Shopping in Kuala Lumpur is a shopping paradise with an eclectic spectrum of retail opportunities, from air-conditioned mega malls right through to the frenetic street markets. Prices are excellent in both and haggling is the norm in the street markets and even in some of the shopping malls, where bulk discounts are also on offer.
The city in Malaysia overflows with shopping malls, the scale of which is impressive “ bowling alleys, discos, cinemas (even a canal in one of them) add a surreal element to this experience. Many of the shopping malls are located on Jalan Bukit Bintang and are marketed under the umbrella term of Bintang Walk.
A novel experience for overseas visitors is the night street markets or ‘pasar malam’ which begins in the late afternoon. These open-air markets feature hawker stalls that sell a variety of local produce, foodstuff, clothing and cakes. Bargain and Haggle is a common practice.
Street artists and traditional medicine vendors are an entertaining sight here. The Mega Sale Carnival held three times a year in Kuala Lumpur and other major cities in Malaysia is an opportune time to pick up great bargains. Always be careful of street crimes when you are in crowded areas. Read the prevention of street crime guide here.