10 things to do in KL this week
Looking for things to do? Read on for our guide to the week's best events. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our homepage for daily updates on the best restaurants, events and whatever else KL has to offer before our next hot list is published on Monday.
The best food road trips outside of KL
If the usual trek to Melaka for chicken rice balls is getting predictable, we show you places you can veer elsewhere for beef noodles in Seremban, fried porridge in Klang, oh chien in Selayang, itik salai masak cili api in Bangi and others in our list. Your weekend food road trips, sorted.
Interview: Farah Ann
National gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hani may have won multiple gold medals at the SEA Games, but getting to where she is now involved plenty of patience, hard work and heartbreak. Ahead of her appearance at the upcoming SEA Games in KL, we asked Farah on how she builds the mental strength required to push through and improve herself. Keep changing goals It’s important to constantly change your goals as you develop, and gymnastics is one sport where I’m always learning new skills. Even the goals I set for myself a few years ago have changed: then, it was just to get to the SEA games; now, my target is to qualify for the Olympics. In setting goals for yourself, don’t just look at the big goals of maintaining your health or exercising – maintain smaller ones so that you can track your progress and see how far you’ve come from where you started. It’s more motivating this way because you can see the progress you’ve made. It’s all right to feel crappy It takes a lot out of you when you go out there after hours of training, only to lose. But I allow myself to be upset – when I didn’t qualify for the Olympics the last time, I couldn’t go back to the gym for two weeks. Even the mention of the Olympics would make me so upset that I’d break down in tears. Eventually, I picked myself up and told myself to keep moving forward. Failure is part and parcel of winning; we can only move up from failure and improve ourselves, and we always have more room to grow. We should allow ourselves to lea
What’s on this week in KL
Arguably one of, if not the largest jazz festival in Malaysia, Publika Jazz is back. The first day features the likes of Fazz, Carpio Brothers, Travis Tan Experiment, and Sudugarp Trio while the second day will see several big names take the stage too, including RYÖT JONES, Diandra Arjunaidi and The Frankie Sixes.
Tropical Wanderlust weekend market
Organised by Battery Acid Club, this weekend pop-up market will be following the theme of ‘Tropical Wanderlust’, where all items will bear tropical elements. Expect to find decorative plants by JC Nursery, handmade footwear by Fireworks, vintage shirts by Common Observation and even handcrafted goods produced by the Malaysian indigenous community which will be run by Gerai OA, a volunteer-run brand that aims to highlight the art of the orang asli.
Revisiting the Merdeka Monuments
This presentation by Dr Lai Chee Kien (Adjunct Associate Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design) examines the impact of cosmopolitan imaginations and networks in KL's transformation, and reads their realised forms as interactions against the Cold War, as well as with concentric imaginations of the Southeast Asian region and beyond.
New restaurants and bars in KL
KL’s latest addition to the coffee scene is Craft Origin, which proudly displays its coffee roaster in a position of prominence in the café. One of the founders is Melson Lee, who brings his experience from The Curious Goat in Damansara Perdana to roast and create coffee blends that cater to both coffee aficionados and regular Joes. There are two types of coffee served here: pour-over and espresso-based, with the blend for the former changing every week, and the blend for the latter every month. The espresso-based coffee blend is well balanced: bold without being too hardhitting, with a little acidity to make it an allround pleaser.
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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.
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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.
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.