Kuala Lumpur has a lot to offer visitors in terms of sights, but the city is best known for its delicious street food. KL is densely packed with hawker stalls serving freshly cooked dishes with a variety of spices and flavours from mobile carts, stalls, small shops/street restaurants, or Kopitiam (which means “coffee shop” but also serves other types of traditional dishes and drinks).
Food from all over Asia can be found in Kuala Lumpur, as Malaysian cuisine has been influenced by its many immigrants and occupants from India, China, Japan, England, Portugal, Thailand, and Indonesia over the years. One of the reasons we love KL is the fantastic food.
Historic monuments and buildings, futuristic and modern skyscrapers, colourful mosks, shrines and temples, green and lush parks and jungle areas, huge shopping malls, bustling street markets, and a lively nightlife of cool pubs and bars are among the top attractions in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur residents are extremely friendly and speak excellent English. The city has a well-developed infrastructure for trains, monorail, metro, and buses, making it easy to get to the places worth seeing in KL. KL also has a large expat population, with many international companies having offices there.
If you are planning on heading to Malaysia` capital and are looking for the top sights and what to do in Kuala Lumpur, here are our favorites things to do in KL.
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1. Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
The Petronas Towers are the most impressive and cool must-see attraction in KL in our opinion! It’s fantastic!!
It is especially beautiful at night, when the towers are illuminated with hundreds of lights and the water fountain in KLCC Park changes colours and dances to the music.
Every night at 20:00, 21:00, and 22:00, the Lake Symphony Fountains perform.
The Twin Towers are a spectacular sight both during the day and at night, and their 452 meter height makes them visible from all over Kuala Lumpur!
You can also go up in the towers, both to the Observation Deck on the 86th level (360 meters above ground) and to the Skybridge connecting the two towers at 170 meters above ground.
Every day, 1500 tickets to the Twin Towers are available for purchase, half of which are sold online. So, if you don’t want to stand in line, you can pre-order Petronas Tower tickets. When you arrive at the Petronas Towers, you can simply skip the ticket line entirely. If you haven’t pre-purchased your ticket, you should arrive at the ticket office in front of the Towers around 08:30 to ensure you get one.
The Twin Towers are surrounded by a lovely park, KLCC Park, which includes a 1.3-kilometer-long running/walking track.
2. Batu Caves, Selangor
The breathtaking Batu Caves are located in Selangor to the north of KL. It’s a massive cathedral-like cave Hindu temple with walls that almost reach the sky, birds flying high above, and wild monkeys running up its rock-faced walls.
Batu Caves was one of the highlights of our trip to Kuala Lumpur. However, be prepared to walk 272 steps to reach the cave; it’s a good workout!
It is located 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
To get there, take the no. 1 KTM Seremban Line to Batu Caves station (30 minutes from KL Sentral).
How much does it cost: It is free.
Opening hours: The temple cave is open from 8:00 a.m. to 20:30 p.m.
What to wear: You must dress in clothing that covers your knees and shoulders. Wear comfortable shoes because there are 272 steps to climb! Remember to bring water with you (or buy some at the ground before you start climbing).
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3. Shopping Complex
Since our first visit in 2005, the city has grown tremendously! It is now teeming with flashy modern shopping malls selling a diverse range of Asian and international brands. There are also bustling markets selling a variety of useful and useless trinkets.
The Bukit Bintang area is the place to go on a shopping bonanza! The area is packed with shopping malls, all lined up next to each other:
Pavilion (check out its great food court Food Republic in the ground floor)
Starhill Gallery – very posh with all the high-end expensive brands like Gucci, Prada, Max Mara and so on
Lot 10 (has an awesome food court, Lot10 Hutong, with a collection of some of the best hawker street food in KL)
Low Yat Plaza
The area KLCC around Petronas Twin Towers is also perfect for shopping, with the famous Suria KLCC mall at the ground level of Petronas Towers being the biggest and best.