Bukit Bintang: An Absolute Star in KL

By Nikita Shankar | Buying Property

One quick search on google and you’ll find that Bukit Bintang ranks number one on the list when it comes to tourist attractions and nightlife in KL. This entertainment locale is known for being home to the city’s most thriving restaurants, shops, eateries, boutiques, local vendors, pubs, cafes…the list could go on and on. Aptly named ‘Star Hill’ (Bukit = Hill, Bintang = Star), this district is frequented by tourists and locals alike, all craving for the area’s vibrancy and energy. 

The Six Shopping Malls Worth Checking Out

Bukit Bintang is an area known to be a shopper’s paradise. Here you can find your high-end brands and outlets as well as local, cheaper goods.

Pavillion

On par with the ritziest malls in the world, Pavilion mall boasts major fashion labels, great food options and a wonderful shopping experience for many. Spread out across more than a million square feet with seven floors and 550 stores, this mall is certainly worth a shopping trip!

Fahrenheit 88

A sister mall to Pavilion, Fahrenheit 88 offers a more casual shopping experience with various small boutiques and trendy outlets. The mall is aimed at a younger crowd, and is well known to be decked out for various festivals throughout the year.

Berjaya Times Square

This is a shopping mall, business centre and entertainment hub all rolled into twin towers that stand at a whooping 666 ft. The mall holds more than a thousand retail shops in 8 floors, and even has it’s very own indoor theme park which is said to be the second largest in Asia!

Sungei Wang

At this mall, you can strike up a great bargain deal! There are numerous kiosks located in small alleyways in the mall, and many people find the low ceilings and packed floors a little overwhelming. Nevertheless, one of the oldest malls in the city, Sungei Wang Mall is a popular destination for locals and foreigners.

Plaza Low Yat

This is your one-stop shop for all things electronics. From brand new laptops and refurbished phones to gaming gear and photography equipment, you can fulfil all your digital needs right here. Named Malaysia’a largest IT mall in 2009, Plaza Low Yat has each floor dedicated to different IT products.

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Bukit Bintang, Entertainment And Great Food Go Hand In Hand

Jalan Alor

Along this street, your tastebuds will be rewarded with culinary delights from native Chinese and Malay food vendors. This bustling street (adjacent to Bukit Bintang Street) is the perfect Southeast Asian street food experience, with great food stalls lining both sides of the street.

Arabic Cuisine

Many tourists flock to Bukit Bintang every year, particularly from the Middle East. In fact, Bukit Bintang has an area specifically dedicated to serving real Arabic food to its many visitors. Try out Tarbush Restaurant and Marosh restaurant to taste this delightful cuisine.

Changkat Bukit Bintang

This street is where the city’s nightlife can truly be seen. Changkat has some of the best pubs, bars and restaurants in the city, and a weekly pub crawl for many is not uncommon (Check out Havana Grill and Bar, and Zion Club). You can also eat at fine dining restaurants such as Dining in the Dark and El Cerdo.

Lot 10 Hutong Food Court

If you want to try out some of the city’s best local, street side food yet eat in the comfort of a mall, then this is the best food court to visit. You’ll find a huge variety of food stalls all under one air-conditioned roof!

PropertyLife Tip: To experience authentic and tasty Chinese food, do not miss Hakka Restaurant in the vicinity. It’s well patronised by locals and tourists alike for more than six decades! Don’t forget to make a reservation prior to arriving because this is one restaurant that’s always houseful!

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Getting To And From Bukit Bintang

Making your way to Bukit Bintang is certainly a non-issue, as the area is conveniently serviced by both buses and trains. You can get off at the Bukit Bintang Station or Imbi MRT station, or you can make use of the free GOKL buses around the area.

PropertyLife Tip: Heading into the Bukit Bintang District during the weekends (especially at nighttime) means there’s going to be a lot of traffic. Taking public transport would greatly help, especially since parking is a real nightmare!

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Hotels For Every Budget

In this tourist spot, there’s a hotel for everyone out there. Whether you prefer to stay right in the centre of all the hustle and bustle or opt for something a little quieter, Bukit Bintang caters to all your needs.

Splurge

JW Marriott

The Westin

Pullman Hotel

Grand Millennium

Mid-range

Berjaya Times Square Hotel

ParkRoyal

Melia Hotel

Furama Bukit Bintang

Budget

Hotel Ambassador

Iris Garden Hotel

My Hotel

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Luxury Homes At The Star Hill

Let’s be frank…there’s hardly any space left in Bukit Bintang. In fact, there’s only around 0.08% of residential land in the area! However, it’s always great to live right in the midst of entertainment and mayhem, and these residential buildings are some popular ones in the zone.

You can find a number of expatriates buying up units in this area, with almost 40% of the buyers being foreigners from the Middle-East, Britain and other South-East Asian countries. Due to the rapid growth (still growing!) in the area, investing in apartments around Bukit Bintang seems like a good deal.

Bintang Fairlane Residences

At a distance from the main centre of Bukit Bintang, Bintang Fairlane Residences offers a more tranquil way of living but with all the amenities within walking distance. Many of the owners in the building rent out their apartments to tourists and short-term visitors since accommodation is in high demand around the area.

Pavillion Suites

Still under construction (tentative launch date is sometime in 2018), Pavilion Suites is a serviced residence with Pavilion Mall neighbouring it. Set to have it’s very own infinity pool and shopping complex (called International Galleria), Pavilion Suites will be the latest addition to Bukit Bintang’s glamour and appeal.

Pavillion Residences

This deluxe two-tower residence is built atop the Pavilion mall, so you’ve literally got the world’s best designer shops right at your doorstep. Along with that, Pavilion Residences is known to have some very spacious bedrooms, amazing views of KLCC and luxury living right in the middle of a concrete jungle.

We hope you liked this little snippet of what Bukit Bintang is and why exactly it’s so popular in KL. Share your thoughts with us!

About the Author

Born in India, raised all over the world, I’m currently based here in Malaysia, truly enjoying this Asian enclave. Starting off as a fiction writer for many online publishing sites, I’ve moved on to following one of my major passions: Copywriting. For more than a few years now I’ve worked with companies to create some great web content, particularly in the real-estate field. From reviewing property developments to writing home improvement articles, I do believe the property world is my calling. When I’m not holed up behind a computer screen, you can find me reading a good book, gallivanting across the globe or merely listening to some tunes on my iPod.