Kuala Lumpur

Shopping

Shopping Areas

You will find plenty of shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. You can bet there’s at least one shopping center in your vicinity. You can get almost everything you need (even items from back home) if you know where to look. Most supermarkets carry international brands, gourmet items or non-halal food, such as pork. It is easy to find a good choice of vitamins and health products, and pharmacies/ drugstores have a good selection of medicines and toiletries. All brands of beauty products can be bought in KL. Check the ingredients as some products have been altered for the Asian market. Those with larger feet might find it difficult to find shoes and socks in KL. There are dressmakers and tailors if you can’t find what you need in one of the thousands of clothes shops. Wine, beer and spirits can be bought at most supermarkets at reasonable prices. Watch repairs (and battery replacements) can be done at Watches of Switzerland, Lower Ground Floor, Bangsar Village, Bangsar Baru & Great Eastern Mall.

To help you with your shopping, the major shopping malls and shopping centers in KL are listed below. However, this list is far from complete as new shopping malls pop up regularly. Shopping is not for nothing one of Malaysia's favorite pass time. Keep an eye on our Newsletter (requires log-in) for updates on new shopping venues, shops, and restaurants! 

Ampang

Hock Choon

241-1 Jalan Ampang (near Lanson Place Serviced apartments and beside Victoria Station Restaurant)

  • Known to locals as the expat grocery
  • Carries various international brands
  • Good wine and liquor selection
  • Frames (and framing services)
  • Home furnishing and household items
  • School and office supplies
  • Has a big bulletin board, which is a good information source when hiring maids, selling, and buying (especially from expat families moving) second-hand cars, household items, and pets

Plaza Ampang/City Square Shopping Center

Jalan Ampang off Jalan Tun Razak (beside Crown Princess Hotel)

  • Teak wood furniture, carpets, rugs, and other home accessories
  • Galleries and art shops
  • Piano and violin shops
  • Toys R Us
  • Silk Fabrics and other handicrafts from Thailand
  • Back issues of various magazines
  • Beauty salon and spa
  • Dental and medical clinics

Ampang Park Shopping Center

Corner of Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Ampang

  • Groceries and household items
  • Made to order clothes (especially for ladies)
  • Specialty items such as scarves, table linens, and handicrafts from Thailand, Philippines and Iran
  • Bookstores with home and office supplies
  • Plants and Pots
  • Pharmacy

Great Eastern Mall

Jalan Ampang

  • Baby and kids stuff
  • Bookstore
  • Apple Computers
  • Cold Storage supermarket
  • Pet store
  • Hardware shop
  • Pharmacy
  • Energy Spa and Fitness Center

Ampang Point Complex

  • Clothes, shoes, bags
  • Optical shops
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Pay Less (second-hand) books and back issues of various magazines
  • Groceries and various household items
  • At the back of the shopping center there are many other shops such as appliance stores, car showrooms and furniture shops

Ampang Grocers

No. 40-42 Persiaran Ampang, off Jalan Ampang Hilir

  • Carries wine and liquor
  • International brands and hard to find items
  • Florist

City Center

Suria KLCC

Jalan Ampang (at the base of the Petronas Towers)

  • Designer clothes, shoes and bags
  • Cosmetics
  • Hairdresser and beauty salons
  • Optical shops
  • Has two major department stores - Parkson and Isetan
  • Cold Storage supermarket
  • Kinokuniya Bookshop
  • Cinemas

Pavilion

168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

  • Upmarket mall
  • Designer clothes, shoes and bags
  • Cosmetics
  • Hairdresser and beauty salons
  • Optical shops
  • Parkson department stores
  • Mercato supermarket
  • Cinemas

Bukit Bintang (Golden Triangle)

Lot 10

50 Jalan Sultan Ismail

  • Designer clothes, shoes, bags and other accessories
  • Isetan department store
  • Beauty salons

Star Hill Galery

Jalan Bukit Bintang

  • Designer clothes, shoes, bags and other accessories
  • More exclusive shops
  • Pamper floor for all your spa needs

Imbi Plaza

Jalan Imbi corner Jalan Sultan Ismail

  • Reasonably priced electronic goods such as computers and digital cameras
  • Be warned, software and DVDs are likely to be copies

Bukit Bintang (BB) Plaza

Jalan Bukit Bintang

  • Reasonably priced electronic goods such as computers and digital cameras
  • Handicrafts and other specialty items from Bangkok, Vietnam and Philippines
  • Metrojaya and Tangs department stores

Berjaya Times Square

1 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

  • Theme park
  • Clothes
  • Cinema
  • Bowling
  • Cosmetics
  • Groceries
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel

Sungei Wang Plaza

Jalan Sultan Ismail (adjoins BB Plaza)

