Kuala Lumpur: The Ultimate Travel Guide

1. Restoran Rosdet Tomyam

Restoran Rosdet Tomyam

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Restoran Rosdet Tomyam is popular among the locals for the tasty Malay-Thai fusion food that is quick to serve and uses fresh ingredients.
It offers decent meal with well-balanced flavours on budget, and visitors are spoilt for the assorted choices available, ranging from a variety of cooking styles for dishes like seafood (fish, crab, prawn, clam), beef, chicken, vegetable, and egg to fried rice/noodle.
Among the favourite dishes are tomyam which is a rich soup with well-balanced flavour and generous helping of meat or seafood, siakap stim limau (seabass steamed with lime slices), and siakap masak Rosdet (fried seabass topped with in-house specialty gravy).
The restaurant offers a wide choice of drinks and dessert, including juices, fruits and mango sticky rice to soothe the stomach.

2. Restoran tg’s Nasi Kandar

Restoran tg’s Nasi Kandar

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Tg’s Nasi Kandar is well-known among the locals and tourists alike for the surprisingly affordable price listing on the quality food despite its location in the city centre at Bukit Bintang.
The restaurant’s relatively secluded location away from the busy and noisy street food market is also good to offer a peaceful eating environment.
It prides itself on its large menu that consists of popular rice meals such as kari kepala ikan (curry fish head), udang goreng (fried prawns) and ayam goreng (fried chicken), as well as the many types of rotis (flattened bread), all at very reasonable prices and generous portion.
It is your go-to place to fix the sudden cravings for flavourful Malaysian delight, as well as to experience the lively atmosphere with the football fans gathering around during the season.   

3. Limapulo Baba Can Cook

Limapulo Baba Can Cook

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Limapulo Baba Can Cook offers visitors a pleasant gastronomical experience for a selection of reasonably priced authentic Nyonya dishes in a clean and cool setting with lots of Instagram-worthy decors.
Some of the highly-acclaimed well-executed dishes include the Nyonya laksa that is only served during lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (limited to 70 bowls per day!), as well as sambal petai udang (shrimp and stinky bean cooked in a fiery sambal that never overplays its strength), and ayam berempah (chicken in spices).
If a fully-fledged Nyonya meal is too much to handle, you can also try the set menu that comes with rice, steamed long beans, omelet and a dish of your choice.
Peranakan ale (homemade version of ginger ale with extra spice) is a refreshing drink that goes well with the flavourful dishes, and the sago pudding with gula melaka is also a hit with those with sweet tooth.
The place can be quite packed during peak hours, it is advisable to be early to sample the food; however, the service is considerably prompt for a busy restaurant.

Limapulo Baba Can Cook
Address: 50, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday 12.00 pm – 3.00 pm, 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Contact: 03-26983268

4. Songket Restaurant and Bar

Songket Restaurant and Bar

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Set in an old-style bungalow, diners get to choose to enjoy their meals indoors or outdoors on a covered patio for a breezy, semi al fresco ambience.
The menu offers authentic traditional Malay flavours with a modern twist, and the foods are not too spicy for unaccustomed taste buds without swaying too far from the original recipes.
Chicken, fish, seafood, red meats and vegetable dishes are aplenty. Visitors will be entertained by the Malaysian cultural dance performance that runs on Monday to Saturday from 8.30 pm to 9.15 pm, and even learned a couple of steps of the dances all at one place. Songket offers pandan infused pudding with gula melaka (palm sugar), durian tiramisu and sago gula melaka, among others, to soothe the stomach after a sumptuous meal.
It should not come as a surprise that the price will be slightly steep with all the great ambiance, good food and engaging entertainment one is paying for.

Songket Restaurant and Bar
Address: 29, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kampung Baru, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Weekdays 12 – 3 pm, 6 – 11 pm; weekends 5 – 11 pm
Contact: 03-21613331

5. Wadi Hadramawt

Wadi Hadramawt

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Wadi Hadramawt is one of the best-rated restaurants specializing in Yemeni and Arabic cuisine in town.
Its constantly updated menu offers an assorted range of dishes for selection, including the Arabian breads, soups, appetisers and rice dishes, and desserts.
Some favourite dishes are mullawah, the freshly baked, delicious flat bread that goes well with grilled and barbequed meats, as well as the mandi dishes, an Arabic specialty that requires hours of baking the chicken or lamb and rice that locks in the flavours of herbs and spices.
There is also an open area for shisha smokers. The slightly higher price is good value for the taste of the food and ambiance of the restaurant, although the dish portion is a subject of dispute.

