Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
The Bukit Bintang shopping area in Kuala Lumpur is perhaps one of the most famous shopping area here. Besides lots of shops, there are also lots of place to dine including thw famous street vendors which sell a kinds of cheap and delicious local food. Also, there is a LRT train station at Bukit Bintang which makes it very convenient to reach.
This is the place where 99% of ALL tourist/Travellers would pass by. One of the busiest parts of KL, it's located right smack center in the golden triangle.
Surrounding this junctions are the popular shopping malls like Lot 10(green building), Sungai Wang Plaza and Bukit Bintang Plaza.
Walkinf further right in the picture will take you to KL Plaza, Star Hill Shopping Center and the major hotels.
Fast food joints and local fooda are available throughout the streets here. The place is also accessible via the new monorail as the station is just inbetween the malls on the main road. Note that the station is elevated.
What to buy: Everything
Plaza Low Yat is the place to go if your are shopping for IT products in KL. It is the biggest computers and electronics retail outlet in Malaysia. Located at the Bukit Bintang shopping district, the plaza is a house for about 500 retail outlets spread on 7 floors. Each floor has a different theme to help shoppers identify with the IT products they are interested in.
What to buy: Gadgets, Cameras, Digital Games, Telecommunication products and of course computers.
low yat plaza is best known for its electronics and computer shops. you have to be patient and try to search all stalls, haggle and compare prices before deciding on what to purchase. also, dont forget to ask for a product warranty and if the warranty is accepted worldwide.
What to buy: ipods, cameras, laptops, pc and other electronic gadgets.
What to pay: the camera (see photo) i bought was originally priced at 1000myr (that's roughly 13,000php), i haggled and asked for discount. i bought it for 870myr, i upgraded the memory card to 4 gig and bought a screen protector for the cam, total price is 910myr. not bad, back in the manila, it costs 19,950php (1500myr) memory card not included.
Bukit Bintang is the place to be. First of all if you are traveling with children make sure you are extra careful crossing bukit bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail as there is bound to be heavy traffic. Berjaya times square: This building is in the shape of a u and has a 11 level shopping mall a theme park and a hotel. In the shopping centre there is an IT level. Down the bottom floors (G LG LLG) is more of a western part of the shopping centre. Most of the other levels are more eastern. The theme park is situated on level 7+8. But there are still shops there to. The anchor stores are metrojaya and cold storage (supermarket)
Sungei Wang Plaza: Sungei wang is a large pink building with the shopping very eastern on most levels. If you are with kids make sure you dont loose sight of them because the place is huge. The anchor store is Parkson BB plaza: BB plaza is joint to Sungei wang which is also very eastern. Beetween sungei wang and bb plaza is a aerobridge that you can cross to go to lot 10
Lot 10: Lot 10 is a big green building and has about 6 levels. The food court is on the bottom. This is a more expensive shopping centre. The anchor store is Isetan.
KL plaza: KL plaza is the smaller version of Berjaya times square. About 5 levels.
Starhill Gallery: Starhill is VERY upmarket which has all the real designer things like gucci prada Calvien Klein and more.
KLCC: Situated beetween the petronas twin towers you could shop here while waiting for your time to come for the skywalk. KLCC ground floor has a lot of designer things when you go up in levels the things start to get cheaper. The food court is on the top level. The anchor store is Isetan.
Low Yat + Imbi Plaza: Low Yat Plaza and Imbi plaza are electronic malls. Low Yat plaza is hidden in between sungai wang and Imbi plaza. You go down the road and you will see the shopping centre to your right. The phones are cheaper in Malaysia but other electronics are not that much cheaper at all.
What to buy: In clothing, if you are small, this is the place for you.
Upon arrival at Bukit Bintang Mall, i found myself in a mass of people, in a smallish looking shopping centre. I was a woman on a mission wanting to buy new shoes (ladies like shoes) and i found them in this shop right near the door. Very reasnably priced as well, with a wide range of styles with lots of helpful assitants rather than the ones who follow you around the shop, putting you off purchasing anything!
