KUALA LUMPUR - NEIGHBORHOODS
The Bukit Bintang neighborhood in Kuala Lumpur is considered the capital cities central business district which includes the famous `Golden Triangle` area. This is a premier dining, retail and nightlife destination in the bustling city featuring the Suria KLCC mall, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur mall, Low Yat Plaza, Sungei Wang Plaza and the Berjaya Times Square which features an indoor theme park. There are five-star hotels in the area, offices along with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. KLCC Park is one of the city`s largest green spaces spanning over 50 acres filled with over 1,900 indigenous trees with jogging and footpaths along with a large children`s play area and a swimming pool. The park includes `Lake Symphony` which boasts water fountains that shoot 137ft and feature daily water and music displays. The Golden Triangle stretches over 3 roads in the neighborhood providing endless shopping and dining facilities which are often compared to New York`s Fifth Avenue and Tokyo`s Ginza area. Bukit Bintang and the Golden Triangle are the trendiest nightlife and entertainment districts in the city, packed with restaurants, bars, pubs and vibrant nightclubs along with 24-hour hawker stalls along Jalon Alor.
Chinatown, the Old City Center or Old Town is the traditional and historical core of Kuala Lumpur featuring Merdeka Square, The Sultan Abdul Building, and the Selangor Club. This neighborhood encompasses Petaling Street where the popular Chinatown is located which is centered on Market Square. The High Street or `Jalan Tun` is an area featuring old shop houses along with ornate shops with colossal buildings, stunning temples, and bustling outdoor markets. Restaurants and hawker-style food stalls are plentiful in this neighborhood as well as authentic Chinese, Malaysian, Cantonese and Thai eateries that fill the narrow streets in Chinatown. The oldest Hindu temple in the capital city `Sri Mahamariamman` is located in this area along with the Jamek Mosque, and Independence Square which is a colonial district that dates back to 1957. Central Market is the location of the city`s Malaysian cultural market that was founded in 1888 filled with Art Deco and market stalls with shops and galleries. Petaling Street (Chinatown) is pedestrianized street lined with hotels, shops, stalls, and restaurants and filled with an authentic vibrant atmosphere throughout the day and night. Bargain shopping, delectable street foods and awe-inspiring buildings and temples are the main draws to this historic area.
The Brickfields (Sentral) neighborhood is situated on the south side of Kuala Lumpur`s city center. The area is home to KL Sentral which is the city`s main transportation hub. This trendy area is also known as `Little India` with a high percentage of Indian residents that reside here along with businesses and restaurants. The area has also been ranked as one of `Airbnb`s top trending destinations`. This neighborhood was once the main train depot for the Malaysian Railway when the country was ruled by Britain and today is still the home of the city`s main railway station `KL Sentral,` which is also a huge dining, retail, and entertainment district with the station connecting to Nu Sentral mall along with other attractions. The main road in this area is Jalan Tun Sambanthan which features two of the main hotels in the neighborhood, Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur and Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur. The road is also lined with restaurants, vibrant saree shops, and other accommodations; this is the best location in the city to find the best Indian cuisine where the popular banana leaf rice is served.