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10 things to do in KL this week
Things to do

10 things to do in KL this week

Looking for things to do? Read on for our guide to the week's best events

Best alternative fitness classes and workouts in KL
Sport and fitness

Best alternative fitness classes and workouts in KL

Tired of your regular gym routine and the treadmill? Getting fit doesn't have to mean hitting the gym all the time

Best bits of KL: Pekan Sungai Besi in Sungai Besi
Things to do

Best bits of KL: Pekan Sungai Besi in Sungai Besi

As if time has held Pekan Sungai Besi hostage, the town has remained fairly untouched for the past 80 years

Guide to APW
Things to do

Guide to APW

Once upon a time, 29 Jalan Riong might have been alive with the sound of printing machines; now it’s dominated by lively chatter coupled with the clinking of glasses and cutleries.

KL's top café designers
Restaurants

KL's top café designers

The Time Out KL team speaks to the design houses behind some of the most instagrammable cafés in the city such as Breakfast Thieves, Foo Foo Fine Desserts and Merchant's Lane.

What’s on this week in KL

Monday Movies at Publika: Camille Redouble
Film

Monday Movies at Publika: Camille Redouble

No such thing as Monday blues at Publika as they continue their weekly Monday Movies series. This month’s pick is 'Camille Redouble' and follows the story of 16-year-old Camille. Fast forward 25 years later, Camille and her high school sweetheart Eric have established a little family for themselves, but that doesn’t stop Eric from leaving Camille for a younger woman.

New Village Music Lab at No Black Tie
Music

New Village Music Lab at No Black Tie

Watch Lea Ismail and Iqa Nasra perform classic Malay jazz at No Black Tie's New Village Music Lab show. The duo will be accompanied by Tengku Indra on piano, Deo Karmawan on guitar, Haniff Mohamed on double bass, Bob Skunjas on drums, Ashyraff Adnan on trumpet and Farid Izwan on saxophone.

Alexis Bistro presents Evelyn Feroza
Music

Alexis Bistro presents Evelyn Feroza

Evelyn Feroza, or better known as Evie, takes on the great Amy Winehouse in a special tribute to the singer. Look forward to popular hits such as ‘Rehab’ and ‘Valerie’.

Gaslight Shed Sessions
Music

Gaslight Shed Sessions

Gaslight presents the latest edition of their Shed Sessions. Joining them this time around are New York-based musician Gustaf Axel, Shigeru Kimoto from Japan and local boys Sound of Kites and Brendan De Cruz.

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New restaurants and bars in KL

Croissant Taiyaki
Restaurants

Croissant Taiyaki

Cronuts are so 2013 – it’s time you try another croissant hybrid dessert, this time from Japan, called Croissant Taiyaki. Taiyaki is traditionally a fish-shaped Japanese cake filled with red bean paste. But with this modern version, it is made with buttery puff pastry instead.

Random Food Store
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Random Food Store

Located right next to Village Park is Uptown’s latest eatery, Random Food Store. This three-concept food store is where you can get baos courtesy of Buncit Bao-Bar, coffee by One Half and ice cream by the people behind the now-closed Every Sundae.

Case Study
Bars and pubs

Case Study

Case Study at APW Bangsar is one of the most exciting and inventive cocktail bars to open in KL lately. For one, the space looks like a greenhouse, and as an extension of that, the cocktails are botanical. Much of the potted herbs you see as decorations at the bar become the actual ingredients in your drink, either pickled, dehydrated, muddled or used in syrups, preserves and infusions. This does seem like a promising evolution from the Asian-inspired cocktail trend that’s prevalent last year. The cocktails are bold and playful in their choice of ingredients, and hence resulting in fascinating flavours. Some of the cocktails even border on experimental, which we love. Each cocktail is named after the type of cup or receptacle that it’s served in. And to help you choose, the menu (hand-drawn to resemble a botanist’s sketch pad, naturally) offers taste profiles such as sweet, sour, tropical, viscous, smokey, savoury, nutty, earthy, peppery and more – bet you didn’t know cocktails can be this complex. It is ultimately a very fun place to drink and at the same time explore new and unusual ingredients and flavours. One of the standouts include the fruity and purple-hued Terrarium cocktail (served in a glass globe), which is made with sweet potato, egg white, lotus root gin, lemon, butterfly pea and apricot infusion, and Indian borage (or Mexican mint).

