Your ultimate guide to Kuala Lumpur

Discover the best Kuala Lumpur events, things to do, restaurants, music, film, art, theatre, nightlife and more...

Best grilled cheese sandwiches in KL
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Best grilled cheese sandwiches in KL

Perfectly gooey and cheesy, these melty goodness are the toast of the town

Best rooftop pools in KL
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Best rooftop pools in KL

Take a dip in the city's best infinity pools with a view

Where to eat oysters in KL
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Where to eat oysters in KL

Whether you like your oysters raw, baked or fried, KL has them all. We shucked through some of the best restaurants in the city for the freshest oysters.

Best zhap fan spots in KL
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Best zhap fan spots in KL

Zhap fan is the working person’s saviour, especially when you’re looking for an affordable and quick meal. Cheap, easily available and with lots of choices, zhap fan makes workday lunches nutritious, affordable and delicious all at the same time.

Best restaurants in KL for date night
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Best restaurants in KL for date night

Date night doesn’t always have to be grand gestures of romance and deep pockets. There are places you can go for a casual night out, just as there are intimate restaurants for momentous romantic celebrations.

What’s on this week in KL

Tales from the Jamban

Tales from the Jamban

‘Tales from the Jamban’ is the brainchild of the people behind the annual series ‘Tales from the Bedroom’ – a set of plays about embarrassing things that happen in the bedroom. With this new title, you can already guess what it’s about. The first instalment of the new series, ‘Tales from the Jamban’ will feature ten short plays about the awkward misadventures in the toilet. Plus, with titles like ‘Oh Lord Why Me’, ‘Load of Faith’, ‘Best Friends Do Shit Together’ and more, you can be sure of a good time.

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Movies Under The Stars at Frisky Bar
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Movies Under The Stars at Frisky Bar

Frisky Rooftop Bar presents a film screening every Thursday so you can kick back and watch movies under the stars. This month's featured films are 'Into The Wild', '12 Years A Slave', 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', 'Midnight in Paris' and 'Unbroken'.

A LINE
Art

A LINE

One of Japan’s most popular artists, Yu Nagaba will be showcasing some of his work in an exhibition aptly named Line. His artworks are known for their sophisticated simplistic lines that mix pop icons from different eras and various genres, which could have the power to give different viewpoints to images we’ve come across before.

JP Soetardjo Menjawab Semua Soalan
Art

JP Soetardjo Menjawab Semua Soalan

Ilhan Gallery presents 'JP Soetardjo Menjawab Semua Soalan' by Indonesian artist Pius Sigit Kuncoro. The exhibition incorporates themes of art and storytelling, history and fiction that tells the story of the character JP Soetardjo, a retired freedom fighter. Gather insights of the life he lead through photographs, news articles, album covers and book covers. The exhibition opens with a talk and tour by the artist himself on 18 Feb.

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Tujoh
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Tujoh

From the outside, Tujoh gives off the impression of a small quaint café, but pull the door open and you’ll be greeted by black-and-white wall murals of pop icons and old television sets, as well as a leafy courtyard with rays of light streaming in from the skylight.

Crime Cocktail Bar
Bars and pubs

Crime Cocktail Bar

Crime Cocktail Bar is inspired by the speakeasies of the American prohibition era when alcohol was illegal. And being a speakeasy itself, Crime’s location along TREC’s Electric Boulevard isn’t easy to find.

The Embassy Cafe
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The Embassy Cafe

The Embassy café in The Starling is a brightly lit space with plenty of natural sunlight streaming in during the day. With a nature-themed decor that includes murals of palm trees and animals on the walls, The Embassy offers a laidback spot to while away an afternoon.

One Half x Ilaika
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One Half x Ilaika

Remember the commendable pop-up coffee bar at Brats last year? Founded by Adly Azmy and Keith Koay (one of the top baristas in Malaysia), One Half have since opened two new offshoots after ending their run at Brats: one at Random Food Store and another in Ilaika.

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
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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.

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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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