  • Reasonably priced electronic goods such as computers, hand phones, GPS's and digital cameras
  • Parkson department store
  • Home furnishings
  • Groceries and household items

Low Yat Plaza

Next to BB Plaza, Jalan Bukit Bintang

  • Electronics
  • Computers
  • Cameras

Chinatown

Kotaraya shopping area

  • Hand phones
  • Shops selling groceries and other products from the Philippines
  • Clothes, shoes, bags and other accessories
  • Various gift items
  • Central Market (souvenirs, gifts)
  • Covered area with numerous stalls selling local handicrafts (Kasturi Walk)

S&M shopping area

  • Hand phones

  • Various gift items
  • Supermarket
  • Peter Ho's (house decorations, clothes, and gifts)
  • Petaling Market (on Petaling Street)
  • Well known for "genuine copies" of almost everything

Petaling Jaya/TTDI

1 Utama

  • Clothes, shoes and bags
  • Optical shops
  • Pharmacy
  • Aeon supermarket
  • Baby and children's gear
  • Bookstore (largest MPH in KL)
  • Hairdresser
  • Dive and sports shops
  • Photo shops
  • Food court, lots of restaurants
  • Camp 5, rock climbing gym
  • Cinemas
  • Subang Parade
  • Home furnishings
  • Toys R Us
  • Parkson department store

Damansara Mutiara

  • IKEA
  • Ikano Power Center (IPC) which contains numerous large shops like Cold Storage, Ace Hardware, Harvey Norman, pet shop, arts and crafts, music and bookstore
  • Tesco
  • The Curve shopping mall with large cinema complex and Ice Skating Rink

Damansara Jaya

Planete Enfants located in the Atria Shopping Center, Jalan SS 22/23

  • Sells imported babies/childrens' products from Chico, Bebe Comfort, Maxi Cosi, Playmobile

TTDI wet market

Jalan Wan Kadir 1

  • Covered and clean wet market
  • popular with expats
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Flowers
  • Baking supplies

Damansara, Sri Hartamas & Mont Kiara

Sri Hartamas area

  • Shopping area with many restaurants close to Damansara and Mont Kiara, lively at night

Plaza Damas/Hartamas Shopping Center

  • Lots of bars, restaurants and shops
  • Mercato grocery store

1 Mont Kiara

  • Medium sized shopping mall with a number of restaurants 
  • Village Grocer supermarket

Plaza Mont Kiara

  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Market on Thursday night and Saturday

Solaris Mont Kiara

  • Many good restaurants and bars
  • Cold Storage supermarket
  • Banks
  • Pharmacies

Publika (Solaris Dutamas)

  • Many good restaurants and bars
  • B.I.G. supermarket, well sorted supermarket for expat needs
  • Boutiques
  • Kids furniture
  • Pharmacies

Bangsar

Bangsar Shopping Center

  • Jasons supermarket (high end supermarket)
  • Lots of restaurants
  • Hairdressers and beauty salons
  • Dentists
  • Bowling alley
  • Book shop (Times)
  • Photo shops
  • Jewelers
  • Clothes shops
  • Delicatessen
  • Pharmacies
  • Mother care

Bangsar Village I & II

  • Village Grocer supermarket
  • Watch repairs
  • Hair dressers and beauty salons
  • clothes, shoes and bags
  • Spa
  • Pharmacy
  • Book Shops (MPH and Borders)
  • BBQ sales and supplies
  • Tennis racquet stringing
  • Restaurants

Bangsar Baru area

  • many restaurants and pubs
  • lively at night
  • Clothing
  • Antiques
  • Jewelry
  • Bakeries
  • Dive shop
  • Music shop
  • Pharmacies
  • Spas
  • Book shop
  • Great night market on Sunday night (vegetables, fruits, fish, street food and snacks, clothes)
  • TMC Chinese supermarket is near Bangsar Baru (in Lucky Gardens area with many local shops)

Other Areas

The Mall

100 Jalan Putra, 50350 Kuala Lumpur

  • Jalan Putra, across the Pan Pacific Hotel and PWTC (Putra World Trade Center)
  • Groceries and household items
  • Clothes, shoes, bags and accessories
  • Golf store
  • Souvenirs and local handicrafts
  • Beauty salons
  • Bookstores with home and office supplies
  • Art shop and frame maker
  • Various fairs (such as computer and furniture fairs) are held regularly

Mid Valley Mega Mall & Gardens Mall

Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

  • Aeon department store
  • Metrojaya department store
  • Robinsons department store
  • Isetan department store
  • Aeon Big supermarket
  • Cold Storage supermarket
  • Clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories
  • Home furnishings and furniture shops
  • Computers
  • Cinema
  • Clinics (Physicians/Dentists/Orthodontists)
  • Pet shop
  • Fitness shops
  • Toys R Us
  • Book Shops (MPH and Borders)
  • Restaurants

Supermarkets

Below you will find a description of the various supermarkets in and around Kuala Lumpur. Pork meat is sold at most supermarkets in a separate non-halal section. The supermarkets most frequented by expats are: Cold Storage, Village Grocer, BIG and Mercato.

