot to shop and explore for hours. Besides shopping it has theme parks, wellness centres, numerous delicious restaurants and so much more. Even having its own beautiful, luxurious hotel Sunway Putra Hotel, you can choose to stay right here at the very centre of all the action.
We all know shopping and walking builds up a solid appetite so surely you are ready for your first meal in Kuala Lumpur. We suggest starting at My Burger Lab. This is your Malaysian version of Grill’d. Their charcoal buns are baked from scratch, and it is mouthwatering, with their own homemade beef patties. It is fresh and juicy, a perfect post-shopping meal!
Time to immerse yourself in some spectacular city culture and maybe the option to bring home a different and unique little gift from Kuala Lumpur. Go to ARCH. Doing everything from big scale projects to making beautiful little handmade pieces, the results are one of a kind and definitely deserve a visit while you’re in town.
Another option to explore some art and culture in Kuala Lumpur while maybe doing a little shopping is at Jadi Batek Gallery. This is one of the largest batik and handicrafts centres in Kuala Lumpur. Located right in the heart of the city it is easy to find. This is definitely the place to find a piece of Malaysian cultural heritage to take home with you. You can even try to master the art of batik yourself.
Time for dinner. We promised delicious food in this city and visiting this next spot you will know why. Start off with an authentic Malaysian dining experience by going to Songket Restaurant. Another little oasis in the busy city, this restaurant serves up true Malay flavours. The food is inspired from traditional specialities, and you can enjoy this divine taste of Malaysia while seeing some live Malaysian Cultural Dance Performances. This is an absolutely great ending to your first evening in town!
Start day 2 with a little “pick me up” and a delicious brunch to fuel the body for another exciting day in Kuala Lumpur. Find Antipodean Cafe, it should be easy enough as there are four, soon to be five, cafes in the city. This is one of the most popular spots to enjoy a brunch and a fantastic coffee. The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly, and it’s a great place to soak in some local vibes.
To explore some more culture today, you should also go to Lost in Chinatown. Here you can explore the historical centre of Kuala Lumpur in a new way. Lost in Chinatown is the newest attraction in Petaling Street which is Chinatown. You can experience the rich culture of Chinatown and walk through the uniquely designed maze here. There is so much to see and explore, plus great photo ops, so you won’t be let down. It has free entrance as well!
After your adventure around Chinatown, time for more food! We suggest the next stop will be at Arabesque Express Restaurant. They offer a great mixed assortment of traditional Arabic appetizer items, and they are really yummy. For lunch you will enjoy their meat, poultry and rice dishes where you can sit and soak in the local atmosphere while enjoying these great dishes.
Next stop is a little different: Cigar Malaysia. This is an official cigar retailer and wholesaler. They stock the largest range of Cuban cigars, New World Cigars, humidors and cigar accessories in Malaysia. They also have a new and super relaxing cigar venue open where you can choose one of the many different cigars and enjoy that with a full range of the highest quality non-alcoholic beverages to pair.
Next up is more culture this fine day in Kuala Lumpur. Catch a performance at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre in Sentul Park. Established in 2005 this is one of Malaysia’s top destinations to watch quality theatre performances. You will find performances for people of all ages, and they also have an academy called The Actors Studio Academy where they have a range of courses for children and adults.
Now it is dinner time after a magical performance! Drift will be your dinner spot tonight, and you will almost feel like you’re back home in Australia! Known for a great nighttime dining experience, here you will eat delicious food in a cozy ambiance. Their Australian Black Angus Strip Loin, or Slow Braised Baby Pork Ribs are favourites on the meat side, but there are also options for vegetarians, and many items can be made gluten free as well.
Finish this glorious second night at Pisco Bar. This is where it is happening! Inside you will find a raw and industrial sexy look and a unique mix of people. The eclectic urban chic atmosphere attracts expats, trendy locals and visitors for social gatherings, outstanding cocktails and live music performances and lots and lots of dancing. You will also find some of the trendiest DJs in the area playing here.
For your final day in Kuala Lumpur you will start with a deliciously yummy brunch at Yeast, which boasts a dual concept of a French bakery and a Bistro. Yeast was listed as a top 5 best restaurant in the city and one of the very best Artisanal French Bakeries in Southeast Asia. So go here and find some absolutely divine baked goods and a tasty coffee to start the last day in Kuala Lumpur.
Following a splendid breakfast, it’s time to hit up a gallery. Go to Wei-Ling Gallery. Here you will find a spectacular gallery promoting and cultivating the best of contemporary art in Malaysia. Wei-Ling Gallery is working with a core stable of artists who are dedicated to their artistic journey and vision. The gallery’s program changes regularly with a strong and diversified selection of exhibitions, meaning you will always find something new and exciting.
Lunch time today will be at The Green Man. Offering a good selection of food and drinks plus some great sports on TV, you are bound so enjoy a couple hours here relaxing while tasting the Big Bites and cold drinks. You are on vacation after all! If you’re feeling really in the mood, you can order their cocktails by the jug.
More drinks? Well why not! And this time you will try some delicious quality craft beer when heading to Taps Beer Bar. They rotate their beers regularly to provide diversity and accessibility to a range of different quality craft beer. Each beer is one of a kind and with this ever-expanding list of craft beer, anyone will be able to find a beer suited for them. Now it feels like a vacation!
Fisnish off your time this final evening with a fantastic dinner at ROOST. This place offers a minimalist, rustic, Nordic and sustainable dining experience where passion and love shines through in everything that hits the plate. From Farm To Fork is their homage utilizing local and sustainable ingredients sourced with care direct from local farms. These beautiful plates ooze of modern European cuisine, and it will surely be a great final dining experience in Kuala Lumpur!
Consider spending this final evening at a quite unique hotel, Element Hotel. Element Kuala Lumpur is the fourth tallest building in Malaysia and the tallest eco-conscious hotel in Malaysia. This amazing eco-conscious hotel is raising the city’s standards in sustainable hospitality and truly worth spending at least a night here. The rooms are minimalistic and beautiful, and you can get some incredible views of the city.
Wow, what a remarkable 72 hours to spend here in Kuala Lumpur. This is truly a unique and awesome destination for your next vacation, where you are guaranteed to leave with great memories!