Many people don’t consider Kuala Lumpur for a holiday destination, but this capital of Malaysia has a whole host of things to see and do, and is not yet too much of a tourist trap. So if you are crvaing a little bit of winter sunshine consider KL as your next destination. Here are a few things to do when you visit.
The Publika. What?
This building is filled with all kinds of shops, cafes and sculptures as well as live gigs and every now and then, a play. Check out the little eateries within the supermarkets, they offer great value and a surprisingly good range of foods. Outside in the Square there is an outdoor stage surrounded by cafes and bars which offer a good vantage point for the live shows on the stage.
The KL Performing Arts Centre
This centre plays host to local theatre groups as well as international touring shows so check out what is on. You may find orchestras, stage shows or musicals depending on when you visit. The building itself is a an old railway warehouse that has been transformed into a modern structure with glass complementing the original red bricks. The foyer often has art installations, and right outside is a peaceful Japanese Garden with a Japanese restaurant right by a Koi pool, the perfect place for a snack before or after a show.
The Petronas Towers
These world famous towers are a great sight, and home to shopping malls as well as the world class Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. If you want to go up to the viewing level of the towers you may need to get tickets the day before, so check in advance to avoid being disappointed. The view from the top across the city is definitely a must see for any trip to Kuala Lumpur
Taste the local fare
If you are willing to step out of your comfort zone try some of the more authentic Malay dishes; many places will serve these alongside the more standard fusion type menu items. Satay is a particularly good dish; the peanut sauce is served with grilled meats, usually chicken and beef, but if you are feeling brave you can try kidneys, rabbit or even chicken tails. Try the satay with Banana leaf rice which is Indian in origin and served on a banana leaf along with various spices.
Kuala Lumpur has a lot to offer; visit the hard to find music club No Black Tie for all kinds of live music, and stroll through the streets to take a look at the tall building that are springing up all the time. For a different experience head to the Bangsararea for little boutiques and cosy cafes where you can sip an iced coffee or a cool drink and just watch the world pass you by. KL is definitely worth a visit before everyone works out just how great it is and the streets become crowded with tourists