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Central Market, Kuala Lumpur © Phalinn Ooi/Flickr
Central Market, Kuala Lumpur © Phalinn Ooi/Flickr

The Best Places to Buy Souvenirs in Kuala Lumpur

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Updated: 24 August 2017
Handcrafted items such as batik fashion, woven daily items, and wooden carvings are the most recommended Malaysian souvenirs to be purchased as gifts for ourselves and loved ones. Before leaving the country, here are the best places for you to shop for souvenirs in Kuala Lumpur.

Central Market

Central Market, a famous landmark founded in 1888 which used to be a wet market, is a souvenir shopping haven for travellers to search and buy ideal Malaysian souvenirs. Explore various sections with different stalls including Lorong Melaya, Straits Chinese, and Lorong India. You will find a wide range of souvenirs, from batiks to wood carvings, in different lanes of stalls. Have yourself a portrait painting or caricature made by local artists. After you have finished shopping, head over to the second floor to have a meal at the food court.

Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

Experience the pewter’s history during colonial Malaya by having first-hand experience in pewtersmithing at Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. After exploring the exhibitions and craftsmanship, have a go at learning the basics of creating a pewter dish in 30 minutes at the School of Hard Knocks. With a hammer, wooden mould, and letter stamps, you have your own personalized pewter dish and certificate for completion as your souvenir. Or, you can carve your loved one’s name onto it if you plan to gift it to someone special. Drop by at the gift shop to browse through diverse pewter items including their key highlights such as The Lucky Teapot and 40th Anniversary Star War Tokens.

4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pumping pewter at the school of hard knocks! #malaysia #irishmalay

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Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

Located right in one of Malaysia’s heritage sites, Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur City Gallery displays the country’s history and culture along with architectural models designed by ARCH group. Visit the gift shop that sells a wide range of gifts including wooden carvings and models of iconic Kuala Lumpur’s history, and buildings such as the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. For something small and memorable, check out the wooden carvings made into fridge magnets, keychains, bookmarks, and miniature Kuala Lumpur architectural buildings. Have yourself an “after shopping” treat by savouring the local delicacies at ARCH Café.

No. 27, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50050 Dataran Merdeka, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Shop in gallery #shop #gallery #kualalumpur #travel #malaysia

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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

After learning about the Islamic art and history at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, head to the ground floor where you will find a gift shop to buy some souvenirs. Their shop displays mesmerising Islamic crafts and artefacts for you to browse through. Carved and stamped with Islamic motifs, cups, display plates, and notebooks are ideal souvenirs to take back with you. There is a children’s section which features books, puzzles, and educational materials that can be bought to learn about Islamic’s history and knowledge.

Jalan Lembah Perdana, Tasik Perdana, Wilayah Persekutuan, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

LOKA Malaysia

LOKA Malaysia is a lifestyle store which sells various local branded items made by artists and entrepreneurs. Discover Malaysia’s innovation and quality of products deeply rooted with modern and traditional aspects of culture. Browse through the clothes section which comprises batik fashion and streetwear including Pestle & Mortar Clothing, Batek-Lah, and Changgih Designs. Discover popular handcrafted items designed by various creators including Daya Botanica (natural skin care), Loka Made (designs cards of Malaysia’s culture and heritage), Kakamot (handwoven items), Sanctuary by Jasmine Gan (candles and diffusers) and Josh Lee Fragrances.

Unit 1.13A, Level 1, Nu Sentral Mall, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Loka!! 💸#supportneighbor #ifnotitellyourmother #teamAsus #defgotfilter

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Peter Hoe Evolution and Beyond

Located at The Row in Chow Kit, go up the stairs and enter into the store with wondrous handcrafted designs. Wander around the store as you discover treasures of colourfully designed household items and souvenirs made by the store’s founder, Peter Hoe. You will be amazed by the “Great Wall of Cushions” as you enter the store, due to the cushions’ geometric and colourful designs. The designed fabric pouches, coasters, scarves, and handkerchiefs (inspired by Malaysia’s flora and fauna in batik art) are ideal Malaysian souvenirs for you to buy.

56-1, 1st floor The Row KL, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Peter Hoe, a local gift & specialty store is a treat for the senses. I am in love! #malaysian #lokal

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National Craft Complex

National Craft Complex invites locals and travellers to discover Malaysia’s arts and crafts. Visit the Karyaneka Souvenir Shop and One District One Industry (ODOI) Craft Shop that sells diverse contemporary gifts with traditional elements. There are everyday use items, interior decorations, latest fashion textiles (such as batik, weaving, and hand-woven songket – the traditional way of hook and pick a group of threads) and others for you to look through and decide what to buy. Showcase your creativity by creating your own personalized gifts through batik painting, wood carving, weaving, and other craft activities at the Craft Village.

Conlay Road Section 63, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Batik painting 🎨

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KitaKita is a lifestyle store that showcases Malaysia’s beauty, creativity, and diversity through local crafts made by artists and designers. The range of items displayed throughout the store, from home décor to everyday items, captivate your curiosity of how these were made from scratch. These handcrafted gifts and souvenirs are useful for your daily lives and will remind you of your trip to Malaysia. End your shopping experience for Malaysian souvenirs by having a meal at Siti Li Food Studio to enjoy the local delicacies, including the popular laksa (rice noodles served with spicy soup).

G1.10, 1, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,