Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur is also Malaysia’s shopping capital. With over 50 shopping malls- each with name brand stores, local favourites, and one-of-a-kind boutiques - within city limits, Kuala Lumpur makes the perfect destination for a long weekend shopping trip. If you’ve never been shopping in this bustling city before, use this simple guide to get started in style.
‘Megamall’ is no joke - this incredible complex offers over 430 stores across five levels. Without question, this mall is a standalone destination, complete with cinema, bowling alley, and restaurants galore. The mall is known as a favourite shopping destination among locals and has been increasingly popular with tourists. International retailers such as Zara, Topshop, and Australia’s own Seed are home here, as well as mid-range, affordable stores.
Boutique highlight: Major Drop
Fashion, accessories, and shoes for men and women are all on offer at this hip lifestyle store. Major Drop was born and bred in Kuala Lumpur just years ago, specialising in streetwear. Since its opening, it has welcomed over 70 brands and now ships all over Southeast Asia.
Of all the malls in Kuala Lumpur, Publika stands out as one of the most artistic and delicious; the entire gallery has been curated to showcase fashion, art, homewares, and food. It’s been described as ‘a breath of fresh air’ among shoppers, who enjoy the eclectic mix of whimsical boutiques and gourmet bites.
Boutique highlight: Shoes, shoes, shoes
Yes, shoppers will find shoes here, but that’s not all! Shoes, shoes, shoes has three locations, but it is the perfect fit in Publika. Owner, and Kuala Lumpur local, Ung Yiu Lin, has dressed local celebrities in her brand. There’s no better way to take to the rest of the mall than in a flashy pair from Shoes, shoes, shoes.
3. Suria KLCC
At the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers stands six storeys of shopping in the Suria KLCC. Upmarket designers including the likes of Burberry, Chanel, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, and so many more are found on the first few floors. Higher up, more affordable, popular retailers offer their wares, as well as food market options.
Boutique highlight: Ang Eng
Ang Eng was founded in 1955 and has continued the business of creating bespoke hand-made Nyonya Kebaya, the traditional Chinese costume. At Ang Eng, you’ll find that these pieces are works of wearable art. Fitting women, men, and children, you can find the perfect souvenir here.
International luxury retail found its home at Starhill Gallery. Located in the fashionable Bukit Bintang district, this unparalleled mall is an experience unto itself. After shoppers are welcomed by suit-clad doormen, they will find such fine retailers as Alexander McQueen, Chopard, Dior, Hermes, Kenzo, Valentino, and Rolex welcoming them.
Boutique highlight: Shiatzy Chen
The first fully Asian-owned brand to show at Paris Fashion Week consecutively since 2008, Shiatzy Chen has more than earned its reputation in the world of high fashion. Its store at Starhill Gallery is the only location in all of Southeast Asia.