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Find the best things to do in KL right now – from the city's best restaurants and bars to art galleries, shops and attractions, including things to do with your kids. In these best-of lists, our editors have picked the top places to visit to make the most of KL city. Let's go!

100 best local dishes and drinks in KL
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100 best local dishes and drinks in KL

We are a food city. One that caters to the food-obsessed; one that alternates between street and traditional dining, at any budget and time of the day. Here are the 100 best dishes and drinks that truly defines us, from the contentious nasi leamk to the humble roti canai. Loosen your belt – you've got much eating to do. 

The best coffee shops in KL
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The best coffee shops in KL

KL's coffee culture is an expanding landscape of imported beans, state-of-the-art machines, hip baristas, and silky smooth pours. Here are the best coffee shops in KL that call the shots.

Best banana leaf restaurants in KL
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Best banana leaf restaurants in KL

Tired of the usual suspects when it comes to banana leaf rice? We bury our fingers in rice and curry to track down some of Klang Valley’s lesser-known banana leaf restaurants, plus a few old favourites. 

Best nasi lemak in KL
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Best nasi lemak in KL

We pick the best places in town for a satisfying plate of the country's pride and joy – the mighty nasi lemak. Hunt down these nasi lemak joints for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper, because our national dish doesn't restrict itself to a certain meal time – which is why we love it so much. 

KL's best cafés for desserts
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KL's best cafés for desserts

If your sweet tooth is what some would call 'legendary', we've picked out the best dessert cafés in town for cake, pastries and everything else to keep you happy.RECOMMENDED: The best coffee shops in KL

The best cheap eats in KL
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The best cheap eats in KL

Eating well doesn’t mean you have to pay more. We’ve got you covered for the best cheap meals under RM15 our city has to offer.

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The best cafés in KL
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The best cafés in KL

You’ve got to admit that a trip to a good café sets you in a cheery mood – the sun-soaked space, glorious sunny side ups and that tingling dose of caffeine. The Time Out KL team maps out the best cafés for every occasion, from Instagram eye candies to the brunch of champions.

The best chai lattes in KL
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The best chai lattes in KL

Gaining precious real estate space on KL café menus is the chai latte, an updated version of the masala chai available on the streets of India and in most Indian restaurants around town. Instead of espresso, the chai latte is made with frothed milk and concentrated spiced tea. The next time you crave chai, here’s where to go.

The best teahouses in KL
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The best teahouses in KL

Fancy a spot of tea? Whether you're looking for traditional Chinese tea over dim sum or prefer to take the English route with scones and clotted cream, head to these recommended teahouses in KL. 

The best restaurants and cafés in KL
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The best restaurants and cafés in KL

The Time Out Kuala Lumpur Food 40 is our monthly, definitive guide for where to eat in the Klang Valley. Establishments will only appear in this list if they offer cuisine of a very high standard that is truly unique and worthy of your custom. No entry into the Food 40 has provided any Time Out team member with a free meal or other incentive – although plenty have tried! All have been chosen honestly, anonymously and after a great deal of deliberation by our team of expert food critics.

The best restaurants in KL for healthy eating
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The best restaurants in KL for healthy eating

Get in on the healthy food movement and start eating clean at these top restaurants for healthy eats in KL. We've also included a quick guide to meal portions and healthy-eating alternatives as recommended by some of the individuals behind these eateries. RECOMMENDED: Guide to eating clean

The best banana leaf restaurants in KL
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The best banana leaf restaurants in KL

Tired of the usual suspects when it comes to banana leaf rice? We bury our fingers in rice and curry to track down some of Klang Valley’s lesser-known banana leaf restaurants, plus a few old favourites.

The best brunch meals in KL
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The best brunch meals in KL

The elusive hybrid of breakfast and lunch has never tasted this good. So kickstart your lazy weekend with these best brunch dishes in town.

The best coffee shops in KL
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The best coffee shops in KL

Need a coffee fix? In this ultimate guide to coffee, we explore KL's third wave coffee culture, experimental brews, best coffee shops and the dying kopitiam culture. Go ahead and click on an article below to find out more.

The best bakeries in KL
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The best bakeries in KL

From sturdy European-style breads and buttery pastries to nostalgic Asian soft buns, these are the best bakeries in town for freshly-baked goods. 

The 15 best dishes in KL
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The 15 best dishes in KL

This year, we look at the top entries that speak to our larger KL culinary scene, inspire our midnight cravings, and demonstrate real respect for flavour. Here are the dishes that best stood out in 2015.

The best cake shops in KL
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The best cake shops in KL

Conventionally popular for birthdays and other special occasions, you don’t really need a reason to have cake (and eat it too). We find the best cake shops in KL that rise to the occasion.

The best cheap eats in KL
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The best cheap eats in KL

Eating well doesn’t mean you have to pay more. We’ve got you covered for the best cheap meals under RM15 our city has to offer.

The best chee cheong fun in KL
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The best chee cheong fun in KL

Up the fun factor with our guide to different types of chee cheong fun, from Hong Kong-style noodles rolled with juicy shrimps and chopped char siew to Penang-style chee cheong fun doused in har gou.

The best nasi lemak in KL
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The best nasi lemak in KL

We pick the best places in town for a satisfying plate of the country's pride and joy – the mighty nasi lemak. Hunt down these nasi lemak joints for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper, because our national dish doesn't restrict itself to a certain meal time – which is why we love it so much.

The best North Indian restaurants in KL
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The best North Indian restaurants in KL

Sit down to scrumptious curries, butter chicken, naan and chapatti at these top North Indian restaurants, which will have you huffing and puffing for more. 