  • Ben's Independent Grocer (BIG): located at Publika shopping mall in Sri Hartamas. Has a good selection of imported and organic goods. Well stocked fish market & oyster bar. Good selection of wines.
  • AEON BIG (formerly Carrefour): supermarket found in Mid Valley Mega Mall. Sells fresh and dry products as well as kitchenware, hardware, electronics, stationery and clothes. Also sells French cheese and wine.
  • Jusco: supermarket found on the ground floor of all Jusco Department stores. Fresh and dry produce available and specializes in Japanese food.
  • Isetan: supermarket part of the Isetan department store at Suria KLCC, Sells fresh and dry produce. Lots of Japanese foods and great fish. Also has a very nice bakery.
  • Cold Storage: supermarket catering to expats in several shopping malls, including 1 Utama, Berjaya Times Square, Great Eastern Mall, Suria KLCC, Solaris Mont Kiara, Ikano Power Center (IPC) and the Gardens/Mid Valley Megamall.  
  • Village Grocer: supermarket in Bangsar Village I and 1 Mont Kiara, catering to expats.
  • Mercato: supermarket in Hartamas Shopping Center and Pavilion catering to expats.
  • Tesco: near the Curve and in Ampang. Sells Tesco's own brands as well as fresh and dry local produce. Like AEON BIG these supermarkets sell everything from clothes to electronics. Tesco also does home deliveries

Throughout Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs any more smaller local supermarkets can be found.

Wet Markets

At wet markets you can buy fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, chicken, flowers, herbs and spices at very reasonable prices (you can barter). You will find wet markets in most neighborhood areas. The largest and oldest market is the Pudu Market found in central Kuala Lumpur (off Jalan Tun Razak). If you do not mind the smells and the crowds it is a great way to shop and a lot cheaper than supermarkets too!

Pasar Malam (Night and Flea Markets)

If you want a different shopping experience and enjoy bargains you can venture to the streets for the night markets. Goods vary from clothes, shoes, bags, sunglasses and watches to souvenir items, flowers and fruits. Ask your real estate agent or the locals about the schedule of the night market in your neighborhood. It is usually once or twice a week. Night markets can be very crowded so beware of pickpockets. Always bargain before you pay and be aware that vendors tend to charge higher prices to foreigners.

Markets

Kuala Lumpur's market schedules (please note that these may change):

  • Petaling Street: daily after 4pm. Petaling Street is also famous for its street cafes and bars frequented by tourists.
  • Bangsar: Sunday evening 5pm-11pm, night market selling groceries, fish, and Malaysian food
  • Central Market (Pasar Seni): daily 10am - 10 pm for souvenirs and gifts
  • The Curve: Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm
  • Taman Tun Dr. Ismail: Sunday evening 5pm-11pm
  • Mont Kiara: Thursday 1pm-10pm, Sunday 10am-3pm

Roving Stores

In addition to grocery stores, roving vans are a great alternative and costs are competitive with local supermarkets. They tend to visit once or twice a week on a regular basis. When you have settled in, ask your neighbors if one visits your area or condo. These vans come stocked with a variety of goods: fresh, canned and frozen and most also carry liquor, beer and wine. You can request special items such as specific brands of goods or particular types of meat, vegetables or fruit. They can usually save you time and effort in locating hard-to-find items.

Organic and Gluten Free Produce

Organic, gluten free products are commonly available in expat orientated supermarkets in BIG, Village Grocer, Jasons and Cold Storage. Just make sure you check the expiration date before purchase. Some bakeries will do gluten free bread by pre-order. 

Book Stores

Major bookstore chains in Kuala Lumpur can be found in shopping malls: Kinokuniya (top floor of Suria KLCC), Borders, Popular, Times and MPH (in Mid Valley Mega Mall and The Curve). Most malls throughout the city contain at least one bookstore. These bookstores have a great selection of fiction and non-fiction English and Malay books, magazines and stationery. They will order books for you as well.

Nurseries (Plants for House and Garden)

It is hard to find nurseries within the city center. There is one nursery in the Sri Hartamas area though, next to the Duta Nusantara residential area. For more (and better) nurseries, you need to travel to the outskirts of the city. The biggest nursery area is in Sungei Buloh (northwest of KL). Here you will find one nursery after the other. Remember to take a hat, something to drink (it gets very hot) and use mosquito repellent. Plants and flowers are very cheap! It is best to go with a friend the first time as this area is hard to find. IKEA also sells indoor plants.