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Petaling Street

Wander from stall to stall sampling delicious food, haggle for clothes and accessories, and people-watch in one of Kuala Lumpur’s best-known shopping streets.

Tourists and locals alike enjoy looking for bargains as they stroll along Petaling Street, one of the Kuala Lumpur’s busiest shopping precincts. This area is well known for excellent food and counterfeit products, but many people visit simply for the people-watching and high-energy atmosphere.

Petaling Street sprung up as an extension of Kuala Lumpur’s original Chinatown back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since then, it’s developed into a market of bustling stalls and shouting vendors.

Weave your way through the crowds as you browse bargain merchandise. You’ll find that many vendors have a similar selection, so be sure to look around before you start haggling. Items often start at two or three times what they’re worth, so it pays to be aggressive with bargaining, even if it means walking away. Keep in mind that this is a game of give and take, although some vendors can be pushy.

Even if haggling for bargains isn’t your thing, make sure to try out some of the local cuisine. You’ll find delicious laksas and some of the best noodles in town. There are restaurants all around, but often the best food is out on the street. It’s usually safe to eat, but be cautious and choose stalls with lots of customers.

Once you’ve had your fill of food and shopping, spend some time exploring the surrounding area beyond Petaling Street. Once you leave the heavily touristed area, you’ll stumble across tiny shops and narrow alleyways reminiscent of the original Chinatown. Not far away you’ll also find Sri Mahamariamman, one of Malaysia’s oldest Hindu temples, as well as the arts and crafts stalls of the Central Market.

Petaling Street is in downtown Kuala Lumpur, a short distance southeast of Merdeka Square and the Jamek Mosque. Although Petaling Street is for pedestrians only, the area is easily accessible by public transport, and is busy throughout the day and well into the evening.


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Hilton Kuala Lumpur $51
Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Hilton Kuala Lumpur

3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Lake Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station is only a 2-minute walk and KL Sentral Station is 6 minutes.

    Melia Kuala Lumpur $41
    Melia Kuala Lumpur

    Melia Kuala Lumpur

    16 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Bukit Bintang, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Low Yat Plaza and Berjaya Times Square. Jalan Alor and Changkat Bukit Bintang are also within 10 minutes. Imbi Station is only a 3-minute walk and Hang Tuah Station is 8 minutes.

      Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur $113
      Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

      Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

      12 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Petronas Twin Towers, and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur Tower and Central Market are also within 2 mi (3 km). Raja Chulan Station is 8 minutes by foot and KLCC Station is 11 minutes.

        Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur $83
        Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur

        Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur

        11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Kuala Lumpur Tower, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, and Petronas Twin Towers. Suria KLCC Shopping Centre and Aquaria KLCC are also within 15 minutes. Bukit Nanas Station is only a 5-minute walk and Dang Wangi Station is 7 minutes.

          Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral $38
          Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

          Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

          No 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this hotel is steps from NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Lake Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). KL Sentral Station and Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Citin Seacare Pudu by Compass Hospitality $21
            Citin Seacare Pudu by Compass Hospitality

            Citin Seacare Pudu by Compass Hospitality

            No. 38, Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bukit Bintang, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kottu Malai Pillayar Temple, Petaling Street, and Central Market. Merdeka Square and Kuala Lumpur Tower are also within 15 minutes. Kuala Lumpur Masjid Jamek Station is 10 minutes by foot and Plaza Rakyat Station is 14 minutes.

              Citin Masjid Jamek by Compass Hospitality $19
              Citin Masjid Jamek by Compass Hospitality

              Citin Masjid Jamek by Compass Hospitality

              No. 7 Seksyen 33, Jalan Melayu, Off Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Golden Triangle, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Masjid India and Merdeka Square. Jamek Mosque and Central Market are also within 10 minutes. Kuala Lumpur Masjid Jamek Station is 5 minutes by foot and Dang Wangi Station is 13 minutes.

                Hotel China Town Inn
                Hotel China Town Inn

                Hotel China Town Inn

                52 - 54 Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Golden Triangle, this hotel is steps from Petaling Street, Petaling Street Market, and Guandi Temple. Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Kasturi Walk are also within 5 minutes. Kuala Lumpur Pasar Seni Station is only a 4-minute walk and Kuala Lumpur Masjid Jamek Station is 8 minutes.