LoKhaba
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LoKhaba

This Bangsar restaurant offers classic Malaysian fare but upgraded with premium ingredients. There’s the comforting mee kuah, transformed into Mee Kuah Ketam, where a serving of spaghetti is paired with a crab-infused broth and topped with a crunchy soft shell crab. Even more luxe is the signature lobster seafood curry with prawns, mussels, tau fu pok and more, simmering in a claypot. The menu also offers standard dishes such as nasi lemak (with the option of pairing it with Australian beef rendang), chicken or beef satay, cucur udang, bihun goreng, ayam percik with sambal udang and more. And when you finish, consider the pandan crème brûlée, sago gula Melaka or ais kacang. Or, just go for a simple ais kepal to remind you of your childhood. 

Area guides

Bangsar
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Bangsar

Bangsar has gone through many phases – unobtrusive residential area, clubbing haven, arts and culture quarter, and now, café district. From the busy streets of Telawi to the more laidback Jalan Bangkung and Jalan Kemuja, we round up the best restaurants, bars, cafés and things to do in Bangsar.

Hartamas
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Hartamas

Populated by expatriates and upper middle class families, Hartamas is fancy – even its name says so (‘harta’, treasure; ‘mas’, gold). This isn’t saying that the area is inaccessible for us 'mere mortals' – in fact, it’s quite the opposite now. With many cafés and eateries opening up around the 'hood, plenty of non-Hartamas residents flock here, and not just for the lineup of Japanese restaurants. By the way, we're also including the best places to eat and visit in neighbouring areas Mont Kiara and Solaris Dutamas.  Fun fact: The area was the premise of a local TV show titled (surprise, surprise) ‘Hartamas’ starring Ida Nerina and Rashidi Ishak.

Damansara
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Damansara

The wide land that is Damansara has the privilege of being both KL and Selangor. It can be confusing – Bukit Damansara for example, is not exactly near the main Damansaras while Ara Damansara is somewhat Subang (and sometimes even Shah Alam). To make things easier for you, we've picked some of the best restaurants, cafés, bars and things to do in each Damansara area.

KL City
Things to do

KL City

Your cheat sheet to all the best restaurants, shops and things to do in the main areas of the city centre including Bukit Bintang, Petaling Street and Pudu.

Damansara Utama
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Damansara Utama

Damansara Utama is home to Damansara Uptown, the land of hard-to-find parking spots and more cafés than you can shake a stick at. We say park in the new Starling Mall and walk about the area before you eventually step in to an eatery. Here are our picks of restaurants, cafés, shops and things to do in the area. PS: If your favourite spot isn't featured here, let us know in the comments.

Sunway
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Sunway

Let’s not mask the fact that Sunway is an area dominated by students, which isn’t saying that it’s a bad thing. If you need help getting around the area, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is making things better. It’s fast – not a concept Malaysians are accustomed to hearing and practising. Let’s not also forget about Sunway Pyramid and Sunway Lagoon, where there are plenty of things to do. If you don’t have plans in Sunway, you do now.

The best of Kuala Lumpur

100 best local dishes and drinks in KL
Restaurants

100 best local dishes and drinks in KL

We are a food city. One that caters to the food-obsessed; one that alternates between street and traditional dining, at any budget and time of the day. Here are the 100 best dishes and drinks that truly defines us, from the contentious nasi leamk to the humble roti canai. Loosen your belt – you've got much eating to do. 

The best coffee shops in KL
Restaurants

The best coffee shops in KL

KL's coffee culture is an expanding landscape of imported beans, state-of-the-art machines, hip baristas, and silky smooth pours. Here are the best coffee shops in KL that call the shots.

Best banana leaf restaurants in KL
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Best banana leaf restaurants in KL

Tired of the usual suspects when it comes to banana leaf rice? We bury our fingers in rice and curry to track down some of Klang Valley’s lesser-known banana leaf restaurants, plus a few old favourites. 

Best nasi lemak in KL
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Best nasi lemak in KL

We pick the best places in town for a satisfying plate of the country's pride and joy – the mighty nasi lemak. Hunt down these nasi lemak joints for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper, because our national dish doesn't restrict itself to a certain meal time – which is why we love it so much. 

KL's best cafés for desserts
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KL's best cafés for desserts

If your sweet tooth is what some would call 'legendary', we've picked out the best dessert cafés in town for cake, pastries and everything else to keep you happy.RECOMMENDED: The best coffee shops in KL

The best cheap eats in KL
Restaurants

The best cheap eats in KL

Eating well doesn’t mean you have to pay more. We’ve got you covered for the best cheap meals under RM15 our city has to offer.

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