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If shopping is the national pastime in Malaysia, then food is the national obsession. It is not uncommon to be greeted by the phrase 'Sudah makan?' (Have you eaten already?). Everything in Malaysia revolves around great food. Pleasant social get-togethers are always combined with having a nice meal. In Malaysia, more people blog about food than about anything else. Locals usually never eat at home; unless it is with family. Everybody eats outdoors every night; Malaysia is all about food!

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Top10 shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur

I love to shop. What are the must-visit shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur?

Kuala Lumpur has numerous shopping malls. Tourists may find it difficult to decide which of them are absolute must-visits and which are the ones that can easily be skipped during their stay in Kuala Lumpur. First off; if you are visiting Kuala Lumpur with the sole purpose of going on a serious shopping spree you should know that there is actually only one place to stay and that is in a hotel around Bukit Bintang. Most of the malls in our top10 are located in this area. Luckily many of the popular 5-star hotels are located in this area, so it should be easy to find proper accommodation. But also budget travelers are able to find accommodation that suits their budget; as there are many guesthouses located in the Changkat Bukit Bintang area (only a 5/10 minute walk from all major shopping malls).

In our list we took multiple factors into account. Not all malls are perhaps interesting for every type of shopper. Some of the great malls are located well outside of Kuala Lumpur, perhaps still very much worth a visit to some, for others probably not worth the hassle.

1. Pavilion KL

Pavilion KL shopping mall Kuala Lumpur

Our personal favorite by far is Pavilion KL. Pavilion was opened in 2007 and has been an instant hit since then. Pavilion offers many nice shops, and caters to the more general type of shopper. There are many luxurious shops, but also enough regular shops. Pavilion has a great food court but also many restaurants and (coffee) bars. Definitely the place to be (visit) for tourists.

2. Suria KLCC

Suria KLCC shopping mall Kuala Lumpur

Suria KLCC has been one of the most popular tourist malls for ages. Locals always call it a tourist mall, but still many tens of thousands come to this mall every weekend to relax and hang out. Tourists may find many shops offer different products that at other malls, Suria KLCC has many shops that sell familiar international brands (and is also know for carrying western sizes).

3. Plaza Lowyat

Plaza Low Yat shopping mall Kuala Lumpur

Not all tourists will like Lowyat as it is small, crowded and often very noisy. Lowyat is the premier IT, Gadget and Lifestyle mall in Kuala Lumpur. Here you will find hundreds of small shops selling luxurious products like cameras, phones, laptops, tablets and much more. If you are looking for electronic accessories, this is definitely the place to be. Do know that you can only get great discounts after some tough bargaining.

4. Midvalley Mega Mall & The Gardens

The Gardens shopping mall Kuala Lumpur

This is the first mall that is not located within the city center of Kuala Lumpur. It means that you have to get into a taxi and travel for a bit first before arriving at one of the biggest and most popular (local) mall in the city. Midvalley is already a few years old. Here you can find many regular shops selling all kinds of products. Midvalley is connected to The Gardens, a luxurious mall (and also one of the prettiest) with many exclusive brands.

5. Lot10

Lot10 shopping mall Kuala Lumpur

Lot10 is perhaps the most centrally located mall in Kuala Lumpur, right along Jalan Bukit Bintang. It has quite a few nice shops and also a National Geographer Flagship Store. In the basement you can find Hutong, a wonderful food court with mainly Chinese hawkers. Lot10 lies conveniently between numerous other popular malls in Bukit Bintang. If you enter this area by Monorail then the station to embark is right next to Lot10.

6. Fahrenheit88

Fahrenheit88 shopping mall Kuala Lumpur

Fahrenheit88 is a modern mall near opposite of Pavilion KL. It used to be known as KL Plaza, but the new owner wanted to rename the mall after a huge renovation. Fahrenheit88 has some very nice stores. At the top floor you find Signature IT, a huge IT department store. Fahrenheit88 became one of the places to be among locals because of the huge Uniqlo clothing shop that occupies a few floors.

7. 1Utama

1Utama shopping mall Kuala Lumpur

Though pretty far away from Kuala Lumpur City Center, 1Utama is a not to be missed shopping mall. After the huge renovation it again it a wonderful place to shop for all kinds of products (and also one of the biggest). There is also a huge Foodrepublic food court, where you can try many local dishes. 1Utama is not really popular among tourists because of the distance from most of the tourist hotels; still it is very much worth a visit.

8. Sunway Pyramid

Sunway Pyramid shopping mall Kuala Lumpur

Sunway Pyramid is extremely popular among locals that live outside of Kuala Lumpur. It could very well be the most popular mall in Malaysia when looking at absolute amount of monthly visitors. Sunway is more than a shopping mall; it is a huge entertainment complex with numerous bars, restaurants, hundreds of shops, hotels, resorts and even a huge amusement park (and water park). Those that travel with children will probably do them a huge favor by visiting Sunway Pyramid.

