Five Malls in Kuala Lumpur to Escape the Heat
After a few days in Malaysia you’ll already know – you’ll probably know within a few hours – that it gets really hot and humid! Even though it is a lot better than cold Dutch snow days, walking through the city for a long amount of time gets your sweat rolling and your breath taken.
Fortunately, like most Asian cities, Kuala Lumpur has the answer. Shopping malls! They are air-conditioned so well that you can easily get rid of the sweat here. And the best part; they’re everywhere! To each according to his need, here are five of my favorite malls to escape the heat.
1. MidValley MegaMall
MidValley MegaMall is probably my favorite mall! I used to come here after work for a quick snack before I would go to dinner with my roommates. This mall has everything and you could not just escape the heat here for a few minutes but for a whole day! Shopping is cheap compared to most malls, but more expensive than markets. There is a huge foodcourt on the top floor and there are some restaurants downstairs as well. Besides shopping there is a cinema, a bowling alley, pool cafe and arcade center!
2. Berjaya Times Square
Could be the biggest mall in Kuala Lumpur, altough MidValley comes close to that title as well. This mall has everything but lacks good restaurants. I usually take just a Subway sandwich here but than again, I don’t come here that often. A big regret that I have never tried and what this mall is famous for: There is a roller coaster inside! Imagine that, a roller coaster inside a shopping mall! Take that tropical heat!
Fountain in front of the Pavilion mall
The Pavilion mall is probably one of the most misunderstood malls in Kuala Lumpur. Located directly in the heart of the Golden Triangle, just a few minutes away from the Bukit Bintang monorail, it’s weird that this mall is almost never crowded! Well, this is true for the shopping part. Shopping might be a bit more expensive than in MidValley but it is the only place I know that has an Apple Store (and I need my Apple Store). The second reason I come to this mall is to sit down just outside of it, where a lot of restaurants and bars can be found. One of these bars even serve Grolsch beer! Check out the Mexican food as well at Carlos Mexican Canteena, it is amazing.
4. Suria KLCC
Located directly under the Petronas Twin Towers, this is the most crowded shopping mall of Malaysia. But forget about those crowds as the cinema is lovely and the food is great (just make sure you eat out of normal eating hours). And if you are looking for designer clothes, this is where you need to be. If you look up you can see the shape of the Petronas Towers architecture in this mall and I recommend the Aquaria KLCC. Even more reason to go there if you enjoyed the recent Shark Week!
5. Low Yat Plaza
Low Yat is known for one word: Electronics! If you are looking for them this is where you need to be. From small travel speakers to huge hi-fi sets there is no place like Low Yat Plaza. I usually come here just to check out new Asian electronics – which are the best! As a total electronic junkie, I just love being in this place. We actually bought a stereo set here for our apartment.
There are lots of malls in Kuala Lumpur and seeing them all could be a challenge. Thanks to the heat everything is located directly near each other under the supervision of a chill air-conditioned breeze. Don’t worry about the heat if you go to Asia, the answers are right here!