Bukit Bintang


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At the center of the action, Bukit Bintang is the shopping district of Kuala Lumpur and it is accessible by MR6 line at Bukit Bintang Monorail station and the MRT Kajang Line. The area is still the most popular place for locals and tourists to go shopping and get massages despite other mega malls opening up around the city. This is where you’ll find everything you need with the Pavillion, Fahrenheit88, Lot 10, and the Starhill malls located right across from each other.

Beyond the shopping malls, the newly opened Urban Museum is a contemporary art museum that’s worth checking out, but you’ll need a reservation in advance before you go. Jalan Sin Chew Kee is a residential street on the fringes of Bukit Bintang that has rows of colonial houses that have been transformed into some of the hippest cafes, bars, and restaurants. Art lovers must also take a walk around the colorful Jalan Alor Street Art 1 and 2, where you’ll find colorful streets completely decked out in murals.

In terms of food, all the Malaysian favorites can be found in Lot 10 Hutong Food Court. It’s on the LG floor of the Lot 10 shopping center where you can get the hawker style food and experience with air conditioning. Eden Coffee Rooftop Cafe is a quieter choice, also located within Lot 10 with a clear view of KL Tower. There is outdoor and indoor seating and it’s a lovely spot for reading, chatting with friends, or getting some work done. VCR is another popular cafe that has recently gotten pricier but has consistently excellent coffee and a great brunch menu.

Common Ground is one of the most popular coworking chains with a three-story outpost in Bukit Bintang. It’s within walking distance of the Pavilion mall with a view of the Petronas Twin Towers and downtown KL as well. There’s also, PAPER + TOAST X Seedspace, another coworking space with upcycled furniture, 24/7 access, and weekly community events.

Nam Cheah
November 4, 2022
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Nam Cheah is a third culture millennial who spent half her life in Hong Kong and the other half in the UK.

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