When night draws in Kuala Lumpur, the city is still alive and vibrant. Hence, the city still offers places to visit and things to do when you are out in Kuala Lumpur at night.
1) Istana Budaya (National Theater)
Istana Budaya means the “Palace of Culture”. It is among the top 10 most sophisticated theaters in the world. It is proud to be the first theater in Asia equipped with cutting-edge stage equipment that is on par with the Royal Albert Hall in London. The form of the main building is taken from “sirih junjung”. “Sirih junjung” is a traditional arrangement of betel leaves used in at Malay weddings and welcoming ceremonies. Istana Budaya’s interior was built from Langkawi marble and decorated with tropical wooden doors, which feature hand carved flower and leaf motifs. This place is a work of art in and of itself.
Find out more about Istana Budaya here.
Where: Istana Budaya, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
If you fancy a relaxing evening with a cocktail or two while gazing at the illuminated wonders of the Petronas Tower, SkyBar at the Traders hotel offers just that. It is boasting with intoxicating views of the heart of Kuala Lumpur as well as a host of signature cocktails designed especially by an international team of mixologists. It is named the “Best Malaysian Bar” in the 2007 edition of the Malaysian Tatler magazine. SkyBar provides a space to kick back, relax and unwind. It is all in a very chic and cosmopolitan atmosphere high above the city.
Find out more about SkyBar here.
Where: Level 33, Traders Hotel, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3) Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
Dewan Filharmonik Petronas also known as the Petronas Philharmonic Hall. It is Malaysia’s first purpose built concert hall for classical music and home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. It is a world class establishment which frequently hosts local performances and international musicians including Joshua Bell, the Vienna Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.
Find out more about Dewan Filharmonik Petronas here.
Where: Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4) Changkat Bukit Bintang
Changkat Bukit Bintang plays host to some of Kuala Lumpurs best night scene. There’s number of bars, clubs, discos and fine dining restaurants line both sides of the street making it a very popular place for locals, expats and foreigners. This is your place to hang out if you love the nightlife.
Where: Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5) Petaling Street Market
The famous Petaling Street Market is located in the core area of Chinatown. It is the place where you will find a multitude of knock-off goods which include watches, t-shirts, bags and the occasional fruit and food stalls. Some of the best local hawkers and restaurants serving good Chinese food can also be found here at Jalan Hang Lekir. Roadside tables are covered with bright coloured table cloth to indicate the shops while foreigners sit and have local Chinese dishes with cold beer.
Where: Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6) Dataran Merdeka or Merdeka Square
Dataran Merdeka is also known as the Merdeka Square. It is famous as a historical and recreational park in KL. Malayan flag was first hoisted here in 1957. There’s a wide and green field beside the square that makes it a good picnic spot and a spacious playground for kids. The vicinity of the square is also home to many historical buildings in Kuala Lumpur such as the Old KL Train Station, Galeri Kuala Lumpur, Royal Selangor Club Complex, and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. The well-lit vicinity and the cool night breeze makes it a good place to rest and relax after a busy day going around Kuala Lumpur at night.
Where: Jalan Raja, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
7) Petronas Twin Towers
Petronas Twin Towers used to be the world’s tallest skyscraper in 1998 to 2004. There is also a popular skybridge walkway that links the 42nd floors of both of these towers. You can have a memorable visit to admire the panorama with the beautiful sight and shimmering high against the skies. Looking at the Petronas Towers during nighttime will make you feel surreal with all the grand lights and the colors that it emits no matter how angle you look at it. It is picture perfect. You can also have a walk in the luxury mall (Suria KLCC) inside the towers, and have a great dinner in one of the restaurant there.
Where: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8) KL Tower
Enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner in the tower’s revolving restaurant while soaking up the breathtaking panoramic view of the night lights of Kuala Lumpur and with the twinkling lights of the city as your backdrop you will enjoy a delicious selection of authentic Malaysian and International cuisine.. KL Tower is the most imposing landmark in the city at 1,380 feet (421 meters). You will ride a high-speed elevator to the Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant for a sumptuous buffet dinner while admiring the breathtaking panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur by night.
Find out more about KL Tower here.
Where: Jalan P Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9) Jalan Alor Food Street
Jalan Alor Food Street is a lively night market packed with street restaurants selling food from all over Asia with a cheap price. You will have a great fun wandering around the different street restaurants and food stalls while soaking into the atmosphere and all the delicious smells.
Where: 16-90, Jalan Alor, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10) Heli Lounge Bar
There are 2 part on this bar which is a proper bar at level 34 and you have to walk up the stairs to get to the Helipad. The 360 view is amazing. Dresscode is smart casual.
Where: Bukit Bintang 34th Floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia