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Kuala Lumpur/Brickfields

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Brickfields is Kuala Lumpur's biggest "Little India" and is located just south of the City Center. Its main road, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, formerly knowns as Brickfields Road, is lined from end to end with shops selling Indian clothing, provisions and foodstuff.

Previously deemed as one of KL's less savoury areas, Brickfields is undergoing a makeover with the construction of the massive KL Sentral project on top of the old railway marshalling yards (for which Brickfields was known). The KL Sentral area now has a collection of tall office towers and also Kuala Lumpur's main railway station.

For the purposes of this page, Brickfields will also include the area to the east of the Klang River along Jalan Syed Putra and Robson Heights, where the impressive hill-top Thean Hou Temple is located.

Get in

By train

Since the opening of the KL Sentral transport hub here, getting to Brickfields could not been easier. KL Sentral is the station for all Keretapi Tanah Melayu intercity and its KTM Komuter trains, the Kelana Jaya light rail transit line, and also the KLIA Ekspress and KLIA Transit fast trains to/from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

While also having the same name, the KL Sentral monorail station is about 200m from the actual KL Sentral complex, and transfering between the two requires you to cross the road and walk around the building site. The other monorail station in this district is Tun Sambanthan station located on the banks of the Klang River behind the shopping area.

By bus

Many buses go through Brickfields. The ones going into town terminate at Kota Raya or Klang bus stand. Buses heading out of town serve Mid Valley, Pantai Dalam and some PJ areas. All the Rapid buses now pass through KL Sentral.

By road

See

  • Thean Hou Temple, Persiaran Endah, off Jalan Syed Putra - The Thean Hou temple is one of the largest and most ornate Chinese temples in the region. The six-tiered temple was built by the Hainanese community and is dedicated to Tian Hou, or The Heavenly Mother. But, as an example of the syncreticism of Chinese religion, also houses two other altars, one for Shui Wei Sheng Niang, the Goddess of the Waterfront and another for Kuan Yin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. Its grand architecture and fantastic view of the Valley make it a tourist favourite.
  • Buddhist Temple (The Buddhist Maha Vihara), 123 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields (opposite KL Sentral), +603 2274-1141, [1]. Founded in 1894 by the Sinhalese to provide a place of worship for their Sri Lankan Theravada tradition, this beautiful temple with eccos of colonialism in the architecture sill supports an active Buddhist community in Kuala Lumpur.

Do

Buy

Eat

Brickfields is famous throughout KL for its Indian, particularly the South Indian, "banana leaf" meal shops, which are cheap and extremely filling. There are also several Chinese coffeeshops offering the usual types of food. At the other end of the budget, KL Sentral's two five-star hotels have international-standard restaurants where you can dine in style. There is only one Western fast food place in Brickfields, KFC. In KL Sentral there are many eating places, including Western fast foods such as KFC, McDs, Burger King, and coffeeshops such as Coffee Bean, Starbucks, Secret Recipe, etc etc. There is also a food court on the top floor.

Chinese

Budget

Splurge

  • Chynna, [2] 5th Floor, Hilton KL, KL Sentral. ☎+60 3 2264 2264 - Wonderfully over-the-top modern Chinese restaurant that looks like it just stepped out of a kung-fu movie, with waitresses in thigh-slit cheongsams and plaited houseboys serving herbal tea from a pot with a meter-long spout. The menu is equally eclectic: try the pumpkin and shrimp dumplings or the chicken feet in black bean sauce, then finish off with coconut ice cream in avocado sauce. Lunchtime dim sum dishes a reasonable RM8-11 each, but dinner is far more expensive. Open daily 11AM-2:30PM for lunch, 6PM-11PM for dinner.

Vegetarian

  • Annalakshmi Vegetarian Restaurant, 116 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, 03-2274 3799. Famous vegetarian restaurant located at the Temple of Fine Arts, with occasional cultural shows. Food was previously priced based on a pay-as-you-wish model, but the restaurant now charges set prices for food. Menu consists of buffet lunch, rotis for breakfast/tea and ala carte for dinner. Dress code: No shorts/slippers. RM 10+ for lunch or dinner.
  • Chat Masala, 259G Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, 03-2260 3244. This vegetarian restaurant serves mock meat. Go for the "mutton" or "chicken" briyani, tea-time specials like pani puri or bhel puri, then wash it down with filter coffee. RM 10 for lunch or dinner.

