>> Thursday, December 30, 2010
Shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur (KL) have been one of the main attractions for tourism in the city for a while now. With the increasing trends nowadays, many local and international brands have made it here to suit the local and foreign interest in shopping. Ever since the 70s, shopping has been popular in KL with some of the pioneer malls like Sungai Wang Plaza in the Bukit Bintang area or Golden Triangle which is still pulling the shoppers till this very day.
This list aims to provide you with eight of the top shopping malls along Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur for you to visit with a minor breakdown of what to expect. All the malls here are within walking distance so you can cover them all by foot. The list is in no particular order and random.
1. Sungai Wang Plaza – One of the oldest malls which recently went through a massive makeover a few years ago. The mall is connected to the Bukit Bintang Plaza or BB Plaza and giving shoppers a massive 2 million square feet of shopping ecstasy. Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur, this 6 storey mall never fails to deliver with some of the most interesting choices of shops here. Many speciality shops dominate the mall while there are no top branded outlets here. Younger travellers and guest should check out the 6th floor which is called the T-Zone or Trendy Zone where mini shops cater to current trends worldwide. For IT enthusiast, the 3rd floor has an interesting selection for all things IT including DVD shops, PSP shops and internet cafes. A video arcade which is one of the best in town can be found on the 2nd floor with many choices of games to play. You get a very good mix of choices at this mall. For your added information, Sungai Wang in the Malay language means Money River.
Tip: Great place to shop and hang out for all ages.
Location: Across the street from Lot 10, next to Imbi Plaza and Low Yat Plaza
Sungai Wang Plaza Website
Address: 99 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Telephone: (603) 2144 9988
2. Bukit Bintang Plaza / BB Plaza – The neighbour of Sungai Wang Plaza and connected together, it is translated as Bukit – Star and Bintang – Hill and was opened in 1979 and currently manages general shops with the main anchor tenant – Metro Jaya, a departmental store. The other shops around are mostly goldsmiths, speciality shops and sports shops. A number of stall booths occupy the main floors with dominance of handphone dealers. Many people use this mall mainly as a walk through to get to Sungai Wang Plaza while the main area is dominated by lots of mobile stalls selling all sorts of souvenirs, hand phones and so on.
Tip: Great department store here.
Address: Same as above (Sungai Wang)
3. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur – Located at the start of Jalan Bukit Bintang – known as the Orchard Road of KL – this massive mega mall offers seven levels of fashion, dining, entertainment and even luxury retail spaces. Known for their top branded façade with brand names like Prada, Versace, Bulgari, Coach, Burberry, Marc Jacobs and more. A very popular place for locals and foreigners due to the sheer size of it. The outdoor entertainment area provides shoppers a mix of interesting restaurants, bars and cafes while the indoor offers a fantastic cinema, spa and various interesting choices of entertainment.
Tip: The most popular place to see and be seen in town.
Location: Right next to Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, across the street from JW Marriott and Starhill Gallery.
Address: 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone: (603) 2118 8833
Pavilion KL Website
4. Lot 10 Shopping Mall – Another pioneer shopping mall located strategically at the corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang, this trendy building finished in bright green would definitely catch your eye when walking along the main road here. Catering to speciality shops and retail giant Isetan, the five storey mall houses one of KLs very unique eateries named Hutong which caters to the ‘best’ hawker food from around KL all in one place. It is exceptionally clean and if you always wanted to try out the local KL food, this is the place to do it.
Tip - Head here for the hawker food
Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00
Location: At the corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail, next to KL Plaza and opposite Sungei Wang Plaza. The mall is directly connected to Bukit Bintang Monorail Station.
Address: 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail
Telephone: (603) 2716 8615
5. Starhill Gallery at Jalan Bukit Bintang – This uber high end shopping mall houses only the top branded names in the industry and is also connected via a special walkway to the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur. A total of seven floors, each of the floors have a special name to identify them. A great place to explore as the mall offers shopping, pampering, entertainment and art. Another unique standout here is the stylish modern decorations and designs throughout the building. Check out the lower ground floor if you are seeking something different in food and entertainment. One of the top well known restaurants – Shook is located here.
Tip - If you love luxury shopping, this is the place.
Location: Across the street from Pavilion KL, right next to Berjaya KL Plaza.
Address: 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: (603) 2782 3855
6. Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur – Another massive mall located just nearby the monorail stations, this 10-floor shopping centre houses over 700 retail stores where an indoor theme park is also located inside the mall, an IMAX theatre, 5-star Hotel, post office, bank, bowling alley and the list goes on. A popular place for teenagers and travellers as the choices of shops here seem to cater to all walks of life. No exclusive branded shops are available here. A newly opened IT Center with over 100 shops in a total of 80,000 square feet was recently launched on early Nov 2010.
Tip - Bring the kids to the indoor theme park here.
Location: Opposite Melia Hotel and Amoda building. You can exit straight into the shopping mall from Imbi Monorail Station.
Address: No. 1 Jalan Imbi
Telephone: (603) 2117 3111
7. Low Yat Plaza – The best IT Mall in Kuala Lumpur. If you are an IT person or loves technology, cameras and gadgets, this is the mall you should be visiting. Being around for two decades, this mall transformed into an IT Mall in the late 90s when technology finally caught up in Malaysia. A whopping seven floors of products, each floor is almost dedicated to a specific IT section. It lovers can easily spend half a day here as prices are extremely compatible and there are over 500 IT retail outlets here. There is a eatery section on the lower ground floor while a Bank and ATM Machines are available. You never have to leave this place for the hard core.
Tip - Look around and compare prices before committing to buy here.
Location: Behind Amoda Building, which is across the street from Berjaya Times Square, and right beside Bukit Bintang Plaza/Sungei Wang Plaza.
Address: No. 7, Jalan Bintang, Off Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang Central,
Low Yat Plaza Website
Tel: (603) 2148 3651
8. Fahrenheit 88 – The latest mall to hit Jalan Bukit Bintang and currently classified as a trendy/fashion mall. The name comes from the actual average temperature of Kuala Lumpur which his around 29 to 31 degrees Celsius and opened on Aug 8 2010. A total of 280 retails shops are here which include Uniqlo, the popular Japanese brand which is KLs first outlet. The mall caters to slightly more trendy brands so you will not find English cookware or top branded goods. Food and beverage outlets are found here while in future, a pedestrian bridge will connect this mall with the Pavilion.
Previously, this mall was known as KL Plaza or Kuala Lumpur Plaza which was one of the pioneer malls along the famous road. After a long period, the Berjaya Group who owned the building finally sold it to the Pavilion Group who runs and owns the Pavilion Mall opposite.