A shopper’s paradise. Bukit Bintang has been around for a long time and has seen many changes. While still in my youth, the only shopping complexes around here were the famous Sungai Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang Plaza and Imbi Plaza. Nothing else. There were no branded goods then, and most shops were boutiques and one or two main anchor tenants.

Jalan Bukit Bintang, this is where you do your Bintang Walk.

Later with the addition of KL Plaza and Lot 10, it became a little arty, and some haute-couture in Lot 10 plus the special art books by Front Page shop brought a little extra pizzazz. Of course there was always the reference to Bukit Bintang as being a red-light district (and yes, you can still get those services, you know what I mean).

With the return of Francis Yeoh from an overseas stint, owner of YTL construction firm, taking over the helm of this company from his father, he envision an upmarket trendy area for Bukit Bintang to shade off some of its notorious nuances.

Francis Yeoh wanted to bring over many of the upmarket and trendy shops and restaurant (especially the Italian restaurants, because he liked a good pasta and Malaysia had a lack of such eateries) that he so loved during his stay and work in the overseas, and thus his vision to make Bukit Bintang to be a modern and up-to-date place; the place to be when people came to downtown KL.

YTL bought over many properties including Lot 10 and build new ones like Starhill Gallery. They even owned and manage a branded hotel, the JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The name of the Kuala Lumpur shopping gallery, Starhill was a literal translation of the Malay name of this place, Bukit Bintang. Thus giving this place an alternate English name. After years of relentless construction it was transformed.

Bintang Walk

They even gave a nickname, the Bintang Walk, to the row of shops along Jalan Bukit Bintang housing many hotels, restaurants, night clubs and massage parlours. Most Kuala Lumpur nightlife activities here are rather muted, though you may be approached by pimps asking whether you want to have a nice time at night. Do so at your own risk! I will stick back to the massage parlours, thank you.

Whether it is weekdays or weekends, there will always be a throng of people milling around doing their shopping or just enjoying a meal. From expensive haute-couture restaurants to down-to-earth coffee shops and food courts, Western food, Hong Kong styled Chinese food, Indian food; even Middle Eastern meals are available here.

Jalan Alor

For open air variety, do give the famous Jalan Alor a try. The entire stretch of road is a food haven. Anthony Bourdain, a celebrity chef, would really love to get his hands on these foods here. Well he wanted to, but was treated with well decorated nicely presented meal in JW Marriot Hotel instead!

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang

The shopping plazas a fairly clustered together within walking distance, so you could hop over from one place to another. Shopping complexes starting from beginning road of Jalan Bukit Bintang:

  • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
  • Starhill Gallery
  • KL Plaza
  • Lot 10
  • Sungai Wang Plaza
  • Bukit Bintang Plaza
  • Low Yat Plaza
  • Berjaya Times Square

Bukit Bintang hotels in Kuala Lumpur includes:

  • JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • Ritz Carlton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • Grand Millennium Hotel (formerly the Regent Hotel)
  • Piccolo Hotel
  • Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • Royal Bintang Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • Swiss Garden Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • ParkRoyal Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • Melia Hotel

If the above KL hotels are too pricey, you could always opt for cheaper lodging scattered around the Bukit Bintang area. The above hotels are the most convenient in terms of access to the Bukit Bintang area.

Getting there to Bukit Bintang

This is after all a famous place, you should have problem hitching a ride on the monorail to get there. (Refer to Rail Transport Map to get your bearings) Get off at the Bukit Bintang station or Imbi station. The former stops at Sungai Wang / Lot 10 while the latter station stops directly in front of Berjaya Times Square.

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