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10 things to do in KL this week
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10 things to do in KL this week

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

The white house: The story of Loke Mansion
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The white house: The story of Loke Mansion

Lawyer and author Christopher Wong unearths the story of Loke Yew’s final residence in his book ‘Loke Mansion: Carrying on a Legacy'

Damansara Utama area guide
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Damansara Utama area guide

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.

KL's top café designers
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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.

Alcoholic ice creams in KL
Bars and pubs

Alcoholic ice creams in KL

Your favourite dessert gets an alcoholic upgrade. We get the scoop on where you can get the best boozy ice creams in town.

What’s on this week in KL

Gaslight Cafe presents Alena Murang
Music

Gaslight Cafe presents Alena Murang

Gaslight Café brings in Borneo artist Alena Murang whose debut EP ‘Flight’ was released last year. Alena will be performing folk songs from the tribes of Kenyah and Kelabit using the traditional instrument sape. Read our interview with the sapewoman. Cover charge is inclusive of one drink.

Swing Out Loud
Dance

Swing Out Loud

Here's a fun date night idea: swing dance with your partner to jazz music and learn the Lindy hop, a popular 1930s American dance. Don't worry if you're cursed with two left feet; the taster class at the beginning teaches you basic moves to prepare you for the hours of social dancing and mingling. The East Valley Swing Band will be playing music throughout the night. Ladies, it's advisable to wear comfortable flats.

Chocolate Expo
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Chocolate Expo

Sugar fiends will relish this three-day expo, which offers an extensive range of chocolate products in the form of premium confection, gelato and pastries. If you have a vague gifting idea for V-day next month, the variety of sweet treats here will please even the most pernickety chocolate lover in your life.

Jom Lepak
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Jom Lepak

In conjunction with Rojak Culture’s #playforunity vision, they have teamed up with Sangkaya to play The Lepak Game. Meet new friends and ‘lepak’ over a free ice cream with every purchase of a coconut shake. Attendees can get The Lepak Game at a discount as well as some other goodies.

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New restaurants and bars in KL

Croissant Taiyaki
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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