What to buy: SHOES!!
What to pay: i bought mine for about 15RM, which isnt bad at all.....
Imbi Plaza is the palce to be if you wnat to shop for IT stuff in KL. It has been established long before Low Yat Plaza come into the picture. Just take note that some of the stuff on sale here are pirated stuff.
The ambience and the service is great. Prices very reasonable
What to buy: If you're looking for glasses, trust me this is the place you should go..
What to pay: I did a pair of glasses for less than AUD800, i would have to fork out AUD1200 at home for the same pair
This place has around 4 malls.Please do not buy from Hwang sueng mall as most of the products are chinese fakes.Shopkeepers will offer exotic discounts prices vary from shop to shop.
What to buy: However you can change your currency here as they give the best rates.
What to pay: try times square mall where you should get reasonable products.
It is indeed a shopping paradise for crazy shopper like me. They have Berjaya Times Square, Lot 10, KL Plaza, Low Yat Plaza, BB Plaza, Sungei Wang etc. And the best place for shopping of course is the BB Plaza/Sungei Wang (They are linked). It is the most happening shopping centres among all.
What to buy: You can find everything from Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, Electrical Applicances, Handphone, Salon, etc.
What to pay: Less than SGD40 for a top and sometimes bottom. A pair of leather shoe for men cost less than SGD100.
If you want cheap clothes, shoes, everything - go to Sungei Wang/BB Plaza. You can reach it via Bukit Bintang Monorail station. However, be warned - caters mostly to local fashion trends, which may not be everyone's style. Stripes anyone? There is, however, a local designer corner - quite nice clothes. It's at a corner on the 3rd or 4th floor, beside a chinese style cafe.
many shops in KL sell IPODS - there are authorised Apple resellers & also other shops.
The malls like Sungei Wang, Bukit Bintang and Plaza Low Yat (famous for as an IT mall) in KL downtown and Amcorp Mall or 1 Utama should have authorised Apple resellers.
As far as I know, they are the real thing. As for bartering, it is common to ask for a discount, but it will depend on each shop owner as to the discount possible-sometimes the price would be fixed but they may have some add-ons.
I can't be sure, but after travelling in Europe, Sg, Australia & home in KL, I've found the price here to be very competitive for most electrical items. The only place cheaper was HK and Tokyo for some cameras & IPOD.
Jalan Bukit Bintang is the place to go for shopping as it has many malls to choose from. Handbags and shoes were cheap. They had a sale on when I was there in Sept end. You can surely buy great bargains so don't buy much before you hit KL.
Bukit Bintang is an area concentrated with shopping malls and large departmental stores, and there are lots of great buys to be found here for the budget shopper.
For instance, at the ground floor of Lot 10, you might come across a bag sale offering bags for as low as RM10! Or, at a small random shop in another building, you might find a knitted blouse for as low as RM15, or a pair of trousers on sale for RM40! You might chance upon a VNC shoe sale, an ISSUE sale, or a SEED or Padini sale!
What to pay: Bargains from RM10 and up!
like what i've said, at the periphery of the main shopping and dining areas of Bukit Bintang lies the various factory outlets of various souvenir items that sells mostly to tourists on day long Kuala Lumpur tours and beyond.
Dong-A Batik Factory is one of them and is located along the factory souvenir shop rows near Jalan Imbi,at Jalan Utama and Jalan Melati and Jalan Barat areas. This factory specializes in making handwoven batik fabrics into sarongs, beach wear, skirts, t-shirts, scarves, pashminas and a lot more. since the batik fabric is handwoven instead of mass produced, the prices are higher. they also have batik making demonstrations and they also sell the famous Malaysian Potent Virility Herb, Tongkat Ali, at a separate section inside the stores.
Opens: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday
What to buy: all the handwoven batik fabrics that you can think of like scarves (30 RM and up), sarongs (40 RM and up), polo shirts (150 RM and up) and a lot more.
tonkat ali capsules or instant teas at RM 50 and up a pack
What to pay: way more expensive than buying at regular souvenir shops