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.
Things to do in Sunway
Sunway Pyramid Ice
It’s a common sight to see budding figure skaters training at Pyramid Ice. But even if you are an amateur or just want to give ice skating a try, Pyramid Ice is open for all. Just bear in mind that while ice-skating may seem easy, it requires certain muscle coordination to stay upright. But once you get the hang of it, gliding across ice will be effortless.
Laser Tag shares the same shooting principle as paintball and video games. But unlike paintball, you won't end up with bruises. And unlike video games, laser tag is not sedentary and requires you to run about in a multi-level labyrinth-like arena. Galactic Laser is the perfect place to take the kids when they're bursting with energy.
A mere 45 minutes drive from KL and you’ll be transported to the fun filled water fest that is Sunway Lagoon. Split into two themes, enjoy splashing in the Waters of Africa and get wet and wicked in the Wild Wild West. All in all there are 32 rides and attractions, enough to satisfy even the fussiest of tastes so get your swimmers on and get soaked! Visitors are advised to book online for cheaper rates. It also features a paintball range, a petting zoo and a 428-meter long pedestrian bridge from which you can view the whole park.
Sunway Mega Lanes
With 48 Brunswick lanes and the latest bowling technology fitted, this fully-computerized bowling centre is one of the biggest and most well-maintained bowling alleys in Klang Valley. A favorite with bowling enthusiasts, apparently the national team train here too. Shoe rental starts at RM2.50 per pair; and bring your own socks if you don't feel like forking out RM3 for a pair.
Opened way back in 1997, Sunway Pyramid has managed to evolve and keep staleness at bay by expansion and renovation. Its sprawling 1.7 million sq ft of Egyptian-themed shopping space will keep your eyes trained if not delighted. Tacky or tasteful, the decor has been called many a things but one cannot fault Sunway Pyramid for being a mall without character. Recent additions to the mall include a Moroccan-inspired indoor bazaar street to further tantalise shoppers.
Best shops in Sunway
When you travel you tend to find brands that you wish were in KL; that’s one of the reasons Major Drop came about. The guys from Pestle & Mortar launched this multi-label retail chain in June, stocking up on international brands that focus on street wear, fashion and lifestyle. Major Drop has all your daily sartorial needs: caps, T-shirts, pants, shoes, wallets, sunglasses and more. They want to provide a space where people have access to international brands that aren’t available in KL, according to Hugh Koh, the creative director and co-founder of Pestle & Mortar. There’s just something about Major Drop and its edgy aura. Maybe it’s the warm lighting, or the cool items on display, but whenever you walk by, you’ll definitely be drawn in. Also, the clean-cut interior of the shop makes it easy for you to browse through the different brands on offer. You’ll find big names like Nike, Herschel and Havaianas, but the major draw is the availability of brands that are still new to KLites. The shop now has over 50 international brands, with more to follow soon, such as Gourmet Shoes and Dime Piece. The shop in Sunway is only the first part of the venture – another outlet will open in Klang Valley sometime this year, and there are plans for expanding around Southeast Asia too. And now that Major Drop has recently launched its online store, you’ll be able to check out these exciting new brands without having to leave the house.
Best restaurants and cafés in Sunway
An exciting addition to Bandar Sunway's growing crop of cafés is Softcore, whose name refers to its signature molten cakes that come in Belgian dark chocolate, salted caramel, matcha, peanut butter and Belgian white chocolate; each cake is served with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, and Softcore stays far away from your typical whipped cream and maraschino cherry topping. Instead, the cakes are prettily plated with toppings like berries, fruit jam and sand crumble that won't look out of place in a fancy restaurant – which makes the RM13-RM15 price point all the more appealing. Softcore's food menu may be small, but it's an interesting variety: the grilled cheese sandwich gets an upgrade with fillings like Asian chicken and beef brisket; there's also truffle fries topped with Grana Padano cheese, and even parmesan crème brûlée, a savoury take on the dessert with thyme and caramelised onions (plus the mandatory hard caramel top). While Softcore's Instagram-ready minimalist interior may follow the template of today's 'cool' cafés, the founders weren't quick to jump on the coffee bandwagon – the only coffee you'll get here for now is cold brew, served with a scoop of ice cream of course (this is a dessert place after all). There are also premium teas, ice-cream floats and milkshakes, a standout of which is the red bean santan milkshake.
Tucked away in Bandar Sunway, Lancelot Tea-Guild stands out in a sea of rather grubby shops (the pristine white tea house is quaintly located in an area opposite car workshops). Founded by a group of tea-loving art directors with a background in interior design, Lancelot Tea-Guild was set up to offer accessible fine dining (no snooty waiters here) and tea at wallet-friendly prices. It's a chic white space with subtle medieval touches (spot the stag heads, metal wings and framed vintage photos), and at the back there's a more private area with black walls, dimmer lighting, tufted couches and a medium-sized chandelier. The medieval theme is more pronounced here, with a shield and portraits of knights hung on the wall. Aesthetically-pleasing interior aside, it's the extensive selection of English tea specialities by Whittard of Chelsea that gives depth to the tea house. Recommended teas are the 1886 Blend and Earl Grey, and popular ones like the Mango & Bergamot and the Gunpowder Green live up to the hype. Teas are brewed using the smart-looking Steampunk siphon brewing machine, a precise app-based apparatus (similar in appearance to the one at Three Little Birds in Desa ParkCity) takes care of extraction, temperature control and thermal stability, which means you get a near-perfect cup of tea. If it's too scorching a day for a hot drink, have a glass of Lancelot's cold brew tea infused in room-temperature water for six to 12 hours in the fridge. Being an English-inspired tea
Hello Kitty Gourmet Café
If you remember the days of waiting patiently in line at McDonald's for the limited edition wedding range of Hello Kitty plushies back in the early 2000s, we’re sure the lines will be even longer at the kawaii feline's new gourmet café in Sunway Pyramid. Inspired by Parisian pavement cafés, it's all French-style awning and glass doors with pastel chairs and Hello Kitty motifs. Get your paws at the ready on Instagram; the gourmet Hello Kitty-themed food is very pretty.