Wadi Hadramawt
Address: 226, Jalan Ampang, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Daily 12.00 pm – 12.00 am (according to the facebook page)
Phone no.: 03-42533333

Non-Halal Food

1. Restoran Kin Kin

Restoran Kin Kin

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Despite the unassuming appearance with the usual coffee-shop style interior, Restoran Kin Kin is the birthplace of Chili Pan Mee in 1985.
It serves only one food and a small range of drinks, but the one food is good enough for its sustenance.
Chili Pan Mee is a noodle made from scratch from dough upon order, served with fried onion, crunchy anchovies, flavourful minced pork, a poached egg, and a separate bowl of soup with vegetables and egg drops.
The noodle is simply delectable in its original flavour, but best eaten with a spoonful or two of their homemade special chili paste, depending on one’s palate and tolerance threshold for a smoky, fiery flavour. The fried bean curd skin and bite-sized fish and pork balls are good to nimble on while waiting for the noodle to serve. 

2. Mungo Jerry

Mungo Jerry Restaurant

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Mungo Jerry is one of the more famous Bak Kut Teh establishments that has been around for more than four decades, taking its humble root from a small stall in Port Klang.
Apart from the usual Bak Kut Teh (pork ribs stew) and the chicken version of the dish, it also offers other specialties like
Pokari (or braised pork) cooked in a very dark and thick herbal and spiced broth along with loads of dried chilies; Bar-B-Q dishes which are either pork ribs or chicken fried in a special belacan sauce; and also roasted pork stir fried in oil along with a secret sauce and honey.
The cleanliness may not be up to the mark, otherwise it is a decent place to have a good meal at reasonable price, especially after some drinks or on a cold rainy night.

Mungo Jerry
Address: 292, Jalan Raja Laut, Chow Kit, 50350 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Daily 5.30 pm – 5.00 am

3. 1919 Restaurant (no pork)

1919 Restaurant

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Limapulo Baba Can Cook offers visitors a pleasant gastronomical experience for a selection of reasonably priced authentic Nyonya dishes in a clean and cool setting with lots of Instagram-worthy decors.
Some of the highly-acclaimed well-executed dishes include the Nyonya laksa that is only served during lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (limited to 70 bowls per day!), as well as sambal petai udang (shrimp and stinky bean cooked in a fiery sambal that never overplays its strength), and ayam berempah (chicken in spices).
If a fully-fledged Nyonya meal is too much to handle, you can also try the set menu that comes with rice, steamed long beans, omelet and a dish of your choice.
Peranakan ale (homemade version of ginger ale with extra spice) is a refreshing drink that goes well with the flavourful dishes, and the sago pudding with gula melaka is also a hit with those with sweet tooth.
The place can be quite packed during peak hours, it is advisable to be early to sample the food; however, the service is considerably prompt for a busy restaurant.

1919 Restaurant
Address: 15A, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kampung Baru, 50350 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: Monday to Saturday 12.00 pm ( 10.30 am) – 3.00 pm, 5.30 pm – 10.30 pm; Sunday 5.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Phone no.: 03-21619919

4. Drift Dining & Bar

Drift Dining and Bar

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A modern Australian restaurant and bar reinvented as a family-friendly one with the introduction of a bouncy castle.
The menu focuses mainly on local produce with global influences.
Their Australian Black Angus Strip Loin, or Slow Braised Baby Pork Ribs are favourites on the meat side, but they also cater to vegetarians or gluten free diets if informed in advance.
In line with their philosophy – drift – how one should be ever evolving, trying new flavours and experiences, Drift Dining and Bar continues to come up with events that keep the scene interesting, such as wine tastings, weekday lunch with complimentary iced lemon tea, and also free-flow boozy brunch available every first Sunday of the month.

