Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant city with its grand mix of old and new. It’s a city of surprising contrasts. You’ll find ancient forests amidst a burgeoning concrete jungle. Minarets and domes rise above a modern landscape of steel, concrete and glass. KL has much to offer the traveler. The experience is bound to be varied, exciting and unlike any other. Here’s how you could spend a day in the city:
– Begin your day with breakfast at a traditional kopitiam or coffeehouse. Pick Kedai Makanan Yut Kee for a truly Malaysian breakfast experience. Service is intimate and personal. Order some kopi si (strong dark coffee with evaporated milk), best savored with thick slices of homemade white toast smeared with kaya (luscious coconut jam). Or slurp on lum mee (prawn noodle soup) and fill up on roti babi (fried bread pie with shredded pork filling).
– Once you’ve fueled up, explore the old part of town. This part of town best illustrates the city’s architectural heritage. Discover architectural gems such as the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the art-décor Central Market, Masjid Jamek and Chinatown’s temples.
– Get a dose of contemporary architecture. Visit the Petronas Twin Towers – be mesmerized by one of the world’s great buildings. Admire the 88-storey ribbed spires before taking the lift up to the 41st floor. Here at the sky bridge enjoy spectacular views of the city. Combine this with a tour of the Suria Shopping Complex which offers you a glimpse of the modern Asian shopping experience.
– Break for lunch and head to the Coliseum Café. This 90-year old café is one of the city’s best examples of colonial heritage. Walking into the café is like stepping back in time – antique furniture, worn tiled floors and the café’s seasoned waiters all contribute to the ambiance. Sample their sizzling steaks and Hainanese fare.
– More shopping is in order. This time head to the Bukit Bintang Walk at the Golden Triangle. There’s Starhill and Pavilion KL for top end designer wear; for wild fashion and quirky finds pop into Sungei Wang Plaza and Bukit Bintang Plaza. Many top local designers are located in and around this area. Keep an eye out for Zang Toi, Rizalman Ibrahim and Bernand Chandran.
– For dinner, choose any one of the city’s top fine dining restaurants. It’s an experience that will introduce your palate to what’s hot and exciting in the city’s top kitchens. Choose to dine in style at Il Lido Italian Dining and Lounge Bar, Frangipani Restaurant and Bar or the city’s top Malay restaurant – Bijan Bar and Restaurant.
– Try to get tickets to international concerts at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas – enjoy either jazz, classical or world music. Later head to No Black Tie – the city’s top live music venue- to catch top local acts in action. If not, stand in line to get into KL’s top club – Zouk KL- and be prepared to party till morning.
– If you’re feeling hungry late at night, be sure to sample some of the city’s top street food on Jalan Alor. Here you’ll find noodles, porridge and more being served at tables on sidewalks late into the night.