Lai Kong serves plenty of your local comfort food favourites including a Melaka-style nasi lemak. This may seem like false advertising because where’s the lemak in the nasi lemak? Apparently, this is how they roll – just fluffy white rice with a variety of sides like sambal petai, curry, fried chicken, stir-fried long beans, fried egg, etc.
myBurgerLab is the burger equivalent of fictional coffeehouse Central Perk. Friendly staff line the counters and regulars fill up the brimming space by dinnertime. We suggest you try A Beautiful Mess, a sloppy beef burger, which comes with massive fried portabella mushrooms, a sunny side-up egg and mozzarella cheese. The jet black bamboo charcoal buns are standard fare here. Crispy with a light crust on the outside and moist on the inside, the thin patty is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Patties here are prepared using a ‘smash’ technique where the ground-beef mixture is formed into flattened balls and mashed, a method which retains the meat’s natural juices. Awards Food Awards 2012 and 2013 myBurgerLab won Best Western in the Time Out KL Food Awards 2013 and was shortlisted Best New Restaurant in 2012. Our food awards are 100% voted for by the people of KL. This way, we guarantee that popularity and consistent performance are rewarded.
Kar Wai and Kar Heng, the power brothers behind CoffeeSociété and Garage 51, are attempting to revitalise KL’s café scene with food that steers clear of mystery hams and hollandaise; the eggs Benedict here is a bold upgrade with slipper lobster and pumpkin. Other dishes include tasting platters that carry avocado wedges topped with feta, or prawns, or couscous, a hefty steak burger with mushroom casserole and egg, and a boozy bombe Alaska. The 30-foot bar is where cold-brewed coffee-on-tap is dispensed, a concept we predict will take flight across more of KL’s cafés.
The enterprising boys of Coffee Société have opened a shiny new café in Sunway, and it looks good. This time, the theme is much like its name – industrial and functional with the occasional stamped oil drum in corners. It’s an attractive space, a change from the area’s more cookie-cutter ‘Western’ outlets. Coffee Société’s house blend is maintained, commonly sipped by students from Sunway University College as well as residents of Subang Jaya and Puchong. At brunchtime, look for the baked eggs, croissants and bagels.
Eight Gourmets Gala
Bandar Sunway’s new eight-in-one project brings together different dining options in a space that seats about 450. Helmed by the team behind Caffeinees, Niu Taste and Black Market, Eight Gourmets Gala (EGG) allows diners to mix and match food from different outlets to eat in a common seating area, much like an upgraded food court. All eight outlets have separate genres, but they’re all decked out tastefully for a sophisticated café feel. If you want to eat your lunch overlooking the Sunway Lagoon theme park, you can do just that. Here are the four outlets to look out for: Confessions of Lady Laura Dive into over-the-top desserts like triple chocolate Kahlua cheesecake and sizzling chocolate lava cake with butterscotch and salted caramel. Hook & Cook Pick live seafood from the tanks and have them grilled or poached. If oysters and Alaskan crab are routine at seafood bars, geoduck sure isn’t. Hakka Crab Classic flavours abound like salted egg with butter, kam heong and sweet and sour. But when in doubt, opt for the signature stir-fried crab. Malt Berry Apes Choose from 500 wine labels or a range of single malts, scotch and bourbon. Malt Berry Apes offers a private ten-seater room if you prefer your swig of whisky in private.
A Pie Thing Sunway
A good meat pie is difficult to track in our city, and the young team behind A Pie Thing is attempting to change that. Shortcrust pastry holds fillings like pulled lamb, chicken and cheese, and spinach, and is served with mushy peas, potatoes and gravy. While the pastry is appropriately yielding and firm, it’s laid out too thickly and falls short on buttery flavour. The sweet pies suffer similar fates, but are quickly compensated by never-fail fillings like banana-peanut butter and Nutella-s’mores.
Ristorante Italiano Capricciosa Sunway Pyramid
When straight-laced Japanese and zany Italians collide, you know something cosmic is bound to happen—and it did—a gastronomic explosion which gave birth to the Ristorante Italiano Capricciosa. The brainchild of award-winning chef, Masaaki Honda, Capricciosa serves fresh, cooked-toorder pastas and pizzas. The al dente pastas are painstakingly handmade twice a day by their chefs, instead of cooking packaged stuff off store shelves. Rice croquette,capricciosa pizza, and quattro formagi are some of the names you’ll find in the menu to get your mouth juices in overdrive. The children can choose between spaghetti or macaroni (in tomato or alfredo sauce). pizza or lasagna and all kids get balloons! On weekdays, children eat for free when Mum and Dad dine at the restaurant. Capricciosa is also located at Pavilion KL.
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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.