Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the capital of Malaysia and is becoming an increasing popular destination for many female travellers visiting Asia. It is easy to see why – it is a safe place with great food, friendly locals and insanely incredible shopping options!
For many of us globe trotters, we tend to squeeze in many countries at once when we do our travels. For example, if we are covering Europe, we would tend to do Spain, Italy and France at one go. If we are doing South-East Asia, we tend to complete Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore at one go!
Also KL is frequented a lot by people on their way to destinations like Bali, Koh Samui, Penang, Borneo, Sumatra, Australia, New Zealand and many more that require long distance flights from Europe, the USA and Africa .
In in these multiple country tours, we want to get the best done.
We want to get the feel of a country in those few agile hours or days that we can afford – both time-wise and money-wise.
Some of us are in luck – we have friends who have either settled there or who have been there before who can provide us with the best travel highlights and must-sees to make the most out of our quick trips. For others, this involves hours of crawling through pages of TripAdvisor and Google reviews to understand and map out the best trip possible.
While researching and asking around for your trip is a great idea, it is always good to have a solid trusted source of truth. Here at Beyond Beautiful, we want the best for you.
We are the voice of thousands of spiritually empowered females who take charge of their lives and chart their daily journey independently. Whether it is a trip you need some tips on or the best business advice for your start-up, we got it here!
We understand that it can be quite hectic searching for the best things to do on a short trip to KL. So we have put our heads together and come up with a safe and trusted list of things you can do (visit, see and eat) in KL so that you can be empowered with the knowledge you need to create a KL trip that is truly and authentically you!
Let’s start off with FOOD:
KL is food paradise! Having strong cultural influences from India, China and Thailand, the food is nothing short of delicious! Here are our top food spots in KL for those looking to enjoy safe, clean and authentic Malaysian food:
Jalan Alor Kuala Lumpur Street Food
Your Malaysian experience is simply not complete without trying out the local street treats!
From Nasi Goreng Pattaya to Roti Prata, Jalan Alor has it all. These markets opens at sunset and it is the best place to take a lovely picture of the city street vibes of KL. This is a safe place to mingle with locals and foreigners over beers and delicious Asian food.
This is the Malaysia that you travelled all the way to see, and it is guaranteed a place that you would return to in future travels!
Lot 10 Hutong Food Court
If street adventures isn’t your thing, we got the best recommendation for you!
Lot 10 Hutong Food Court is a fairly hidden indoor food court which has the best variety of local Malaysian food. This food court brings together all the best hawker street food all under one roof for the best treatment of your tastebuds. With so many options available, you will be sure to find something delicious and safe to eat.
This is one of our absolut favorites and KL’s most beloved food spots for locals (you won’t see too many tourists here, because it’s underground and not so visible), which got a lot of attention from gourmets from all around the world!
A truly special place.
Devi’s Corner Mamak
Mamak is the typical Malaysian street food provider and it is often the place locals go to for a mid-night snack! Tucked away 4 kilometres away from the city at Bangsar, Devi’s Corner Mamak sells great local Mamak food and you get the chance to soak into the local Mamak atmosphere! The ambience is perfect and the food is affordable.
Additionally, it is the best place to go if you eat vegan/vegetarian food as you are free to customise your orders! Munch away!
Next, things to DO:
Connect with your Higher Self at Batu Caves
The rainbow staircase of Batu Caves go high and lead up to a temple.
This is a spiritual journey of 272 steps, that enables one to reflect about their life while being in nature. Batu Caves is located just about 20 minutes away from the KL city centre, it is easy to get to with many tour options available.
Seek your path by soaking in the unique energy in this journey. There are monkeys around as well as other flora and fauna, giving it all an authentic forest feel.
It is a limestone cave complex that is built as part of a Hindu temple and has a glorious statue of Lord Muruga which is definitely worth a picture! The Batu Caves are one of the safest and serene nature spots from KL and it is an icon of the city.
If you want your social media to know you have been to KL, visit and snap pictures at Batu Caves!
Embrace Spirituality at Chinatown
Chinatown in KL consists of lovely food and traditional temples.
Given that there are quite a few temples around the suburb, it is worth spending an afternoon in Chinatown completing a temple trail. Being a multi-cultural city, KL has embraced various cultures and religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.
Chinatown in KL presents to you Sri Mahamariamman temple, the oldest Hindu temple in KL and Taoist temples honouring Guan Di (God of War), Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) and Chan See Shu Yuen, a former clan house.
Feel free to take this time to embrace your journey through this amazing city while you cultivate thoughts of self-love.
Party away at Changkat Bukit Bintang
No vacation is complete without completely losing yourself and rediscovering that you can enjoy life independently!
Party away at Changkat Bukit Bintang, which is a bustling street filled with various bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants!
This is a safe and perfect destination for travellers looking to unwind. There are stylish bars and eateries with food and they serve up fantastic drink deals and promotions.
Old favourites include Pisco Bar and No Black Tie and the newer additions include The Rum Bar and Cielo KL as part of Changkat Bukit Bintang’s amazing KL nightlife scene.
As a mom of three young kids and introvert myself, my personal highlight (not a party person) at night was booking a table at Atmosphere 360 in the KL Menara Tower at sunset, with an amazing buffet, life piano music and a magnificent rotating view over the whole skyline.
Your dream trip to KL is now complete with an epic night of great mocktails or partying!
Finally, things to SEE:
Petronas Twin Towers
Enjoy the KL city skyline while visiting the Petronas Twin Towers, which are currently the tallest Twin Towers standing to date! It is a great place to awe at the city skyline and wander around as part of your quick trip.
Taking an iconic photo here puts an authenticated stamp that confirms your travel to the city of KL.
Key tip: The lines to visit the top of the Petronas Twin towers can be long during weekends, peak-season and around sunset. Best to book an e-ticket online in order to skip the lines!
Cameron Highlands Tour
Take the opportunity to connect with yourself and nature at Cameron Highlands. Located a short and easy trip away from KL, it is a haven where you can enjoy fresh food, fantastic scenic views and a cooler climate. You can enjoy what Malaysia’s nature has to offer through Cameron Highland’s waterfalls, tea plantations and tropical rainforest. There are many tour options available as well.
Love yourself and give your body the best treatment through enjoying some fresh air out at your Cameron Highlands tour.
Key tip: If Cameron Highlands seem to far away for you, visit Genting highlands just around the corner from KL for a quick trip.
Malacca Day Trip
Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only a few hours away from KL, Malacca is must-see when you come over to KL. Lined with scenic residential architecture, it used to be a key port for trade between the East and West, as you can see Portuguese, Dutch and British influences in the landscape.
Key tip: Visit the Portuguese Village and try their unique dishes. Malaysian and Portuguese fusion cuisine is amazing!
Your trip to KL is a gift from yourself to yourself.
Take this as an opportunity to connect with yourself. Reflect on life, and see how far you have come – be it business-wise or your personal growth journey – you have done so well – well enough that you are enjoying a trip somewhere in the world! You deserve this break!
You have worked hard, and you have grown. While there is still more work to be done, take this chance to rest, recover and soak in the authentic Malaysian as well as cosmopolitan vibes in KL.
Until next time! <3