Kuala Lumpur is a thriving capital with a whole host of attractions. As a person exploring the many urban spots throughout Malaysia, KL is likely to be at the top of the list, particularly since it can be considered the central hub for most working-class citizens and urbanites.
As with other capital cities, the night brings with it an ensemble of new sights and sounds. Here are just a few options for experiencing the night KL style.
For those who haven’t heard of The Row – previously known as the Asian Heritage Row – be prepared for a pleasant and laid-back surprise from a spot that offers a range of dining and nightlife options.
There are eateries and bars, and choices of cuisine that include European influences, as well as local favourites. Unique events and live entertainment imbue the ambience here with classic nightlife vibes.
The Row is older than you might expect, with a pretty rich history that spans back to the 1940s. A massive refurbishment took place somewhere along the line, and signature colonial-style shophouses were transformed into chic cafes, cool bistros and renowned eateries.
Consider dropping by if you’re looking for some scenic night views.
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After all that nighttime exploring, you’re likely to feel quite famished. If you’re looking for a hearty meal, check out this reputable nasi kandar spot just beside the Petronas Twin Towers. A big plate of mixed rice topped with curry, vegetables and a variety of other side dishes are available to satisfy your nighttime cravings.
Pelita is known as one of the biggest and most acclaimed nasi kandar eateries in the whole of Malaysia, so if this is your first time trying it out, prepare yourself for a burst of flavour.
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The trend of classy, revolving restaurants where patrons get to enjoy their meals and the views from high-altitudes isn’t necessarily a new invention, but they are great and innovative attractions nonetheless.
You’ll be glad to hear that KL has its very own version of this. Treat yourself to panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur at Atmosphere 360, where the world rotates around you.
Set in KL Tower, Southeast Asia’s tallest tower, this revolving diner is 282 meters above ground level. It is open for lunch and dinner, with a wide range of buffet and à la carte, as well as a selection of classic cocktails. We strongly recommend that you come for an early dinner and catch the sunset to stretch out night hours.
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Are you a fan of the fine arts, or into performances driven by culture and sophistication? If so, then you’ll love this next evening attraction. The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), found at KLCC, is a five-minute walk from OpenHouse.
The orchestra plays in the country’s first purpose-built concert hall and models after the popular 19th-century European shoe-box style designs, Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS.
The musicians’ in-house team is world-class, and the stage also sees artists from around the globe taking on the spotlight. This is one of the most popular places in KL to get your fill of classical music, but there are also some contemporary collaborations to raise the level of excitement such as an international star Harry Connick Jr performance as well as a partnership with Aussie beatboxer Tom Thum.
If you’re curious about the more rustic and olden side of Kuala Lumpur, then you probably won’t want to miss the historic Kampung Baru suburb, which is rather renowned for its uniquely village-oriented architecture and minimalist aesthetic among other things.
Heading over here in the daytime to see the incredible stilt houses – and one of KL’s oldest settlements – is a good idea, however, the street market really gets this place buzzing with activity at night.
The street market is probably one of Malaysia’s most prominent night activities and is a huge part of KL’s thriving nightlife. While there are many that can be found throughout the Klang Valley, this one is known as one of the most iconic street markets around. Here, assortments of food and trinkets can be found.
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After a long night out, it’s common to be feeling a little peckish. If you’re on the prowl for some late-night grub, head over to Petaling Street, Chinatown for some local fare.
The night market should be closed by then but you’ll be able to find two restaurants serving Chinese food such as Claypot Lou Shu Fan, fried snacks and Yong Tau Foo to fill those rumbling tummies right by one of its entrances near the 5th Element Hotel.
Another iconic area that has made a mark in Kuala Lumpur’s rich history, Changkat definitely has changed over the years. These days, it’s a central nightlife zone with a variety of entertainment outlets.
Changkat Bukit Bintang fits the bill for those on the bar-hopping trail. As you enter from one of the main roads, you might see a busker or one of the live bands that entertain crowds of revellers in KL.
There might even be a rooftop bar or two in this section of KL since there are many bars, lounges, pubs, and restaurants along this narrow road. When you pass by, you can hear an eclectic mix of tunes emerging from watering holes. You might find crowds of people stopping at those that strike their fancy before heading over to the next bar once they’re done.
Situated just a stone’s throw away from Changkat Bukit Bintang, most come here after a night of partying at Changkat to nurse their hungry bellies. While the late hours mean a number of eateries will be shut down, you can still find quite a few that are still open to business.
A fully functional daytime helipad, it morphs into one of KL ‘s trendy watering holes and a place to drink in city view by night. Situated on Jalan Ismail, for this cool lounge, go up to Menara KH’s 34th floor. Proceed with caution though, there are no barricades in the helipad so stay well away from the sides.