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Things to do in KL this weekend
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Things to do in KL this weekend

Get your weekend sorted with our pick of the best things to do including gigs, film screenings, exhibitions and markets.

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The best things to do in Klang
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The best things to do in Klang

Klong, Kilang, Kelang – Klang’s name is as diverse and contentious as its history rife with tin mines, civil wars and a complex web of cultural heritage. The Time Out KL team explores the best things to do in this former Selangor capital and modern-day royal city.

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Best bits of KL: Little India in Klang
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Best bits of KL: Little India in Klang

Little India, of Klang, isn’t a Little India of posters and postcards. Little India, of Klang, is one whose music – an exercise of high-decibel exuberance; a cacophony of Tamil chatter, of Bollywood film scores blaring out of speakers – cannot be defined, nor its meaning determined. A snapshot: marigold garlands brightening up the doorways of banana leaf eateries; a woman sitting cross-legged on a kaki lima, peddling a basket of greens already wilting in the heat of the early afternoon; and men staring impassively from behind the bars of jewellery stores, unperturbed by the glint and glitter of gold necklaces and nath. The sights, the sounds, the smells; and yet, this is a Little India that allows one to linger over a cup of masala, a Little India where the sweets never lose their shine, a Little India that’s home to the community that lives and makes its living here. Little India is a land of belonging, rather than of blood. One says ‘land’, though Klang’s Little India is little more than a street, situated as it is along Jalan Tengku Kelana in the south of the royal city.

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Cheap sheet: deals of the month
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Cheap sheet: deals of the month

Our 'Cheap sheet' gives you some of the best deals and discounts in town so you can get bang for your buck. This month, you can attend a rooftop film screening, eat toast and doughnuts and more on the cheap

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Vintage vantage: Old aerial photos of KL
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Vintage vantage: Old aerial photos of KL

The late amateur photographer Gordon Hutchings was a chopper pilot from New Zealand stationed in KL from 1963 to 1966, on secondment from RAF UK to the Royal Malaysian Air Force to assist their helicopter division. Here are some never-before-seen shots of the city – all captured when he was flying around town.

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Best bits of KL

Little India in Klang
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Little India in Klang

Little India, of Klang, isn’t a Little India of posters and postcards. Little India, of Klang, is one whose music – an exercise of high-decibel exuberance; a cacophony of Tamil chatter, of Bollywood film scores blaring out of speakers – cannot be defined, nor its meaning determined. A snapshot: marigold garlands brightening up the doorways of banana leaf eateries; a woman sitting cross-legged on a kaki lima, peddling a basket of greens already wilting in the heat of the early afternoon; and men staring impassively from behind the bars of jewellery stores, unperturbed by the glint and glitter of gold necklaces and nath. The sights, the sounds, the smells; and yet, this is a Little India that allows one to linger over a cup of masala, a Little India where the sweets never lose their shine, a Little India that’s home to the community that lives and makes its living here. Little India is a land of belonging, rather than of blood. One says ‘land’, though Klang’s Little India is little more than a street, situated as it is along Jalan Tengku Kelana in the south of the royal city.

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Jalan Desa Jaya in Taman Desa
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Jalan Desa Jaya in Taman Desa

Budding entrepreneurs are sniffing out the cheap shop lots at Taman Danau Desa, filling the spaces with coffee machines and putting fried squids in our waffles (hello there, Jemi Café). The bombardment of new shops in that area has brought fortune to the less trendy neighbourhood of Taman Desa, ie Plaza Faber. The grimy commercial hub on Jalan Desa Jaya, teeming with medicinal halls and aquarium shops, is bristling with new life in ways you never quite expected – welcome to the heartland of yakiniku, yakitori and meringue on cocktails. The neighbourhood isn’t crying out to be discovered – the old-timers living in the flats, whom you’ll find puttering around between kopitiams with an afternoon beer in hand, are happy with how things are. ‘Just don’t make the place jam,’ an uncle told us when asked about the new rash of apartment blocks and restaurants nearby. Surrounded by gutted buildings with broken satellite dishes as the only adornments that survived, this part of Taman Desa isn’t pretty at all. But the weave of diverse cultures gives it character: An Indian uncle selling curry puffs outside a Chinese eatery; Thai workers who can speak basic Cantonese; a Malay auntie buying shampoo from a shop with screaming neon signs. When the shops close at night, the centre of Plaza Faber roars to life – like a campfire – as the smell of grilled meat from Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ drifts down the corridors. If there’s a better way to eat, drink and be merry in the open right undernea

