Your ultimate guide to Kuala Lumpur

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

Bars in Petaling Jaya
Bars and pubs

Bars in Petaling Jaya

When you're in the area and looking for a drink, here's where you should head to.

Top Selangor spots
Travel

Top Selangor spots

The state has so much more to see and do than meets the eye.

The best parks in KL
Things to do

The best parks in KL

Instead of hanging out with mall rats at yet another new shopping centre, spend a quiet hour or two walking around at these parks in KL filled with lush greenery. Fly kites, take in the scenery and go on a picnic; we promise it's better than a trip to the mall.

Best fried chicken in KL
Restaurants

Best fried chicken in KL

The Time Out KL team munched and crunched their way through the city’s best fried chicken. Whether you prefer the no-frills hawker-style fried thighs or the sticky glaze of crunchy Korean style chicken, here are some of the city’s best birds. Eat with your hands, and get your wet wipes ready.

The best climbing centres for kids
Kids

The best climbing centres for kids

In addition to keeping the kids trim, climbing boosts brainpower and fosters new friendships. We seek out child-friendly climbing centres and organisations where kids can channel their inner Tarzan.

What’s on this week in KL

Bobo KL presents Ushera and Ganesh
Music

Bobo KL presents Ushera and Ganesh

You know it's going to be a good performance when Ushera and Ganesh get together. Ushera's sultry soulful voice is only further enhanced when accompanied by Ganesh's masterful piano playing. This performance see them paying tribute to the late Tan Sri P Ramlee and Saloma through nostalgic renditions of songs like 'Tunggu Sekejap', 'Engkau Laksana Bulan' and 'Perwiraku'.  

Scent of Tango
Dance

Scent of Tango

This dance performance will see top tango dancers like Sebastian Acosta, Laura D'Anna, Roberto Castillo and Julieta Biscione on stage, performing the dance that made it to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Also, world-renowned orchestra Hyperion Ensemble will be playing music by the Tango Old Guard (the first generation of tango musicians) as well as contemporary composers.

Remembering Whitney
Music

Remembering Whitney

In this tribute to one of the greatest songstresses of our time, Trina Johnson Finn will take on the role of Whitney Houston. This live concert from Las Vegas will be making a stop in KL for two nights and will see a breathtaking range of her greatest hits, including 'Greatest Love of All', 'Queen of the Night', 'I Will Always Love You' and more. 

Aquaria KLCC Transparent Fish Exhibition
Kids

Aquaria KLCC Transparent Fish Exhibition

Science meets art at Aquaria KLCC's Education Centre with the Transparent Fish Exhibition, happening until March. These interesting-looking fish have see-through bodies that allow you to see right to the fish's brains and organs, and are usually found in the deep waters near the ocean floor. For an interesting day out of learning, bring the family and discover together the mysterious wonders of life in our oceans.

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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

FOOK
Restaurants

FOOK

By the same people behind the Tamarind group of restaurants, FOOK is a restaurant and lounge that takes inspiration from East Asian culture, incorporating it into everything from its interiors to the cuisine, and even its name (which is the Chinese word for 'prosperity'). The kitchen serves modern interpretations of traditional dishes from Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea, and the bar offers farm-to-glass cocktails as well as a curated list of organic wines and Asian spirits.  

Joloko
Restaurants

Joloko

This tropical airy space is eclectic decorated, and serves a spread of Caribbean-style barbecue dishes alongside delicious island cuisine. Pair your meal with the wide array of drinks from mezcal, tequila, wine and cocktails. 

The Iron Fairies
Bars and pubs

The Iron Fairies

A magical place for party people to let their imagination run wild, The Iron Fairies brand is making its mark in the KL nightlife scene with its biggest branch to date. The luxuriously appointed decor includes intricate detailed furnishings and a secret room. Music comes by way of live bands, and on the weekends a DJ takes to the decks with house and techno tunes. There are unique signature cocktails and an extensive list of wine and spirits served alongside a succint menu of bar bites and its signature beef burgers. 

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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