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Unique weekend getaways in Malaysia
Travel

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.

Contest: Win drink tickets for East Imperial Gin Jubilee 2018's Gin Lane at Plaza Batai party
Bars and pubs

Contest: Win drink tickets for East Imperial Gin Jubilee 2018's Gin Lane at Plaza Batai party

Prize: A pair of drink tickets for the Gin Lane at Plaza Batai party (each ticket is entitled to one drink) Gin lovers rejoice as Asia’s premier gin festival, the East Imperial Gin Jubilee, is back on our shores for the third time. KL will be kicking off the festival before it moves on to other cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.  This year's grand finale in KL, the Gin Lane at Plaza Batai party (Aug 25, 6pm onwards) will see food, music and even more gin with participating bars offering a selection of creative G&Ts at RM25 a pop. You'll be happy to know that this year's Gin Jubilee is taking a more eco-friendly route, with cocktails being served with bio-degradable straws and cups. There will also be a retail pop-up store stocking all of East Imperial's partner brands and the brand's own mixers.

KL's best restaurants for group dining
Restaurants

KL's best restaurants for group dining

Planning a big get-together? These restaurants are good for dining in large groups.

The best cocktail bars in KL
Bars and pubs

The best cocktail bars in KL

We’re enjoying a cocktail renaissance, where classic revivals, egg foam trends and elbow bands sidle up to the bar. Here are the best cocktail bars in KL that are leading the charge, from classy joints to secret bars to concept speakeasies.

Best eco-retreats in Malaysia
Travel

Best eco-retreats in Malaysia

For a tranquil getaway without having to travel far, these eco-retreats offer a unique and rustic holiday experience right in Malaysia. You can stay inside a concrete cylinder pipe in a jungle at Time Capsule Retreat, a shipment container set within a vast paddy field at Padi Box or even get up close with orangutans in East Malaysia at Sepilok Forest Edge Resort. 

What’s on this week in KL

East Imperial Gin Jubilee
Bars and pubs

East Imperial Gin Jubilee

Gin lovers rejoice as Asia’s premier gin festival, the East Imperial Gin Jubilee, is back on our shores for the third time. KL will be kicking off the festival this year before it moves on to other cities across Asia like Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.  With 20 participating bars and over ten craft gin brands joining the party, this year's edition sees masterclasses and guest bartender shifts as well as a brand new menu of G&T creations that you can enjoy across the city. You can expect to see brands like Hendrick's, Citadelle, Fords Gin, The West Winds Gin, Kyrö Distillery Company and more, alongside newcomers like G'Vine and Four Pillars Gin.  The jubilee's opening party at Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur's Bar Trigona will be a fancy affair, and on Aug 22, there will be a Fords Gin guest shift at PS150 with Kino Soh, who's up here from Singapore's Highball, her own bar. The next day Aug 23, one of Malaysia's top bartenders Osmund Bernard will be holding a Monkey 47 masterclass at Kenshin, and will have a guest shift at the bar later that night as well. Meanwhile, at JungleBird on the same day there will also be a masterclass by The West Winds Gin brand ambassador Brendan Grey.  On Aug 24, Coley is playing host to a masterclass with Micaela Piccolo and Citadelle Gin, and JungleBird will see Brendan Grey, who is also a celebrated barman, returning for a guest shift.  The gin jubilee will end with the finale party, Gin Lane at Plaza Batai on Aug 25. Entry is free,

Storytelling & STEM Workshops
Kids

Storytelling & STEM Workshops

The world of giants, snozzcumbers, golden tickets and Oompa-Loompas awaits kids at The Story Book this August and September. The 'Roald Dahl's Book Series Programme with Opstopus and The Story Book' will see storytelling sessions and STEM workshops organised around two of the author's famous books - 'The BFG' (Aug 18 and 25) and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (Sep 8 and 15). Kids will get to bring back a Roald Dahl book and a STEM activity box after completing each title. Catered for kids aged seven to 11 years old.  

Le Noir presents Deviate
Nightlife

Le Noir presents Deviate

Celebrating the weekend with plenty of R&B, hip hop, trap and funk tunes in one night is Le Noir's Club Deviate, which sees DJ Nesh, C7 and Thash on the decks. They will be spinning all night long to keep you on your feet.

Traders Market
Shopping

Traders Market

The second installment of Traders Market will see plenty of local entrepreneurs and home-grown artisans peddling their wares. There will be lots of things to check out, including knick-knacks, art, fashion and, of course, food. Drop by Publika this weekend and support local brands.

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New restaurants and bars in KL

RedTail Bar by Zouk
Bars and pubs

RedTail Bar by Zouk

By the same people behind Zouk Singapore comes this newest addition to the nightlife scene up in the highlands of Genting. RedTail Bar by Zouk is calling itself a new-style social gaming lounge, bringing fun and games to a whole new level.

Cielo Kuala Lumpur
Restaurants

Cielo Kuala Lumpur

With its multitude of mamaks alongside bars and clubs that blare out Top 40 hits, Changkat Bukit Bintang isn’t where you’d normally go for a quiet romantic night out – which is why Cielo KL is such a welcome addition to the chaotic nightlife hotspot.

The Burnin' Pit
Restaurants

The Burnin' Pit

KL is no stranger to Texan barbecue joints with cult favourites Beard Brothers’ BBQ and Mom’s BBQ food truck, but The Burnin’ Pit dwarfs them in terms of scale and ambition.

MTR Malaysia
Restaurants

MTR Malaysia

What started out as a humble vegetarian eatery in Bangalore almost a century ago in 1924, Mavalli Tiffin Rooms – or MTR – now has multiple outlets across Asia and the Middle East. Its latest outpost in KL promises hearty South Indian vegetarian fare that’s not only affordable, it’s also good for your waistline. Inside, posters on the brand’s long history are plastered on the bright red walls, while simple furniture and a spotless space allow the food to shine. The expansive menu is made up of familiar South Indian dishes like idli, vada, dosa, thali sets and more. A must-have is the masala dosa (RM9) – light and crisp, made with a mixture of grains and pulses laced with ghee, filled with spiced potatoes, and accompanied by green chutney, lentil sambar and even more ghee. The smooth, shiny surface of the crust is telling of a good dosa; here at MTR, it’s good. If that doesn’t fill you up, go for the Mini Meals (RM13). Don’t be fooled by its innocent-sounding name; this hefty meal consists of palya, vegetable sagu, plain rice, curd rice, sambar, rasam, papadum, pickles, payasum and a choice of either plain dosa, poori, chapathi or akki roti. If you’re really hungry, the Special Mini Meals (RM19) comes with even more items such as bisi bele bhath, kosambari salad and a dessert. If you’re working in the vicinity, you’ll be happy to know that MTR offers daily specials alongside the regular selection. We visited on a Thursday, so our options were pulliogre (RM8.50), thatte idly

Area guides

Bangsar
Things to do

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
Things to do

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
Things to do

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
Things to do

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
Things to do

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
Things to do

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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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