After 6 months in Bali we were pretty keen for some concrete jungle action. The cheap flights to -and accommodation in- Kuala Lumpur made it an easy decision for us. We stayed for 10 days and during this time fell in love with the diversity KL offers.
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There’s an option for every budget, from high end hotels to budget backpacker accommodation. As KL is filled with so many great resort-style apartment buildings, we chose our stay via Airbnb. If you haven’t used Airbnb before, sign up here to get $50 off your first stay. Click here for a map view the areas mentioned below. I’ve also added Damansara as an additional area as it’s mentioned below several times for places to eat, drink and things to do.
The view from the Sky Club on level 33 at Setia Sky Residence.
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Best cheap food, street food & food markets:
Colourful dim sums – one of the many tasty offerings on Jalan Alor.
Plus, if you’re in Kuala Lumpur on:
In Bukit Bintang – view them on the map here.
A peek at some of the flavoursome dishes from Kaiju. Pic by @evangelinabong / Instagram
In Bukit Damansara:
Don’t leave KL without visiting one of these restaurants! View their location on the map here.
Kaiju and Super Big Don House also look yummy if you like seafood.
One of the carefully crafted desserts from PLOY. Image via @mavisthung / Instagram.
Note: Babe and PLOY are located in the same building as Be Urban Wellness (mentioned below), making them a great lunch or dinner option before or after your wellness experience.
Tip: Visit Skullduggery beforehand for an inventive cocktail in one of KL’s most unique bar offerings.
Popular high-rise cocktail bars:
The places below are all in Bukit Bintang & KLCC. View this map for the location of each bar.
The Heli Lounge Bar at dusk. Image via @mukhlisramly / Instagram.
Best cafes & coffee:
Thanks to the locals penchant for socialising over a coffee and cake, the cafe scene is pretty good. The dishes are creative and many vibe that of happening cafe in Melbourne or Sydney.
In Bangsar (best area for cafes in my opinion) – view the cafes on the map here.
VCR – My favourite cafe in Kuala Lumpur! Image via @vcrlovesyou / Instagram
In Bukit Bintang - view the cafes on the map here.
Delicious toasted sandwiches from A • Toast – Breakfast & Juice Bar. Image via @amilyyap / Instagram
Outside of Bukit Bintang – view the cafes on the map here.
League of Captains offers a funky street-side seating with draping curtain of leafy greens.
Take a yoga class or sweat it out in the gym at Be Urban Wellness. Image via @beurbanwellness / Instagram.
I hope you’ve found this travel guide to Kuala Lumpur helpful. If you have a question or tip of your own to share, pop it in the comment section below or connect with me on Instagram – I love hearing from you.
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A Business Strategist & Coach for Wellness Entrepreneurs by day, Carly is a mindful living, hippy at heart. When she’s not collaborating with ambitious entrepreneurs, you’ll find her practicing yoga, relaxing by the sea or enjoying a coffee with loved ones.
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