Once in Malaysia, shopping is a must. Be amazed by the variety of goods available for you to choose from ranging from sophisticated, high technology equipment to avant-garde couture displayed and sold in spacious and comfortable shopping malls throughout the nation to the unique knickknacks sold in the jam-packed back-lanes.
Bukit Bintang :
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang is as shiny as its name implies ("Bintang" is Malay word for "star"). With rows of shopping centres along with its new western-style Bintang Walk, Bukit Bintang renews its long-time excitement to become one of the most happening places in the city.The place becomes very lively especially at nights and on weekends.
Due to its proximity to the central business district, Bukit Bintang is also busy during lunch hour on working days. as office workers come for a brisk lunch trade or a quick shopping trip. Professionals in their suit, men and women, on their way home pass, backpacking tourists and better dressed expatriate crowd on the town, not forgetting youngsters even family members jammed in Bintang Walk.
Cesars, Starbucks, Coffee Bean, Kenny Rogers, Piccolo Mondo, Schlotzsky's, naming a few, all are ready to cater to everyone's needs. For a change into a commercial sounds, the largest artiste restaurant chain in the world, Planet Hollywood is just next door. Planet Hollywood boasts some of the best local cover bands in the city amid some of the most expensive movie memorabilia in the world.
If Gucci, Giorgio Armani and Versace rank amongst your favourite brands, Starhill is the place for you. This is the Kuala Lumpur's palace of infinite indulgence. A wonderland of absolutely wow. Adding extra luster is stylish Tang's department store, which offers lots of bargain for customers. And once you have done with Starhill, give a visit to Lot 10, another giant shopping centre. Isetan, as the main tenant in Lot 10, offers variety of goodies, ranging from clothing,
Attractions Points of Shopping
Chinatown is a heaven for bargain hunters. The lively Jalan Hang Lekir is filled with stalls, hawkers and traders offering from authentic Chinese clogs to not-so-authentic "Designer watches" right down to Christian Dior perfume. The latest trends are readily available and at a fraction of the original price too! This heart of Chinatown is home to a wealth of old-style shops and stalls.
Shops here offer a variety of textiles, clothes, shoes, and handbags at bargain prices. The area is also known for its jewellery items beautifully crafted in gold and set with priceless gemstones. Nepalese traders offer exotic ethnic jewellery , wall hangings, ornaments, curios, and teapots from India and Myanmar. Makeshifts and mobile stores jam the streets with their offerings of dried foodstuff, herbs, fruits, flowers and herbal remedies.
Jalan Masjid India
One of the oldest parts of the city, Jalan Masjid India is the original shopping haven that has dated back over a century ago. Its name is derived from a mosque built in 1870 for the Indian Muslim population settling there at the times when tin-mining was booming.
Also known as 'Little India', this shopping bazaar is only a hundred metres away from Masjid Jamek and parallel to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. The area actually starts from the cluster of Malay shops known as Wisma Yakin in which you can find some of the best tailors in town. Restaurants and hawkers selling Malay and Indian food are also available along the street to satisfy your thirst and hunger. Other facilities here include banks, money changers, police station, internet cafes, and sidewalk benches.
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, or fondly known among local folks as Jalan TAR, is popular for those looking for textiles and apparels. The main shopping area here stretches from Jalan Dang Wangi junction to Jalan Tun Perak, with rows of shops on each side of the road providing some of the best bargains in town. The area is especially busy before Hari Raya, as most of the shops will be giving special offers and discounts.
One can also shop for items that come from fashion centers of the world. They are items like designer collections, elegant footwear, exclusive watches, optical items, and quality fabrics. Electrical appliances, electronic equipment, computers, and cameras are available too.
Special Bonanza : Duty - Free Shopping
An added bonus is duty-free shopping which is available at major entry points and gateway cities like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Padang Besar, Bukit Kayu Hitam. Adding to the lure is Pulau Langkawi and Labuan which have been granted duty-free status. "Pasar malam" or night market (bazaar style) offers a different kind of shopping experience. As soon as the sun goes down, traders roll out their mats, set up their tables and display their wares. You have to negotiate and bargain the price. You will find anything from Malaysian food to traditional herbal medicine.