Shopping in Kuala Lumpur • Insider’s guide to the best shops and markets in KL
The Time Out KL team offer their insider’s guide to shopping and style in Kuala Lumpur – for the best shopping centres, vintage wear and luxury boutiques
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Where to shop in Kuala Lumpur
KLites love their malls, and when you've ventured outside in our humidity, you'll understand why. One of the best cluster of malls is the Bukit Bintang district, right in the centre of the CBD. International labels congregate here, with multi-floor shrines dedicated to H&M, Uniqlo and Topshop, as well as a judicious selection of independent Malaysian brands. You'll find all the big fashion names in Starhill Gallery (as well as an impressive Sephora flagship) and an excellent edit of fashion, beauty, lifestyle and souvenirs in Pavilion KL. If you want to get your bargaining hat on, head over to the slightly grittier Sungei Wang Plaza for bizarre souvenirs and bubble tea. Otherwise, hop on the Monorail, get off at Hang Tuah station and walk over to Kenanga Wholesale City where you'll find clothes and accessories at wholesale prices.
For a dose of cool with your shopping, try out new art mall Publika. The ground floor hosts a rotating roster of pop-up shops, while the upper floors are lined with independent designers and boutiques. You'll find restored vintage Eames chairs and local illustrations at vintage store Outdated, handcrafted leather goods in thirtyfour.bespoke and funky homeware in Kaleidoscope.
If you want local designer wear, check out Bangsar multi-brand boutique Seethrough Concept Store, and fun, funky clothes and accessories in the boutique's younger sister Never Follow Suit across the road. Round the corner there's also Bazarro, a champion of Singaporean and Malaysian designers and independent bloggers.
Shopping venue details
Starhill Gallery 181 Jalan Bukit Bintang.
03 2782 3855. www.starhillgallery.com
Pavilion KL 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang.
03 2118 8833. www.pavilion-kl.com
Sungei Wang Plaza Jalan Bukit Bintang.
03 2144 9988 www.sungeiwang.com
Kenanga Fashion Mall 8.01, Kompleks Kenanga Wholesale City, Jalan Gelugor
03 9221 8081. www.kenangacity.com.my
Publika 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Kompleks Kerajaan.
03 6207 9426. www.publika.com.my
Outdated No. 10, Level G3, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1.
03 6211 5055. www.facebook.com/freshlyold
03 6211 4434 www.thirtyfour.net
Kaleidoscope G3-37 Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1.
Seethrough Concept Store 25, 1st Floor, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru.
03 2284 1868. www.facebook.com/SeethroughConceptStore
Never Follow Suit 28-2, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru.
03 2284 7316 www.facebook.com/Never.Follow.Suit.Bangsar
Bazarro No. 6-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru.
03 2282 8860 www.facebook.com/Bazarro.KL