Petronas Twin Towers, literally the apex of Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle is Kuala Lumpur's main shopping and nightlife district.
Located to the northeast of the Central KL, the Golden Triangle roughly covers the area north of Jalan Pudu, south of Jalan Ampang and west of Jalan Imbi and Jalan Tun Razak. It includes the ever busy shopping area of Bukit Bintang, the office towers of Jalan Raja Chulan, the Jalan Sultan Ismail five-star hotel strip, the Jalan P. Ramlee party street, and the entire Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) (not to be confused with KL's traditional City Centre) which is home to the Petronas Twin Towers, Suria KLCC shopping centre, KLCC Convention Centre and the KLCC Park.
You may get some strange looks if you asked someone how to get to the Golden Triangle by train. That's because there are no heavy-rail trains running to the district, but once you say "monorail" or "LRT" (light rail transit), people will become more helpful.
The best ways to reach the Golden Triangle are by monorail and light rail transit, depending on which part of the district you want to get to. Monorail is best for the Bukit Bintang area and environs (including Jalan Imbi, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Raja Chulan) while the LRT is the perfect way to get to the KLCC and Jalan Ampang areas.
The main monorail stations (and the adjacent shopping centres and important landmarks) in the Golden Triangle are Imbi (Berjaya Times Square), Bukit Bintang (Sungei Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Lot 10, Star Hill Gallery, KL Plaza, Pavillion), Raja Chulan (offices along Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Sultan Ismail) and Bukit Nanas (Concorde Hotel, Rennaissance Hotel and Good World Hotel). Bukit Nanas station is also a short walk to the Dang Wangi LRT station.
The main LRT stations serving the district are Dang Wangi (for the area around the Jalan Ampang-Jalan Sultan Ismail intersection), KLCC (KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers, Avenue K) and Ampang Park (for Ampang Park shopping centre and Nikko Hotel).
Pretty much every single bus you see in town goes into the Golden Triangle area.
The main roads in the district are Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Imbi, Jalan Raja Chulan. All these roads suffer from acute congestion, especially during peak hours.
If you are coming from outside KL and want to head directly here, there are a few roads which you can take.
From the South if coming from the North-South Expressway, you can enter the Smart Tunnel at Sungai Besi and exit at the Jalan Sultan Ismail exit, which brings you smack in the middle of Bukit Bintang. The Tun Razak exit will bring you onto Jalan Tun Razak where you can then proceed directly into KLCC after the Singapore High Commission. Jalan Tun Razak also intersects with Jalan Ampang.
From the North, after exiting the North South Expressway's Jalan Duta exit, proceed along Jalan Duta (towards the South end or "Seremban direction" of this road) and then Jalan Istana, and then Jalan Dewan Bahasa which will bring you to Jalan Hang Tuah and Jalan Imbi to the Bukit Bintang area. To get to KLCC, proceed towards Jalan Duta (south direction), then Lebuhraya Mahameru which links up with Jalan Tun Razak. There is a tunnel linking Jalan Tun Razak directly to the KLCC car park.
Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC, Jalan Ampang (Kelana Jaya Line: KLCC), . Open 8:30AM-5PM except Monday. Until recently the tallest buildings in the world, they have since been surpassed by other buildings in height but remain among the most spectacular. Visitors may pick up passes to marvel at the view from the Skybridge (level 41-42), one of the highest suspended bridges in the world. Entry is now RM80 (January 2013) and limited to the first 1200 who show up, so get there early (best is 7:45 to 8:00 AM) because available tickets are usually snapped up by 11:00. In general you have about 10 minutes at the Skybridge. The view is not particularly inspiring and note that you are only permitted to spend around ten minutes up there.
Aquaria KLCC, KLCC Convention Centre Basement Levels 1 and 2 (Kelana Jaya Line: KLCC),. A gigantic aquarium recently opened, housing 5,000 varieties of tropical fish. Has an underwater tunnel, various exhibits of flora and fauna, and multimedia kiosks. Aquaria "offers a unique underwater 'edu-tainment experience", as stated on the KLCC website. Open from 11 AM to 8 PM daily, including school and public holidays; last admission at 7pm. Entrance fee for adults: RM38 (RM28 with the Malaysian ID card - MyKad); Children 3-12 years old: RM26 (RM22 with MyKad); for those below 3 years old, admission free. RM25 for students. Make sure you carry student ID cards. Read more on .
Petrosains, KLCC Level 4 (Kelana Jaya Line: KLCC), . An exhibit of the science and technology behind the petroleum industry and more. A great place to bring kids, but not too high on the agenda for older folks. Adults RM25, teens RM20, children RM15; you must book your tickets at least 30 minutes in advance (expect queues on weekends).
KL Tower (Menara KL), Jalan Punchak, . The viewing deck at 276m provides great city views, and you'll be a few metres higher than the Twin Towers since the tower is built on a hill (also, the twin towers observation deck is 100m below at 170m). Entry to the viewing deck by express elevator costs RM38 and is open from 9 AM to 10 PM daily; this includes use of a PDA for a multimedia guided tour of the view and use of the binoculars. For a free bonus, check out the wonderfully bombastic free film on the tower's construction, screened in a little cinema on the tower ground floor. It is possible to come up one floor higher to the revolving restaurant but only by dining there (between RM40 to RM140, including the ride up from the base). There is free shuttle bus service from the main gate to the base of the tower, though number of seats in the bus is very limited. There is also a Hackett Bungee ride and flying fox for RM30 which operates at the base of KL Tower. It is however, not a particularly easy place to reach by public transport, so use either a taxi or the "hop-on/hop-off" tourist bus that makes a continuous circuit through the city.