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Jalan Raja Muda Musa in Kampung Baru
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Jalan Raja Muda Musa in Kampung Baru

The construct of a modern city is keeping us safely apart – we’d rather hole up in our comfy condos (read: fancy cages) than speak to our neighbours. But the residents of Jalan Raja Muda Musa cannot seem to stand awkward silence. If you spend enough time lounging at a warung, a friendly face is bound to come up to you and say, ‘ah moi, buat ape?’. Kampung Baru – the last Malay village in the city – is viscous with history, but this street is something else – it’s a verdant land of unmapped eateries, a territory that’s coming to terms with its heritage (authentic Malay wooden houses on stilts) and vague future (Kampung Baru is set to undergo a RM43bil facelift in the next 20 years with hotels, offices and residential towers). It’s a developer’s dream. Warung owners on Jalan Raja Muda Musa are practically neighbours who know each other’s kids, plants and number of cats. The atmosphere at these family-owned eateries seem almost cloistered and exclusive, like you’re crashing someone’s kenduri, but the owners immediately let their guard down when you show interest in their lives, their culture, their steadfast belief in what makes a nasi biryani Johor authentic. We owe our satisfied tummies to these unsung heroes, whose primary concern could very well just be feeding their families through their humble trade. The recent sighting of new shops and vaping outlets does give off a terrible undertow of loss that a world built on a vigorous Malay identity is slowing chipping away. The

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Jalan Scott in Brickfields
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Jalan Scott in Brickfields

Gracing Brickfields' ornate façade are roaring lanes of cars, lorries and motorcycles that coalesce into a muddle of fumes and honks. Separating this snarled up spectacle and the shops is a narrow sidewalk, whose every square foot has been claimed by flower stalls peddling garlands, temple offerings, colourful sarees and pigeons. If Jalan Tun Sambanthan is the artery that pumps in the crowd, tourists and prosperity, Jalan Scott is the quiet refuge for the religious and cultural. Named after Sam Scott, a chemist who owned the Selangor Ice and Aerated Water Company in the 1880s, Jalan Scott has mushroomed into a thicket of Ceylonese Tamil temples and restaurants. The huge Indian community in Brickfields has engendered a sprawl of Punjabi and Chettinad eateries, which insure significant foot traffic during lunchtimes and weekends. Waiters are usually solicitous as customers pile in and fidget in anticipation of their piping hot chapatti. But the impact unleashed by the city’s ever-expanding infrastructure can be unpredictable. While gleaming commercial towers continue to grow in confidence, marring the view of Brickfields' prettiest temples, places of worship along Jalan Scott have been left unkempt. The belt of construction work outside Jalan Scott, though in an attempt to dandify the streets, have kept walking tourists at bay. The restaurant owners, however, aren’t too troubled: ‘We’ll always have banana leaf rice’. And that solves everything.

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KL 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sri Petaling
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Sri Petaling

Sri Petaling is a mixed bag of old eating establishments, massage parlours and cafés. You can get around most of the Jalan Radins by foot, although ideally a bicycle would be nice. The 'hood is quiet but by no means dead. 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.

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101 things to do in KL

Attractions and Activities
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Attractions and Activities

From exploring a housing village in the city to diving into a tank full of sharks, here's our definitive list of the best tourist attractions and things to do in KL.

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Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture

From checking out graffiti to the annual Thaipusam procession at Batu Caves, here's our definitive list to the best arts and culture experiences in KL.

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Food and Drink
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Food and Drink

Whether it's street food from the trunk of a motorbike or seared foie gras in the skies of KL, here's a list of must-eats.

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Music and Nightlife
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Music and Nightlife

Party at a helipad, catch a live gig or hang out at super cool speakeasy bars. Here's our list of the best music and nightlife experiences in KL.

