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7 shopping malls to visit while in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, was originally developed as a place for tin production and the city was once called “a muddy river”. Who would think that later it would become the fastest growing region with numerous entertainments, hotels and tourist places?

KL, as the locals call it, is also a major international airline hub servicing the entire Asian region, offering cheap onward fares China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and many other tourist destinations nearby. If you have some transit time in Kuala Lumpur, don’t waste it … there’s some fantastic shopping to be done in the Malaysian capital.

Here’s 7 of the best KL shopping malls to add to your stop-over itinerary.

1. Entertainment and modern clothing in Suria KLCC

Suria KLCC shopping centre near the Petronas Twin Towers

The giant Suria KLCC shopping center with its modern design consists of 6 floors, located at the foot of 88-story Petronas Twin Towers near KL Central.

There are many tourist attractions close by including Aquaria KLCC, Oceanarium, the Science Discovery Center and Petronas Art Gallery. You can also take an elevator ride to the skybridge joining the two Petronas Towers for an amazing view of Kuala Lumpur city.

Suria KLCC consists of 3 parts and each has its own special features: Ampang, Park and Ramlee Mall. You will be amazed by Cold Storage Supermarket, a 12-screen movie theatre and department stores with fashionable and luxury clothes.

2. Sunway Pyramid, the only mall with a skating rink in KL

Sunway Pyramid shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur

Looking like something straight out of Las Vegas, this Egypt-themed shopping center is not only a place where you can find exclusive goods but also try a new experience! What about a skating rink in the shopping mall? Yes, it is possible in Sunway Pyramid.

The entrance is guarded by a giant sphinx and the foyer is a great pyramid. Inside the pyramid you’ll see various Pharaoh statues making this place unique. The main wing has neon lights, decorated walls and numerous interesting stores, so prepare your wallets!

3. Mid Valley Megamall shopping center and hotel complex

Mid Valley Megamall and hotel complex, Kuala Lumpur

Mid Valley Megamall is a mega-complex which includes a huge shopping center, many offices, two beautiful hotels (Cititel Midvalley with 646 apartments and Boulevard Hotel with 390 apartments). There are 430 luxury stores located over five floors with major tenants including Carrefour, Jusco, Golden Screen Cinemas, Metrojaya and Harvey Norman.

The Gardens Mall is a separate building which offers designer brands from all over the globe. You will definitely find something for you here. By the way the mall has received a few awards, which means that it is really an amazing place!

4. Enjoy live music, taste delicious food and buy unique clothes in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Pavilion shopping mall, Kuala Lumpur

You will be surprised visiting Pavilion shopping mall as it consists of a retail mall, an office block and two residential towers. There are 450 fantastic stores with various goods and fashionable clothing, many restaurants and bars are waiting you here.

A nice surprise is “Tom, Dick & Harry’s Live” music venue with tasty menu and live music bands. Do not miss the chance to visit Salabianca boutique, adorned with beadwork, sequins and embroidery. If you want to look at shopping beyond compare then try exclusive and glamorous clothing and jewelry.

5. Starhill Gallery or a palace of luxury accessories?

Starhill Gallery shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur

Starhill Gallery is a uniquely-designed shopping mall whose highlights include 100 luxury watches and precious jewelry brands. The main hall is an open area surrounded by splendid cafes. The 7-floor building has escalators and elevators for quick and comfortable shopping.

The mall looks like a palace with beautiful decorations and with sounds of soft and melodic music everywhere. The largest luxury watch and jewelry exhibition of Asia is held each year in the gallery.

6.  1 Utama – Shopping Mall and entertainment center

1 Utama shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur

You will spend the whole day exploring this amazing 6-storey shopping center with 650 fashionable and specialized shops, blue-chip department stores, restaurants and entertainment zones all in one place.

Highstreet offers the hottest designer collections, Oval Stage has an exclusive shape comfortable for any events, Rainforest is a kind of relaxation area combined with nature, Entertainment Zone has 13-screen Golden Screen Cinemas, Cross Fire arcade and Neway karaoke scene and many others.

Enjoy the 5-star One World Hotel and beautiful KPMG Tower which are just a few minutes from 1 Utama shopping center.

7. Get an exclusive tattoo in Sungei Wang Shopping Mall

Sungei Wang shopping plaza in Kuala Lumpur

Sungei Wang is one of the older shopping centers in KL but has the lowest prices, which attracts people from all around the world. The ground floor hosts a big hall with a stage for different occasions. Boutiques sell clothing from local designers and many items of funky fashion style.

Many shops have computers, cell phones, chargers, cameras. If you are looking for costumes or jewelry go to the first floor. There are also books, toys,and many gifts for any taste. The main highlight is a well-known Star Tattoo Studio, where you can get an extraordinary and exclusive tattoo.

Getting around Kuala Lumpur

Unlike most Asian capitals, Kuala Lumpur is reasonably easy to drive through if you avoid the peak hour traffic. If you’d like to know where to rent a car for a good price for your shopping excursion in KL, visit Kuala Lumpur International Airport. You will be definitely surprised!