Kuala Lumpur is undoubtedly the hottest destination in Asia that attracts millions of tourists every year. This lively capital of Malaysia is home to many notable attractions including the country’s landmark Petronas Towers, Menara KL, and Putrajaya.
In addition to the unique landmarks, Kuala Lumpur offers a variety of delicious cuisines to visitors. From traditional Malaysian chicken satay to Chinese noodles to Indian spicy biryani, Kuala Lumpur has it all. If you are visiting Kuala Lumpur for 3 days and you are not sure about what to eat and see in this vibrant city, read below our ultimate guide to help you in planning your trip better.
Things to See and Do in Kuala Lumpur
Where to Stay?
There are many options for accommodation in Kuala Lumpur. Depending on your budget, you can choose to stay in luxurious hotels, hostels, or guesthouses. On my trip to Kuala Lumpur with my sister, we decided to stay in an apartment in Ascott Hotel as it was right in the middle of the city and close to all the famous attractions including Suria KLCC Shopping Complex and Petronas Towers. Also, the hotel featured all the necessary amenities including laundry, spa, and infinity pool from where one can witness the surreal views of Kuala Lumpur City.
What to Eat?
Your visit to Malaysia is incomplete without eating its traditional food. Though there are hundreds of things to try, the following are the food items that you must eat. These are also easily available all around Kuala Lumpur:
You cannot leave Malaysia without eating this delicious traditional dish. You can find chicken satay everywhere from street hawkers to restaurants all over Malaysia. There are many varieties of this dish but the most common is rice made with coconut milk served with deep-fried chicken or fish pieces, cucumbers, boiled eggs, peanuts, and spicy chili paste.
You haven’t really visited Kuala Lumpur if you haven’t eaten Chicken Satay which is also widely eaten in Malaysia like Nasi Lemak. Chicken Satay consists of grilled chicken pieces on sticks which are served with a special sauce. You can eat this dish from almost everywhere in Kuala Lumpur.
Ice Kacang or ABC is truly the most delicious thing I tried in Kuala Lumpur. It is made of shaved ice that is topped with beans, corn, jelly, sugar syrup, and a few other things. It’s a must-try dessert if you are in Kuala Lumpur.
It is a unique dessert that is made with coconut milk and palm sugar. Cendol is then topped with rice flour jelly in the form of noodles. You can either eat it with a spoon or drink with a straw.
It is a traditional Malaysian Coffee that is sold widely all over the country. The unique thing about this coffee is that its coffee beans are roasted with palm oil. They add condensed milk to sweeten the coffee instead of regular sugar. You can also buy some packs of this coffee to take back home.
This scrumptious ice cream consists of shaved ice topped with nuts and syrup. It is a delicious kind of ice cream that you can find almost everywhere in Kuala Lumpur in a variety of flavors.
What to See and Do?
Petronas Towers also known as Twin Towers is the most popular landmark of Malaysia. These skyscraper towers are located in Kuala Lumpur city. Though you can catch a glimpse of these towers from a majority of the places in Kuala Lumpur, you can also purchase a ticket to go to the top and enjoy the panoramic views of the city. It is recommended to book your tickets in advance as they are often sold out due to huge crowds of tourists.
Dinner in Atmosphere 360° Revolving Restaurant
Did you ever imagine dining on the top floor of the tallest tower in Malaysia? Atmosphere 360° Revolving Restaurant offers you such a lifetime experience in Menara Tower of Kuala Lumpur. The restaurant offers lunch, hi-tea, and dinner buffet facilities to the visitors. Atmosphere 360 restaurant keeps on revolving slowly while you enjoy your food with a breathtaking view of Kuala Lumpur. I recommend you book a dinner buffet which is from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The dinner buffet allows you to witness both daytime and nighttime view of Kuala Lumpur.
Shopping from Central Market KL
There is no better place to buy souvenirs than Central Market. You can buy almost everything from here including handicrafts, souvenirs, clothes, and bags at cheap prices. There are also many small restaurants and cafes from where you can eat a variety of food items. After strolling around for some time, I bought a few souvenirs for my family and friends back home and also enjoyed delicious ice floss from a small shop in the market.
Stroll around Merdeka Square
Merdeka Square is a busy square of Kuala Lumpur which is often crowded with tourists. The square is home to many attractions including an art gallery, the famous I love KL sign, and Sultan Abdul Samad Building. You can stroll around Merdeka Square and take photos of the landmarks.
Experience Indian Culture at Little India Brickfields
If you want to experience Indian culture then you must visit Little India Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur. Thousands of Indians are residing here for many years. The street features Indian shops, restaurants, cinemas, and a number of religious places.
Enjoy your coffee with pets at IGO Pet Café
Imagine yourself sipping your coffee while playing with the friendly dogs around you? This can be true if you visit IGO Pet Café in Kuala Lumpur. The only condition of playing with the dogs is that you have to buy something for yourself or pet food for the dogs. Make sure to visit this café to have an amazing time with a number of cute pets.
Putrajaya is a hidden gem of Kuala Lumpur that is not visited by many people and that’s probably because not everyone knows about this small town. Putrajaya is an administrative center of Kuala Lumpur which is home to many Government Offices and residences. There is a lot to do in Putrajaya. Some of its beautiful attractions include the Putra Mosque, Palace of Justice, Perdana Putra, Moroccan Pavilion, and Seri Gemilang Bridge.
Luxury Shopping Experience in Pavilion Mall
Kuala Lumpur is full of shopping malls and one of the most famous among them is Pavilion Mall. If you want to buy from high-end brands, Pavilion mall is a place for you. There are also many restaurants and cafes offering a variety of cuisines to the visitors.
Kuala Lumpur is one of the best cities to visit in Asia. There is no shortage of places and activities to do in this vibrant city. Plan your trip in advance and make sure to visit all the famous places I mentioned above. One must-see attraction in Genting Highlands but I couldn’t visit it as it was unfortunately closed for renovation. Make sure to spend one day here if you are planning to stay longer in Kuala Lumpur. Thank you for making Skycap News™ your preferred travel tips resource.
How many days are enough to visit Kuala Lumpur?
This depends on the type of trip you are planning. If you are planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur and are looking at sightseeing and tourist attractions, then I would recommend at least 3 days of your time. I personally prefer at least 5 days but that is just me, I know a lot of people who think that you can see a lot of KL in 3 days. So plan according to your own requirements and budget.
What couple can do in Kuala Lumpur?
You need to visit national parks and nature spots like Taman Negara, Gombak bath, Pahang waterfall, Taman Mini Zoo etc. At night you can visit the city center and watch a movie, go for dinner or shopping.