The opening of H&M may have been a major draw in the early days of its refurbishment, but since then, Avenue K has stepped up its mall game for also being a good spot in the city for lingering and engaging in leisure activities for both kids and working adults. Here are some of the best shops and things to do at the mall.
Things to do
This may be the only time you’ll feel excited being trapped in a room. You know the drill: Find clues and solve puzzles within the time limit to escape. Equipped with secret passages, trapdoors and better props, the inventive rooms at Breakout are a cut above its competitors. Dark, mysterious and a locked room – all that’s missing is a zombie to complete the perfect Walking (Date) night.
It pains us to share this with you, but yes, you can actually find peace (with a dazzling view of the Petronas Twin Towers) in our busy city. Behold, the Avenue K rooftop – our happy place away from sweaty joggers and camera-slinging tourists. The last time we checked, there were only a few families reading quietly or stretching out on the grass so the space is still quite hush-hush at the moment. No skateboarding or partying please – Instagramming should be your most strenuous activity here.
What’s better than a game of pool after work? Right now, it’s table tennis, and you can play for free on the third floor of Avenue K. We’ve seen pros slice and smash around as if an Olympic medal depended on it. Here’s a nugget of wisdom for beginners: stay off the sweatbands.
Rent equipment for free from the information counter on the ground floor. RM50 deposit for two paddles and three balls; maximum one hour playtime.
You don’t need a Tiger mum to tell you this but your child’s education starts from the nursery. Primrose Hill is based on a British (EYFS) and Scandinavian (Active Learning) curriculum, which encourages kids to learn art, music and even theatre in a studio-based environment. Sign your tots up for their fun-filled school holiday programmes too.
Their well-edited selection of books on graphic design, animation, architecture and the odd fashion book puts chain stores to sorry shame. Having won over art obsessives and comic geeks, Basheer is the nucleus for interesting reads including Danny Gregory’s ‘art Before Breakfast’ and Dana Thomas’s autobiography on John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.
If you're at Suria KLCC...
This pocket of green is known for three things: cheesy dates, family outings and hardcore joggers. But here’s one more: the Symphony Lake Suite. Reminiscent of a glass house, the sparkling venue overlooks the Petronas Twin Towers and the iconic KLCC lake, making it the perfect space for weddings or art exhibitions.
Call 03 7710 4299 or check www.symphonylakesuite.com.my for rental rates.
Having a gallery in the middle of a mall makes art-viewing all the more accessible. This month, the gallery pays homage to Malaysia’s iconic humour magazine ‘Gila Gila’ and its famed cartoonists, showcasing over 200 pieces of original artworks.
So many bibliophiles have been captivated by the power of the written word at this expansive bookstore. Rare copies, up-to-date titles and luxurious stationery you can only dream of owning – Kino is possibly the best book repository in town.
Online shopping may seem like the way forward, but nothing can outdo the mall as a social gathering point or replace its brick-and-mortar store experience. Here are the top things to eat and do at some of the best malls.