Indian

  • Vishalatchi Food Catering, 18 Jalan Scott, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. Specialises in authentic Chettinad cuisine served on banana leaf. Try the idli or puri for breakfast. RM10 for lunch or dinner.
  • Vindya Curry House. Authentic Indian curry of every variety. RM4.50-RM8 for lunch or dinner.
  • Restoran Nagas. Indian and Malay food very sanitary restaurant. RM 10 for lunch or dinner.
  • Saravanaa Bhavan, 196 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur (Intersection of Tun Sambanthan and Jalan Stesen Sentral 5), (03) 2260 3755. Clean restaurant serving authentic South Indian cuisine. All food is vegetarian. RM13 for set meal of rice, papadum, chapati and a selection of 10 chutneys and dhals.
  • Kaveri, Jalan Padang Belia, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur (Between Summer View hotel and the YMCA). Open fronted restaurant with friendly staff. Serves a variety of Indian foods, plenty of meat dishes, as well as a number of vegetarian options. RM1 for roti canai, RM4-5 for meat.

Others

Splurge

  • Al Nafourah, [3] 8th Floor, Le Meridien, KL Sentral. ☎ +60 3 2263 7888. The restaurant decor is Middle Eastern with large brass ornaments adorning the entrance and walls, colourful floor tiles and Moorish architecture. Lebanese cuisine, Middle Eastern belly dancer moves to sultry music. Tagine and kebab dishes, buffet with array of cold presentations, hummus, Middle-Eastern salads, condiments, soups, breads and roast lamb. The main dish comes with a selection of kebabs served with saffron ghee rice or grilled vegetables. The semi buffet is priced at RM108 each inclusive of Arabic coffee and shisha. Open daily 12 noon-2:30PM for lunch, 6:30PM-11PM for dinner.

Drink

Sleep

You'll find the two extremes in this district - sleazy hole in the walls which only rent out rooms on an hourly basis (mostly in the old Brickfields area), and the two of KL's newest five-star hotels within KL Sentral.

Budget

  • PODs The Backpackers Home, 1-6, no 30 Jalan Thambipillay, 50470 Brickfields (From KL Sentral, take the exit to Jalan Tun Sambanthan and locate the KL sentral Monorail. Walk to the back of the monorail, and the place will be on your right), 603-2260 1434, [4]. checkin: 1pm; checkout: 12pm. Opened in April 2011, convenient location, comfortable and clean. Free wheelie tours offered weekly and a very interesting open stage event every first Friday of the month. Comes with a free breakfast, bunk beds, single and double pods. RM35- RM75.
  • YMCA Hostel, 95 Jalan Padang Bella, +60 3 2274 1439, [5]. Like most YMCA Hostels this one feels sterile, but for RM80 per night you can't ask for more. It is clean and safe. Make sure to check their website for guest restrictions.
  • Joy Inn, Jalan Thambypillai (Take back alley from monorail station), [6]. checkout: 12pm. Very new hotel built on top of grocery store. The cost is RM88 per night. The rooms are small and clean but comparable to other hotels in the area. There is a free breakfast served and free wifi. Beware this hotel is located on a notorious street in the area that is flooded with cheap brothels and foreign prostitutes, not great for children but may suit the solo traveler. RM88.

Mid range

  • Jeumpa D'Ramo, [7] No. 102, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar. ☎ +60 3 2094 4522. Boutique hotel right after the traffic lights to Jalan Bangkung. From RM170 for standard room, RM220 for deluxe and RM320 for suites. The bungalows resemble a quaint colonial house from outside.
  • My Hotel Premier, Lorong Kapar, off Jln Syed Putra (Federal Highway), between Brickfields and Mid Valley. Rates RM100, more at weekends.


  • Hotel Sentral, On Jalan Thambypillai. Nice and clean hotel.

Splurge

  • Hilton, [8] 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral. ☎ +60 3 2264 2264. New hotel adjacent to the KL Sentral train station and the Le Meridien. The Hilton has rooms with open bathrooms and plasma TVs. Plenty of restaurants and a executive lounge on the 33rd floor. Gym and spa/pool complex.
  • Le Meridien, [9] 2 Jalan Stesen Sentral. ☎ +60 3 2263 7888. Adjacent to the KL Sentral train station. Opened in 2004, has a splendid lobby and modern rooms with views of the nearby gardens (or the roof of KL Sentral if you pick the wrong side). Shares spa and pool facilities with the Hilton next door.

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