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Shopping on Jalan Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur

Set aside plenty of time for retail therapy in KL!
Set aside plenty of time for retail therapy in KL!

With Malaysia boasting some of the world’s most iconic international brands, Jimmy Choo, Royal Selangor and Padini to name a few, it is no wonder we had an amazing time discovering the shopping in Kuala Lumpur!

Bukit Bintangis the heart of all things retail-therapy related in KL, and is located in the Golden Triangle spanning over 3 roads: Jalan Bukit Bintang, JalanImbi and Jalan Sultan Ismail.

Although Bukit Bintang is known for its glitzy shopping malls, such as Pavilion KLand Starhill Gallery, we spent much of our time in smaller malls such as Farenheit 88and Lot 10. It is here where we found some of the most noteworthy local designers and boutiques on this famous shopping strip.

Starting at Pavilion KL, we came across an array of well-established local shops. How could we not start our trip at the Padini Concept Store on level 4?! After an impressive tour (and a quick purchase or two) of the latest street wear, we moved onto the other end of the floor to find an array of local fashion labels. Brands such as Dressing Paula, Eclipse, Flow, Ms. Read, Subzero Jeans, and The Mod House are all housed here and should not be missed for the latest fashion for all sizes, ages and price ranges.

Across the road, Starhill Gallery houses some of the world’s most luxurious and prestigious brands. Besides loving the dresses of local designer Khoon Hooi featured on the first floor, we absolutely adored the originality of the red escalators. Don’t they just depict ultimate opulence?!

A little further down the road, on the same side, is Farenheit 88. It is here where you will find dozens of up-and-coming local designer labels. Level 2 is where a lot happens. This place is a great go-to place for ‘trending now’ street fashion, as well as quirky home décor and niknaks. Some must-see brands are Ethnic, Afternoon/Lolita, Zaal Leather, Mirrorcle and A Material.

Further along, on the corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Julan Bukit Bintang, don’t be disillusioned by Lot 10, fronted by Zara (and a rather large shop re-construction). This shopping centre has been around for eons and has had its good and bad days in that time. Today, it’s a must-see for the likes of local designers Country Hide, Cassini and Etincelle Couture. This mall is one to watch – H&M opened here in September 2012, for example. In fact, Lot 10 may well be the Bukit Bintang “it” mall of the next few years.

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