Malaysia has an endless amount of shopping malls which are constantly packed, especially on weekends and public holidays. This is because the Klang Valley is a major shopping hub, with over a hundred shopping malls located in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
New malls are constantly popping up, but this surprisingly does not put a damper on some of the older and more popular ones. So if you are new in Malaysia – or if you are planning on coming over soon – and confused on where to shop first, here is a list of the six most popular shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, as well as one brand new mall and two up-and-coming shopping malls in Selangor.
Shopping in Kuala Lumpur
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur opened its doors in 2007 and is advantageously located in the heart of Bukit Bintang. The mall consists of seven levels and six shopping precincts as well as a row of street-front boutiques. Pavilion is easily accessible by train (Bukit Bintang and Raja Chulan Monorail) and cabs, and is also connected to KLCC via the Pedestrian Walkway Bridge.
Pavilion’s Crystal Fountain located outside the mall has been recognised by The Malaysia Book of Records for the Tallest Liuli Crystal Fountain in Malaysia, and is a favourite tourist attraction (you can spot a constant stream of tourist snapping pictures of the fountain). Many expats and tourist love shopping at Pavilion because of the numerous high-end brands that they carry such as Michael Kors, Aigner, Tod’s, and also because it is conveniently located in town.
Berjaya Times Square, developed by the Berjaya Group consists of two very tall towers (203 meters, with 48 floors). The mall is connected to the Berjaya Times Square Hotel, and has a theme park (Berjaya Times Square Theme Park) inside it.
This huge mall has about 700 specialty retail outlets and over 45 food outlets. It also has Malaysia’s first ever IMAX 2D & 3D theatre. Time Square is a favourite location for bargain hunters who are always on the lookout for affordable clothes and accessories.
Suria KLCC is a premier shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur developed by KLCC Property Holdings Berhad. It is located at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers in the city centre. The mall is home to many luxury and fashionable brands and has Parkson as one of its anchor tenants. Some of the brands they house are Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Miu Miu, and the famous Harrods from London.
Getting to KLCC is a breeze as the Kelana Jaya LRT Line links directly to KLCC LRT Station. Suria KLCC is also connected to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the Petronas Art Gallery, the Philharmonic Hall and Aquaria (a state-of-the-art oceanarium with over 5000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures).
Mid Valley Megamall in Mid Valley City has been a favourite shopping destination for everyone living around the Klang Valley, since its inception in November 1999. Mid Valley City is a mixed development project by IGB Corporation Berhad.
The megamall has a gross floor area of 4.5 million square feet, and is strategically located between Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. It is also the first shopping centre to have four major anchor tenants; Carrefour, Golden Screen Cinemas, Jaya Jusco and Metrojaya.
1 Utama Shopping Centre, located in Bandar Utama, is the largest shopping mall in Malaysia, and the fourth largest in the world. Developed by Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn Bhd, the mall was developed under two stages, and is known as 1 Utama Old Wing and 1 Utama New Wing.
1 Utama is a favourite shopping centre for many expats and locals living around the Damansara area. The mall is within close distance of other malls such as The Curve, Ikea and IPC (Ikano Power Centre). Getting to I Utama is easy as the Bandar Utama bus hub is adjacent to the mall, and it is also near the Kelana Jaya LRT Station.
Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall is a prominent shopping mall located in the heart of Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya. It is Malaysia’s first themed shopping and entertainment mall and is easily distinguished with its Egyptian design pyramid, with the head of a lion at the entrance.
The mall comes under the Sunway Group, founded by Dr. Jeffrey Cheah. It is also the only shopping mall to have an ice-skating ring inside. Shopping at Sunway is convenient for many tourists – especially if they are staying at Sunway’s hotel – and expats and locals living around Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya and Petaling Jaya, because of the close proximity of the theme park and medical centre. The adjacent Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Sunway Medical Centre and Monash University all come under the Sunway Group.
Where do you like to shop? Which mall do you think has the best facilities and outlets?
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