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Kuala Lumpur is one of the most Instragram-worthy cities in the world, known for its detailed and historic architecture, incredible nature and colourful culture. Here are the wonderful places to snap the sights, both old and new, in the Malaysian capital.
Once a tapioca flour production base during the Selangor Civil War, Petaling Street is now a shopping haven for tourists. Here, you will see red lanterns hanging across the shopping street where locals sell their goods, produce and clothes every day.
This former brothel in Petaling Street has been turned into one of the most Instagram-worthy cafes in KL, decorated with oriental interiors and hints of tropical plants. It offers an extensive menu of fusion and Malaysian delicacies, and it’s a perfect retreat away from the busy city.
With its authentic cocktails and detailed interiors, PS150 takes you on a nostalgia trip through various eras of Indochina. There are three different seating areas decorated with vintage artefacts and furniture.
APW Bangsar, once a family-run printing factory that was passed down to the family’s young generation, has been transformed into a culture and lifestyle hangout. It is a popular event venue consisting of eateries, with the concrete stairs near Japanese burrito restaurant Makirito being a popular photo spot.
Known as Little India, the Brickfields neighbourhood is a colourful maze filled with textile shops, jewellery stores, spice shops, grocery stores, flower shops, restaurants and food stalls. Here you will find wonderful Hindu temples and ornate century-old churches. Don’t forget to savour the local Indian delicacies – and take some Instaworthy pics.
Enjoy nature at the heart of the capital city. Explore the park’s natural surroundings by walking along various canopy trails. You can see the KL Tower in the distance while strolling through the oldest protected jungle in Malaysia.
Bukit Bintang is one of Kuala Lumpur’s busiest shopping and tourist hotspots, and the intersection connects Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail. Feel the city vibe – bright city lights and billboards, people walking across the roads, rushing cars and railing sounds of the monorail – and shop till you drop at Pavilion, Lot 10, Fahrenheit 88 and Sungei Wang Plaza.
A 1950s interconnected shophouse in Kampung Attap, Zhongshan Building has now been transformed into an independent arts hub. Funded by Think City, it is home to local artisans creating unique art pieces. Visitors are welcome to discover local art, culture and music. The art space has a gallery, a risograph printing studio, a small standing cafe/bar, a record store, a tailor shop and a bookstore.
Not only is the Bee the best place to catch live music performances, it is the perfect location for taking photos with friends in a lively atmosphere. The walls are decorated with neon-light signs and posters of live performances. Strike a pose with the retro pinball machines next to the bar.
The Pavilion is a shopping sanctuary, and shoppers always grab the opportunity to take photos of their fashionable poses. You may spot people posing in front of the Liuli Crystal Fountain, couture walkway and Spanish Steps. Every festive season, decorations are added everywhere, including in the centre of Pavilion, welcoming guests to celebrate together.
This serene restaurant is a fantastic example of authentic and charming interior design. Make yourself at home with contemporary furniture, antique lighting and relaxing courtyard. Quench your thirst with a pot of Chinese tea, and imagine yourself going back in time in Petaling Street.
Formerly an old mess hall, leaf & co cafe is situated below Mingle, a boutique hostel in Jalan Sultan. The cafe has been renovated with reinforced wood beams, with classic tables and chairs are dotted around. A small garden of potted herbs adds colour in front of the concrete brick wall, combining a colonial setting with contemporary designs in this old part of Kuala Lumpur.