Drift Dining & Bar
Address: 38 Jalan Bedara, Ground Floor Bidara Condo, Off Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Sunday to Thursday 12.00 pm – 1.00 am; Friday & Saturday 12.00 pm – 3.00 am
Phone no.: 03-21102079

5. Quivo

Quivo Restaurant

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If you feel like indulging in the western food, Quivo can be a good option for you to relax and enjoy the wide array of starters and mains ranging from pasta and pizza to burger to risotto.
It is a hidden gem amidst the restaurants in Pavillion worth exploring.
Apart from their highly-acclaimed pizzas any interesting topping possibilities and other popular dishes such as the popcorn shrimp, saffron seaweed risotto, seafood squid ink spaghetti, the place also offers vegetarian and gluten-free options.
The desserts and cocktails are not to be missed too.
Most patrons agreed that the money is good for value – the friendly service, great atmosphere, and appetizing foods that appeal to both sight and taste.
However, it is advisable to make reservations if you plan to pay a visit on weekend nights to avoid disappointment.

Quivo
Address: Lot 3.09.02, Level 3, Pavilion KL, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Sunday to Thursday 10 am – 1 am; Friday 10 am – 2 am; Saturday 10 am – 12am
Phone no.: 03-21417711

Attractions

1. Jadi Batek Gallery

Jadi Batek Gallery

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Batik is an age-old technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to a piece of fabric which is made into clothes, wall hangings, tablecloths, and household accessories.
Jadi Batek Gallery is the largest batik and handicrafts centre in the city which has its root since 1976.
The gallery offers an eclectic range of Malaysian-made handicraft products such as T-shirts, pewter-ware, spa products, ornaments, herbal teas, mounted butterflies and insects, wood carvings, hand-made bags and baskets, and jewelleries.
This is where curious visitors can witness experienced batik artisans at work, and also unleash their artistic potential within by joining the painting classes offered at various rates, depending on the selected materials and products (best to book in advance to avoid disappointment).

Jadi Batek Gallery
Address: JADI BATEK GALLERY SDN. BHD., 30, Jalan Inai, Off Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur. 
Business hours: Daily 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Phone no.: 03-21451133 / 018-2786133

2. Lost in Chinatown

Lost in Chinatown

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Lost in Chinatown is the latest addition to the attractions in Kuala Lumpur.
It features a maze that allows visitors to explore the historical origin of KL’s Chinese community and the rich culture of Chinese, in addition to checking out the large collection of over 200 world famous poster art, information about the Chinatown worldwide and the 50 top words Malaysian used to say.
Visitors get to have fun by posing with life-sized figure of Bruce Lee, giant abacus, and other interesting Insta-worthy props for free.
They can also bring back some lady apparels and accessories that sell at a flat rate of RM20 per piece before heading to their next destination, as the museum is located above a warehouse centre for ladies’ fashion.

Lost in Chinatown
Address: 22, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Daily 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Phone no.: 012-2081182

3. Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery

Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery

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Fancy a walk through the tunnel of RM1 million bank notes?
The Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery which serves as an informal avenue to educate the public about the importance of economics, Islamic banking and financial planning, along with the role of Central Bank is where you can spend your time at.
The mundane-sounding topic can be easily picked up as fiscal fun through the informative interactive stations and exhibition catered to all age levels.
If learning about economics is still a pain, one with the artistic streak can immerse in the joy of exploring the contemporary artwork and installations acquired by the Central Bank since 1962 showcased on the top floor. The building is modern, well-maintained, air-conditioned and well-equipped with cafes, souvenirs shop, surau and even a grab car kiosk, and best of all, the entrance is free!

4. Perdana Botanical Garden

Perdana Botanical Gardens

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A modern Australian restaurant and bar reinvented as a family-friendly one with the introduction of a bouncy castle.
The menu focuses mainly on local produce with global influences.
Their Australian Black Angus Strip Loin, or Slow Braised Baby Pork Ribs are favourites on the meat side, but they also cater to vegetarians or gluten free diets if informed in advance.
In line with their philosophy – drift – how one should be ever evolving, trying new flavours and experiences, Drift Dining and Bar continues to come up with events that keep the scene interesting, such as wine tastings, weekday lunch with complimentary iced lemon tea, and also free-flow boozy brunch available every first Sunday of the month.

