Malaysia's eclectic capital is a shopper's paradise. Home to more than 70 shopping malls and priding itself on being the retail, fashion and electronics hub of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is certainly a must for those looking for retail therapy while on holiday. The capital considers its shopping experience to be one of its main attractions, so tourists are advised to pack lightly and bring extra luggage space in preparation for a shopping marathon!
The Golden Triangle is the city's premier shopping area and is the entertainment and commercial centre of the city. Bukit Bintang Street is where fashion merchandise, IT goods, designer brands and electronic goods can be picked up at shopping malls such as Low Yat Plaza, Sungai Wang Plaza, Lot 10 and Times Square. The Suria KLCC is one of Malaysia's most popular shopping spots due to its location beneath the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Midvalley's Megamall in the Bangsar and Midvalley area is also a great place to browse for fashionable items.
The Art Deco Central Market on Jalan Hang Kasturi is a great place to buy arts and crafts, and is a popular stop on most travellers' shopping itineraries, as everything from antiques and paintings to handicrafts, clothing and quirky souvenirs can be found. Best buys include pewter, brass and silver jewellery, wood carvings, and pottery. After rummaging through the busy Central Market, visitors can take a walk across to nearby Chinatown where everything from jewellery, herbal medicines, dried food, 'designer' t-shirts, handbags and wallets can bargained for.
Those looking for sales should plan a trip to Kuala Lumpur between June and the end of August when the official Mega Sale Carnival, kick-started by the Ministry of Tourism for Malaysia, takes place in an effort to boost Kuala Lumpur as a leading shopping destination.
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