10 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Discovering Kuala Lumpur, the capital and largest city of Malaysia, including its breathtaking architecture, gleaming skyscrapers and its lovely community, left us speechless. This melting pot of different cultures, religions and food is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There is so much to do and to see, you could easily spend weeks and weeks in this city and never get bored. If you´re staying for just a few days do not miss out on the following top 10 activities.
City & Lifestyle
1. KLCC Twin Towers – Petronas Towers
Petronas Towers: the tallest twin towers in the world designed by an Argentine architect (Cesar Pelli) are potentially the most stunning buildings I have ever seen. 88 floors, around 450 meters high, sticking out Kuala Lumpur’s very green city center. You can buy skip the line online tickets for around RM 120 (25 Euros) or just buy it there at the counter and wait in line which will be around RM80 (16 Euros) for a 360 Degree view from the top. Don´t be confused, there are always way much cheaper tickets for locals. Drinks and food are not included, but available in the very pricy rooftop restaurant/bar.
2. KLCC Park
Just next to the Petronas Towers, in the middle of the city center, you will find the KLCC Park, a green oasis that invites you to sit in the grass and enjoy an iced cappuccino while you watch the vibrant city around you. The park area includes a huge children area, which we accidentally entered, because of the random pool in the middle of the park. Unfortunately, you are only allowed to refresh yourself in the pool, if you have children with you. The security lady politely threw us out. Oopsie!
3. Suria KLCC Shopping Mall
Where are all the shopping queens and kings among the readers? If you need or do not need anything, you will find it for sure in the Surai KLCC Shopping mall. Any shop you could ever imagine from fashion to beauty, from technology to spas, restaurants to cute little coffee places you will find absolutely everything there. Including a huge food court with various kinds of dishes from countries from all the world for reasonable prices. If you don’t want to buy anything, go there after you visited the park – you will definitely need an air-conditioned place, because of the stifling heat in the city.
Street Food, Night Markets & Night Life
4. Jalan Alor Street Food Market
Alor street is famous for its huge and delicious street food market. It is a unique place in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. All the culinary delights that Malaysian, Indian, Chinese or Thai cuisine offers, you will find there. It is a place where locals and foreigners meet. Bring an appetite and don´t be shy to ask the vendors about their food, if you aren’t able to read the menu, they will be more than happy to talk about their cuisine and more.
5. Nightlife – Changkat Bukit Bintang
Keen on spending a night out in Kuala Lumpur? Don´t want to spend horrendous buzz on drinks? Just around the corner of Alor Street you will find the busy nightlife street Changkat Bukit Bintang. Various restaurants, cocktail bars, irish pubs, shisha bars as well as snazzy nightclubs, from low-budget to high-end, there will be everything you need and much more. Everything from themed parties, DJs, life music and stand up comedy can be found in this vibrant street. Walking through you will see, that almost everyday there are plenty of deals, which will ease the pressure on your wallet: women´s night, where all the ladies can drink for free, 1 plus 1 drink free, cheap beer buckets etc.
6. Hutong Street Food Market
Hutong market is more a food court by definition. You will find it in the basement of Lot 10 shopping center. 34 stalls, will definitely give you the street food experience while enjoying the air-conditioned place.
7. China Town Petaling Street
Also known as Starch Factory Street, Petaling Street is a colorful and dazzling place in China Town, KL. Hundreds of stalls offering shoes, bags, wallets, electronic items and gadgets, juices, shakes, food etc for very low prices – bargaining lovers will definitely enjoy this place.
Cultural & Religious Experiences
8. Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Besides food and lifestyle, Kuala Lumpur has so many cultural activities to offer. We had a great experience in the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, a Hindu temple right around the corner from Petaling Street. Almost no foreigners and almost only locals, were at this amazing place, who followed their traditions, prayers and rituals. They even invited us for dinner, sharing freshly cooked rice and chickpeas with us. What an amazing experience.
9. Batu Caves
Batu Caves in the north of Kuala Lumpur, placed in a limestone hill, is probably one of the most famous attractions in Kuala Lumpur, getting its name from the “Stone River” (Sungai Batu) flowing past the hill. It consists of a couple of different caves, which you will reach after climbing the 272 beautiful, colorful steps uphill. Right next to the stairs the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, can be found. Besides the holy character of this place, with all my respect, it is also a very instagrammable place 😉
10. Istana Negara Palace
The Malay National palace is the official residence of the monarch of Malaysia. It is a beautiful gold and white building, which opened only in 2011, replacing the old Istana Negara. Islamic and Malay components have been combined in its architecture, which makes it a very unique and interesting edifice.