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Kuala Lumpur, the commercial hub of Malaysia, abounds with a vibrant blend of shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities for visitors. Shopping establishments display a wide range of goods rivaling that of major cities elsewhere while the local passion for food is evident in its numerous dining spots. At dusk a whole spectrum of entertainment beckons fun-loves to a world of pulsating rhythms and flashing colors.

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur promises variety, value and convenience. There is a bewildering range of shopping establishments catering for every taste and budget, which includes modern air-conditioned shopping malls, department stores, hypermarkets, shopping arcades, specialty stores, handicraft centers, duty-free shops, bazaars and night markets. Among the items high on the shopping list of tourists are pewter, batik, duty-free items, electrical products, pret-a-porter attire, sportswear and handicrafts.  A novel experience for overseas visitors is the night markets or 'pasar malam' which begin their trading activities in the late afternoon. These open-air markets feature hawker stalls that sell a variety of local produce, foodstuff, clothing and cakes, Haggling is a common practice. Street artists and traditional medicine vendors are an entertaining sight here.

The Shopping Carnival, an annual sale held in October/November in Kuala Lumpur and other major cities in Malaysia is an opportune time to pick up great bargains. There are several principal shopping precincts in the city. The most popular is the area bounded by Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Imbi in the vicinity of the hotel belt. Other popular areas are Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Cheng Lock, Petaling Street, Jalan H.S. Lee and Bangsar.

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Bukit Bintang is indisputably one of the city's foremost shopping districts offering a multitude of merchandise to suit everytaste and budget. The cities major shopping outlets are located in this area namely Sungei Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Imbi Plaza, Lot 10, Starhill Plaza and Kuala Lumpur Plaza.

One of KL's oldest shopping centers, Bukit Bintang Plaza still attracts the crowds with its offerings of local and international goods comprising clothes, fashion accessories, footwear, sports goods, electrical equipment, pharmaceutical products, computers and furniture.

A stylish and well integrated shopping mall, Low Yat Plaza joins the cream of favorite retail and entertainment establishments in the heart of Bukit Bintang offering a spectrum of fashion, food and family recreation as well as thematic concepts. The conceptual themes encompasses BB Chinatown and Computer City which offers the last in computer paraphernalia.
   Alongside Low Yat Plaza is the reintroduction of BB Park which brings to life the wonderful yester-years and fond memories. BB Park features an outdoor beer garden, pizzeria, a food village, a tantalizing menu of local and international cuisines, local handicraft stalls and a potpourri of cultural performances nightly!.

Adjacent to JW Marriot Hotel, Starhill Plaza is a stylish building with marble flooring and guided banisters. It has six floors of retail outlets, mostly exclusive boutiques with the Tangs Department Store as the anchor tenant.

Integrated with the adjacent Bukit Bingang Plaza, Sungei Wang Plaza is a magnet for all shoppers in the city. This perennially popular shopping centre houses many retail outlets offering an incredible assortment of goods catering for all tastes and budgets.

Located beside Sungei Wang Plaza along Jalan Imbi, this is the place for those who are interested in computer hardware and software. Take your time to check out the latest computer products at the numerous shops here.

LOT 10
This huge shopping mall with its distinctive green and blue striped facade caters to up-market shoppers. Shoppers will have no problem finding their favorite branded designer items. Isetan is the anchor tenant.

Sandwiched between Lot 10 and Starhill Plaza, Kl Plaza is a good place to shop for exclusive watches, traveling bags, designer shoes and jewellery. Tower Records the huge music retail outlet located here is a treasure trove of audio-visual items for music buffs.

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Close to KL Tower, the weld is known for its fashionable boutiques, optical shops, textile retail outlets and perfumeries.

Komplex Budaya Kraf

   A handicraft complex at Jalan Conlay, it houses top names is local handicrafts. Here, you can look out for that chic batik outfit, ponder over the variety of home decor items, or delight in finding the perfect gift to bring back home!

   On the ground floor of the complex, you can dabble in some paints and wax to create your own batik piece. At the far end of the landscaped grounds is the artists' colony where you can see artists at work or buy their paintings.

   The complex is equipped with visitor facilities, including telephone booths and a restaurant.

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This stretch of road is flanked on both sides by pre-war buildings whose interesting facades have been preserved and re-adapted for modern businesses, mostly retailing. Walk through the archways of these shops for an immersion into a shopping and cultural experience that goes back several decades. Major shopping centers within this area are.

   A major landmark along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the Sogo Department Store is modern and well patronized for its quality goods. The selective tenant mix includes fashion boutiques, house-hold famishing, shoes stores, travel agencies, gift shops, cosmetic counters, jewelers and restaurant.

Globe Silk Store, Kamdar and Tang Ling
These stores, located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, offer affordable shopping for those on a budget. Popular items are adults apparel, children's clothes, textiles, furnishing and bric-a-brac.

Pertama Complex
   One of the earlier shopping complexes in the city, it has mid to budget priced items such as sportswear, shoes, handbags, watches, photographic equipment and electronic goods. One of the older shopping centers in town, this complex caters to those looking for budget priced items.

   Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman is closed to traffic between 5pm-10pm every Saturday and transforms into a night market where petty traders and kawkers sell an assortment of goods in the open air. The nightmarket offers visitors an interesting place to walk through and perhaps pick up some casual attire, local products, clothing as well as sample some local delicacies.

Jalan masjid India

   Running parallel to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, this street is lined by shops selling Indian items such as sarees, sandlewood oil, bangles, silver anklets, gold jeweler, brassware and Indian silver tableware. Other items include religious materials, handicrafts, herbs and perfumed oils.


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Located within KL's diplomatic enclave the Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak area is served by prestigious shopping complexes that boast international names as well as quality local products. Shoppers looking for upmarket merchandise will find numerous outlets here.

Suria KLCC
   Located in the ultra-modern Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) the Suria Shopping Complex tops the list as one of the city's trendiest and classiest shopping complex. Bright and cheery with a stylized logo of the from which it gets its name, Suria's neighbor is the majestic Petronas Twin Towers, currently the tallest in the world.

City Square
   Comprising a hotel, office building and shopping complex, City Square caters for the varied needs of the modern shopper. The shopping complex is situated at the bustling junction of Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak. Within its 2 million sq ft of commercial area is a wide range of shops which include beauty salons, art galleries, exclusive boutiques and travel agencies.

Ampang Park Shopping Complex
   Situated across the road from City Square and Ampang plaza, the Ampang Park Shopping Complex is one of KL's earliest shopping centers. This is reflected in the fine and extensive assortment of goods and services offered, of which photographic items, costume accessories and apparel appeal to its shoppers.

Ampang Plaza
   Housed within this Plaza is a wide selection of specialty stores offering goods ranging from designer items to products for daily needs. This shopping center is part of an integrated complex together with the adjoining City Square and Crown Princess Hotel.

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