This is where all cool things collide: independent boutiques, genre-bending restaurants and city-strutters.
Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)
Home to the indie movement, TTDI has birthed some of the best artisanal cafés, neighbourhood bars and underground gigs.
In this mall, head to Malaysian-born, Paris-based Jonathan Liang’s Dude and the Duchess. It also shares a space with Shoes Shoes Shoes – clean, refrained silhouettes, and a party on your feet.
1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas (+60 3 6207 9426; visit the website for more information).
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A cultural gifts and home décor brand inspired by Malaysian culture and customs. Everything is pretty: greeting cards, totes, pillow covers.
8 Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar (+60 3 2283 4698; visit the website for more information).
Among various excellent stalls at this market, Ah Weng Koh Hainan Tea’s toast is your best bet for breakfast.
8 Jalan Melati, Bukit Bintan.
Pudu Wai Sek Kai
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Avoid the crowds at Jalan Alor and go here for great street food at half the price. It’s a raucous scene that looks straight out of an Anthony Bourdain food documentary – with most stalls starting from 5pm. Start with the hakka noodles.
Jalan Sayur, Pudu.
Heli Lounge Bar
Drink in your cocktail and the 360-degrees skyline view of KL at this Instagram-worthy watering hole that’s helipad by day, bar by night. You can’t miss the aviation theme here – the DJ console has been constructed from parts of an actual refurbished Boeing 747 and a reconstructed Boeing 737 cabin seat.
Level 34, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail (+60 3 2110 5034; visit the website for more information).
Omakase + Appreciate
A basement bar, speakeasy-style. Once you’ve locked down the location, reward yourself with cocktails created by the award-winning mixologists Shawn chong and Karl Too.
Bangunan Ming Annexe (+60 3 2022 2238; visit the website for more information).
Join a walking tour around the only remaining Malay village smack dab in the city to have survived the onslaught of development.
Fnd the guided walk information at visitkl.gov.my.
Get down and dirty with street
eats, pre-war shophouses and colonial kopitiams (traditional Malaysian Chinese coffee shops). This is KL’s kilometre zero, if you will.
Fnd the guided walk information at badanwarisan.org.my.
Photo: Hizwan Hamid
This spot on Jalan Doraisamy has it all – excellent Nyonya fare, coffee, art and a pop-up bar (if you can find it).
If the pub-crawl scene at changkat gets too much, this street is your answer for a chilled night out.
A cultural hub seething with superlative banana-leaf rice joints, temples, blind massage centres and an art gallery set in a pre-war shophouse.
Go KL is a free public bus service within central KL; you’ll hit Bukit Bintang, KLcc, Pasar Seni and many more.
For more great ideas on where to go, check out Time Out Kuala Lumpur.