Times Square Shopping Centre
Times Square, another large shopping mall in KL is located near the Park Royal Hotel.
The interesting thing about this shopping centre is that it has a 5 star hotel (Berjaya Times Square), a theme park and an IMAX Theater.
Hubby and I found a glasses shop and hubby bought a new pair of expensive sunnies and I ordered a pair of subscription glasses. I also bought a stack of costume jewelry - there are some awsome 'bling' shops here ;o)Related to:
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Beryl's Chocolate Kingdom: Chocolate Factory
Beryls was introduced to me during my visit by a cab driver. On the way back to our hotel from a DIY city tour, the friendly cab driver easily recognized us as tourists (we were talking in our native language with cameras hanging on our necks) and tried to be helpful by enumerating the "must sees and must dos" in KL. When the conversation veered towards shopping, that's when he dropped his most helpful suggestion "have you been to the chocolate factory? you must go there!".
The thought that it is something like Willy Wonka's where we can eat as much chocolates as we want really got us excited. Initially, we were disappointed that it was a store and not a factory. But the moment we stepped inside, our disappointment was replaced by excitement again.
The shop has an "old country" feeling as it was an old house converted into a store. We only got to sample a few small pieces, but we found the selection and the chocolate-y taste overwhelming.
What to buy: Beryls is a local chocolate brand. Their products contains high percentage of cocoa. And they have a wide selection, from the basic milk chocolate to dark chocolate, choco-coated fruits, even exotic ones like yogurt and spicy chocolate.
However, Beryls is not readily available in the airport's duty free shops and the selection is very limited. Hence, it is advised that you visit their store.
What to pay: Beryls is a bit expensive, even compared to some imported chocolates. I think their cheapest is about MYR 20 per box. Although, they sometimes offer promos like buy 5 +1.Related to:
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Street Vendors: Jalan Petaling
You can buy anything on Petaling street: perfume, clothes, DVDs, handmade souvenirs. You name it. However the fun is really about the game of cat and mouse between buyer and seller. Drive a hard bargain and you may surprise yourself!
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Kenaga Wholesale City: Wholesale Shopping Mall
Kenaga Wholesale City is the latest wholesale shopping mall is located 1.2 KM southwest of Berjaya Times Square. You can either walk or take a train or monorail to get here.
This white square architectural building consists of 17 stories buildings with wholesale shops and outlets selling men and women fashion clothing, lady accessories, bags, smart phone covers and accessories, shoes, and many more. It has a cafe including bubble teas, coffees, fruit drinks, on each floor. Food courts is on 14th floor.
If you are in retail business or crazy about bargain clothing and goods, this might be a good place to shop and relax!
Also visit, the 17th Floor.
What to pay: Lower than normal retail price!Related to:
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SUNWAY PYRAMID: AWESOME
Malaysia's first themed shopping and entertainment mall. The Egyptian designs is so cool I really like it.
The mall has an indoor ice skating rink. it's a huge mall with that host to many exclusive boutiques.
you can find all fast food outlets there.
The downside is the location it's far away from down town. taking a taxi cost a little fortune.
79 TACTICAL GEAR: DON'T MISS THIS PLACE
We came across this place in Bukit Bintang, namely because there is a landrover sticking out of the second floor of the building. They have lots of jackets and shorts with many pockets, ideal for carrying everything you need. t-shirts, packs, pouches, sunglasses and a host of other things that one would expect to buy in such a store.
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24 hour convenience store: 7-11
7-11 is an iconic brand throughout asia especiallly in southeast asia and east asia and here in Kuala Lumpur it is no different. like in othr 7-11's they have local fast microwaveable foodstuffs like nasi lemak and some beehon noodles and other staples like assorted soft drinks, beers, snacks and other food stuffs. there were 2 nearby 7-11's near our hotel in the chowkit area and hence we bought some stuff here especially the beers for a night of drinking at our hotel and the beers like Carlsberg will cost RM 15 for a 500 ml bottle and tiger beer at $ 14 for a 500 ml bottle.
What to buy: a lot like beers, cigarettes, local fast microwaveable foods like nasi lemak, roti prata and others.
