For those who doesn’t know me or new to the blog (welcome!), I lived in Kuala Lumpur all my life and moved to Sydney in 2006. I am currently residing in San Francisco with my husband and my 12 year old Staffordshire bull terrier, but KL and Sydney are home to me.
There is no place like KL. It is a city that is ever so laid back but modern at the same time. It will never be as popular and glamorous as Singapore but I wouldn’t want it to be. Malaysian food is my favorite and I love how friendly Malaysians are.
I have been seeing more interest among friends to visit my home city so the time is due for a good guide to KL.
Things to know about KL
Malaysians are super friendly and speak good English.
LRT, MRT and Grab are the best mode of transportation. Affordable and reliable.
Malaysia is Muslim country but Kuala Lumpur is a modern westernized city. It gets really hot so summer clothing is the way to go. There is no need to be "modest" unless you are visiting a religious site. But IMO bikini tops, low plunging neckline or cropped tops will be deemed "too revealing" so I do not recommend them.
Like any major cities worldwide, please be cautious with your personal belongings. If you carry a handbag, make sure to sling it across your body and secure the opening of your back. If you do not carry a bag, ensure your wallet is on the front of your pants.
Tropical rain is a daily occurrence in late afternoon, but it goes away and cools the temperature down
Dinner is a nice time to walk around because it doesn't get too hot after the rain
Petronas Twin Tower - You need to get a ticket early in the morning to visit the tower for a later time on the same day, I remember I went at 7/8am to get a ticket for 3pm.
Batu Caves - Recently has become a very Instagrammable spot due to the newly painted stairs. It is located a little out of the city. The closest train station Terminal Putra and take a Grab from there, or just take a Grab all the way.
Botanical Gardens - Only if you are into flowers and butterflies
KL Tower - I would pick Petronas Twin Tower over this.
I highly recommend hotels around Bukit Bintang or near KLCC as these are where the action are. Once you are in the vicinity, you can walk everywhere.
Food (the best part about KL)
Foodcourts and hawker stalls: Hutong foodcourt in Lot 10 mall, Jalan Alor, Pavillion mall and KLCC mall have decent foodcourts, Petaling Street
Kopitiams (traditional coffee shop): *Yut Kee, Ho Kow Kopitiam
New-ish cafes for brunch or dinner: Merchant Lane, Leaf & Co, VCR, *Pulp by Papa Palpheta
Coffees: XCoffee, Feeka, Transparent Coffee, Jao Tim, LimKee
Dinner: *Chocha Foodstore, *Isabel, Lucky Tora, Joloko, *Open House, Bijan
Cocktails: *Botak Liqour, *PS150 , *Pahit
*my go to/highly highly recommended