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The best of KL

Shops
Shopping

Shops

Best shops in KL: The full list From slick concept stores to bargain finds, fresh produce and genuine heritage institutions – we’ve got the city’s best retail therapy right here. We handpick the best local and independent stores the streets and malls have to offer. Get your wallets ready Everyone says KL is a shopper's paradise, but not many people look beyond the big brands and international chains. We’ve handpicked the best local and independent stores the streets and malls have to offer. Get your wallets ready. Best shops for fashion 17A Select Store If you’re confused, 17A Select Store until recently was known as The Off Day & Snackfood. A quick rebranding exercise and it’s now 17A Select Store, specialising in fashion, home decor and general curiosities. The super-street concept store brings in unique labels such as Schott Bros NYC, Supreme, Jungmaven as well as homegrown brands like CheeseDenim and Suavecito Pomade. Also, they stock a small quantity of Kinfolk, Smith Journal and Uppercase magazines. Actually KL With one of the best selections of denim in the city, Actually KL may be tiny but it packs a fashionable punch. The multi-label shop is one of the only places in town you can marvel at Jeffrey Campbell shoes in the flesh, as well as sample Dr Denim jeans, Kanken backpacks, Spitfire sunglasses and Lazy Oaf T-shirts. Shoes Shoes Shoes Seven years on and Shoes Shoes Shoes is still one of the best local shoe brands around. Owner Ung Yiu Lin is big news now – her sho

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Brunch
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Brunch

The elusive hybrid of breakfast and lunch has never tasted this good. So kickstart your lazy weekend with these best brunch dishes Best brunch spots The Good Batch This new one is owned by former manager of The Bee, Andrew Tan. The setup is less cluttered and more spacious than most new cafés, and focuses more on food than coffee. All-day Western brekkie dishes are served, like upgraded mushrooms on toast, corned beef with fried potatoes, blueberry pancakes, and ‘roti canai’ burrito. What we like best is the all-day bar, where wines, beers and cocktails are available, including the popular passionfruit mojito. Ming Room Opened in 2003, The Ming Room serves authentic Cantonese cuisine with a touch of creative liberty. Recently refurbished, be impressed with the historical and elegant renovations, complete with antique terracotta horses as well as six private dining rooms to cater to 300 pax. Highlights include the baked foie gras with stuffed sea clams and the steamed fresh water prawn with radish cakes. In addition to the obvious Hong Kong dim sum, standard Chinese fare with a twist is served, such as the double-boiled superior shark’s fin soup with wanton in pumpkin and river carp medallion in stock. A popular dessert among their patrons is the chilled durian pudding. As featured in Time Out KL's 101 things to do in KL Awards Food 40   Food 40 is our monthly, definitive guide for where to eat in the Klang Valley. No entry into the Food 40 has provided any Time Out team memb

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Cafés
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Cafés

You’ve got to admit that a trip to a good café sets you in a cheery mood – the sun-soaked space, glorious sunny side ups and that tingling dose of caffeine. The Time Out KL team maps out the best cafés for every occasion, from Instagram eye candies to the brunch of champions. The ultimate guide to KL's best cafés. Your café-hopping days start now Guide to coffee in KL The ultimate guide to cold brew coffee in KL Featuring a crash course on cold brew and the best places to drink them What is cold brew? We dive into the cold brew trend that’s taking over the city one cool bottle at a time. KL's best coffee shops for cold brews The best places in town for your cold-brew coffee fix. Other types of cold coffee Want something else? Try the ice-drip, reverse iced latte, Vietnamese drip and more. Here's where to find them. More coffee features KL's third wave coffee: The trends and the cafés We examine the third wave coffee trend in KL and highlight the cafés that are at the forefront of this artisanal coffee movement. The geek's guide to different coffee brewing methods Coffee brewing is a serious science. Here's all you need to know about six of the world's hand-pour coffee equipments, as explained by an expert. Kopitiam: KL's original coffee shop Kopitiams have long been a mainstay of our café culture, but they won’t be around forever. A documentarian takes us on a tour of these ageing coffee shops. Best coffee in KL KL's coffee culture is an expanding landscape of imported bean

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Coffee
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Coffee

