Well-renowned heritage site, Central Market or Pasar Seni - is a one-stop destination for Malaysian handicraft, souvenirs, collectables and batiks. The 131-year-old historic building houses 350 bazaar-like shops and kiosks that offer the ultimate Malaysian experience for locals and tourists alike. Unlike any other, Central Market is a great place to immerse yourself in Malaysian traditional art performances with artists showcasing their works of art, painters rendering the shapes and colours of Malaysia on canvases, dance performers captivating the audience with their graceful moves, artisans creating intricate one of a kind handicrafts, and the like. Photo: Central MarketStrategically located at the heart of the city, this blue façade building is a place where you can not only observe but also experience, learn from and get involved in workshops run by skilled artisans and craftsmen that offer hands-on experience. Step into the main building and find different artistic features that interest your artistic desire. With different lanes focusing on different specialty, you will find many Instagram-worthy places to capture your perfect shots while enjoying the ambience of this previously wet market turned heritage building. Photo: Central MarketBe sure to not to miss the never-ending fun of the 3D art paintings and augmented reality video - the perfect pit-stop for anyone visiting Central Market.After all this excitement, it is time to unwind and enjoy some local delicacies.
What’s on this week in KL
Thursday Bladder Burst Beer Challenge
Interested in joining the beer buffet at Skybar KL? You are allowed to drink as much beer as you want but the catch is the offer will end once you go to the washroom. Drink till your heart's content and make it on the Bladder Burst Hall of Fame board with attractive prizes to be won. But remember: you pee, you lose!
Nights of Fright
The annual Festival of Fear at Sunway Lagoon returns with its seventh edition, equipped with horrors to scare you silly. Check out haunted attractions, Horrorwood Studios' Wax Museum of Monsters, the Hotel Deville, then head to the Scare Zones like Slasher Street where some of Hollywood’s most famous horror killers are set loose! Only for those aged 13 and above.
Interwoven Terrains by Yau Bee Ling
Wei-Ling Contemporary presents ‘Interwoven Terrains’ by established Malaysian painter Yau Bee Ling. This marks her fourth solo exhibition in a 25-year career. Her practice has consistently been an extension of her life’s journey, mimicking the twists and turns of her emotional state of mind as she is confronted by challenges of life. This exhibition represent Yau's turning point in her life as these works have served to heal her. Through these paintings, each layers of colours, effects and symbols depicts a significant feeling or moment in her life, thus, forming a map of her inner soul.
KidZania Spooky Fun Festival
Bring your family to the eerie and hair-raising KidZania’s Spooky Fun Festival which includes a Midnight Hour challenge that will have visitors searching for the antidote to a zombie virus outbreak. Other activities include Scary Maze in front of the Banana! Theatre, Trick-or-Treat All Around Town and more!
New restaurants and bars in KL
PJ's highest rooftop bar is located on Level 35 of the Pinnacle PJ Tower, and boasts panoramic views of both the PJ and KL city skyline. This jungle-themed bar gives off plenty of chill tropical vibes with walls covered in leaves, animal-print covered seats and a soundtrack of familiar pop and pop-rock tunes. There's an extensive list of cocktails (which include creative signature drinks made with local ingredients), beer, liquor and wine, as well as a variety of food like pizza, mains and appetisers to pair with your drink.
Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara's specialty French Mediterranean restaurant offers an elegant space in which to indulge in flavourful dishes paired with signature cocktails and drinks. The contemporary restaurant features an impressive art deco ceiling, and there's indoor and alfresco seating by the pool, as well as an outdoor bar. Watch the chefs in action in the open kitchen, or lounge by the pool with tapas and a cocktail.
Located on Level 50 of Naza Tower at Platinum Park, BlackByrd offers diners great views of the city skyline from both its restaurant and lounge. Its warm interiors are outfitted with lots of wood and rattan furniture as well as customised table and wall lamps, making for a cosy yet sophisticated dining environment high above the city. Food comes by way of classic comfort Southeast Asian dishes presented with a touch of elegance. Head to the Lounge for a drink – there's an extensive list of wines and spirits to choose from, as well as in-house signature cocktails.
With the uncomplicated principle of ‘Simple Thai Cuisine’, La Moon is one of the city’s newest additions, serving authentic Thai cuisine in a cosy and slightly upscale setting. The kitchen is headed by Chef Korn (formerly of Erawan), who transforms simple ingredients into delicious dishes with typical Thai spices and great technique.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.