During a recent trip to Thailand and Malaysia we decided to visit Kuala Lumpur for 48 hours and fell in love with the city – albeit slightly more expensive that Thailand (it is a city after all) I wanted to share my top tips on where to stay, what to do, where to eat & shop in case you’re thinking of visiting the city! Let me know if you’re visiting and what you think too!
Landmark: Petronas Towers
Like the Eiffel Tower, the London Eye and the Empire State Building; the Petronas Towers are a popular landmark and tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur and if you’ve ever seen snaps of the city you’ll probably have seen the towers before. We had an amazing view of the Petronas Towers from our room at the Traders Hotel, which was located opposite the towers and is one of the best hotels for views! We didn’t actually go up the towers but it is possible too ad you can purchase tickets here.
Where to shop: Suria KLCC Shopping Centre, Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
The Suria KLCC Shopping Centre was located at the base of the Petronas towers and as it was so close to our hotel it was only natural that we should have a wander around the mall and oh my god it was insane – kind of like Oxford Street, Bond Street, Lakeside and Bluewater all rolled into one – it was huge! It also had a great mix of brands from high street’s Topshop and Zara to high end stores such as Miu Miu, Dior and Chanel. They also had some amazing beauty stores such as a stand alone MAC and Bobbi Brown as well as a Sephora – absolute heaven!
The shopping centre had 6 floors and covered everything from womenswear to menswear, kids, tech, home and beauty! We spent the morning browsing the shops but as we were on a strict travellers budget we didn’t go shopping (oh, and the fact that our backpacks had literally no room in them whatsoever to bring anything new back!). After we’d walked around and checked out the majority of the centre we set off in search for lunch and stumbled across the next gem I’m about to talk about!
After we’d browsed the Suria KLCC Shopping Centre we were looking for somewhere nice to eat and came across The Apartment – it looked really modern and the menu sounded great so we grabbed a table and were not disappointed! I ordered a beef burger with bacon and red onion relish and sweet potato fries and it was SO good!
It was so nice to have some decent food and I felt like we could have been eating anywhere in London – the design and layout of the restaurant was really quirky and cool. We had a burger and a drink each and it came to around £18 for both of us, which is pretty good to eat out in a city centre for really tasty food (the sweet potato fries were amazing!).
Where to drink: Sky Bar, Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088, Malaysia
We stayed at the Traders Hotel for two nights and on our last night we dressed up and headed up to the 33rd floor to the award winning Sky Bar for some drinks, we ordered some Prosecco and cocktails – I had a Lychee Rose and Amy had a Raspberry Daiquiri. The cocktails were so good around started from around £6 each which is pretty good value as the views of the city centre were amazing!
We sat in our cabana for around two hours and watched the sunset – the views were pretty amazing and it was so nice to chill out somewhere with a couple of drinks and take in the surroundings. Once the sun had set the water fountains at the Suria KLCC centre all lit up and it was so pretty to watch! A must see if you’re visiting the city – even if you stay for one drink just to catch the views!
What to do: Aquiria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
On our last day we decided to visit the KL Aquiria which was actually so fun! (even though we were surrounding by school trips of 5 year olds!). Tickets were around £10 each and we spent a good hour or two there – wandering around taking snaps, there was loads of interactive workshops going on throughout too so if you do have kids it’s a great place to take them for a few hours.
We really enjoyed our visit and again it was in the city centre, only a couple of buildings down from our hotel and the KLCC centre so if you’re staying central and have a few hours to kill I’d definitely recommend a visit!
*P.s just a note KLCC = Kuala Lumpur City Centre and also, every calls Kuala Lumpur KL for short!
I’m going to be putting together some guides and top tips on travelling Thailand too so keep an eye out for those over the next few weeks!
Have you ever been to Kuala Lumpar? What did you get up to?