Where to Shop, What to buy in Malaysia
Malaysia is a premier shopping destination in Southeast Asia. Malaysians love shopping, which explains the vast number of luxury malls, stores and street-side stalls in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. If you are a shopaholic, the best time of the year to visit is during the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, around August – September when the entire country offers great discounts.
From the antique and the exotic to modern electronic and audio-visual equipment, the constantly changing product range available in Malaysia includes an extensive collection of designer labels from the fashion capitals of the world.
The exemption of duty on a range of items has resulted in more competitive pricing and makes shopping in Malaysia an even more attractive option. Malaysian duty-free zones are the islands of Labuan and Langkawi. There are also some duty-free shops in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, international airports and city centres. Duty-free items like cameras, watches, pens, cosmetics, perfumes, mobile phones, computers, cigarettes and liquor are among the cheapest in the world. Cash is accepted at night markets while major credit cards are accepted in most shops in the malls and shopping complexes.
For light, casual shopping, there are roadside stalls, bazaars and night markets in towns throughout the country. A major attraction is the colourful, bustling night market or 'pasar malam' - found in most neighbourhoods on certain days of the week - which stocks a bewildering variety of goods, local foods and fruits. Shopping at one is an experience to be enjoyed. Despite the low prices, bargaining at nights markets is acceptable. It can be quite a humorous exercise as the traders are generally enthusiastic and friendly.
Central Market is fondly known to the locals as Pasar Seni. Built in 1888, originally as a wet market it has undergone extensive refurbishments. It has been designated a Heritage Building and is now a Centre for Malaysian Culture, Arts and Handicrafts.
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Bangsar Shopping Centre offers some of the best brands in town, from food to fashion, toys to trimmings, music to magic, and everything in between.
Bukit Bintang Plaza
One of KL's oldest shopping centres, Bukit Bintang Plaza still attracts the crowds with its offerings of local and international goods comprising clothes, fashion accessories, footwear, sports goods, electrical equipment, pharmaceutical products, computers and much more!
Strategically located in the vicinity of the Putra World Trade Center, and the Legend Hotel the Mall's wide concourse and high atrium with a cascading glass roof makes it a magnet for shoppers. It has a wide range of merchandise and shopping bargains.
Opened in 1997, Sunway Pyramid is recognisable from its Egyptian inspired pyramids architecture. Located in the heart of Petaling Jaya, it is Malaysia’s first themed shopping and entertainment mall. After current expansions, its retail space of 2.5 million is a sight to behold, with more and more shops for shoppers to indulge in!
Cocoa Boutique is the place where you can savour all the chocolates that are truly and uniquely Malaysia. Created by their own chefs and the chocolates are always fresh and made from the highest quality ingredients, bringging an exciting sensation to your taste buds.
Cocoa Boutique offered chocolate connoisseurs a wide selection of the finest locally produced chocolates. The range of fine chocolates are created and made to original Belgian recipes, using 100% pure cocoa butter in accordance with authentic Belgium formulation.
Petaling Street (Chinatown)
Visitors to KL should not miss a trip to this bustling open-air bazaar. It is located near Central Market and opens day and night. Flex those tongue muscles and start bargaining your way! Great place to look for Chinese artefacts, herbs, fresh flowers, and so much more!
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, the newest shopping mall at Jalan Bukit Bintang set to inspire with its fashion, food and urban leisure choices. Located in the Golden Triangle Shopping district, it is spread across 1.3 million square feet.
This huge shopping mall located at Bintang Walk with its distinctive green and blue striped façade caters to upmarket shoppers. Visitors will have no problem finding their favourite branded designer items.
Berjaya Times Square
Located off Bintang Walk it is sprawled over 3 450 000 square feet, houses over 1000 retail lots as well as entertainment and dining facilities. Shoppers have so many choices with merchandise ranging from stylish and chic, to fun and exotic. Shop till you drop!