Does KL really need another shopping centre? Before we collectively (politely) say, “Well, no,” allow us to explain that while we may not need yet another collection of the same brands and shops in a mall, The LINC KL is actually very different. This particular space aims to provide a sanctuary in the middle of the city and although it’s located on one of the busiest intersections, it’s surprisingly green and calm inside.
'The Owl' by Amarul Abdullah. Photo: Grace Yap
One of the most distinctive features of KL’s latest retail destination is the huge tree that has been cleverly incorporated into the design and is the centrepiece of the building. There are also various murals and creative installations by both local and international artists. ‘The Owl’ by Malaysian artist Amarul Abdullah is an impressive vivid mural of this nocturnal bird, while the Kuala Lumpur Cityscape mural is a vibrant interpretation courtesy of three artists from Myanmar and Malaysia. The installation that’s attracting a lot of attention is the one with 41,600 origami doves in 40 colours hanging off the ceiling – we’re sure you’ve already seen it in many an Instagram post.
Photo: Grace Yap
If you’re feeling peckish the current roster of eateries includes Wrappe, Bean Brothers, Bo & Banker and Spice Garden. Soon to open are De Wan 1958 by Chef Wan and Sushi Hara. Plus, there isn’t the usual deluge of shops at The LINC, which is what makes it so pleasant. There’s a Ben’s Independent Grocer, Harriston Chocolatier (Malaysian chocolate makers), Pasu Crafted (indoor plants), Bendang Artisan (artisanal ceramics), Frangipani Bulk (zero-waste products), British India and Cellar 18. Head to Hauntu by Breakout for an immersive horror experience [read up about it here], and parents will be happy to know that there’s a branch of the renowned trilingual preschool, Trinity Kids located here as well.
The LINC KL, 360 Jalan Tun Razak, KL (03 9213 0388/thelinckl.com.my).