Kuala Lumpur is renowned across the globe as a tourist hub. People from all over the world, prefer to spend their vacations here. Also, being regarded as the shopper’s heaven, Kuala Lumpur has also achieved the 4th position by CNN as a best shopping place. The world’s shopping map now also constitutes the name of Kuala Lumpur, along with London, New York and Tokyo. Shopping in Kuala Lumpur is considered as one of the must-to-do activity for tourists.
Hence, it has achieved this ranking for having legions of shopping centres, malls and street markets, spread all over the city. The best of everything is found here from international branded goods to local products that includes cell phones, clothing, jewelry, shoes, bags and etc. The Malaysian currency Ringgit is cheaper than the Aussie and US dollars and therefore, it is one of the many reasons that people are attracted to Kuala Lumpur.
Best Shopping Places in Kuala Lumpur
One can opt for shopping in KL from the huge, classy malls to the street markets. From big brands and international chains to local products, you shall find each and everything here. Shopping in Kuala Lumpur fits in to everyone’s budget, either who love to buy branded stuff or local stuff.
In order to make it easier for you we have discussed below about the shopping places, so that you may know where you have to go:
Shopping Malls in Kuala Lumpur
There are a large number of shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. Each and every shopping mall has been designed and constructed beautifully. Even if you are not a Shopaholic, but you would love to take a tour of the malls out here.
Kuala Lumpur hosts more than 8 top malls in the center of the city. The Klang Valley area is simply 20 minutes drive away from the main city and is a home of around 12 other shopping centers. The best shopping places in Kuala Lumpur i.e. the malls here have complexes within where you shall find big box retailers, local boutiques, indie labels and top-notch brands. Every mall has a number of exclusively different stores, providing a different ambiance as well as as diverse Kuala Lumpur shopping experience.
The top famous malls of Kuala Lumpur are good at updating their stock with the best and contemporary designs and products. You shall find the optimum collection of top brands, including the mid-range labels too, like H&M, Forever 21, Jimmy Choo, Topshop, Coach and Agent Provocateur. Furthermore, along with the great shopping experience, you can also enjoy at the attractions, within the malls, which include laser tag, bowling and archery. If you are at the popular Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall, then don’t forget to visit the indoor theme park.
The most recommended malls for an ultimate shopping in Kuala Lumpur include Berjaya Time Square, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, The Gardens Mall, Suria KLCC Shopping Centre, Pavilion Shopping Mall and Star Hill Gallery.
Shopping Places and Street Markets in Kuala Lumpur
Street Markets are considered as one of the best shopping places in Kuala Lumpur. If you are seeking to get some experience related to authentic Malaysian culture, then the street markets are ideal in this case. You shall find here fresh products, lifestyle items, decoration items, jewelries at very reasonable prices, accessories, clothing and hand crafted items.
The street markets are an excellent choice for shopping, if you are bored with the traditional style of shopping at shopping malls. These markets are opened when the sun rises and you can shop here until past midnight.
Sometimes these street markets have really hot and humid atmosphere, so you should wear comfy shoes and clothes and keep loads of water with you. The street markets can be easily reached through LRT or monorail trains as they are located within the city center.
Petaling Street is the famous street market in Chinatown KL, where you shall get everything at very cheap prices. The Chow Kit Market is especially popular for buying fresh seafoods, vegetables and fruits. Other known street markets are Jalan Imbi Market, Kasturi Walk, Kampung Baru Sunday Market, which is operating since 1899.
Other renowned shopping places in Kuala Lumpur, where you can shop for some good cultural and other local products include the Central Market, Malaysia Heritage Walk, Peter Hoe Beyond, Kota Raya Shopping Complex.
Places to Buy Souvenirs and Gifts in Kuala Lumpur
Shopping in Kuala Lumpur for souvenirs and gifts can be done easily for your family and friends back home. It is highly recommended that when you return back to your home, you should take something as a gift for your loved ones. Something that best represents the rich culture of Kuala Lumpur could be an ideal gift.
You shall find the best stuff at different prices at street markets, shopping malls and at other shopping centers too. A great variety of cultural souvenirs, which can also be used at home or some ornamental objects for the home décor can be found easily.
Royal Selangor is one of the ideal places to buy gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones in KL. You shall also find some great stuff, which can be presented as a corporate gift. It is basically a pewter manufacturer and retailer dealing in jewelry, figurines, key chains, pen-holders, small vases and other useful stuff. On the street stalls and markets, you can buy wood carving and pottery stuff, which include mugs, jars, statues, carved wooden crockery pieces and frames having carvings of the famous attractions of Kuala Lumpur.
At the Islamic Arts Museum, you can buy calligraphic paintings, wood sculptures, handicrafts and mosque replica. If you are really a fan of art and history, then it is the place to be and buy some exclusive souvenirs. In the Central Market, there is a shop named “I LOVE KL”, you shall find a vast variety of souvenirs and gift items here like T-shirts, mugs, frames, key chains and other handcrafted stuff. However, handcrafted and I LOVE KL labeled souvenirs and gifts can also be bought from different stalls of street markets.
Apart from all these you can also shop for souvenirs and gifts in Kuala Lumpur from Mun Lai Signs Gifts & Souvenirs, One Ten Souvenirs and Premium Gift Souvenir. They have their online store as well and hence, you can place your order online too.
KL Shopping Tips
If you are in Kuala Lumpur on a limited budget, then it is better for you to shop from the Street Markets and Shopping Centers, rather than going to big malls and buy expensive stuff. You can shop for branded stuff may be from your home country too or order online. Remember, the fun and excitement of exploring the famous attractions of KL should not be missed. So, instead of spending on shopping at malls, shop for stuff that are available at affordable prices. However, don’t miss out to explore the big malls, click pictures and make a great memory.
When you go for shopping in Kuala Lumpur at street markets, always wear shoes and clothing that are comfy, because the atmosphere there often becomes quite hot and humid. So, if you want to shop calmly, then wear light dresses, so that you feel light too, while roaming around there.
Money Exchange in Kuala Lumpur
You can easily get the currency exchanged in Kuala Lumpur. You don’t have to necessarily get it exchanged at the airport. The best thing is that you can exchange currency at the money changer booth, which are easily found on the popular streets of KL. Furthermore, you shall find many money exchanges in nearly all shopping centers and malls in Kuala Lumpur.
In KLCC, you might them near the train station on the bottom floor and also in Berjaya Time Square. Vital Rate Sdn Bhd currency exchanger is available at the Pavilion Mall, you can get your currency exchanged from there. Also, at the Mid Valley Mega Mall, you shall find MV Forex, My Money Master, Max Money and Maybank currency exchanger.
However, everywhere in the entire Kuala Lumpur, you shall find money exchangers, all you have to do is to get the currency exchanged from the one offering the best rates. Getting your currency exchanged is very much necessary for shopping in Kuala Lumpur with a peace of mind and full pocket.
Hope the above discussed guide about shopping in Kuala Lumpur, will assist you on your tour. Plan your vacations accordingly and especially if you are a Shopaholic then definitely, you would love to spend your time here on shoppings, along with exploring Kuala Lumpur attractions.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, which will be held in July 2016-August 2016.