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Shopping in Kuala Lumpur – A shopaholic’s guide to shopping malls

Thursday, August 22nd 2013.
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Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia, is a well-known international shopping destination. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll definitely find what you need, and perhaps it is a place where a shopaholic’s dream can come true. The city’s temperatures range between 21°C and 33°C, but don’t let that deter your shopping trip. Malls are air-conditioned, so you can shop ’til you drop in comfort. Most shopping malls operate from 10am till about 10pm.

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur promises diversity, value and convenience. It is known for its large range of shopping establishments catering for every taste and price , ranging from posh shopping malls to reasonably priced retail outlets and to street markets. A forest of high-rise buildings, the Golden Triangle is the city’s premier shopping district.

The Golden Triangle spans over 3 roads, namely Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Imbi and Jalan Sultan Ismail. The Bukit Bintang area in the Golden Triangle area encompasses of a high concentration of shopping malls, hotels and eating establishments. Regarded by some as the city’s heartbeat, the Bukit Bintang is the focus a of buzzing energy that never seems to sleep. It can be likened to Tokyo’s Ginza, New York’s Fifth Avenue or Singapore’ Orchard Road.

Once you arrive in the Bukit Bintang area, everything is within walking distance (all shopping malls in this area as approximately 5 minutes walk away), or alternatively you can opt for the monorail which operates effectively around the area. You can do shopping malls hopping at the following malls:Fahrenheit 88 is the recent addition to the cluster of shopping malls in this area and is actually a rebirth of the old KL Plaza. Named to reflect the average temperature in Malaysia (31.1 C), Fahrenheit 88 target market focuses towards the mid-range shoppers who are looking for value for the products and services acquired. Theanchor tenant for Fahrenheit 88 is Uniqlo KL, Japan’s leading street fashion wear brand.

Positioned right at the front of the mall, Uniqlo KL occupies 3 floors spanning over 23,000sq ft of shop space. You will definitely want to include Fahrenheit 88 into your list of shopping malls to visit. Located right across the road of Fahrenheit 88, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is another shopping mall that houses a wide range of international retail brands in an ultra-modern complex. Sophisticated, stylish and glamorous, you can find a whole range of fashion, dining, leisure and entertainment options in this mall. This sprawling shopping mall consists of 7 levels of retail space and over 450 retail outlets housing some of the most renowned brand names, both mainstream and exclusive. There is a large concourse area in the mall where many events and special promotions are held throughout the year.

The mall’s Connection area features round-the-clock lifestyle options, which include fitness centre, karaoke lounge, cinema and high-end bistros. Pavilion’s Couture area is filled with haute couture labels straight off the runways, while its Gourmet Emporium brings together different flavours from all over the world. If you have limitless budget, head over to the glitzy Starhill Gallery shopping mall. Connected directly to the five-star JW Marriott (opposite Pavilion), Starhill Gallery is a high-end shopping mall with seven floors of luxury retail experience.

Even if you are on a tight budget, you must visit this mall and be fascinated by its strikingly stylish décor and layout. Fans of electronic gadgets would delight in the number of choices at Low Yat Plaza. It is the ultimate shopping (and browsing) heaven for IT geeks and gadget freaks. From cameras to laptops, you can find everything you need under one roof, from computer hardware to software, cameras tocomputers, at highly competitive prices.

Shoppers hunting for the latest affordable Asian style should definitely check out the Sungei Wang Plaza and Bukit Bintang Plaza. Even though they are 2 different malls, it will feel like one big complex as both malls are connecting. Easily accessible by monorail, Sungei Wang Plaza has been around for more than two decades and is one of the oldest institutions in the Bukit Bintang area. Still drawing throngs of visitors even after all these years and despite being surrounded with more glamorous competition, this mall is quite different from other malls where it lacks spacious walkways and places to sit and every inch in there seems to be fully utilised for shops. You will be able to find bargain goods and services here.

If you are in KL for shopping, Sungei Wang Plaza and Bukit Bintang Plaza cannot be missed. Comprising 10 floors and more than 700 retail outlets, Berjaya Times Square is a one-stop leisure destination for all ages. Linked to a hotel of the same brand name, it also comes with several food courts, an indoor theme park with an IMAX theatre, a cinema, a spa centre, a games arcade, a karaoke lounge, a supermarket, a post office, a bank, an IT mall and hundreds of retail outlets offering everything from food to fashion. There are also several specialty shops here, offering unique and individual products that can’t be found elsewhere.Be prepared to end up spending a whole day in Bukit Bintang – even if you’re just looking for one item or not looking for anything at all.

If you are a traveller looking for accommodation, there are hundreds of hotels, resorts and budget hostel located within the city centre where most of the action can be found. However if you’re looking for somewhere tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre (yet still at the heart of thecity), Prescott Inn Medan Tuanku KL is the perfect choice. Located off Jalan Sultan Ismail, Prescott Inn Medan Tuanku KL is just a monorail ride away from the Bukit Bintang area – it is easy accessible via public transportation. A minute’s walk from the monorail station and 5 minutes away from the Star LRT Station, it has one of the ideal locations in the city.

Choose from 139 delectable and well designed rooms to match your needs for comfort as well as amenities. Here, you will be able to enjoy a quiet night’s rest, waking up refreshed in the morning – ready to shop, again. Great comfort at reasonable price; Prescott Inn Medan Tuanku KL is the ideal choice for everyone who prefers a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. Also Prescott Inn Medan Tuanku KL offers a variety of promotions and reasonable hotel rates – it is the incomparable choice for those who wish to stretch their ringgit further and enjoy their holiday.

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