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Last updated : Nov 2009
Kuala Lumpur Shopping
Kuala Lumpur Shopping Guide - TravelPuppy.com
Kuala Lumpur is a great shopping destination with an eclectic selection of retail outlets, ranging from air-conditioned department stores to the frenetic market stalls. Prices are great and bargaining is the essential way in the market stalls and even in some of the shopping centres, where massive discounts can be found. The city's many malls are impressive with bowling alleys, cinemas, discos (one of them with a canal) that add a surreal touch to the shopping experience.

A number of shopping venues are situated on Jalan Bukit Bintang and are marketed under the term of Bintang Walk. Visitors can purchase electrical products which are available in Bukit Bintang Plaza, garments and shoes which are available in Lot 10, designer bargains which are available at Star Hill Shopping Centre or explore the boutiques in Kuala Lumpur Plaza. High and modern fashion blends with one of the world’s highest buildings at the Suria KLCC Shopping Centre, in the basement of the Petronas Twin Towers. Here you can find big designer names, including Hugo Boss, Karl Seeger and Laura Ashley. A newer mall, known as the Times Square is set on the fringes of Bintang Walk.

KLIA is more like a shopping centre than an international airport and presently has over 70 retail shops, with first-rate duty-free shopping.

A world away from the malls is the night market. Vision KL Magazine provides an up-to-date information on when and where the best markets take place. The only regular market remaining is the nightly Jalan Petaling. This Chinatown institution sells CDs, electrical appliances, perfume, clothing and watches including some of Kuala Lumpur’s best hawker food. Some of the best souvenirs are traditional handicrafts like pewter-ware.

The factory outlet Royal Selangor Pewter, 4 Jalan Ushawan Enamis is open to the public from 8.00 am - 5.00 pm daily. They offer free guided tours with access to the factory outlet and the world’s largest tankard, which is on display. Batik, the Indonesian dyed cloth may have been originated in Indonesia but Kuala Lumpur provides great quality batik. A wide variety of batik is found at Central or in Kompleks Budaya Kraf, Jalan Conlay.

Shops are open from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm daily while the shopping centres are open from 10.00 am - 10.00 pm. Some shops are close on Sundays but the shopping centres stay open. Sales tax is around 10%, some products are taxed at 5% or 15%, or are exempt from sales tax. Tax-free shopping is available but remember to ask the shop for a visitor form, which can be presented at the airport for refund upon departure.