Malaysia’s vibrant capital, Kuala Lumpur, is a fusion of modern living, Asian values and eclectic personalities. From the popular food courts and bustling night markets to the boutique shops and luxury residences, the city buzzes 24 hours a day. But KL-ites also know how to relax, and pockets of inner-city nature provide the grounds in which to escape the fast pace of expanding city life.
That growth is inevitable though and continues to open KL to foreign investment and local development. Malaysia has seen success in the rubber and palm oil sectors and now welcomes income from a healthy tourism industry. Visitors come for the country’s unique cultural blend and find a city whose people are united by two things: food and shopping.
The malls, high and low end, teem on weekends with families and individuals from all walks of life, from all generations. And the eateries, come breakfast, lunch or dinner, fill with patrons knowledgeable about food and expecting the high standards for which Malaysia has become known. Then in the evenings, nightlife hubs like Changkat Bukit Bintang and Asian Heritage Row swell with as many connoisseurs of coffee as purveyors of fine wine before nights are rounded off at the local 24-hour food stall serving delicacies enjoyed by Malaysians, expatriates and tourists alike.
In the day, however, cultural attractions take centre stage. Galleries, craft centres and religious sites entertain tourists as business blocks light up and everyone looks forward to what the evening has to offer. Whether it’s indoor football, a reviving jungle trek or more food and drink, KL-ites will always face it with a smile.