9 Best Kuala Lumpur Shopping Malls for Some Serious Retail Therapy

9 Best Kuala Lumpur Shopping Malls for Avid Shopaholics

Time to shop till you drop in Kuala Lumpur!

Apart from being a popular foodie destination, Malaysia is also an underrated shopping paradise. In fact, the bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur is secretly a shopping mecca in Southeast Asia. Over the years, people living in the city have practically seen a new major shopping mall built almost every year! With plenty of mega sales that happen throughout the year, you can bet that retail therapy is not in short supply! Not sure where to shop for the best deals? Don’t worry because here are the best Kuala Lumpur shopping malls that will thrill and excite the shopaholic in you!

1. Suria KLCC

One of the most iconic structures in Kuala Lumpur is the Petronas Twin Towers. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, the sight of the majestic structure, especially at night, is simply stunning. However, the Twin Towers aren’t just a decorative piece of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Housed within the first six storeys of the towers is Suria KLCC, one of the most popular shopping malls, not just in the city. With over 320 different stores including luxury retail brands to upscale food and beverage options, Suria KLCC offers a wide range of shopping and dining experiences.

Apart from offering endless hours of retail therapy, Suria KLCC also houses plenty of tourist destinations. These include the Petronas Art Gallery, Petrosains, Aquaria KLCC and KLCC Park. This makes Suria KLCC one of the shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur that deserves to be on your travel bucket list by default. The best part? Getting here is easy as pie since many public transport lines converge here.

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Address: 241, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur

2. Pavilion KL

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur shopping malls

Image credit: Ling Tang

Personally, Pavilion KL (or just Pavillion to locals) is one of my favourite Kuala Lumpur shopping malls. This 1.37 million square ft shopping hotspot first opened in 2007 and is now home to more than 450 different retail stores. Conveniently located in the bustling Bukit Bintang area (itself a prominent location for ambient nightlife), Pavilion is one of the most frequently visited shopping malls in the city. It is especially crowded in the evenings. Even on the outside, you will find a sea of people just hanging out and chilling, thanks mostly to the relaxing vibes around the area. You’ll also find a Liuli Crystal fountain at the main entrance, which is a popular Instagram hotspot.

Inside, you’ll find a plethora of international designer brands next to household brands Malaysians know and love. Like any shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Pavilion comes with a whole host of eateries and entertainment outlets, including Malaysia’s first-ever branch of China’s Dadi Cinema Complex that is expected to open in 2021. In addition, Starhill Gallery, which is a shopping mall that caters specifically to luxury brands, is located right next door! Even more retail therapy (or window shopping), yay! Like Suria KLCC, getting to Pavilion is an absolute breeze, thanks to the multitude of public transport options.

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Address: 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

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3. Sunway Pyramid Mall

Sunway Pyramid KL

Image credit: Sunway Pyramid

Even though Sunway Pyramid Mall is technically located in the neighbouring state of Selangor, it is still one of the most famous Kuala Lumpur shopping malls. Best known for the iconic lion-headed sphinx at the entrance, Sunway Pyramid Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia. Opened in 1997, this 1.7 million sq ft shopping paradise boasts more than 1,000 retailers! It is divided into two wings: the original Old Wing which features Egyptian motifs, and the New Wing which is a more modern extension. What makes Sunway Pyramid Mall even more special is that it is the only mall in Malaysia with an indoor ice skating rink!

It also houses plenty of international food outlets and plenty of boba stores, making this a prime hangout spot for youngsters. Trust me, if you want to check out the entire mall, you’d best clear out your schedule for the day because this isn’t a one or two-hour stroll!

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Address: No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

4. Mid Valley Megamall

Mid Valley Megamall is easily the most crowded Kuala Lumpur shopping mall on this list. This massive complex just outside of Bangsar is a regular haunt for locals from both the city centre and the Klang Valley. Reaching 4.5 million square ft, Midvalley Megamall is home to a wide selection of mid to high-end retailers, not to mention more food options than you can possibly count. What’s more, in 2007, Mid Valley Megamall added The Gardens, a luxury shopping mall that is housed in a separate area, offering even more shopping options to customers. Both malls are linked via a bridge and an underground corridor.