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 BEAM Short for Bean Expedition at Manufactory, BEAM launched in the unlikely neighbourhood of Bandar Sri Damansara to much fanfare. The specialty café not only churns out quality brews but also sells raw green beans for roasters to purchase. Meanwhile, customers can buy raw beans by weight and have them roasted at the café for consumption at home. Aesthetically, BEAM has got the exposed-brick look down pat; like the furniture at Wood & Steel, some of the pieces here are built from scratch and thoughtfully laid out to emerge as one of the year’s best-looking cafés. Brewmen Amidst the bustling, double parking chaos of Solaris Mont Kiara, Brewmen is an isle of calm that serves notably inventive concoctions, including Espresso Bomb, Queen Bee, and Reverse Coffee – an ice ball of espresso accompanied by a glass of frothy milk. Complement your caffeine fix with a slice of cake (try the summer orange poppy seed cake), homemade waffles, or one of the sandwiches (we recommend the Philly steak focaccia, with its thin juicy slices of beef and caramelised onions). DR.Inc Good luck finding this intriguing café on the quiet streets of Jalan Kemuja. Located on the same row as Fierce Curry House and walking distance from Menara UOA in Bangsar, DR.Inc is an inspiration space co-habited by L.Inc design, archit

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Kids' activities
Kids

Kids' activities

Kuala Lumpur's top attractions for families Latest kids' events Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live! Travel back in time to the Mesozoic era 250 million years ago to walk alongside over 17 life-size, stomping animatronic dinosaurs. Besides being able to learn about prehistoric climate conditions and the evolution of these extinct beasts, dino fans can also challenge a Gallimimus to a 10m race, scale a 5m wall to steal into a Pteranodon’s nest, and hunt for relics like the Triceratops’s footprint and insect fossils in the Dino Quest. Stretched over 13,000 square feet, this edutainment exhibition will be held throughout the year. Plenty of time to return for a second visit. SpongeBob SquarePants Happy Carnival SpongeBob SquarePants and his best friend Patrick Star will be delighting children at Klang Parade this school holiday season! From 28 May to 8 June, Klang Parade’s main concourse area will play host to a Happy Carnival filled with games and activities.Simply spend a minimum RM30 in a single receipt in the mall to play any one (1) game of your choice and you could win unique SpongeBob SquarePants merchandise. Games will include the Basketball Challenge, Fish-Bowl Toss, and the Strike and Win.Remember to visit at 3:30pm, 5:30pm or 7:30pm to catch SpongeBob and Patrick Star themselves live on stage. Citta Mall Beach in the City Water walkers, inflatable slides, and taking to the skies on the Airborne Adventure unit aren't your usual mall activities but kids big and small can enjo

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Public libraries
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Public libraries

The best public libraries in the city for the bookishly curious, and kids Libraries for the kids Playcentre Library Set in a humble bungalow house, this well-maintained library is manned by a group of volunteers and expatriates in KL. Playcentre currently stocks more than 26,000 titles – both fiction and non-fiction – in English and Bahasa Malaysia. Their playgroups, targeted at toddlers and pre-schoolers below the age of four, every Thursday will inspire little ones to learn through sensory play, craft work and storytelling. PJ Community Library It’s not the most good-looking library in the city but the children’s section on the ground floor features a variety of educational magazines (remember Kuntum?) and local fairy tale books. KL’s Children Library Apart from a hefty selection of children’s books, this extension of the Kuala Lumpur library offers storytelling sessions, computer classes, school holiday programmes and puppet shows to help your kids develop a penchant for languages. Latest features Best public libraries in KL The best public libraries in the city for the bookishly curious, and kids Libraries for the kids Playcentre Library Set in a humble bungalow house, this well-maintained library is manned by a group of volunteers and expatriates in KL. Playcentre currently stocks more than 26,000 titles – both fiction and non-fiction – in English and Bahasa Malaysia. Their playgroups, targeted at toddlers and pre-schoolers below the age of four, every Thursday will i

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KL photo essays

Batu Road: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
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Batu Road: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman

The iconic restaurants, the history and the people – we walk through one of the oldest roads in KL: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

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Kopitiam: KL's original coffee shop
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Kopitiam: KL's original coffee shop

Kopitiams have long been a mainstay of our café culture, but they won’t be around forever. We took a tour of these ageing coffee shops.

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KL's old cinemas: A long goodbye
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KL's old cinemas: A long goodbye

We go back to the cinemas of yesteryear KL, long before the complete takeover of plush cineplexes and their digital motion pictures.

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Rivers of KL: Portrait of a silent river
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Rivers of KL: Portrait of a silent river

A river always takes the path of least resistance, often resulting in a crooked path. From the very first cup to ultra-modern hydroelectric dams, the mastery over flowing water is an instinctive, universal symbol of progress and innovation, a celebration of human achievement in exerting control over nature. 

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