Kuala Lumpur Shopping
Kuala Lumpur is a major metropolitan city with shopping that is extraordinary. Its proximity to China and being in the area of a major international shipping lane means it has great prices for things originating from all over Asia.
Petaling Street runs right through the center of Chinatown. The center section is closed to auto traffic. It is full of shops selling everything you can imagine. It is crowded, colorful, and even more packed at night when more booths open up in the walkways. All the items that look like major international fashion brands, Gucci, Louis Vitton etc. are counterfeit.
In the Bukit Bintang area, there are half a dozen large shopping centres. The Plaza Low Yat is in this area and it specializes in electronics, mobile phones, computer equipment, gaming, and software. Around the edges of the shopping and dining area of Bukit Bintang are the factory outlets with bargains galore. Batik fashions and wooden carvings are favored souvenirs that many tourists enjoy.
In this mall, you will find the real international fashion brands on the first floor, like Gucci, Armani, and Versace. There are six levels of stores with numerous boutiques and two department stores in the huge shopping complex.
One of the most famous shopping areas is the Central Market that has been open since 1888. It used to be a “wet” market selling fish, meat, vegetables, and other foods. Now, it is an indoor fashion mall with many boutiques. If you want to buy high fashion at good prices or a large carved Buddha statute, this is the place to go. It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and has a nice food court on the second floor.
Berjaya Times Square
This shopping mall with 7.5 million square feet is the largest in Southeast Asia. It is so big; it has a massive roller coaster inside the mall on level 5. It is a mixture of a shopping centre and an amusement park. There are over 1,000 stores in Berjaya Times Square, so you can shop until you drop.
Pavillion Shopping Centre
The Pavillon Shopping Centre has a Japanese-styled theme and over 500 shops. Many of the stores offer household goods and things you need to buy if you are newlyweds with your first home.
Mid Valley Megamall
This used to be the largest shopping mall in Southeast Asia until it was upstaged by the Berjaya Times Square. Still, it is huge. Shuttles come here from all the major hotels because it is a bit out of the way.
Sungei Wang Plaza
The name of this shopping mall in English means “Money River.” There are over 800 shops so the money is definitely flowing through this mall. It has a nice indoor fountain with huge statues that looks like babies, all holding up dollar signs.
This is the largest department store in Kuala Lumpur. It is Japanese style with quality goods at inexpensive prices.
This is one of the oldest shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur and is a bit run down, but the prices are very cheap.
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