Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia is also the cultural and financial centre of the place. It is also the largest city in the country with over a million people living there many of which have very diverse backgrounds both ethnically and culturally. Kuala Lumpur’s demographic is what makes it a very unique place. With Malays, Chinese and Indian making up most of the local population and as such, there is a rich diversity in the local food, history, architecture and general way of life. Kuala Lumpur is one of the world’s most visited cities so there’s lots to see and do and when it comes to shopping, Kuala Lumpur is one of the leading cities in Asia in retail. So if you’re going to visit Kuala Lumpur make sure you don’t blow all your money on useless things, here’s the best of what to buy in Kuala Lumpur.
1. Pewter products
Pewter is a metal alloy made up of tin, copper and antimony and Malaysia is one of the leading producers of the product. Everything from glassware to jewellery can be made up of pewter and real artists in the craft of making Pewter products are essentially like metal work craftspeople. The Royal Selangor centre has tons of Pewter products as well as a free tour of the history of pewter products in Malaysia.
The Royal Selangor
Address: 4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya 53300 Kuala Lumpur
Website: The Royal Selangor
2. Traditional fabrics
Southeast Asia is home to a myriad of different kinds of fabrics and textiles and Mayalsia is no different. In the case of Malaysia, the different intersection of cultures make lots of the traditional fabrics unique in their texture and appearance. Batik and sungkitt are two popular fabrics from Malaysia that are used to decoration, embroidery and clothing.
Address: 1st floor,, 12, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpu
3. Malaysian Dodol
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Malaysian Dodol is a sweet toffee-like candy made from palm and coconut milk and rice flour. It’s popular all around south-east Asia and makes a great traditional treat to bring back home and give to your friends. It’s sticky and sweet and is definitely a different kind of candy that you’ll want to try while visiting.
Address: No 10, jln mendak 8/5 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: Dodol Maktok
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4. Pua Kumbu fabric
Pua Kumbu fabric is a traditional multicoloured fabric usually worn during ceremonies. The multicoloured cloth is absolutely beautiful and traditionally found in the Sarawak region on Malaysia and the process for making it is very elaborate. Traditionally, in order to get the fabric as colourful as it gets, raw materials had to be harvested from the rainforest in order to be turned into the dye that would then colour the fabric.
National Textile Museum
Address: 26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: National Textile Museum
5. Kerongsang brooch
Worn as a fastener on a blouse for women, this traditional brooch can sometimes come in a set of three and depending on the style and materials, it can either range from very expensive to delightfully affordable. The origin of the brooch is uncertain but it has been worn on traditional outfits and for ceremonies for hundreds of years. It most likely comes from a mix of Chinese and Malay and it makes a great gift to pick for yourself or a girlfriend.
Malabar Gold & Diamonds
Address: NO 208, Bunus, Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Website: Malabar Gold & Diamonds
Perfumes make a great gift for yourself or someone else and there is a large market for it in Kuala Lumpur. Everything from brand name designer perfumes or even homemade handicraft style can be found around. Foreign tourists can find scents they probably won’t be able to get back home as the perfume will be made from local ingredients and scents.
Address: (2nd Floor), Jalan Medan Pusat Bandar 8, Bangi Sentral Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: 100% Original Perfume Malaysia
7. Beaded Slippers
Beaded slippers can be found throughout Malaysia and are pretty much a staple in any Malaysian home. Beaded slippers are also pretty commonly found throughout Asia and are again, a common sight in any home. Comfortable and stylish, they won’t make your feet sweat in the hot summer months. They’re also almost always super affordable and easy to find making it a great gift to bring back home.
Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: Central Market
8. Traditional Malaysian kite
Traditional Malaysian kites are known as Wau Bulan and are beautiful and intricately designed kites usually with floral patterns and themes. The Wau Bulan is an icon of Malaysia and is even the symbol of Malaysian Airlines. There are different types of Malaysian kites including the wau kucing (cat) and the wau merak (peacock). A traditional Malaysian kite makes an amazing and unique item to bring back.
Address: 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Bandar Utama, Malaysia
9. Durian cake
Durian is a popular fruit found throughout south-east Asia and is especially popular in Malaysia. Durian is a kind of weird fruit for people not used to it. Even with the spiky outer husk intact, the fruit is known for it’s pungent and strong odour. Some people like the smell finding it sweet while others, find it to be repulsive. However, its flavour is sweet and it is very commonly found in desserts and sweets so why not try out what is known as the “king of the fruits” in cake form!
Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: The Madarin Cake Shop
10. Bamboo handicrafts
Bamboo handicrafts are a great item to buy when you’re looking for something unique and authentic to either give to someone or use for yourself. Bamboo is a versatile resource that is essentially found everywhere in Asia and dedicated craftspeople can pretty much make bamboo crafts for anything. From little decorative items to more practical ones like baskets and even furniture. Bamboo is incredibly strong and durable and can really be a statement piece in your home.
Address: No.427, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: Rattan Art Handicraft House
Garden city of lights
Kuala Lumpur is one of the most visited cities in the world for a reason, it’s got everything from amazing food, to eclectic street scenes to amazing architecture all interwoven between a mix of distinct cultures. There’s tons to see and do and with that comes some great shopping opportunities.
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