Although the main thing to do in the Golden Triangle is shopping and savouring its nightlife, you can also indulge is some cultural activities like watching performances both local and international, and maybe even try your hand at batik painting. Several five-star hotels in this district are starting to offer spa treatments, albeit in urban confines. You'll also find Malaysia's largest indoor theme park here.
Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, , Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC - The home of the well-regarded Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra is nestled at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers, offering performances of classical music most Saturdays at 8:30 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM, with tickets starting at just RM25. Advance bookings are possible online. Note that a strict dress code applies: long sleeve batik or lounge suit for gala and evening performances, "smart casual" (no jeans, shorts, T-shirts, sneakers and slippers) for other performances.
Saloma Theatre Restaurant,  139, Malaysian Tourism Centre, Jalan Ampang. Tel: +60-3-21610122. Fax: +60-3-21629122 - Yes, its does have a manufactured, dinner-entertainment quality to it but this may be your only opportunity to see the full colour and splendour of Malaysian cultural performances. Shows are held between 20:30 and 21:30.
Istana Budaya, along Jalan Tun Razak. It's the place where local and international theater and other arts (dance and music) shows being presented.
Fancy a spin at Times Square Theme Park?
Berjaya Times Square Theme Park (formerly Cosmo's World), 4th to 9th Floor, Berjaya Times Square (Monorail Imbi), . 11AM-10PM. Malaysia's largest indoor theme park, located on the upper floors of the giant Berjaya Times Square mall and particularly notable for its hair-raising seven-story indoor roller coaster. The park is divided into two sections, one geared for small children, the other for those who want a little more excitement; one ticket gets you into both.Adults (Foreigner; RM38 on weekdays, RM43 on weekends and holidays, Children (Foreigner; RM28 on weekdays, RM33 on weekends and holidays.
Arts and craft
Karyaneka, Jalan Conlay, off Jalan Raja Chulan - A government-set up which showcases Malaysian art and craft. You can get the chance to dabble at batik painting or basket weaving here.
Pamper Zone,  Unit 6-8-2 Plaza 393 Queen Park Ave. Starhill Gallery, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Tel. +603 9287-3933 - An impressive cluster of spas whose services offerings range from world class, all day treatments (RM600), to affordable facials and one hour long full body massages (RM100).
Bukit Bintang is the main shopping area of the Golden Triangle with many of KL's most well-known malls. The main shopping streets are Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Imbi. KLCC has the popular Suria KLCC mall while the adjacent Jalan Ampang also has several shopping complexes.
Sungei Wang Plaza, Jalan Bukit Bintang (direct bridge to Monorail Bukit Bintang), Bukit Bintang. A popular place among local teenagers where fashion clothes, shoes, accessories and other trinkets and local designer clothes can be found with affordable price. A great place to buy cameras and watches (discounts are given for cash payments, although credit cards are accepted). Sungei Wang also hosts a concentration of tailors of men's and women's clothing. This is a maze of a mall, take a compass with you to find your way out!
Lot 10, , Jalan Bukit Bintang, (direct bridge to Monorail Bukit Bintang), Bukit Bintang. A favourite among Malaysians and tourists alike, Lot 10 is Bukit Bintang's very own "Emerald City", housing boutiques that will appeal to shoppers looking for goods in all price brackets. It houses the Isetan department store, and includes the Isetan supermarket which stocks fresh foods but is quite expensive. The basement contains an excellent food court with a wide variety of Asian food outlets.
Fahrenheit 88, Jalan Bukit Bintang. Previously known as previously known as KL Plaza, major tenants include Uniqlo.
Starhill Gallery, , Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, adjoining JW Marriott Hotel. The nearest station to this mall is Monorail Bukit Bintang. Starhill is a literally an English translation of “Bukit Bintang”. An upscale, luxury retail mall that rivals Suria KLCC for designer goods, is worth a visit just to look at the different interior designs especially 'Feast' floor (Ground Floor). A must-visit for watch aficionados as the ‘Adorn’ floor (1st floor) houses the biggest selection of designer wrist-watch boutiques like, amongst others, Jaeger-Le Coultre, Roger Dubuis, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Tag Heuer, Omega, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, Patek Philippe and Rolex, of course. Great if you have lots of cash to splurge.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, , Jalan Bukit Bintang, opposite the Starhill Gallery. This KL's latest luxury megamall is an anchor piece of the world-class urban development comprising two luxury residential towers, a corporate office. The mall has six distinctive precincts, Couture Pavilion, Bintang Circle, Gourmet_Emporium, Connection, Seventh Heaven and Home that contains approximately 450 stores, providing customers with infinite choices and the latest in fashion, entertainment, health and beauty, electronic, gourmet food and countless others. There is pedestrian bridge that links the mall to KLCC.
Low Yat Plaza, Jalan Bukit Bintang (Monorail Imbi, walk past Melia and turn left into an alley before Imbi Plaza or exit from Monorail Bukit Bintang towards Jalan Bukit Bintang south), Bukit Bintang. A good place for computer hardware, game consoles and handphones. A "must visit" for the tech inclined. All IT Hypermart (4th floor) is a good one-stop shop, but there are dozens of specialist computing boutiques for the enthusiast.
Berjaya Times Square,  Jalan Imbi (direct bridge to Monorail Imbi), Bukit Bintang. A gargantuan ten-story shopping mall that houses the Malaysian department store Metrojaya, the Cosmo's World theme park (see Do) plus an IMAX theater. The upper floors are still a bit sparse but it's starting to reach critical mass and can get quite packed on weekends.
Other shopping malls in the Bukit Bintang area include BB Plaza, KL Plaza, a mini retail annexe known as Piccolo Galeria.
