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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. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our homepage for daily updates on the best restaurants, events and whatever else KL has to offer before our next hot list is published on Monday.

Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2017
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Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2017

Now you can start nominating for Kuala Lumpur's biggest independent Food & Drink Awards

Last-minute party guide
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Last-minute party guide

Need to attend or organise a party at the last minute? Don't panic: we've got you covered with a list of numerous services to help you sort out your partying needs including gifts from Oh Happy Gift, booze from Boozeat, party dresses from Rent A Dress and more, all from the comfort of your office chair.

Guide to durian
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Guide to durian

June and July typically herald the peak season of durians in Malaysia, but seasoned fruit hunters will tell you that this year isn’t like previous years. Not only has there been a notable lack of durians on the racks, but prices have also skyrocketed to ridiculous levels. To shed some light on what’s going on, we spoke to two people: Erik Ong, the founder of the Durian King TTDI fruit store, and Lindsay Gasik – author of the upcoming book ‘The Durian Tourist’s Guide to Penang’ and blogger behind YearOfTheDurian.com – who has based herself in Southeast Asia and researched and studied about durians since falling for the fruit in 2009. Durians are in short and staggered supply this year. The long rainy season this year has reduced durian yield in two ways: first, by delaying the durian flowering process (which typically requires two weeks of drought) and second, by knocking off the flowers before they can be pollinated. ‘There is less durian overall, but the biggest thing we’ll experience is that all the durian won’t drop at one time, which keeps the prices a bit higher and make it feel like there’s a scarcity,’ says Lindsay. ‘The Johor/ Pahang season is delayed until mid-August or September, while Penang will finish by mid-August. So there won’t be the “glut” or oversupply that normally happens and drives the prices down.’ Be prepared to fork out two or three times more for durian. ‘We’re only expecting about 30 percent of the supply we had compared to last year, and even

Unique weekend getaways in Malaysia
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Unique weekend getaways in Malaysia

Here’s where you can jump ship out of the city at some of the most unique staycations in Malaysia. Hang on to your sunhats, your weekends are about to get cooler.

What’s on this week in KL

Art of Speed Malaysia
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Art of Speed Malaysia

Malaysia’s very own event that showcases art in the automotive scene is back for its fourth year, now a regional group art show. Other activities include a moto-themed art gallery, a marketplace, stunt shows featuring local riders and more.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Get ready for some big laughs as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow returns to KL this month. Featuring a huge cast of Australian and international star performers, they've got all the comedy bases covered. Expect American sketch superstars the Pajama Men, razor-sharp and relatable Aussie funnyman Nath Valvo, fellow Down Under comic Susie Youssef, physical comedy dynamo Penny Greenhalgh and more.

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Attagirl! 4th Anniversary Party
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Attagirl! 4th Anniversary Party

Attagirl is an all-female creative collective comprised of DJs and VJs from Malaysia and Singapore. True to the spirit of celebrating female creativity, the anniversary party will feature live performances from Jaei and Viktoria, alongside DJ sets from Taiwanese Sonia Calico and Shioriybradshaw from Japan. And of course, the Attagirl DJs themselves will be on the decks too.

Tiga Minit Panas Flash Mob market
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Tiga Minit Panas Flash Mob market

If you've got some spare cash, #treatyoself at Tiga Minit Panas’ Flash Mob market. Expect a range of vendors peddling a selection of handcrafted items including decorative plants from JC Nursery, handmade jams from Jammy Jammy Confiture, embroidery from TAKOS and more.  

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New restaurants and bars in KL

Mitsuyado Seimen
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Mitsuyado Seimen

After establishing itself as a tsukemen specialist with 18 branches in Japan and three in the Philippines, Mitsuyado Seimen has now arrived on our shores – its latest outlet in The Starling promises to bring authentic tsukemen to Malaysia.

Café Atas 59
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Café Atas 59

What was previously Lorem Ipsum is now Café Atas59. The name change comes with a change in management; but fret not, many of the things we loved about Lorem Ipsum is retained – like the good coffee, art jam sessions and chilled-out vibe. For those unaware of Lorem Ipsum’s existence previously, the space is hidden above Drs. Chai & Partners Dental Surgeons along Jalan Bangkung. Finding it can be tough as there’s no signboard pointing to the café; instead, just look for a canvas painting of a person’s arm holding a cup of coffee leaning against the entrance of the staircase. Café Atas59 ticks all the boxes when it comes to the typical hipster café design – high exposed ceilings, and bare concrete floor and walls. (Despite that, Café Atas59 manages to pull it off without coming across as pretentious or unoriginal.) Canvas paintings by art jam participants give the place pops of colours, and the airiness and spaciousness make the café an ideal place to work. Aside from the usual coffee options, Café Atas59 also offers a range of imported craft beers. At the time of writing craft beers such as Hawkers Pale Ale and Two Birds Golden Ale were available, but the guys behind the café plan to change the selection regularly. Food-wise, there are decent choices for pastries and cakes; go for the baked cheese cake or key lime tart if you’re in the mood for dessert. Apart from that, the menu also includes all-day breakfasts, sandwiches and dessert pancakes. If you want to explore your a

Black Ink No 6
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Black Ink No 6

Located on the corner of the Jalan Liew Weng Chee and Jalan Yap Kwan Seng intersection, this cosy café offers some respite from the hectic traffic and noise of the city centre.

Pahit
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Pahit

Taking over Barlai’s old spot at Sekeping Sin Chew Kee is Pahit, the latest specialist bar to open in KL. Run by CK – the brains behind popular Bangsar watering hole Coley – Pahit specialises in all things gin, from gin-based cocktails to the classic gin and tonics.

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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