Malaysia is one of the popular holiday destinations for people all around the world. Ranging from city sightseeing and nature parks to scuba diving, this country has a lot to offer. However, did you know that Malaysia is also a shopper’s paradise? Malaysia has huge shopping malls with luxurious and indoor amusement parks and open markets that promise a great street shopping experience. From international fashion labels to handmade glass jewelry, one can find everything here. You can also shop here for the most beautifully crafted silk and batik, handicrafts, the latest electronic items, and more. We suggest you to grab your Malaysia tourist visa and explore this shopping paradise.
One of the best places for shopping in Malaysia Kuala Lumpur is the city center’s trendiest shopping mall, Pavilion mall. Located in the hip and happening area of Bukit Bintang, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is a great place for some luxurious shopping. The shopping area is spread across seven floors where you can shop for many international brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Coach, and Ralph Lauren. There is also a cinema hall, supermarket, plus dozens of restaurants and cafes. You can also pamper yourselves in spas and salons in the mall.
Surya KLCC, a six-story shopping complex, is located on the ground floor of the most iconic landmark of Malaysia, the Petronas Towers. This shopping mall comprises Ampang Mall, Ramlee Mall, and Park Mall. The complex has many attractions like Aquaria KLCC, Petrosains (a science discovery center), a 12 screen cinema theatre, and Petronas Art Gallery. The architecture of this mall is of European style with green spaces, exposed glass panels, and impressive columns. Suria KLCC has many famous stores like Chanel, Ed hardy, Harley Davidson, etc.
Berjaya Times Square
This iconic landmark of Kuala Lumpur, Berjaya Times Square, is the world’s largest building with 48 floors full of stores, restaurants, and an indoor theme park. It is the best place for shopping in Malaysia Kuala Lumpur. Kids can enjoy a ride on the roller coaster, go bowling, or watch a movie at the IMAX 3D Cineplex, while adults can shop from the stores having the best luxury brand, jewelry store, or relax at a spa. Berjaya is a place to shop for the best silk and leather items.
1 Utama Shopping Centre
1 Utama Shopping Centre is the biggest shopping mall in Malaysia. It is located in Bandar Utama and has a whopping 1000 shops full of designer clothes, accessories, sportswear, shoes, bags, home decor, and many more. The complex has an eco-zone, with a fully functioning rainforest area, a fish tank, and a colorful rainbow bridge that both children and adults can enjoy. The complex is massive and has many eateries and entertainment outlets. The mall consists of budget options for economical shoppers.
The Sunway Pyramid is one of Malaysia’s largest retail outlets covering an area of 1.7 million square feet. This mall has an Egyptian-themed architecture Pyramid with a lion standing guard at the entrance joined by two domes – the orange Atrium and the blue Atrium. This mall is adjacent to the Sunway Lagoon theme park in Bandar Sunway. This mall includes some of the best brands like Mango, Coach, and Timberland. You can take a break from shopping by catching a movie at its top-floor cinema theatre or enjoy ice skating on the ground-floor rink.
Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall
Due to its duty-free shopping experience, Langkawi is one of Malaysia’s cheapest shopping destinations. There are over 100 store outlets in this two-story shopping mall, ranging from souvenirs to handicrafts to clothes. One of the major attractions of this shopping mall is its duty-free supermarket, where you can buy a wide range of products. There are money changers and an information counter for travelers in Kuah. This mall is a heaven for lovers of shopping, as here you can shop to your heart’s content at cheap rates.
Indian Quarter is the best place to have an authentic Indian experience outside the country. You can shop for traditional Indian clothing like saris, embroidered scarves, shawls, spices, handbags, and handicrafts. The cafes and food stalls have delightful flavors and are perfect for a quick mid-shopping break. A large fountain marks the focal point, and the three-storied Indian Bazaar is a favorite place to find a bargain.
One of the popular landmarks in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street, is also known as Chinatown. This marketplace is bustling with people – both locals and tourists. Petaling Street has numerous stalls serving authentic Malaysian dishes like Malaysian noodles, Asam laksa, Ikan Bakar, and Hokkien mee. Many shops are selling Chinese tea, and they will demonstrate the correct way of preparing tea and let you sample some of their brews. Petaling Street lights up at night with bright neon lights, and the whole place is full of energy and life.
Lot 10 is perhaps the most centrally located mall in Kuala Lumpur, along Jalan Bukit Bintang. It has many shops selling good brands and also a National Geographer Flagship Store. In the basement, you can find Hutong, a wonderful food court with mainly Chinese hawkers. This mall is a place you can shop for luxurious brands. The mall houses the Isetan Japan store, a place outside Japan where you can shop for all Japanese products. There are also a number of small vendors selling electronic goods and jewelry here.
Central Market or Pasar Seni
An iconic landmark located in the heart of the city center is Central Market. This market came into existence in 1888 and is a paradise for art lovers and shopaholics. Hundreds of stalls line the streets selling authentic handicrafts, fabulous boutiques, traditional Malaysian Batik items, and numerous souvenirs. Along with shopping, you can enjoy a fish spa, Illusion 3D art museum, and DIY Batik painting. Central Market is a place where you can shop for Indian and Chinese art pieces and accessories.
Remember that you need to bargain in Malaysia as the vendors often say a price double the actual rate or higher. The Chinese merchants who engage in negotiations expect to make a sale in the end. So remember to bargain ‘only’ if you want to buy the product. The Malaysian year-end sale starts from October till New Years’ Eve. It is the best time to shop for a wide range of products at discounted prices.