Suria KLCC,  - Located beneath the Petronas Twin Towers (LRT Kelana Jaya Line: KLCC). An upscale shopping centre with plenty of designer labels and brands, KLCC has quickly become one of the top hangout-spots in KL. Some very good eating options too. You will see more tourists than locals here though. The LRT stops at another shopping mall called Avenue K. There is a tunnel from the train station which links to Suria KLCC.
Hakka Restaurant on Kia Peng.
You'll find any kind of food that you ever wanted to try in the Golden Triangle. For budget streetside food, there is Jalan Alor (although the area is becoming a little too touristy), while expensive restaurants line Changkat Bukit Bintang. Jalan Imbi and the roads running off it have many Chinese restaurants. Jalan Bukit Bintang near the intersection with Jalan Sultan Ismail is becoming the focal point of KL's Middle Eastern restaurants. All the malls in the Golden Triangle have foodcourts where you can try local and international fare in comfortably air-conditioned surroundings.
Budget restaurants, and "street stalls" are located almost everywhere in town, and these are good places to try the "real" Malaysian food, though hygiene can be sometimes an issue.
Lot 10 Food court, Lot 10 Shopping Complex basement - Provides an excellent spread of Malaysian food in hygienic and air-conditioned comfort at prices that are only slightly above those outdoors. The Lot 10 food court is reopened and renamed and 10 Hutong, many famous Chinese style and KL-based foods are served in this food court. Don't miss it!
Sungai Wang Food court, on top floor of Sungai Wang, one of the cheapest food courts in the area, big selection of Chinese rice dishes, plus other stalls selling Chinese, Indian and vegetarian dishes.
Signatures Food Court, 2nd Floor, Suria KLCC - Very good selection of Malaysian specialities from throughout the country. During lunchtime very popular with the employees of the Petronas Tower.
Laksa Shack,  Second Floor Suria KLCC - Specializes in nothing but the many forms of the Malaysian laksa noodle (all RM8.60), but the sour Assam Laksa is usually the top seller.
Nasi Kandar Pelita,  149, Jalan Ampang (opp Corus Hotel) - A huge outlet of Malaysia's largest nasi kandar chain, with long queues snaking out at lunchtime. Ordering is easy, just choose and point, but be sure to ask for their specialty kuah campur (mixed gravy), meaning that you get half a dozen curry sauces splashed on top. Air-con available upstairs. Open 24 hours. By Malaysian Mamak restaurant standards, having a meal at Pelita will be considerably more expensive than having a similar meal elsewhere. Worth it for the wide choices of food, the cleanliness and the quality, however.
Asian Flavours Food Court, 4th Floor, Suria KLCC - A collection of restaurants offering both Malaysian and international fare. Among them are:
Madam Kwan's, Lot 420/421, Fourth Floor, Suria KLCC - Very popular restaurant with excellent local fare in a pleasant ambience. Try the nasi lemak (RM12.80) or the meltingly smooth beef rendang (RM6.80), and wash it down with a bowl of sweet green chendol (RM5.50). Get there early to beat the queues.
Bijan ,  3 Jln Ceylon - Modern-styled décor in a home-like setting with outdoor verandah-garden compliments the well prepared (though perhaps slightly overpriced) Malaysian food. Classy patrons and impeccible service however make it worth a try. Around 60-90RM per adult.
Seri Angkasa,  Atop KL Tower - A revolving restaurant that has a good reputation, but is (inevitably) fairly steeply priced. The RM65++ lunch buffet is comparatively good value. (RM40-45 for afternoon tea, RM140 for dinner accompanied by piano either 6-9pm or 9-11pm slot, reservations almost essential for evenings)
Jalan Alor stalls - This is now one of KL's busy food streets and coffeeshops with chairs and tables placed right on the sidewalk line the entire street. You'll be able to find the usual coffeeshop fare like Hokkien fried noodles, wantan mee, char koay teow, bak kut teh, grilled seafood, chicken rice and the works. All places sell bottled or canned beer. The prices may not be the lowest in KL but certainly still affordable.
Super Noodle House, LG-001, Lower Ground, Sungai Wang Shopping Centre, Jalan Sultan Ismail. Tel: +60-3-21424729. Location: 3°8'41.39"N ; 101°42'41.21"E - One of the best Hong Kong-style restaurants in KL. Menu includes porridge, wantan mee or chicken rice. Good food with reasonable pricing.
Hakka Restaurant, 6 Jalan Kia Peng. Tel: +60-3-21431907 or +60-3-21431908 - There are many restaurants serving Hakka food in KL, but this is the only one named "Hakka restaurant" . Located within a stone’s throw from the newly-opened KL Convention Centre the Hakka Restaurant is now at the junction of Jalan Kia Peng and Jalan Bukit Bintang near the Pavilion shopping complex. Hakka Restaurant has been serving up its famous dishes for more than 40 years in KL. Try the chicken, sharksfin and shiitake wrapped in lettuce or the ever-popular stewed pork with steamed mantou dumplings. Patrons may opt for indoor air-conditioned seating or enjoy the breezy night air at the el-fresco section with a cold beer. Be wary as most dishes, even though listed as small, are quite large with two small main courses being more than enough for two people. Most dishes cost MYR20-40 with a few as high as MYR150.
Overseas restaurant, 84-88 Jalan Imbi, Tel+603-21449911
This is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur attracting a clientele ranging from local billionaires to middle class families. The reason is the food is outstanding and if you care to take a little time and book a day or two earlier you can order any number of special dishes that are typically but not necessarily more expensive. Service is haphazard and as prices are cheap, a discrete tip to one of the Captains and the waitress however, will change everything. Favorite dishes here include the 'Har Lok" which are large river prawns cooked in a thick soya based sauce(order well before you arrive at the restaurant), the suckling pig sandwich, the asam fish (your choice of fish, usually pomfret cooked in tangy sauce, Char siew (honey roasted pork- very popular so order at least before you arrive), Ngow Lum (Beef Brisket in Clay pot-advance order day before), Double boiled chicken soup(advance order), Belly of pork braised with salt fish in a clay pot, steamed fish, Roasted baby Duck.The Beggar duck, sweet and Sour Pork and the double fried rice are also delicious although many of the dishes are meant for plain steamed rice.