What to pay: not a dent on your walletRelated to:
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Nature's Farm: Organic Vitamins
If you’re knowledgeable on what vitamins you should take,
then the place to visit to stock up on natural supplements
is at Natures Farm located at the Plaza shopping center.
I was also able to find organic Flax Seed oil.
The only place in the Bukit Bintang area which carried it.
Guardian Pharmacy: Pharmacy - Guardian
Own by Dairy Farm International Group, one of the largest retailer in the Asia Pacific Region, Guardian is present in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia... You will be able to find a Guardian store in most of the major town in Malaysia...
What to buy: Guardian is a drug store and pharmacy... and sells health care products and grooming products as well... you will need to go to Guardian if you need some pain killers, toothbrush and tooth paste, hair creams etc...
Popular Bookstore: Books - Popular Bookstore
Popular Bookstore is part of a chain of bookstore with stores in Malaysia, Singapore and Hongkong... There are numerous stores in the major town of Malaysia...
What to buy: Popular Bookstore is noted for its Chinese books... It also have a section selling music CDs, DVDs and other things related to music... It is the largest Chinese bookstore in the country... so if it is Chinese books that you are looking for, this is the place...
7-Eleven: Convenience Store - 7Eleven
The 7Eleven (7-11) convenience store is a common sight in many South-east Asian countries... It is most visible in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand... It is opened 24 hours a day the whole year round...
What to buy: The store sells everyday necessities the whole year round... ranging from bread/drinks, newspapers, health care products to the most sought after midnight product (ie condoms... hehe..)
Throughout Malaysia: Mega Sale Carnival
What to pay: The Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival in Nov-Dec is a great time to visit if you want to pick up some even more fantastic bargains! Nearly every store in every shopping centre is on sale, so this is the best time to go if you are after a little R&R (rest and retail therapy that is!) In 2004 it ran from 08.11.04 - 03.01.05., so probably around this time every year. They started in 1999, when 3 carnivals a year were held, but from 2005 there will only be one a year in Nov - Dec. Check with Tourism Malaysia for exact dates each year. We were fortunate enough to visit at this time and I had to buy a bigger suitcase (40% off, of course) to take home all my purchases!
Tarita Photo: Great price and advice on photography equipment
Our two English friends decided to upgrade from a film camera to a digital camera after eating a huge dinner at Kun Kee Restaurant. They decided to do this as the day beforehand I had picked up a Nikon Coolpix 3700 with 128mb card for RM1165.
That was an awesome price given to me by Wong the Assistant Supervisor.
So there we were all 5 of us listening to Wong's colleague Chin explain all about the differences between digital cameras, what all the terms meant, how to choose a digital camera etc. Basically we all got a lesson on digital photography. Chin has the patience of a saint as we were there for a good two hours.
The girls eventually bought an excellent digital camera and Chin sure earnt his pay that night. We left at closing time!
Once again, we encountered wonderful, knowledgable salespeople that actually listened to the customers requirements and came up with a perfect product to fit their needs. I told Chin that I would send as many people to him and Wong as I can so here I am writing about them.
They look very similar and I thought Chin was Wong until he told me later on.
What to buy: Cameras - they're alot cheaper anyway here than in NZ. The Coolpix I picked up is NZD$799.00 without the memory and with the exchange rate my buy ended up at NZD$510.00 approximately.
What to pay: Much less than NZ prices anyway. Not sure how camera prices here compare to other markets. I suggest emailing them first so you can compare prices with your home country.
Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall: Themed Shopping Mall
A large themed shopping mall in Malaysia with much more than shops! An indoor ice rink, gaming arcade, theme park next door to name a few. At night when it cools down bars and clubs come to life.
What to buy: Forever 21, MNG and Zara were my favourite!
Street Vendors: Midnight Bazaars
A new midnight bazaar is now operating daily right in the heart of KL, from 9pm-2m, at Jalan Jelatek, off Jalan Ampang (the road where the KLCC, with the Petronas Twin Towers, is located)!
What to buy: Apparently faux designer stuff!
What to pay: Apparently below Petaling Street (China Town) prices
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