I visited Kuala Lumpur for the first time in December 2018 and spent a jam packed 2 weeks there! A few months ago I visited for a second time and ‘lived’ there for 2 months, with my boyfriend who was studying there. Here are 9 things to do in Kuala Lumpur… or at least is what we got up to during those 2 months 😄.
1. Markets in Chinatown
I mean you can’t really go anywhere in Asia without visiting street markets can you? Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur has many different markets, all within walking distance! We spent a day exploring 3 different markets. We took the LRT to Pasar Seni station, from there 2 of the markets are a 5m walk away!
We started with Kasturi Walk, an outdoor market, with a mix of clothes and food stalls. There was also a stall at the beginning with some very beautiful crockery, I wish I had space to bring some back with me! We were on the hunt for some breakfast when we came across a stall that sold bakery products and fresh juices! I had a coffee bun, which was basically a large soft bun coated in a sweet coffee glaze 😅 and had a sweet creamy filling. TBH I didn’t really taste the coffee much, but I did try a coffee bun from Aeon supermarket and it was delicious 😋 I’d walk back for one of them!
Also there was a pop up coffee shop called A Good Street Cafe that had a variety of uniques coffee and boba drinks. The thing I was most excited about? They had soy milk! Soy milk in coffee is very hard to find in Malaysia unless you go to Starbucks, so I was really excited! I had an iced charcoal coffee with soy milk and boy it hit the spot 👌🏽.
Central Market is right next to Kasturi Walk and it’s an indoor market. This one had a completely different vibe, it seemed more traditional? Or like a more old style market. I enjoyed this market more for souvenir or gift shopping, there were so many cute little shops with interesting trinkets or decorative items. Reminded me a bit of the indoor markets in Camden 😅 there was even a similar store to one in Camden with lanterns!
The main reason we wanted to visit Chinatown was to go to Petaling Street! We had heard there are many food stalls here and it didn’t disappoint! This market was so much bigger than the rest, it wasn’t just on street, it had streets coming off it too!
There were also many shops lining the market and hidden cafes! We ended up having lunch at one of their food courts, I had a delicious seafood noodle dish that looked amazing!
Old China Kafe
Ok so this isn’t a market, but I thought it was worth mentioning. It’s a restaurant, despite it’s name 😄 that’s round the corner from Petaling Street. And it’s one of the first authentic Chinese restaurants in KL. Unfortunately we’d already eaten, otherwise would have loved to try the food here. But instead we had some tea and tried a Chinese dessert called Sago Pearls with coconut milk!
2. Petronas towers + Light Show
I mean, you can’t really visit Kuala Lumpur without seeing the Pertonas Towers can you? These twin towers were completed in 1996 and they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 – 2004 standing at 451.9 m (1,483 ft). Yeah that’s tall! I actually saw them for the first time when I went to Malaysia in 2018, we visited during the daytime.
But during my second visit, I had the chance to visit them at night; and I’m telling you it’s such a completely different experience seeing them all lit up ✨. It’s definitely worth visiting during the day and night if you cane!
If you are visiting at night then you might as well stay for the light show! If you walk through the towers to the other side, you will see a large ‘pond’. Every evening at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 there is a water light show here and it’s so beautiful to watch! It lasted roughly half an hour. But it really is lovely to relax on the grass and watch!
3. Picnic in KLCC Park
One Sunday, when we failed to get up early enough to visit the Batu caves, we decided to have a picnic in KLCC park. Right behind the Petronas towers this park is a natural oasis right in the heart of the city! We packed some snacks, had a picnic and just walked around the park, enjoying the nature 🍃.
4. Hike Wawasan Hill Trail
Speaking of nature…. did you know you can go on a stunning nature hike, that’s only 30m away from the city?? I didn’t either! This hike was recommended to us by one of my boyfriend’s classmates and it did not disappoint!
It’s called the Wawasan Hill Trail and there are several routes you can take, but we followed the blue tree marks and they lead us through some stunning greenery all the way to a beautiful waterfall! It took about 1 and a half hours to get to the waterfall and the same coming back. The beginning part is a bit rocky and steep but it’s just the first 10 minutes, after that it’s a pretty easy trail, mostly flat ground!
Trust me I am not the most athletic person at all but I honestly loved this trail, I thoroughly enjoyed spending so much time in nature, getting some exercise and being rewarded with this beautiful waterfall:
5. Sunway Lagoon Theme park
Who doesn’t love being a kid and spending the day in a theme park?? Not the most cultural thing to do but definitely fun! Sunway Lagoon is a massive theme park complete with a waterpark, zoo and Nickelodeon themed rides!
You can book tickets online, to avoid long queues! They do charge more for foreigners but I booked my ticket through the Klook app which helped me save 10%. It cost 200RM (€40) for a standard day pass, I paid 180RM (€35). My boyfriend was lucky and got in for free because he was a student at Sunway college.
I recommend going early and spending the whole day there. There is soo much to see and do! From rides to activities, bungee jumping, ATV rides and much more! There’s even a canopy walk that goes across the park, 428m long and 60 feet high!
6. Spend a day in a Mall
You can’t really avoid malls in Malaysia! Even in the Petronas towers there’s a massive mall! I spent a lot of my time in malls, especially when my boyfriend was busy with classes, his college campus was even attached to a mall! 😅 But tbh some of the best food I have in Malaysia was in a mall! There is even a Michelin star restaurant inside a mall where we had some amazing soup dumplings that were to die for! You can find authentic food courts in malls too so it’s worth checking them out!
7. Visit a Cat Cafe
You can find a few cat cafes in KL! Me and my boyfriend are big cat lovers, so for his birthday I surprised him with a trip to a cat cafe! We went to Purradise Cat Cafe:
This specific cafe rescues cats and gives them a home. They are also up for adoption too! They are all very well looked after and fed an organic diet! When I visited there were about 20 cats living there.
You pay for entrance: a 1 hour visit including a drink. For every food item you order you get an extra 15m. But you can also pay for a full day visit and spend you day working surrounded by cats! Visit their website for more info on prices: https://purradise.my/
8. KL Tower for 360 views
Kuala Lumpur city has a very impressive skyline, including the famous Petronas Towers. If you’re looking for a great views of KL from high up, then the KL Tower is your spot!
At 420m high, with a 360º observation deck it really is the perfect spot to appreciate the KL skyline. They even have the Sky Deck: glass suspension boxes that allows you to appreciate just how high you really are! It also make for a great Instagram photo, if you’re not afraid of heights that is 😉
There is also a SkyCafe where you can enjoy a refreshing drink, 421m above KL!
9. Weekend Trip from KL
If you are in Kuala Lumpur for a while, it’s a great city to easily take a weekend trip from. There are so many places in Malaysia that are easy to reach from Kl, either by car, plane or train! During my first visit to KL we basically road tripped the west of Malaysia. We went to:
- Melaka City
- Cameron Highlands
- Langkawi Island
I have separate blog posts on our visits to these places in my Malaysia category!
During my second visit to KL, we flew to Kota Kinabalu, the seaside capital of Malaysia Borneo. The main attraction here for me was island hopping!
We also spent a weekend visiting Singapore! Did you know you can take a bus from KL lto Singapore?? It’s a lot cheaper than the plane but also a lot more hassle! So you gotta weigh up the pros and cons! I go more into detail in Weekend Trips You Need to Take from KL .
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