9. The Curve

The Curve shopping mall Kuala Lumpur

The Curve is neither the biggest nor the most popular mall in Kuala Lumpur. It is also located pretty far out of the city center. Still it is a nice place to visit. Besides the mall there are many bars and restaurants. Opposite the Curve is Ikano Power Center, where you can find a few flagship stores of popular local and foreign brands. The Curve is especially popular among the local expat community.

10. Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square shopping mall Kuala Lumpur

Last in our list is Berjaya Times Square; the biggest shopping mall in Malaysia. It has well over 600 shops, ranging from huge stores at the lower levels to numerous small shops at the higher levels. There is even an indoor roller coaster inside this shopping, which makes it the perfect mall to visit if you are traveling with children. Berjaya Times Square is also located within the Bukit Bintang area; at a 10 minutes’ walk from Lot10 or Lowyat Plaza.

Other very popular malls in and around Kuala Lumpur

Malls that didn’t make it into our top10 are still very much worth a visit, especially the ones within the Golden Triangle (Bukit Bintang area and KLCC area). Below we listed a few other shopping malls and explained the main reasons you might have for visiting them.

11. Starhill Gallery: probably the most exclusive and luxurious mall in Kuala Lumpur.

12. Sungei Wang & BB Plaza: together the most popular local malls in Kuala Lumpur.

13. AvenueK: modern but small shopping center opposite of Suria KLCC.

14. Pertama Complex: the best mall to buy sports products.

15. Bangsar Village Shopping Mall: very popular expat mall in one of the biggest expat enclaves.

16. IMBA Plaza: the best (or worst) place to buy pirated dvd’s, software and other media.

17. Great Eastern Mall: biggest mall in the Ampang area. Especially popular among expats.

18. Tropicana Mall: popular ‘family mall’. Many furniture and children stores.

19. Plaza Mont Kiara: modern mall catering to expats that live in the Mt. Kiara area.

20. Bangsar Shopping Center: most popular expat mall in the Bangsar area. Best place to buy products like cheese, bread and other typical western products.

21. Publika: Expatriate mall in the Mt. Kiara area.

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33 comments on Top10 shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur

  1. Jude
    1 year ago
    February 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Dear Friends,
    I’m Jude
    I want to buy an ipad or a laptop
    Where is the best place for that
    plz mail me lots of info about Malaysia KL
    Thanks
    Jude

    Reply
    • Ilya
      1 year ago
      February 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      I’d say Lowyat but only if you are either local or speaking Bahasa. If you are a foreigner, forget getting good prices at Lowyat.

      Reply
      • Martin
        4 months ago
        April 5, 2014 at 1:58 pm

        I do not agree. I got my mobile for the local price from the branded saler without any problem!

        Reply
    • anwar ahmad
      7 months ago
      December 20, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Govinda.govinda

      Reply
  2. shopperholic
    1 year ago
    May 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    KL has the most shopping mall in Malaysia and more and more such malls are cropping up and eventually the whole of kl will be a mall heaven.
    List of exciting new comers:
    Sunways Velocity
    Nu Sentral
    Cheras Sentral
    D’Pulze
    and more are coming up

    Reply
    • shopperholic
      1 year ago
      May 9, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      It probably is a shopping haven already, Malaysian can just stay in a shopping mall for just 24 hours and won’t have a problem with it.

      Reply
      • shopperholic
        1 year ago
        May 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm

        Just wish that the mall could open 24 HOURS….
        Australian malls often close at evening and everybody goes to bed early. That’s what I love about Malaysia. Fantastic place and nice people too. We Australians like the great outdoors and you fellow Malaysians probably love the air-conds and big buildings….

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        • shopperholic
          1 year ago
          May 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

          Of course you guys have the ‘mamak’ stores and boy do they open almost everyday…….

          Reply
        • Toby
          5 months ago
          February 26, 2014 at 1:02 am

          BUT the prices are all expensive comparable to other cities especially branded item, that is why Malaysian are shopping online or travel to other cities. EXPENSIVE

          Reply
    • Ilya
      1 year ago
      May 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Any news on those new and upcoming malls in KL? I am especially curious in when the new Sentral malls will be opened to public? Will it be this year?

      I agree with KL being a fantastic shopping destination. 24 hours open would probably be unnecessary, not sure if there is enough business to keep things open all day and night, besides food places :)

      Reply
  3. Ben
    11 months ago
    August 16, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I love your list, my personal favorite is Setia City Mall. Yes, it is located at Setia Alam. Is it too far from KL to make the cut?

    Reply
    • Ilya
      11 months ago
      August 16, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Hardly a place where many tourists come to shop till they drop I recon….

      Reply
  4. YOUNA
    10 months ago
    September 20, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Hi. thank you for giving me really useful info.

    Im looking for Sandro, Zagig&Voltaire, Acene. All are contemporory brands,

    Please let me know where i can find.

    Thanks a lot!

