Photo: Tis the season to spend money.

Shopping in KL

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Roughly a quarter of all the money tourists spend in Malaysia every year goes on shopping—a figure second only to accommodation. Spend some time strolling around KL and it is easy to see how this can happen.





Most of KL’s retail activity these days is carried out in massive air-con malls, which have become one of the city’s number one leisure destinations. The most popular central ones include Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC. They all offer much the same selection of local and international brands. The pick of the bunch is Pavilion, mainly because of its sense of space—it also has quite good cinemas. The malls can also be good for eating—don’t turn your nose up at mall eating as being some how “inauthentic” and there are no shortage of decent (and affordable ... and air-con) meals to be had.

Ahhhh air-con. Photo taken in or around Shopping in KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Ahhhh air-con. Photo: Stuart McDonald

When it comes to electrical goods, KL’s biggest central hub is Low Yat Plaza. The prices are about as keen as it gets in the city, with some built-in wiggle room for small discounts. But still, do not be surprised if you see the same camera or phone for less money when you get back home—and always compare the prices to what you might spend online. Low Yat is a five minute walk from both Bukit Bintang monorail station and Bukit Bintang LRT line.

In terms of books, Kinokuniya in Suria KLCC is the foremost book shop in Kuala Lumpur. It offers a solid range of English language fiction and non-fiction, and vast travel and food sections (among many others). This should be every book-lover’s first stop in KL.

Low Yat: Do be sure to compare the prices to what you’d pay online. Photo taken in or around Shopping in KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Low Yat: Do be sure to compare the prices to what you’d pay online. Photo: Stuart McDonald

If you don’t want to make the trek over to KLCC, there is a far smaller Times outlet in Pavilion Mall. A third option for books is the Junk Bookstore at 78 Jalan Tun H.S. Lee in Little India—described as one of the largest second hand bookstores in Malaysia, prices can be quite high, but it may be worth a ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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