Al-Esfan, Berjaya Plaza, Jalan Imbi (Monorail Imbi) - A 24-hour Mamak joint offering rice, breads, curries, dips, tandoori chicken, noodles and even pizza (at least in name). Order what you will from any stall, they'll tally your purchases on a chit and you pay when you leave. Roti canai 80 sen/piece, a plate of rice with three curries under RM5.
Passage Thru India, on Jalan Tun Razak right next to the Indonesian embassy is one of the best Indian Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur offering both Northern and Southern Indian food. Favorites here include the Chicken Beriyani, Chicken Tandoori, Chukka Mutton, Fried Fish, Malabar Avial and the slightly expensive but very tasty PTI Prawn masala.
Prego @ The Westin Kuala Lumpur, Ground Floor, 199, Jalan Bukit Bintang 55100 Kuala Lumpur, ☎ 03 2773 8338 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Prego serves tasty regional pastas, deliciously oven-baked pizzas and the latest in creative Italian cuisine. Add some Italian fun to your dining experience, whether it is a power lunch, a dinner for two or a family outing with its famed Sunday Bubbly Brunch.
Kim Gary Beyond, B1F, Avenue K (KLCC LRT) - Popular Hong Kong chain serving up very modern Chinese fare. The locals' favorite is the rather un-Chinese baked rice with cheese (from RM11.90), but how about some borsht, a plate of spicy noodles "Typhoon Shelter" style and a cup of boiled Coke with ginger. Set meals for RM10-20.
Sahara Tent, 87 Jalan Berangan, off Jalan Bukit Bintang (located on the ground floor of Hotel Fortuna). Tel: +60-3-21448310 - Large, authentic and popular Middle Eastern eatery in Ain Arabia, KL's Little Arabia. The giant mezze platter (RM29) will leave two stuffed and a shisha water pipe at RM10 tops off the meal nicely.
Tarbush, 138 Jln Bukit Bintang, Tel: +60-3-21428558; LG 16, Starhill Gallery, Tel: +60-3-21446393; and Lot 19, 2nd Floor Food Court, Suria KLCC - One of the most popular Lebanese/Middle Eastern restaurant. Good food and beautiful decor.
Izzi,  Jalan Sultan Ismail (Opposite Sungai Wang Plaza, right under the Monorail's Bukit Bintang stop). Tel: 60-3-21414111 - The four-floor Izzi Restaurant has pizza, pasta, salad, steak, hainan chicken, tom yam. Drink: frozen coffee, spirits, beers, wine. Opening hours: 11.00 AM to 11.00 PM. Upscale atmosphere. Pizza runs about RM20. Almost looks more like a lounge than a restaurant. Free Wi-Fi.
Twenty One Bar and Kitchen, . Stylish bar and restaurant. Great contemporary food. The bar is very popular at night. Affordable lunch deals at 30rm. Mains 30-60.
EEST @ The Westin Kuala Lumpur, Level 1, 199, Jalan Bukit Bintang 55100 Kuala Lumpur, ☎ 03 2773 8338 (email@example.com), . EEST is a prominent Asian restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. Savour the blend of authentic flavours specially selected from Asian cultures right here in Kuala Lumpur. Indulge in Asian flavours at EEST with a selection of Asian cuisine to delight your palate.
Bistro de Paris, 18-1 Jalan P. Ramlee. Tel: +60-3-21418005 - The French dining experience from aperitif to digestif, ranging from steak frites to crême brulée. Open daily from 11 AM until late. Lunch prix fixe at RM15.95, dinner prix fixe at RM69.95.
El Cerdo,  43-45 Changkat Bukit Bintang, Tel: +60-3-21450511 - German-run eatery with kitschy pig-themed decor specializing in all things pork, particularly Spanish treats like jamón serrano and whole suckling pig, complete with ceremonial plate-breaking. Organic lamb ribs are excellent. Portions are generous and quality is excellent. The place is usually packed and noisy, so book ahead (esp. on weekends).
Hakka Republic Wine Bar & Restaurant, Level 2, Menara Hap Seng, 1-3, Jalan P Ramlee (across the street from the ShangriLa, behind the Mercedes Benz showroom), ☎ 03 2078 9908, . 12-230pm. 5pm-1am. Chic Chinese-themed bar serving an innovative take on reasonably priced Western food This great bar has been getting some very good reviews of late for food, great value and an impressive wine list. Popular dishes include Miso Foie Gras, Foie Gras on Chawan Mushi,Steamed Wagyu beef, Miso Cod and Beef Wellington and some of KL's best Steaks and Burgers. Fridays feature a gourmet 4 course lunch with wines from RM48++.Great LIVE music twice a week including Friday nights ranging from top local musicians to visiting talents.Music is through a collaboration with famed Malaysian percussionist Lewis Pragasam.RM100.
Neroteca,  8 Lorong Ceylon (at the ground floor of Somerset Apartments). Tel: +60-3-20700530. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Italian restaurant and deli, specialized in pork meat. They serve great Italian hearty food with one of the best selection of Italian cured meats and cheeses in South-East Asia, also for take away. Open from 9:30 AM (Tuesdays from 3 PM) until midnight.
