Kuala Lumpur is a bit of a shopper’s haven with many different malls, stores, and little shops that will keep everyone happy. In fact, there are eight malls filled with stores for retail therapy. Those malls are home to some of the highest end labels, indie labels, and the future of the fashion world. Weekly street markets make a bargain hunter’s heaven as well.
Each mall has different stores and a different feel, so you should definitely do some research into which one is the best bet for you. Whether you want glamorous names like jimmy Choo and Coach or you want something a little more affordable like Forever 21 or H&M.
Some malls even have extra attractions like bowling, laser tag, and movie theaters.
When to Shop
If you are just starting to think about your trip to Malaysia or Kuala Lumpur, you should consider going from mid-November to early January. This is when there is a huge sale at all of the shopping malls and markets, offering up to 70% off of items. There are many events for shoppers to keep people coming, including exhibitions, special rates, and drawings.
Think of it as a Black Friday sale that goes to the absolute extreme and lasts for weeks at a time.
Top 10 Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur
Pavilion Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur
The Pavilion Shopping Mall connects with another item later in our list, the Suria KLCC. There is an air-conditioned walkway to make your commute easy.
The stores here run the gamut as well, so you will have a lot of different options that will fit into your budget. There is also a healthy amount of stores for children here.
If you are looking for something that is great for kids and for shopping, consider going to Suria KLCC. It has an ajoining two-acre playground where they can kill some time will mom shops.
The shops here really run the gamut – from affordable, everyday items to the extremely luxurious, you will find it all. Stores include Parkson, Isetan, Cold Storage and Marks & Spencer. There is, of course, a food court, a move theater, the Kinokuniya bookstore, and a Science Discovery Center.
The reason these two are so popular is because they sit at the top of Buki Bintang, the most famous shopping street in the world that has a dozen different malls.
The Curve is one of the most popular places for people hwo are looking for a little slice of the Western world. They have a lot of imports from the United States, including Johnny Rockets. But don’t think you won’t find traditional food as well – there are branches of some of the favorite Malaysian restaurants, including Pappa Rich, Little Penang Cafe and Secret Recipe. It is in the western part of Kuala Lumpur, so it is a bit of a hike. Still, it is worth it for the indoor/outdoor layout, the wide range of dining options, and the beauty of the architecture.
It is also the home to the only Ikea in Kuala Lumpur as well as a Tesco, making it a great place for people trying to save some money.
The Garden is the place to go if you are looking for upscale shopping. There are over 200 stores on six floors, including boutiques and shops from the world’s top designers. You are likely to see some famous people shopping here, especially around the holidays. The store is anchored by Japanese big-box retailer Isetan, US bookstore chain Borders, UK department giant Robinsons and Malaysia’s largest movie franchise Golden Screen Cinemas.
You’ll also find bands like Banana Republic, DKNY, Michael Kors, and Coach.
Mid Valley Megamall
Opening in 1999, Mid Valley Megamall is one of the world’s largest retail spaces. This is another place to go for affordable shopping over high-end stores. There are 430+ stores and restaurants here, an 18-screen movie theater, a large Matrojaya, and Aeon department stores.
There are two food courts as well.
For those looking for something a little more upmarket, you can walk across the connecting passageway.
Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur
This shopping mall is so ritzy that you will want to dress up and look your best to shop here. It is a completely relaxing place to shop, with jazz music and ambient lighting playing the entire time. Everyone is happy and smiling at you, willing to go above and beyond for customers. Many people will come here to shop for designer brands and luxury jewelry.
Even if you don’t think you can afford anything here, you should still make it a point to stop and check it out – it is the height of elegance and decadence, and it is something you will never forget.
Berjaya Times Square
If malls aren’t your speed and you want something a little grander, consider going to Southeast Asia’s answer to Times Square, Berjaya Times Square.
There is a lot of shopping here, including the world’s ninth largest building that has tons of retail options. You will find family friendly stores, a Taipei-style night market, flashing neon signs, and tons of food stalls.
New York has one, as does Hong Kong, so it only makes sense that KL — arguably Southeast Asia’s shopping capital — has a Times Square.
If you are looking for an ice skating rink inside your mall, this may be the place to look. It is a themed shopping mall, which some people love and other people think is tacky with its faux-Pharaohs, hieroglyphics, and exterior. Either way, it is another place that is as much of an experience as it is the place to shop.
It has some popular anchors, like Giant, Jusco Supermarket and Parkson Grand, but the reason people really go here is to try out all of the independent stores and boutiques.
Petaling Street Market
Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown buzzes to life with tourists and locals trying to capitalize on them. You’ll find everything here from artisans selling their unique wares to knock-off Rolexes and other brand names.
It’s a little cheesy and always packed, but you’ll find a lot of electronics and t-shirts for a steal.
One Utama Shopping Mall
One of the most popular shopping centers for locals and tourists, this large mall has over 650 stores, entertainment options, and many, many restaurants. There are two wings here, so you should consider looking at a map of each wing and determining when you and where you want to go. The Old Wing is actually a glossier and sleeker look than the New Wing, though both are quite nice.
Some of the brands represented at One Utama include: Guess, Bershka, Morgan de Toii, Fossil, Bobbi Brown, The Body Shop, Nike, Levis, Puma, and Uniqlo. You’ll also find a nice selection of local brands such as Poh Kong, Romp, Sasa, Tomei, and others.
As an added bonus, there is an entertainment zone to keep your kids happy. If they do like shopping, there is a Candylicious store that is an absolute hit with almost all kids (and parents) who have a sweet tooth.
Central Market is another great place to go for souvenir shopping. It has been in business since 1936, so you’ll definitely see some of that character here. You’ll find quite a few different sections of this art deco building, so you can only hit one or two areas if you don’t want to spend all day shopping. The areas include Lorong Melaya, where shops sell Malay handicraft; a replica of Malacca’s Jonkers Street; and Little India.
Sungei Wang Plaza
One of the most famous shopping centers in the world, Sungei Wang Plaza has some of the cheapest stores you will find. It is also extremely convenient to get there from almost anywhere. This is a 1.2 million square foot complex that has a huge number of stores under one roof, including toy stores, fashion stores, jewelry stores, shoe stores, computer stores, kiosks, book stores, home good stores, and more. There is even an IT zone if you need help!
This shopping center is nicely divided into areas so that you can easily shop where you want and avoid areas that don’t fit your interests.
Peter Hoe Beyond
This hidden location is a favorite for every adventuring shopaholic. It is an area run by Peter Hoe, who has some of the most unique pieces you will ever find – and you won’t find them many other places. His wares include housewares, silverware, furniture, and clothing.
For a bite to eat, make sure to get a slice of cake at the café.
Low Yat Shopping Mall
Finally, the Low Yat Shopping Mall is another one that shouldn’t be missed by shopping lovers. It is a commercial center right near the busy center city area. It is a great place for people who love electronics and IT, as you’ll find the latest and greatest gadgets and technology.
The 12-storey mall has been broken into many different zones and structures so that you can easily find your way around.