Shopping in KL

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A trip to anywhere is never complete without doing a bit of shopping. It's like every time people go on trips, they never forget to buy a little souvenir for themselves and for their loved ones. Do you do that as well? I know I do!

In Kuala Lumpur, there are lots of places you can go to for shopping. I, for one, went to a couple of malls and was amazed to find lots of items on sale. Of course, one reason maybe that it's Chinese New Year when I visited.

Two popular malls in KL are Pavillion and Suria KLCC. These are considered as the upmarket malls in KL as they house lots of designer brands and boutiques. To get to these malls, you just need to ride the LRT and get off KL Sentral Station. From KL Sentral, you then need to board the monorail going to Bukit Bintang. Pavillion mall is right around the corner from Bukit Bintang station. If you want to go to Suria KLCC, you can take a 10-minute walk from Pavillion. Or you  can get off KLCC Station when riding the LRT. It's that easy. 
entrance to the Pavillion
the Joker display at this cool comic store in Pavillion
 Suria KLCC with a nice view of the Petronas Towers in daylight
someone went crazy in Sephora, teehee
 park outside of Suria KLCC

Now for souvenirs and pasalubong, I suggest that you do not go to these malls. Best place to go to is the Central Market and Chinatown where you can get novelty stuff at low prices. In Central Market, here are hand-woven bags, miniature models of the Petronas towers, Batik coin purses and bags, scarves with intricate patterns, yummy local chocolates, and a lot more. So how do you get there? It's simple. Just board the LRT and get off Pasar Seni Station. Central Market is just around the corner, and then you can just walk for about 10-15 minutes, and that will take you to Chinatown.
 entrance to Central Market
entrance to Chinatown
chocolates, all of them I got for RM 59.00 (USD 18.00 or Php.800)

I have a couple of tips. In Central Market, most of the stores do not allow picture-taking of their merchandise which is why I didn't take lots of photos inside. In a foreign country, you just need to follow and respect their rules. In Chinatown, you are allowed to haggle. The vendors will name their price and you can give 'em yours. You can haggle for as much as you want and they will agree if the price is okay for them. If not, they will meet with you halfway. So no matter what, you get a good deal. It's actually the same with the night market in Kowloon in Hong Kong, if ever you've been there. So don't hesitate to haggle.

Because the prices there are relatively low, I did quite a lot of shopping. I bought myself some make-up from Sephora, clothes from Cotton On and H&M, shoes from Forever 21, and accessories from Diva, and ended up spending only around Php.3000 (USD 67.00) total. Yup, you read right! Then I bought some chocolates and stuff to bring home to my family and friends. And like I said, I didn't spend a lot.

There you go. That's about it for my shopping experience in KL. And there's still a few more posts to come about my trip. Until then. Toodles! :)


  1. OMG i would go crazy in Spehora I have never been in one, you got a lot of chocolates :) thanks for sharing your experience!