In terms of entertainment, Midvalley Megamall is famous for its 18-screen cinema complex and bowling alleys. It is also home to a massive convention centre where some of the city’s top events often take place.

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Address: 1 Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

5. Berjaya Times Square

berjaya times square

Image credit: Phalinn Ooi

Boasting an area of 7.5 million square ft, Berjaya Times Square is also one of the biggest shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. Located in the heart of the city in the Bukit Bintang area, it houses over 1,000 retail outlets and more than 60 F&B options. It is one of the more dated shopping malls in the city, having opened back in 2003. However, don’t be put off by the age of the building because it is still one of the most popular malls in the area. It offers a wide range of retail therapy options ranging from established brands to local brick-and-mortar businesses. What’s more, Berjaya Times Square also houses Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park, filled with 14 unique rides that promise fun for the whole family!

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Address: 1 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

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6. Plaza Low Yat

For a different kind of shopping experience, check out Plaza Low Yat (or simply Low Yat as known by the locals). You won’t find the typical clothing boutiques or novelty stationery shops here. Instead, Low Yat is one of the most famous Kuala Lumpur shopping malls where customers look to score bargain deals for electronics and IT products. In short, it’s basically Malaysia’s version of Hong Kong’s Sham Shui Po. You can find just about anything here: from the latest iPhone and gaming consoles to laptops and GoPros and even bootlegged versions of the latest gadgets. Of course, you didn’t hear that from me, alright?

Bargaining is quite normal here although you probably shouldn’t approach this like a night market. Prices are already at an affordable level due to the many competing outlets that set up shop next to each other. If you feel hungry and need a break from your hi-tech retail therapy, there are some eateries located on the ground floor, including Korean and Japanese restaurants.

Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm
Address: 7 Jalan Bintang, Bukit Bintang Central, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

7. Sungei Wang Plaza

Sungei Wang Plaza Lantern Festival

Sungei Wang Plaza Lantern Festival | Image credit: Sungei Wang Plaza Official Facebook Page

Older malls tend to lose their crowd over time, but Sungei Wang Plaza, opened way back in 1977, seems to have so far stood the test of time. This timeless shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur boasts seven storeys and is a well-known destination to pick up affordable bargains. The 1.2 million square ft complex houses a large variety of kiosks and small shops that offer merchandise ranging from handphones and computer accessories to clothing and jewellery. While Sungei Wang Plaza isn’t the most famous shopping mall in the city, it certainly is one of the more historical ones. It even houses Star Tattoo Studio, one of the most famous tattoo parlours in the city, in case you want to get inked while on a shopping trip.

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Address: Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

8. Sunway Velocity Mall

Among all the Kuala Lumpur shopping malls on this list, Sunway Velocity Mall is easily the newest and shiniest. With its official opening in 2016, this nine-storey mall covering almost 1 million square ft features an eye-catching neo-futuristic exterior as well as a covered walkway to two MRT stations (Cochrane and Maluri), making it a highly accessible shopping paradise. In this complex, you’ll find a wide variety of local and international brands (over 500 retail outlets!), a cinema and even a fitness centre. There are also plenty of eateries and food kiosks scattered around the mall at the basement and top levels, too!

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Address: Lingkaran SV, Sunway Velocity, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur

9. MyTOWN Shopping Centre

Helmed by the same management that brought us the Ikano Power Centre in Klang Valley, this brand new addition housing over 400 local and international retailers officially launched in 2016. Its main attraction is Malaysia’s largest IKEA outlet, housed within its premises. Other than known anchor tenants such as H&M, Parkson, and Village Grocer, the mall is also home to the largest Zara outlet in Malaysia. Outside the mall, you’ll find a landscaped park that’s designed with ramps and tracks for rollerblading and skateboarding.

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm
Location: Seksyen 90, Jalan Cochrane, Taman Maluri, Kuala Lumpur

Ready to shop till you drop? Now you know where to go during the mega sales season!

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Alestra
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Darren enjoys the finer things in life and loves exploring unfamiliar places on foot, guided with nothing but instinct and a good-old fashioned map. He enjoys cultural experiences and exciting adventures and is not a stranger to travelling alone. When he's not putting his travel experiences into words, he's probably sitting behind his laptop, planning his upcoming adventure.

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