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 You'll find restored vintage Eames chairs and local illustrations at vintage store Outdated, handcrafted leather goods in thirtyfour.bespoke and funky homeware in Kaleidoscope.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.