Heads up! If there’s a place you want to be on a weekend without breaking a sweat PLUS with a little extra something families will enjoy, you’re going to want to dive in to our list of KL’s coolest and newest malls.
From the eco-friendly to the artsy, the quirky and the family-friendly, KL’s trendy malls are more than just a much-needed break from the sweltering (and sometimes wet) KL weather.
This ‘Mall in a Park’ sits in the centre of Uptown Damansara, and boasts a nature-themed concept. Generous sunlight streams in from the skylight in the middle of the mall, and there are two bright, sunshine-filled parks situated at the alfresco entrance and another on the rooftop. Its layout was carefully constructed to allow better access for people with disabilities, and there is even a child-friendly cinema with a playground inside!
Pro tip: Visitors enjoy one hour of free parking. You can find a variety of tunnels that lead out to the surrounding shops so you can park there too.
Open-air, walkable, landscaped and safe, Plaza Arkadia is located in the green and spacious Desa Park City. It features courtyard shops as well as offices and SOHOs. Visitors can dine, wine, exercise or window-shop effortlessly from outlet to outlet through a series of interconnected courtyards and sky bridges. Perks? It has free parking and there’s a cute mini trampoline for the young ones to bounce about!
MyTOWN Shopping Centre
A successor to Damansara’s IPC Shopping Centre, this family-friendly mall is anchored by the largest IKEA store in Malaysia, and boasts seamless connectivity, with direct links to both major highways and public transportation. For kids, there is a big open playground in the middle of the mall, and plenty of comfy rest areas that provide pit stops for parents or the elderly. This mall also boasts fully-automated public toilets.
The newest kid on the block of a rather affluent area, this mall is catered to bring you an awesome variety of food and drinks, and keeps the neighbourhoods of Damansara Heights and Bangsar updated on the latest brands. Be sure to check out Birch Restaurant for a taste of that infamous burnt cheesecake. Yums.
The one that has it all! Not a newbie, but the latest one to offer everything under one roof. Seriously, you name it. With the current trend of bringing outdoor activities indoor, One Utama has it down to a T.
It most recently celebrated the opening of two new indoor attractions: indoor skydiving with AirRider and Flow Rider indoor wakeboarding! Who needs a beach holiday when you can catch waves just downstairs? You can also get scuba lessons AND try your hand at rock-climbing, at Sealantis and Camp 5 respectively. Truly, it’s all in ONE.
What’s the latest sister mall to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur that has just arrived at the heart of the trendy Bukit Bintang district? Meet Pavilion Elite, another reason to indulge in fashion, food and urban leisure. The latest retail project adjacent to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur seamlessly connects you to even more outlets, and shoppers will see a myriad of brands ranging from South East Asia’s biggest stores, new concept stores to large-format flagship stores. Crowd favorites: Halal dimsum at Dolly Dim Sum or Authentic Wonton at Mak Chee’s!
Publika Shopping Gallery
Not new, but noteworthy, for Publika Shopping Gallery has been very much appreciated for its role in furthering the arts scene in Malaysia. With frequent showcases for music, fashion, food, and indie art exhibitions accompanied by a variety of cuisines to choose from, Publika is at the top of the artsy-fartsy-mall pyramid. Casual bar-slash-event venues like The Bee often provide a chill vibe as you can catch live performances for free. Don’t miss: MAP Fest, an annual month-long festival of arts and culture sometime between the months of April and May.
Disclaimer: The other floors are not quite as accessible for baby strollers and people with disabilities.
Sunway Velocity Mall
Need a weekend escape but hate the city hubbub? Sunway Velocity Mall is the latest mall that’s quite popular with the folks who live in the nearby areas of Cheras and Maluri. There’s a great variety of food, there’s family-friendly facilities, there’s loads of shops. Top it off with great perks (like a cinema and an ice-skating rink!) and you got yourself a genuinely exciting mall.
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