Big, bustling and bursting with cultural influences from around the world, Kuala Lumpur is one of our favorite city breaks in Southeast Asia. Where else can you find superb shopping, dining and nightlife in a modern metropolitan setting, yet still be close to pockets of natural tropical beauty, historic colonial architecture and traditional Asian culture? For traveling foodies and fans of the after-dark scene, we give you the ultimate UrbanJourney Guide to Kuala Lumpur.
For the business traveler: Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur, +60 (3) 2032 2388
Luxury: Villa Samdhi, +603 9212 0372
Boutique: Aloft, +60 3-2723 1188
Local haunts: Sambal Hijau, +60 3 7731 2045
Modern Malay cuisine: Dewakan, +60 3 5565 0767
Fun gastronomical experience: Babe, +60 3 2095 8599
Trendy: The Vault, +60 1 2465 0551
Fancy cocktails: PS150, +60 3 2022 2888
For the hipster in you: Barlai, +60 16-681 0671
Expats party at: Pisco Bar, +60 3 2142 2900
Newest club: Red Room, +60 1 4263 0208
You can never go wrong at: Zouk, +60 3-2110 3888
If you have a few days, stay at Bamboo Village, which offers a kampung style retreat like no other. More details here.
Enjoy being adventurous and being outdoors? Jungle mountain treks, waterfall treks and more. More details here
Drive 1-2 hours away from the city and escape to The Banjaran Hot Springs, the best resort around.
Located in KL’s central market, Precious Old China is a blast from the past with an eclectic collection of antiques, crystal chandeliers, teak cabinets and art pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries. The food also plays homage to the past with traditional Peranakan dishes that fuse Chinese flavors with Malay spices and character.