There's more to this town than just roundabouts and the Blue Mosque. Here are some cool things you'll find in Shah Alam.
Get sloppy at Holy Smoke Café
This Americana-inspired café in Section 13 is known for their full-on burgers. One crowd favourite is their signature Holy Smoke Burger, featuring a beef patty topped with grilled onions, cheese and a generous dollop of bolognaise sauce. Be prepared to get messy.
Shah Alam’s library is cooler than yours
The RM70mil Raja Tun Uda Library overlooks a serene lake where lotuses bloom and has a cool kids section plus five storeys of books and study areas. Certain areas are shoes-off zones and they didn't skimp on the sofas – most of them are very comfortable. Also available: a 6D motion cinema, a Mac computer zone and a gym.
Check www.ppas.gov.my for updates.
Be part of a book community
Buku Jalanan is a larger movement, but Shah Alam’s edition does it well. Enthusiasts gather at the Lake Gardens to catch film screenings, participate in book exchanges as well as forums and discussions on themes from feminism to couch surfing and a lot more activities.
Happens on alternate Saturdays, 5pm. Check facebook.com/bukujalanan for updates.
Get a pair of new (but seasoned) kicks
If you like your shoes weathered and with character (as opposed to shiny new ones), get a pair or two from this second-hand store. A cult favourite with shoe fans, they stock up on old Dr Martens, Converse, Nike and many other shoe brands. They also have an outlet in Uptown Shah Alam if you don’t feel like venturing all the way to the far ends of Padang Jawa.