If Kuala Lumpur’s unending sprawl of malls is anything to go by… the city is bustling and boisterous, crammed with amusements for everyone from the fashion fanatic to the nature lover. But even that might not measure up to its food, a celebration of taste and culture that Malaysians pride above all else. Sharezal Abdul Wahid, Director of Concierge at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur points the way to an authentic KL experience.

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Situated in the heart of the city, Merdeka Square reflects the history of Kuala Lumpur as it shed its colonial identity to become the modern city it is today. It is a mirror to our colonial past; with century-old brick buildings heavily infused with Moorish architectural designs that were once the main focal point of the city during the British era. While you are here, be sure to visit the old Panggung Bandaraya or the City Theatre to catch the award-winning interactive musical, MUD KL, that entails an entertaining story of how the city evolved from a humble mining town to what we have today.

Petronas Twin Towers – once declared the tallest buildings in the world when it first launched in 1998, are architectural marvels by day or night. They stand tall as symbols of development and expansion for Kuala Lumpur and are one of the most photographed buildings in the nation!

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The best way to get a sense of KL culture is to enjoy a glass of ‘Teh Tarik’ or pulled milk tea in a 24-hour Indian-Muslim restaurant more commonly known as ‘mamak’ At any time of the day, the ‘mamak’ is where you will see people from all walks of life — from the blue collar worker to the foreign expat — congregate for reunions with friends and family, huddled over a meal or simply a glass of ‘Teh Tarik’.

Dine

“Makan” or “eat” in Malay is a favorite word amongst the KL-ites. There are so many areas and options available for one to indulge. My favourite place to eat would be an area called Bangsar Bahru where one can find almost everything from fine-dining establishments right up to rowdy roadside food stalls. Some food outlets or restaurants are open till late, making it perfect for those who wish to satisfy any late night hunger pangs, or chill and hang out with friends after work..

Shop

Bukit Bintang street still remains the best shopping district in Kuala Lumpur. It has everything from luxury brands to trendy local designers. With 6 shopping malls along the stretch, one would definitely be spoilt for choice!

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