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Cheap Date Ideas in Kuala Lumpur For Under $10

Young couple enjoying the view of Kuala Lumpur's skyline
Young couple enjoying the view of Kuala Lumpur's skyline | © Harry Green/Shutterstock
Skip the boring old date night ideas and surprise your partner with something special. With plenty of things going on in Kuala Lumpur, you can find new experiences to discover as a couple without breaking the bank.

Salsa the night away at Havana KL

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
Have a good time dancing away at Havana KL
Have a good time dancing away at Havana KL | © Roselle Kingsbury / Flickr
Sway along with the music and mesmerise your partner with some graceful dance moves at Havana KL. The venue hosts Salsa Sundays weekly with free one-hour beginner classes at 7pm. Stay for the party afterwards at 10pm with salsa, bachata and Latin music all night long! Be sure to support them by buying a drink or two.
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Escape the heat at Chiling Falls

If the heat in Malaysia gets too unbearable, head for the beautiful Chiling Falls. About an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, the waterfall is a popular local spot to enjoy the wonders of nature. Note that it takes another hour of hiking to get to the waterfalls from the parking spot, so it’s recommended to head there early in the morning.

Laughter, music and culture on Open Mic nights

Bring your date along to a fun night out at one of KL’s many Open Mic nights. You can join the crowds every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at PLOY at Clearwater, Grind 22, and The KL Journal respectively. Musicians, poets, comedians, and dancers come together to show their talent.

Microphone on stage © Vershinin89 / Shutterstock

Enjoy local food at night markets

Ask around and you will notice there’s a night market happening every night of the week, in all corners of KL. These are undoubtedly the best way to enjoy local food as the prices are cheap and the variety is huge. One of the best known is Taman Connaught Night Market, which offers both cheap goods and affordable food. Closer to city centre is Jalan Alor Food Market, famous for its variety of hawker stall food.

Street food at Jalan Alor night market, Kuala Lumpur © Baiterek Media/Shutterstock

Snuggle up with a home-cooked dinner for two

Show off your culinary skills with easy-to-make meals from WHISK! This home-grown Malaysian start-up pre-packs all the fresh ingredients you need for cooking and delivers them straight to your door with easy-to-follow instructions. Their meals are below RM20 ($5 USD) each and take less than 30 minutes to cook. Save money, stay in, and impress your loved one with an intimate meal at home.

Play with furry friends at Purradise Cat Cafe

This is the place to go to for cat lovers! Spend a relaxing afternoon with new-found furry friends and share your love for cats with your partner. Rates start at RM18 ($4.5 USD) per person for one hour, inclusive of one drink. After the first hour, it’s RM4 ($1 USD) per person every 15 minutes. Purrfect.

Cats at the Purradise Cat Cafe, Kuala Lumpur © Scott Biales/Shutterstock

Experience KL’s colonial history with a guided walking tour

Go for an insightful walk through Dataran Merdeka with the help of Kuala Lumpur City Hall. Perfect for historical and cultural enthusiasts, discover life in the city under British rule. This free guided walking tour will take you through a total of 11 historical sites near Dataran Merdeka, giving you a whole lot of value.

Experience the beauty of KL with this free guided walking tour. © Bernard Spragg, NZ / Flickr

Stroll through a car-free KL

Ever wonder what KL would look like without traffic? Is it even possible? Take in the hidden beauty of the city every first and third Sunday of the month when roads are off limits to cars (7am to 9am). It’s wonderfully serene and almost ethereal – perfect for urban exploring.

Residents enjoy leisure activities on Kuala Lumpur's main street on a car-free Sunday © ashadhodhomei/Shutterstock

See unbeatable views of the city at KL Forest Eco Park

Need a breath of fresh air in the big city? Just a few minutes away from Kuala Lumpur Tower is one of the oldest permanent forest reserves in the country. Bring your date to the Canopy Walk, a wood-and-steel bridge about 200 metres in height, where you can enjoy sweeping views of the KL skyline. Best of all, the KL Forest Eco Park is free to enter.

Walkways at the Kuala Lumper Eco Forest Park © Zuhairi Ahmad/Shutterstock
These recommendations were updated on June 15, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.