Wasabi Bistro,  B1F Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Tel: +60-3-21630968 - Acceptable, Japanese with modern twists, or without, depending on how you navigate the menu. Surprisingly generous portions for a restaurant of this calibre, figure on well over RM100/head for a full meal. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
The Golden Triangle is the party heart of KL. Here, you'll find many of the city's entertainment spots, whether they're dance clubs, karaoke joints or just watering holes. The main party drag is Jalan P. Ramlee near the intersection with Jalan Sultan Ismail, whereas the area between Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Imbi are better known for its Chinese-style hostess nightclubs. For something quieter, Changkat Bukit Bintang offers a few pubs. Most five-star hotels also have clubs and bars.
The area also has its fair share of coffee places, mostly belonging to the usual international or local chains. However, Malaysians usually like to head to "Mamak stalls" to wind down after a night of partying. These can be found almost everywhere, especially where there are many clubs, and you can get teh tarik and other warm bevearage and food like rot canai at these stalls.
Jalan P. Ramlee and environs
Luna Bar at night.
Beach Club, 97 Jalan P Ramlee - Open-air club done up to look like a cheap beachside bar, this is the city's most infamous meat market and pickup joint. The club advertises itself as "Voted Best Bar in Asia" and is busy most nights. Popular with tourists and the well-dressed middle-aged crowd. Weekends often have great live bands but there may be DJs. Frequented by many girls of the night that are after money; not a good place for female tourists. RM50 for men, RM40 for women include 2 drinks.
Luna Bar, Menara PanGlobal 34F, Jalan Punchak (off Jl P. Ramlee). Tel: +60-3-20262211 - Super-chic breezy rooftop bar with a pool in the middle and the best night views in town. Show up early to grab a romantic windowside niche. Drinks RM20 and up, cover charge of RM50 (incl. one drink) may apply on weekends after 9:30 PM.
Rum Jungle, 1 Jalan Pinang (corner of Jalan P Ramlee & Jalan Pinang) - One of the newest clubs in KL, features a spectacular outdoor-bar style area, with great music and hot bar maids.
Nouvo,  16 Jalan P Ramlee - Nouvo seems to not be able to attract crowds away from neighbouring clubs, Beach Club (opposite) and the Thai club (next door).
Poppy Garden, Jalan P Ramlee (Opposite Rum Jungle) - Poppy Garden plays RnB & Hip Hip on Friday nights. A club reserved for younger Asian tourists and locals.
Zouk,  113 Jalan Ampang - A branch of the famous Singaporean club, opened in 2004. Plays dance/house style music on Friday nights and popular with younger clubbers and rich locals (Ferrari parked outside for show). Dress well and in black. RM40 entry for men, RM30 for women (incl. one drink), and RM25+ per drink. Popular on Wednesday nights for Mambo where they play popular music from the 70s and 80s.
Sky Bar, Traders Hotel. Incredible bar with great views over the city and the Twin Towers.Located on the top floor of the Traders Hotel, it is built around the Hotel swimming pool. Loud techno music late at night. Best place to be around sunset. be prepared to pay 5 star hotel prices. One of the best places in town before dinner.$$$.
Qba Latin Bar & Grill, The Westin Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Bukit Bintang, ☎ 03 2773 8338 (email@example.com), . Qba Latin Bar & Grill the only steak restaurant with Latin American flavours in Kuala Lumpur. It’s where you can tuck into imported beef grilled to perfection, classic tapas, signature Mojitos and classic wines. A modern bar with most nights live latin music. Very much upstyle and expensive. Attracts mainly the guests from the 5 star hotels around Bukit Bintang and Imbi.
Twenty One Kitchen and Bar, 20-1 Changkat Bukit Bintang, . Stylish bar and restaurant. Always packed on weekends but also very popular on other nights. Two floors.
Pinchos Tapas Bar, Changkat Bukit Bintang, ☎ +60 3-2145 8482, . 5pm - 2:30am. Pinchos is a great place to meet and mingle over a pitcher of their sangria and plates of their delicious tapas. In the evenings, Pinchos is one of the hottest places to be. After midnight, it really kicks off as patrons try to squeeze in to the restaurant-bar that’s already bursting at the seams. Expect to guzzle down one of their Spanish drinks like the Estrella Damm, the beer of Barcelona or El Gaitero, a Spanish cider while listening to the Latin music and lively atmosphere. Every night feels like a real fiesta at Pinchos.
Frangipani, Changkat Bukit Bintang, . Bar and restaurants. Gay nights on Friday.$$.
Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar, 21 Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Ceylon, KL., ☎ +60 3 2142 2148, . 12pm - 12am (wd), 2am (we). CLosed Monday.. This is a gem of a place, hidden in a backstreet in the heart of KL. A favourite amongst artists, musicians, the creative and eclectic, it's the soulful vibe, 10 toilet door locks and free curry popcorn that gets to you. Try the Oh Boi house cocktail, and check out their film and party nights which happen whenever they feel like it.
Bar Italia, 29 Jalan Berangan (it is the street parallel to Changkat Bukit Bintang), ☎ 03 21444499. 7am till late. This wonderfully designed bar is the brainchild of Paulo Guiati who started Nerovivo and Neroteca. Great concept with excellent choice of wines. Food is authentic Italian but can be erratic along with the service. Busy and noisy on weekends when reservationa are essential. Good following among local expats.$$$.
Sage, Level 6, The Gardens Residences, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur, ☎ 03- 2268 1188. Dinners only. Chef Daniel has now exceeded his master Takashi Kimura and taken Sage to new heights. With a combination of Japanese and Italian flavours, he bring fusion food to a new level of delicateness without compromise. Sage has been attracting hordes of customers from his previous restaurant Cilantro's which is closed for renovation. One of the best restaurants in Kuala Lumpur but expect to spend about RM200-250 per personRM 150-200.
