Thanks for the validation Airbnb, but we already know that Kampung Baru is a cool neighbourhood.
The accommodation and homestay network just released its 2017 edition of ‘Neighbourhoods to Watch’ list; joining Milneburg (New Orleans), Fitzroy (Melbourne) and Daehangno (Seoul), among others, is our very own Kampung Baru. For 2016, the list included another favourite 'hood of ours, Brickfields. The list takes into consideration what travellers are looking for in 2017, and according to them, it’s green spaces, food options and laid-back communities in an urban setting.
Never been to Kampung Baru? We’ll help you out. Take the LRT and stop at the Kampung Baru station; from there it’s walking distance to one of our favourite nasi dagang spots, Chunburi. After that, look out for Fatimah Selera Kampung – it will be a longer walk but treat yourself to a glass of their famous ais jagung afterwards. Need more options? There’s nasi kandar at LC Restaurant of Penang’s Line Clear fame.
When most corners of the city already look unrecognisable from their former selves, Kampung Baru has so far succeeded in maintaining its idyllic kampung vibe, so to speak. However, in the next 20 years, that might change as the neighbourhood will go through an expensive facelift that includes the development of hotels, offices and a giant ferris wheel. Now here's a Kampung Baru cat video to cheer you up.
Need more suggestions on what to do in Kampung Baru? Read our guide to Jalan Raja Muda Musa.