KSL City Mall has been Singaporeans' top picks of the malls in JB to shop. Beside food and shopping, Singaporeans came here to pamper themselves with beauty services, wellness, spa and massage including nail and hair treatment and watch movies. I was shocked to see more than 50 salons, hair studios and massage parlors in the mall at almost every level. The prominent ones include Studio M, VZ Hair Salon, Cozy Massage, SQ Massage, Relux Zone, BKK Thai Spa, X PRO, De Nail Palace, SMA Hair and Beauty, etc. It was not the original KSL City Mall I know of when it was open.
There are also dental clinics, optical shops and pharmacies which give comparatively cheaper rates and charges than that same goods and services in Singapore. Apparently, the mall has adapted to meet the interests and needs of Singaporeans.
Compared to AEON Tebrau City, Mid Valley South key and Toppen, this mall is unbelievably congested with push carts and atrium display that there is no space for seats. Push carts selling street food at the lower ground floor and also push carts are at every level selling phone accessory, snacks, apparels, watches, slippers and many other items.
Car servicing workshops sprouted around the vicinity of the mall to cater to Singaporeans who may find it cheaper to service their cars here. On every Monday night, there is also a Pasar Malam set up just outside the mall and Singaporeans can patronize the many makeshift stalls selling roasted duck, jackfruit, rojak, durians, buns, fish, vegetables, satay, Thai mango sticky rice, etc.
If you are not driving, just take bus F100 JB Sentral Bus Interchange and it alights directly at KSL City Mall. Bus fare is only RM1.50. The famous Ming Ang Confectionery is located just across the road from the mall, and you can buy the palatable local pastries and tau sar biscuits at this outlet. There is also a well-known bak kut teh shop on the same stretch of shops as Ming Ang Confectionery. Old Chang Kee, Seoul Garden, Sushi King, SK Jewelry, Watsons, Guardian Pharmacy, Factory Outlet Store, Starbuck, Coffee Leaf & Bean etc are familiar brands to Singaporeans and you can find them all in the mall. Maybe, NTUC Fairprice or Sheng Siong Supermarkets can open a branch here which will definitely attract more customers than Lotus's Hyper-mart.
Before I departed KSL City for JB Sentral, I bought 3 packets of heong peah (biscuits) - bamboo charcoal, traditional sesame pastry and the original heong peah from the Snack Boys Shop for my family.
KSL City Mall has been specially molded to suit the taste and likings of Singaporeans. It is really a haven here and Singaporeans enjoy 吃喝玩乐 (eat, drink and be merry) especially when the conversion rate of the currency is in favor of Singapore.
I could not feel this atmosphere at Plaza Pelangi or AEON Tebrau or Toppen or even at Bukit Indah. It is here at KSL City that I could see the craziness of Singaporeans pampering themselves in hair salons, reflexology and wellness centers, massage parlors, beauty spa and nail studios.