The best soft serve ice creams in KL
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The best soft serve ice creams in KL

The soft serve craze is here to stay. Get in on the trend at these cafés and ice-cream parlours serving everything from minimalist, Japanese-inspired flavours and cereal milk to more pimped out ones like pink peppercorn soft serve. McFlurries not included.  RECOMMENDED: Top 3 ways to pimp your soft serve

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The best tourist attractions in KL
Things to do

The best tourist attractions in KL

Whether you're a first-time visitor looking for things to do (without resorting to too many clichés), or a local who just wants to play tourist for a day, here are ten ways to earn your tourist badge in KL.

The best art galleries in KL
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The best art galleries in KL

Whether you're an avid art collector or someone who just wants to soak up some culture in the city, head to KL's top ten best art galleries for everything from contemporary paintings to film photography and everything in between.

The best markets in KL
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The best markets in KL

KL markets come to life when the city is still asleep. They’re messy, chaotic and irresistibly atmospheric: The sharp tang of spices competes with the heavy aroma of sweet roasting meat and ripe fruit, wafting over the jabbering cacophony of commerce. We’ve put together a list of the top eight wet markets you should visit – but if sourcing for fresh seafood at 3am doesn’t bait you, check out our list of the best night markets and other bazaars in town. Are you ready to haggle?

The best public libraries in KL
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The best public libraries in KL

The best public libraries in the city for the bookishly curious, and kids.

Best staycations in the Klang Valley
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Best staycations in the Klang Valley

Looking for a relaxing weekend getaway without travelling the miles? Here are some of the best places for a nice quick holiday which you can do without even leaving the Klang Valley.

The best public swimming pools in KL
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The best public swimming pools in KL

Dip your feet or jump in and make a splash at these public pools.

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Kuala Lumpur for kids

The best things to do in KL with your kids
Kids

The best things to do in KL with your kids

From diving with sharks to playing doctor, here are the  best things to do in KL for kids and families.

The best child-friendly restaurants and cafés in KL
Kids

The best child-friendly restaurants and cafés in KL

Frazzled parents out for dinner with your kids, this list should give you some peace of mind. Here's what we deem the best when it comes to filling your kids' stomachs (and yours too). 

The best art classes for kids in KL
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The best art classes for kids in KL

It’s a wonderful thing when parents see past art classes as lofty pastimes and recognise their intrinsic value. We poked around these artist studios and ateliers to discover KL’s state-of-the-art kids’ classes.

The best kids' menus in KL
Kids

The best kids' menus in KL

Over the past year, KL has seen a burst of eateries that include dining options for kids. Gone are the days when parents were subjected to fast food joints because of happy meals that pleased tiny tummies. Nowadays, there are healthier and yummier menu options. Parents, we've done your homework and shortlisted the best for your ankle-biters. You're welcome.

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Music and Nightlife

The best karaoke joints in KL
Nightlife

The best karaoke joints in KL

KL is a karaoke paradise (geddit?), but how good is their sound system, the food, and most importantly, the variety of Queen songs we can sing endlessly to? We rank the city’s best in our list. If you need ideas on the best karaoke-friendly songs to sing, see our list of the 50 best karaoke songs. 

The best bars for gin in KL
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The best bars for gin in KL

In case you didn't know, there's a rising gin obsession in town. Join the gin revival and head to the city's best bars for a gin and tonic, including fancy upgrades.

The best clubs for dancing in KL
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The best clubs for dancing in KL

Looking for a fun night out dancing? Check out the best clubs, rooftop party decks and underground DJ dens to bust out those slick moves without shame. If you prefer to sing and dance in a private room (with only your friends as an audience), see our list of the best karaoke joints in town, and be sure to sing along to our 50 best karaoke songs. 

The best bars in KL
Bars and pubs

The best bars in KL

Get into the spirit of KL’s vibrant nightlife scene as we round up the best bars for every occasion, including where to drink in the city’s prettiest sights.

The best live music venues in KL
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The best live music venues in KL

Indie rock, acoustic folk, jazz – think you can’t find them in KL? These top ten live music venues play all that and more.

The best bars and clubs in KL
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The best bars and clubs in KL

Rooftop bars, speakeasies and the best places to party. Here are the best bars and clubs in KL to blow off some steam.

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Shopping and Style

The best spas and beauty salons in KL
Health and beauty

The best spas and beauty salons in KL

Unwind with our guide to KL spas and beauty salons, featuring massages, therapy, beauty treatments and everything else you need to relax.

The best barbershops in KL
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The best barbershops in KL

There’s never been a better time to get a classic cut and shave at KL’s modern barbershops. Here, we check out the city's best places for cool hair and wet shaves. 

The best stationery brands and shops in KL
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The best stationery brands and shops in KL

Stationery collecting is addictive and infectious – only a true stationer will understand how much comfort the perfect pairing of pen and paper can provide. Delight in cat motif notebooks, letterpress cards and washi tapes in this guide to KL's best stationery brands and shops.

The best vintage shops in KL
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The best vintage shops in KL

Looking to shop vintage? From bundle clothes shops to stores offering antique furniture and collectibles, do your old-school shopping at these top vintage shops in town. For more great shops, see our list of best shops in KL.

The best record stores in KL
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The best record stores in KL

Ditch your mp3s for an analogue music experience at these indie record stores.

The best shops in KL
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The best shops in KL

Everyone says KL is a shopper's paradise, but not many people look beyond the big brands and international chains. We’ve handpicked the best local and independent stores the streets and malls have to offer. Get your wallets ready.

The best secondhand bookstores in KL
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The best secondhand bookstores in KL

Do you prefer your books to have a bit of character? Roll up your sleeves and score a literary gem or two at these top secondhand bookstores in KL.

The best costume shops in KL
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The best costume shops in KL

Whether you’re preparing for Halloween or just want to spice up your everyday life, here are KL’s best costume and prop shops to give you some inspiration.

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