    Reply
  5. Kumar
    10 months ago
    September 24, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Please suggest best place to bargain and buy Mobiles, Cameras, Laptops & other electronic stuffs !! Thanks.

    Reply
    • Ilya
      10 months ago
      September 24, 2013 at 7:22 am

      #1: Low Yat Plaza
      #2: PJ Digital Mall
      #3: Berjaya Times Square

      If you are living in Malaysia, I would recommend checking out the Trade Zone of the Low Yat forums…..

      Reply
  6. rog tytan
    10 months ago
    September 25, 2013 at 7:27 am

    can you give imba plaza address

    Reply
    • rog tytan
      10 months ago
      September 25, 2013 at 7:29 am

      give me shopping mall business hour and website too.

      Reply
      • Ilya
        10 months ago
        September 25, 2013 at 7:34 am

        Imbi Plaza 5.17 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
        Phone: +60 3-2148-7425
        Open Hours: 10am to 9pm

        There is no website…

        Reply
  7. Saloni
    10 months ago
    September 28, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Would there be discounts in any malls around 26-30 sep

    Reply
    • Ilya
      10 months ago
      September 28, 2013 at 7:19 am

      Usually not…it’s a bit of an in between period…somewhere around November new sales season starts.

      Reply
  8. dj
    9 months ago
    November 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    where is the best place for a good body massage in KL??

    Reply
    • Simon Lee
      8 months ago
      December 9, 2013 at 1:37 am

      Hi DJ, allow me to answer on behalf of llya.

      Depending on which are you stay in KL, the spa and massage option is endless, especially in the city centre area. If you are looking for some budget massages, head to the bukit bintang area. On the other hand, most of the luxurious hotels in the city centre do offers spa and massage package at a more luxurious price. Swasana spa @ Impiana KLCC and Anggun Spa @ Hotel Maya are just some to name.

      Hope this information helps you to find the best spa and massage in Kuala Lumpur:)

      Cheers,
      Simon Lee

      Reply
    • Ilya
      8 months ago
      December 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Simon is right; some of the best spas can be found in the more upscale hotels. There are also quite a few places within the expat areas surrounding KL, but these are not that easy to get to if you do not drive a car.

      Some of those budget places in the Bukit Bintang area can be a bit dodgy :)

      Reply
  9. david
    6 months ago
    January 22, 2014 at 6:34 am

    where can i find ps3 and xbox games in malls here? Do they sell genuine or bootleg copies?

    Reply
    • Ilya
      6 months ago
      January 22, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Your best bet would be Plaza Low Yat…but be prepared to pay premium prices (if you look too much as a tourist). Also, no guarantees that the games are genuine…I used to just buy online from Gamehubs.com or Play-asia.com..much cheaper and always original…

      Reply
  10. david
    6 months ago
    January 22, 2014 at 6:36 am

    i which of the mall in kl closes at 10pm or 11pm?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ilya
      6 months ago
      January 22, 2014 at 7:26 am

      All malls close at 10pm…malls that have F&B options close at 10pm too, but the F&B outlets stay open later.

      Reply
  11. saeed
    5 months ago
    February 12, 2014 at 3:24 am

    hi dear my friend i am saeed i want to buy north face shoes where is the best place for that

    Reply
    • Ilya
      5 months ago
      February 12, 2014 at 8:28 am

      There are no North Face shops (authentic) in Malaysia. Department stores like Parkson something sells a small selection (I remember at 1Utama and Suria KLCC). North Face mainly focuses on winter clothing; no need for that in Malaysia. There are also a few shops in Singapore (one shop at Novena and one at Marina Square, there may already be more).

      Reply
  12. quest
    5 months ago
    February 20, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    is this the official page?

    https://www.facebook.com/DPulze

    Reply
  13. Iiya
    5 months ago
    February 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Hi

    Ilya you seem to know a lot I am not sure if you can answer this for me. I am wanting to purchase handbags, shoes and most importantly looking to purchase Gel nail polish can you tell me where I can get this in KL. We will be visiting in April.

    Thanks
    Regards

    Bernadette

    Reply
    • Ilya
      5 months ago
      February 28, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Hi Bernadette,

      I am unfamiliar with Gel Nail Polish. If it’s a standard item, you might find it at Watsons. There is one in every mall. Pavilion has one at the lower basement level.

      About handbags and such. It depends if you are looking for a great shopping experience, or for a cheap genuine handbag. I am not sure where you are from; but with the famous international brands Malaysia is not always the cheapest place. I know even Malaysians are combining a trip to Europe with buying handbags :).

      Anyways; best places for luxurious bags and such are Pavilion KL, Suria KLCC and Starhill. A nice place outside KLCC is The Gardens; here you can find luxurious brands too (like LV, Gucci etc).

      Reply
  14. Alex
    1 week ago
    July 15, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Add “Publika” to your list. It’s a very nice / modern mall located in Mont Kiara.

    Reply

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