Hakka Republic Wine Bar & Bistro, 2nd Flr, Menara Hap Seng, 1-3 Jalan P.Ramlee (across the road from the side of the ShangriLa), ☎ 03 2078 9908, . 12-2pm; 5-1.30am. Closed Sat lunch and all day Sunday. Chinese themed bar serving great food, an interesting mix of asian and western music and boasting one of KL's best wine lists. Increasingly popular bar because of safe location on 2nd floor with convenient parking in 2 brightly lit basements.Attracts a wide range of customers including local celebrities, tycoons and office workers who come here for the interesting music, reasonable prices and great atmosphere.$.
Although better known for its collection of five-star hotels, the Golden Triangle also has a few budget places offering relatively cheap beds when compared with Chinatown in the City Centre.
In general: watch out for those tiny little spots on bedsheets – they are a good indication for bugs providing an unpleasant night. Such have been reported for example at the Green hut lodge (48 Tengkat Tong Shin) in 2008 and Anjung KL (13 Jalan Tong Shin) in 2009.
Tingkat Tong Shin street is full of budget guesthouses, you can more than 10 of them there.
Hotel Budget Inn,  "74, Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia" Tel:603 2144 217 fax:+603 2145 069 email:firstname.lastname@example.org - Hotel Budget Inn is perfect for those who are looking for value-for-money and clean accommodation after a hard day of travelling and sightseeing. price=" RM30-RM95 (dorm to superior room).
Paradiso, 116-B Jalan Bukit Bintang (In the northwest corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail), ☎ +603 2144 0888 (email@example.com, fax: +603 2144 7677), . Clean and comfortable, and generally nice (but sometimes moody) staff who all seem to live there as well. Includes breakfast (toast, tea/coffee, juice). Shared, but clean facilities.Dorm RM30 per person, air-con double room RM80.
Red Palm,  5 Tingkat Tong Shin (no sign outside building so you have to figure it which building is number five). Tel: +60-3-21431279 - A small hostel in a historical 2-storey building. Basic but clean rooms upstairs and offers broadband Internet and a hang-out lounge downstairs. There is a small bbq area in front of the house. RM30-75 (dorm room to twin double). Downside is there is only 1 combo bathroom shared by all hostel occupants, & reportedly with very weak water pressure. Internet chargeable at RM4.00 per hour. Friendly hosts though.
Bedz KL, Jalan Changkat at Jalan Nagasari. - A brand new hostel with three air-conditioned dorm rooms, RM33 for a bed. Extremely clean. Quality fixtures. Tile floors and natural stone shower stalls with hot water and good water pressure. Free wireless internet. Lounge/bar downstairs with beer cheaper than at 7-11. Friendly and helpful staff. Friends of the owner and the staff come by frequently to hang out. No private rooms.
Rainforest B&B, No. 27 Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari. Boutique budget hotel with dorm bed and private rooms. Beautiful building with tasteful, rain forest-themed decorations.Clean, ice-cold air conditioning, and a spacious common room on the ground floor. Also smaller common rooms with televisions on both floors and small, covered porches with couches on the upper floors. Free wifi, encoded key card entry to rooms. RM39 for a bed, RM115 for private double, RM200 for 4-person family room.
The Green Hut, 48 Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, . Funky Communal hangout area with free pool and internet terminals. Free wifi and breakfast. One of the staff at night has many reports of acting crazy and being rude. Very weird layout where you share air-con with the room next door, both of you get a remote control to control it and there is a big hole in the wall in to the other room - no privacy. WARNING: Still bedbugs as of January 2010.Dorm a/c 25 rm, single a/c 50 rm, double a/c 70rm.
Grand Pacific Hotel, Jln Tun Ismail, 50400, ☎ 6 03 4042 2177, . 111 guest rooms, all equipped with air-conditioner, television and IDD telephone. Facilities and services are business centre, internet service and conference rooms.From MYR 125.28.
The 5 Elements Hotel, Lot 243, Jalan Sultan (Chinatown) (walking distance from Chinatown), ☎ +603 2031 6888, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. A uniquely themed boutique hotel that offers hotel rooms plus highly personalized service. Inspired by traditional Wu Xing (五行) philosophy. Here, water, wood, fire, earth and metal, the Five Elements essential for universal balance, set the theme for a contemporary, chic ambience and a refreshing service experience.
Citin Pudu Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 38 Jalan Pudu (Literally opposite the main bus terminal, Pudu Raya), ☎ +60 3 2031 7777 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +60 3 2031 7911), . checkin: 2.00pm; checkout: 12.00nooon. Right opposite the main bus terminal, walking distance to Chinatown and a short walk to Bukit Bintang. Rooms are cozy with all the expected modcons - 32" LCD flat screen TV, air-condition, an in-room safe, key card locking system and an ensuite bathroom. The Cafe has an internet station, dishes up a good buffet breakfast and has a small but good selection of local dishes. Rates are very reasonable from MYR 110 onwards (rates may vary). Unfortunately, be on the lookout for bedbugs.
Bintang Garden Hotel, 22 & 24 Jalan Bukit Bintang, ☎ +60321431048, . checkin: 1pm; checkout: 12pm. 51 air-con small rooms with free Wi-Fi Internet, hot water, cable TV (very bad signal--don't even bother taking the remote from the lobby). Well situated, but small rooms with bad lighting, a few tiny bed bugs. Don't trust the online reservation system to tell you how many rooms are available.From MYR 161.39.
Bintang Warisan Hotel,  68 Jalan Bukit Bintang. Tel: +60-3-21488111. Fax: +60-3-21482333 - KL hotel that offers traditional look, feel and service. Rooms from MYR 139.
