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Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2018 winners
Restaurants

Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2018 winners

Here are the best restaurants, cafés and bars you’ve voted for in the Time Out KL Food & Drink Awards 2018.

Rooftop bars in KL
Bars and pubs

Rooftop bars in KL

One of the best ways to enjoy the city is to head to one of KL's rooftop bars. Many of these bars have unobstructed views of the Twin Towers.

Southeast Asia's best eco-retreat destinations
Travel

Southeast Asia's best eco-retreat destinations

Southeast Asian capitals like Bangkok and Jakarta are known for their hustle and bustle – which is fine if you're into it. But when you're looking for the kind of peace and quiet only Mother Nature can provide, head out to these eco-retreats that are scattered across Southeast Asia. 

Mosquito-free in the great outdoors
Kids

Mosquito-free in the great outdoors

Having fun at the playground, going for a jungle hike, doing sports on a field – these are thing we all love to do with our families. But there are times when the thought of going outside at certain hours puts us off due to mosquitoes. 

Best breaks for the long weekend
Kids

Best breaks for the long weekend

Being blessed with copious public holidays means if you plan in advance, you’ll have the opportunity to embark on short trips to neighbouring countries or explore your own backyard of Malaysia. 

What’s on this week in KL

Sunny Side Up Market
Shopping

Sunny Side Up Market

The cheerful market is offering a curated selection of vendors for its Chinese New Year edition. Get the festive shopping done and fill your shopping basket with wares from homegrown artisans like Ficus & Jar, Naren Home, The Real Shorts Co, Janet Pottery, Hias and more.

Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival
Music

Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival

The Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival is one of the most important music festivals in Malaysia, with clinics, classes and discussions for various jazz elements like jazz vocals, saxophone, guitar, keyboard and more. Sessions are focused on teaching and sharing information, and are taught by seasoned professionals. Each night of the festival there will be concerts featuring young talents, and the grand Gala Concert on the final night will see renowned jazz musicians taking the stage.

Barang Baik Bazaar
Shopping

Barang Baik Bazaar

This creative weekend bazaar is filled with all sorts of barang-barang baik. Shoppers can expect to browse various handcrafted good ranging from upcycled accessories and quirky knick-knacks to refurbished furniture. 

Publika Chinese New Year
Things to do

Publika Chinese New Year

Publika has got your Chinese New Year celebration sorted, with a whole month of activities and performances for everyone. There will be a bazaar, workshops making ornaments, Chinese calligraphy, lanterns and more, as well as performances like face-changing operas, traditional Chinese instrument presentations and lion dances. This year's themed decor is Chinese opera masks, so expect to see the space decked out in various interesting and colourful masks. Check their Facebook page for updates.   

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New restaurants and bars in KL

Mrs Jones' Parlour
Bars and pubs

Mrs Jones' Parlour

Who is Mrs Jones, and why does she have a gin bar named after her? To get the answer, just ask the friendly staff at Mrs Jones’ Parlour, the city’s newest gin specialist bar by the same people behind wine bar Private Room, cocktail bar The Pawn Room and restaurant 2nd Floor. It's a charming bar located above the popular PJ café Tujoh, and is a cosy space that exudes plenty of nostalgia with vintage louvre windows, old fashioned rattan chairs and a retro TV box. This being a gin specialist bar, drinks come by way of gin cocktails, house-infused gins (infused for at least four days with various fruits and herbs), as well as classic G&Ts with different pairings of gins and tonics. You can also speak with the bartenders and let them customise a cocktail specifically to your preferred tastes. Head bartender McKay brings with him years of experience manning the bar at The Pawn Room, and is very knowledgeable about his craft. The bar stocks plenty of labels from around the world, and the bottles are neatly categories behind the bar, with a little flag denoting the gin’s country of origin. Mrs Jones also offers sloe gin, a slightly heavier gin that’s great on its own over ice. Wine is also available, and the selection is curated by James, the sommelier of Private Room. Thanks to its location above Tujoh, you can order food from their menu and bring it upstairs to have your meal with drinks. Alternatively, go for the pairing menu – a selection of bar bites that have been created (i

CÉ LA VI KL
Restaurants

CÉ LA VI KL

A contemporary space that serves great Asian fusion dishes, CÉ LA VI KL is a prime spot if you're looking for a swanky spot lounge about. This multi-venue space - restaurant, lounge, club - located on Level 37 of the ILHAM Tower in the middle of the city, and offers a great view to accompany your night out.

The Lido
Bars and pubs

The Lido

The Lido marries leisure, luxury and fun in a classy atmosphere with unobstructed panoramic views. This three-level bar located on levels 42-44 of Alila Bangsar offers something different at every level, and the rooftop section treats guests to unobstructed panoramic views of the surrounding city. Behind the bar is Ruben Anandha, whose previous stints include bartending at Singapore's ADRIFT and MOZZA. Now at The Lido, Ruben is taking guests back to basics, with classic cocktails done right, with premium spirits complemented by fresh herbs and fruits, and house-made cordials and infusions. 

Vertigo, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
Bars and pubs

Vertigo, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

Located on Level 59, Vertigo is the city's tallest hotel rooftop bar, boasting stunning uninterrupted panoramas of the city skyline. There's also good selection of wine, beer and cocktails available.

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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