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Kuala Lumpur city for short-term travelers

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Kuala Lumpur is a hustle-and-bustle type of city that, like many other major cities in the world, does not sleep. It is famous for its traffic jams but also for food, shopping and sightseeing. As a 20-something who has lived in KL for ten years and taken numerous foreign visitors around, I have some recommendations for travelers looking to explore KL within a range of budgets.

Good for
  • Solo
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller

11 Places

2 City Tips

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11 Places

Healy Mac's 12 Bar Cafe

Restaurants

TGI Friday

Restaurants

Menara Kuala Lumpur

Observation Decks & Towers

KLCC Park

Parks

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Art Museums

Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

Visitor Centres

Merdeka Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurants

Madam Kwan's KLCC

Restaurants

The Royal Museum (Old Istana Negara)

History Museums

dunmetiel's City Tips

  • Bring light, summer clothes. Only a cardigan or long sleeve top is enough for mountaineous regions. Malaysia is a majority Muslim country and a modesty in dressing is required.
  • Tipping is not essential in restaurants. Tips are usually given to therapists in spas and lobby boys in hotels, although not compulsory.
  • Healy Mac's 12 Bar Cafe
    Restaurants (Bar, European, Pub, Irish)
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    dunmetiel Says:

    Great place for good food and service. Band plays on the weekends but expect an 'older' crowd. Great service. Location is slightly away from the main city centre, but this is great if you don't want the crowds and jams.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try the garlic bread with cheese for starters
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #675 of 4,675 restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
    • An Average Bar 03/12/2019
    • No atmosphere given that it's an Irish Pub 11/11/2019
    • Healy Mac's 12 Bar Cafe
    Address:
    222 Jalan Ampang
    Kuala Lumpur 50450
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-4251 2700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 am - 1:30 am
    Other:
  • TGI Friday
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    dunmetiel Says:

    A big chain in Malaysia, it serves great American food in a cosy, festive ambience. Great service.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try the starters
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #851 of 4,675 restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
    • TGIF Pavilion 01/01/2022
    • Ok service with surprised food 26/11/2021
    • TGI Friday
    Address:
    Ground Floor, Life Centre
    Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Other:
  • Menara Kuala Lumpur
    Observation Decks & Towers
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    dunmetiel Says:

    Great overview of KL city and its surrounding areas.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Go if you have little time in KL
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 332 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    • Great lightings in the evening… 04/09/2022
    • Good view but pricey 16/08/2022
    • Menara Kuala Lumpur
    Address:
    No. 2 Jalan Punchak
    Off Jalan P Ramlee
    Kuala Lumpur 50250
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2020 5444
    Price range:
    US$52 - US$52
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • KLCC Park
    Parks
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    dunmetiel Says:

    The Twin Towers is a must-see for any visitor in KL. Great architectural wonder and beautiful to see at night. Shop at the Suria shopping mall.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take photos from the gardens in front of the building, along Jalan Ampang. Gives better angles compared to the KLCC Park on the opposite side of the building.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 332 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    • nice place 04/09/2022
    • Beautifully green in the middle of the city 31/08/2022
    • KLCC Park
    Address:
    Jalan Ampang
    Kuala Lumpur 50450
    Malaysia
    Hours:
    Tue
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Wed - Mon
    6:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
    Art Museums
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    dunmetiel Says:

    Well-maintained and interesting. The only museum worth visiting in Kuala Lumpur. Quiet and a very peaceful place.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go if you like museums and/or are interested in Islamic history and culture
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 332 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    • Nice museum, best for adults 19/09/2022
    • Beautiful museum 17/08/2022
    • Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
    Address:
    Jalan Lembah
    Kuala Lumpur 50480
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2274 2020
    Other:
  • Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
    Visitor Centres
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    dunmetiel Says:

    Must-do for all visitors in KL. Shows history and process of making Malaysian pewter. What's best is that entry and guided tour is completely free!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Location is on the outskirts of KL city, so plan your travel properly. Suggest to drive or take a cab.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 332 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    • Worth the trip to Pewter Factory 14/09/2022
    • Left with a Great Awareness of Royal Selangor History and an Even Greater Appreciation of the Skill and Craftsmanship of their P 30/01/2022
    • Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
    Address:
    4 Jalan Usahawan 6
    Setapak Jaya
    Kuala Lumpur 53300
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-4145 6000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Merdeka Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    dunmetiel Says:

    Place of historical significance and great old architecture. Great for history buffs. Nothing much to do here, but go for the photos and sightseeing.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Can be hot in the daytime or rainy, so bring an umbrella!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 332 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    • Famous buildings nearby 13/08/2022
    • beautiful squsquare 12/09/2021
    • Merdeka Square
    Phone:
    +60 3-2698 3333
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    Other:
  • Hard Rock Cafe
    Restaurants (American)
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    dunmetiel Says:

    As with all other HRCs in the world, is a great restaurant and bar for nightlife. However, smoking is allowed here at the moment and the places will get extremely smokey later in the evening!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Go early for dinner then stay for the band
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #179 of 4,675 restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
    • expensive for what they serve 04/09/2022
    • Where is the Power ? 15/06/2022
    • Hard Rock Cafe
    Address:
    No. 2 Jalan Sultan Ismail
    No 2 Jalan Sultan Ismail
    Kuala Lumpur 50250
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2715 5555
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$37
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 am - 12:00 am
    Other:
  • Madam Kwan's KLCC
    Restaurants (Asian, Malaysian)
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    dunmetiel Says:

    A restaurant for high-end local food. Best part is that Mdm Kwan has managed to elevate Malaysian local/street food to an upmarket standard without sacrificing the taste! Must try.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Nasi Bojari
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #155 of 4,675 restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
    • Yummy!! 06/09/2022
    • Welcome to Malaysia Martin and Lisa 21/08/2022
    • Madam Kwan's KLCC
    Address:
    Lot 420/421 Level 4 Suria
    Suria KLCC
    Kuala Lumpur 50088
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2026 2297
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 am - 9:30 pm
    Other:
  • The Royal Museum (Old Istana Negara)
    History Museums
    dunmetiel Says:

    The Royal Museum is located at the old royal palace along Jalan Istana, so very authentic and gives you an amazing experience of walking down the halls where all the Kings and Queens have done in the past. Very well done and interesting. Be prepared to be wowed with the royal "his" and "her" bathrooms!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Slightly outside the city centre, so plan your travel - take a tour bus or drive/cab
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 332 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    • Do not waste your time or money 12/03/2020
    • Interesting 07/03/2020
    • The Royal Museum (Old Istana Negara)
    Address:
    Jalan Istana
    Kuala Lumpur 50460
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2272 1896
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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