5. KL Forest Eco Park

KL Forest Eco Park

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KL Forest Eco Park, once known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, is the only remaining virgin tropical rainforest in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
It was gazetted as a permanent forest reserve in 1906 with an area of 17.5 hectares that dwindled to the current 9 hectares owing to the urban development, including the construction of the KL Tower.
Visitors can find some fine variety of trees, herbs, bamboo and creepers, as well as well-maintained paved footpaths and more natural walking trails available to hikers and joggers.
Apart from the nature trails, timber product gallery, herbal garden, and activities area, the park also boasts an impressive 200-metre canopy walk that provides visitors with a wonderful aerial view of the treetops and city skyline.

KL Forest Eco Park
Address: Forestry Department, KL Lot 240, Bukit Nanas, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Daily 7.00 am – 6.00 pm
Phone no.: 03-20201606

Shopping Mall

1. Starhill Gallery

Starhill

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As a pioneer in international luxury that delivers “a gallery of rich experiences” in KL, Starhill Gallery is easily recognisable with its distinctive façade of avant-garde architecture.
This most upscale, luxury retail mall in Malaysia promises a shopping and dining experience like no other, with the ambient lighting, soft jazz music playing in the background and carpeted floors creating a red-carpet retail experience.
The complex houses over 100 renowned luxury timepiece and jewellery brands and other contemporary designer labels, a spa and relaxation centre, as well as award-winning restaurants and exclusive cafes.
You can still immerse in the grandeur and enjoy the window shopping experience in this complex even if you don’t have a thick wallet.

Starhill Gallery
Address: 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Daily 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Phone no.: 03-27823800

2. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Pavilion

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As a home to more than 700 retailers over seven floors, Pavilion KL is one of the most popular shopping malls located in the prime Bukit Bintang area.
Its entrance features the tallest Liuli Crystal fountain in Malaysia, where coins tossed into the fountain are donated to charity.
The mall houses almost all the mainstream retail brands, with the upmarket, international designer labels at Couture Pavilion and the reasonably-priced, mid-market international and local brands inside Pavilion KL. Besides that, Pavilion KL also has an excellent foot court (Gourmet Emporium), as well as many restaurants and eateries to choose a bite from.
Visitors will never cease to be amazed by the impressive decorations staged during festive seasons.

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Address: 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Daily 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Phone no.: 03-21188833

 

3. Fahrenheit 88

Fahrenheit 88

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Located directly opposite Pavilion KL, Fahrenheit 88 is one of the more modern shopping malls in the city centre, rebranded from the previous KL Plaza after undergoing extensive renovation works.
Apart from the anchor flagship Malaysian store of the Japanese fashion retailer UNIQLO which occupies three floors of the complex, the mall plays host to wide variety of mid-range, vibrant boutiques aimed at young and trendy urbanites. A number of eateries scattered around the complex.
There is a popular karaoke joint and a much-hyped food-themed Selfie Museum for entertainment.

Fahrenheit 88
Address: 179, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Daily 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Phone no.: 03-27311863

4. Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square

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Berjaya Times Square is an embodiment of convenience, for it houses over 1000 retail shops and 65 food outlets where visitors are spoilt for the wide array of merchandises that cater to every need at a reasonable price.
The mall is famous for its affordable apparels and accessories from a wide selection of mid-range international names, as well as the local brands.
The food court which offers a wide variety of cuisines at cheap prices is a hit with many visitors.
It also features an extensive portfolio of entertainment offerings, ranging from cinema, bowling alley, amusement rides, laser tag, escape room to the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia covering a staggering area of 133,000 square feet!
Free high-speed wi-fi is also available mall-wide.

Berjaya Times Square
Address: 1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Business hours: Daily 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Phone no.: 03-21173111

5. Zhongshan Building at Kampung Attap

The Zhongshan Building

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This is not your usual shopping mall.
The complex consists of three interconnected shophouses dating back to the 1950s, that once housed the Zhongshan Association, which is a frozen food supplier, now rejuvenated into an independent arts hub that houses artists of a variety of trades.
Some of the carefully handpicked tenants in the building include OURArts Project gallery, Naiise, Tandang record store, Bogus Merchandise, Tintabudi, Balai Buku Raya, Piu Piu Piu and Tommy le Baker.
Goods sold range from restored classic paperbacks and punk vinyl records to bespoke suits and songket wedding attire, all classic items that could be found in a traditional mall but presented with a twist.
A review suggested that the best way to explore Zhongshan Building is not by having a specific destination in mind, but simply exploring the nooks and crannies of the “hipster mall”.