Concorde,  Jalan Sultan Ismail. Tel: +60-3-21442200 - Three-star hotel getting a little scruffy around the edges, but still pretty good value in the RM150-200 price bracket. Pool and all you'd expect, plus the popular Hard Rock Cafe downstairs. Within easy walking distance of Jalan P Ramlee's nightspots, the Bukit Nanas monorail station and the Petronas Towers/KLCC. The rooms in the Premier wing are a bit more expensive than the regular rooms but they offer services and amenities comparable to hotels of higher category for a remarkably lower price. Be careful and do not confuse this with the Concorde Inn, which is 5 minutes from the airport but far from everywhere else!
Hotel Orkid Kuala Lumpur, 300 Jalan Pudu. Tel: +60-3-2144 8033, . A great choice if you're looking for clean, basic rooms in a reasonable location. It has a breakfast lounge and a travel desk, and the usual services like room service, wake-up call, and business services. Rates start at RM86. Be Warned: there are two Hotel Orkids on the same street (they are the same company with the same logo). If you make a reservation online, it will not be valid at the 'Hotel Orkid Inn', and the company will charge the full room rate to your credit card. Make sure you find the correct one!
Prescott Inn Kuala Lumpur, 23 Lorong Medan Tuanku Satu off Jalan Sultan Ismail (2 minutes walk from Medan Tuanku Monorail Station), ☎ +60 3 2718 7887 (email@example.com, fax: +60 3 2718 7887), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. Rooms come with two big beds, 32" LCD TV and also free Wi-Fi access in all the rooms.From MYR 120 onwards.
Seasons' View,  Jalan Alor - In the middle of the hustle and bustle of hawker street Jalan Alor, offering basic rooms starting at RM75.
Sungei Wang Hotel,  74-76, Jalan Bukit Bintang. Tel: +60-3-2148 5255 - Offers comfortable rooms, laundry service and free parking; also has a restaurant that serves authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. From RM 103.
Swiss Garden Residences, 117 Jalan Pudu, 55100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ☎ +603 2141 3333, . Embracing 478 serviced apartments and offering a variety of one bedroom, two bedroom apartment suites and four bedroom penthouse suites.From RM 245.
The Malaysia Hotel, 67-69, Jalan Bukit Bintang, ☎ 03-2144 7733, . 53 air-conditioned rooms with Internet connection, mini-bar, and shower with bathtub. Some of its amenities include 24 Hour Reception & Customer Service Desk, IDD Telephone, and a foot reflexology centre.Rates start at MYR 86.21.
Tune Hotel Downtown KL, 316 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, . Owned by Air Asia so expect low prices, young smiling staff, clean rooms, great bed and extra charges for even minor luxuries (air-con, thick towel, breakfast). Centrally located next to monorail. Prices, as with low-cost airlines, vary depending on when you book. Can be as low as RM10 but usual price for late bookings is around RM90 for single room.
The Federal, 35, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100, ☎ 60321489166, . Fully air-conditioned rooms, all equipped with cable and satellite television and daily supply of newspaper. Facilities and services are Bintang Revolving Restaurant, The Taj Restaurant and The Verandah.From MYR 250.00.
Berjaya Times Square Hotel, 1, Jalan Imbi (Monorail: Imbi), ☎ +60-3-21178000, . Located within the mammoth Berjaya Times Square shopping mall complex. Has a large conference centre.
Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur,  Jalan Sultan Ismail (, Monorail Bukit Bintang, beside Lot 10), tel 60-3-21470088. Offers daily scheduled shuttle service to Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and Aquaria KLCC.
Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur,  160 Jalan Bukit Bintang. Tel: +60-3-21174888. - A haven of warm elegance and gracious hospitality, the Hotel features 468 guestrooms including 30 suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide sweeping views of the city skyline. Hotel facilities include four new and vibrant restaurants and bars, Spa and Fitness Centre, The Executive Club, and 15,000 square feet of function space with the dedicated service of an Events Team. Guests on the Executive Club floor are accorded signature amenities and exclusive privileges that include the service of a Personal Butler. Location is excellent with good access to Sungei Wang Shopping complex, The Pavilion and Starhill. The Grand Millennium has an excellent pork free Chinese restaurant and an excellent Coffee House both of which boast one of the best balanced wine lists in town. Great service!!
Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur,  73, Jalan Raja Chulan. Tel: +60-3-21419988. (Monorail: Raja Chulan) - The lobby is worth a visit in itself but many feel not good enough to warrant a stay. It has all the facilities you would expect from a luxury hotel but in dire need of a good refurbishment.
JW Marriott,  183 Jalan Bukit Bintang. Tel: 60-3-27159000 (Monorail: Bukit Bintang) - Marriott's flagship hotel in Kuala Lumpur, decorated in a Malaysian style and conveniently located on Jalan Bukit Bintang near the shopping district. Connected to the posh Starhill Gallery and just directly opposite Pavilion shopping mall. The Marriott has an outstanding Shanghainese restaurant.
Pavilion Residences,  168 Jalan Bukit Bintang. (Monorail: Bukit Bintang) - Pavilion Residences Kuala Lumpur is a 5 star property that offers luxury apartment style accommodation. Prices start from RM 1,740 per night with a minimum 4 night stay for a luxury three bedroom apartment. Pavilion Residences is located in Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur and is situated on top of the Pavilion Shopping Mall.
Meliá,  16 Jalan Imbi. Tel: +60-3-21428333 (Monorail: Imbi) - Solid if unremarkable four-star hotel opposite Berjaya Time Square and with a Monorail station next door. "Deluxe" rooms are equipped with not just broadband access, but an entire PC! Regular rates from RM200 for two with breakfast. Book online through there webpage to get the best discounts.
Westin,  Jalan Bukit Bintang (opposite Pavilion Mall). Tel: 60-3-27318333. Extremely modern and well-equipped but quite lacking in identity, with nothing but the view to remind you that you're in Malaysia. Great spacious rooms with large bathrooms. Free Internet (Wi-Fi) available in the lobby and adjoining areas. Excellent gym and staffed Kids Club.
KL Plaza Suites,  Jalan Bukit Bintang. Tel: +60-3-21456988
Shangri-La,  11 Jalan Sultan Ismail. Tel: +60-3-20322388. (Monorail: Bukit Nanas) - Started in the early 80's, this is Kuala Lumpur's best hotel with excellent service. It has been kept up to date with the owners continually reinvesting in the property. Rooms are wonderful and very comfortable, internet is free in the room and the hotel. The restaurants in this beautiful property are generally good with the Chinese restaurant actually improving over the years and Zipangu setting some new trends for Japanese dining( although service here is not up to the ShangriLa standards).The Lobby lounge which sadly has lost its classic look is still THE lounge in Kuala Lumpur to enjoy an afternoon tea. The Lafite restaurant is now home to Damon Campbell who has a 'technological' take on many classic dishes.To many in KL, Lafite is among the best restaurants but some find this 'molecular' take leaves them a little wanting. The Lemon Garden Cafe has extremely popular Buffets (book in advance). The location along Jalan P Ramlee/Sultan Ismail is popular and many guests make a beeline for the nearby Menara Hap Seng, an office building which also has an brilliant Bar/Bistro in Hakka Republic and a relatively good(but pricey) Cantonese restaurant in Elegant Inn.
Somerset Ampang Kuala Lumpur, No 187, Jalan Ampang, ☎ +60 3 2723-8888 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +60 3 2723-8999), . The residence is surrounded by embassies, business and financial centres. Offering 207 apartments that range from the studio to three-bedroom layouts with modern kitchen, home entertainment system, LCD screens, iPod docking and wireless internet access Wi-Fi). Daily rates starts from RM 295.
Swiss Garden Hotel & Residences, Tel: +60-3 2141 3333 - 117 Jalan Pudu. Very classy four-star hotel located at the end of Bukit Bintang near the bus station, China town and independence square. Clean and reasonably priced around RM 250 per night.
Ritz Carlton 168, Jalan Imbi - This hotel and residence is connected to Starhill Gallery and hosts the Spa Village, one of the best in Malaysia. All rooms have 24h butler service and most of them have access to an executive lounge with free Internet access and drinks/hors d'oeuvres. For a Ritz the rooms are downright frumpy, but service is good and it IS cheap for a Ritz Carlton. Internet rates from RM380++.
Prince,  4 Jalan Conlay (Monorail: Raja Chulan). Tel: +60-3-21708888 - Large modern hotel and service apartment complex packed with restaurants, convenience store, spa, gym, pool, etc. Internet rates from RM300 with breakfast.
KLCC and Jalan Ampang
Mandarin Oriental,  - Probably with the best location in KL - adjacent to the Twin Towers, a 50 acre park, and the KLCC shopping mall (the largest in central KL and the most fashionable one of the moment). Whilst primarily for business travellers, tourists will be well accommodated for. The restaurants are among the best designed in Kuala Lumpur and include Pacifica a fusion restaurant which gets mixed reviews and the stunning Sultan's lounge which is a very upscale nightspot.There is a nice infinity pool over the park, and to top it all, the rates often undercut some of the other hotels, such as the Westin.
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur,  Tel: +60-3-23329888 - Sister hotel to the Shangri-La, overlooking KLCC and the Petronas Towers. View from the open air bar and pool/spa complex at the top is stunning. Rooms are very well appointed, and rates among the best of the top flight hotels in KL. In house food also very good. Trader's club upgrade entitles you to free drinks, snacks and Internet broadband.
Renaissance,  Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang. Tel: +60-3-21622233 - Five-star hotel at the edge of the Golden Triangle, accessible by monorail (Monorail: Bukit Nanas) and LRT (Putra Line: Dang Wangi). The East Wing ("Superior" rooms) is newer and more modern, while the West Wing ("Deluxe" rooms) are older. Rates from RM250 and up.
Maya,  Jl. Ampang between Petronas Towers (Putra KLCC) monorail (Bukit Nanas). Stylish hotel with spa and amazing view from the loung on the 14th floor. Just across the street from Zouk
Sheraton ImperialJalan Sultan Ismail,Phone: (60)(3) 2717 9900. Situated just beside Asian Heritage Row. Rooms have plasma TV, butler service, walk in closet. Previously a Luxury collection hotel, and the rooms reflect this- nice marble baths with seperate shower, great health club. Restaurants ranging from western to eastern. The hotel also provides shuttle service to KLCC and KL Sentral. May be slightly off the tourist belt but the monorail station is just outside the hotel.
Pavilion Residence,  168 Jalan Bukit Bintang. (Monorail: Bukit Bintang) - The Pavilion Residence is central Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang offers luxury style 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Rates start from MYR 1,700 with a minimum 3 night stay. Pavilion Residence is located aqbove the Pavilion KL Shopping Mall in Bukit Bintang.
The Royal Chulan, ☎ 60 3 2688 9688, . Brimming with remnants of Malaysia’s storied past and boasting a vivid parade of contemporary treats, The Royale Chulan is truly a place where heritage meets modern, business-friendly luxuries. From the high-pitched tiled roofs to the expansive contoured courtyard, the hotel carries an elegance and ambience one can easily appreciate. It offers a selection of five-star guestrooms that come inclusive with an impressive array of modern amenities and lavish fixtures.
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