My First Visit to Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur
My first visit to Bangsar Village was in 2015 after reading the popular blogger from Bangsar, the Bangsargirl. I was quite surprised to find content on plenty of quality eateries, exotic fusion cafe and pastry shops in the Bangsar area. The visit to this amazing location was better than my expectation and every time I visit Kuala Lumpur I visit this amazing locality. The taxi rank is located next to Bangsar Mall which is a quite a modern shopping mall with designer apparel stores, speciality stores, home and decor stores along with many other services under one rood.
How to get to Bangsar from Bukit Bintang or KLCC?
A cab ride costs RM 15-20 from Bukit Bintang or KLCC. Grad (ridesharing app) can be much cheaper. You might some congestion on the roads after work. Bangsar in the evening is packed with people as this is a popular hangout for shopping and trendy cafes.
Bangsar neighbourhood attracts upper-middle-class residential population. Most amenities, including transport, shopping and utilities are quite affordable by Kuala Lumpur standards. If you are planning on relocating to this area you can find plenty of houses as well as serviced apartments offering a nice view of the city skyline.
Exploring restaurants, bars and Cafes in Bangsar
Bangsar Village is designed in a grid with hundreds of stores, cafes and restaurants. This area attracts large crowds during lunchtime and evenings. The weekend is packed with shoppers and food lovers. A night street market is organized near the mosque are on weekend nights.
The bakeries, cafes and patisseries have an eye-catching and eclectic presentation. Antipodean cafe and Yeast enjoys local fellowship by the customer and you will spot regulars customers busy with their laptops and hand-held devices.
Jalan Telawi and Maarof attract large crowds over the weekend adding plenty of activity to this residential neighbourhood. Catering to expatriate and affluent class, you can explore options for high-end dining and trendy hangouts. Rock Bottom Bangsar and Bar Atas enjoys a lovely ambience over the weekend nights.
We explored menus of various restaurants and stumbled upon a home-style kitchen nestled between DeSoto SteakHouse and The Social. This hidden gem is called Cafe Pak Abu Maskan Kampag Asli. Mr Abu, owner of the restaurant specialises and party decor and the first-floor sitting area of the restaurants is richly decorated with party decorations, glass and colourful furniture. The restaurant offer pre-set menus between RM 25 price range. Abu is an amazing host and recommends dishes based on your taste and appetite.
The Bangsar Village Malls has grocery outlets, ice cream parlours, Nandos along with a number of other interesting stores. Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf is quite popular with the local crowd.
The crab curry in mild chilli sauce was well prepared and we ordered house speciality beef marinated in secret sauce. We really enjoyed the authentic home-style food and plan to visit this restaurant again on our next visit to Kuala Lumpur.
Masjid Sayedna Abu Bakar is located right next to Bangsar Village. I offered my prayers at this beautiful mosque several times during my visit to Bangsar.
Nirwana Maju Banana Leaf restaurant is a must-visit if you have a taste for Indian curries served with a number of deep-fried snacks, fish and chicken dishes. I fell in love with restaurants. The food is amazingly fresh and affordable. The restaurants attract large crowds for lunch.
If you want to try local food you can visit Mahbub which is quite popular for Biryani. This restaurant also specialises in fried noodles, soup, lamb shanks, tandoori chicken and other Indian specialities.
Other popular food outlets in Bangsar I visited includes
- Antipodeans Breakfast
- Dancing Fish
- Coffee Coffee
- Monte's Western Delicacies
- Nirwana Maju's Banana Leaf Rice
Cafe Pak Abu is an interesting local restaurant with an impressive menu and unique dishes. The cafe owner makes a recommendation based on your taste and like. I tried grilled beef, chicken curry and a very tangy lemon drink. I highly recommend this cafe if you want to diversify your palate.
Shopping in Bangsar - MidValley Mall in Bangsar - Gardens Mall
Bangsar has a number of modern and high-end shopping Malls. One of my favourites is Bangsar Village and Mid-City Mall. Bangsar Village Malls is located in the Bangsar Village area and has a number of fashion outlets. There are a large number of popular bars and restaurants located outside Bangsar Village. A taxi ride from Bangsar Village to Bukit Bintang is approximately RM 15.
MidValley Mall is a massive Mall and a must-visit for shoppers and food lovers. There are hundreds of cafes, restaurants, food outlets and clothing stores along with a large number of services. Allocate at least 3-4 hours to explore these Malls. If you have a knack for shopping I highly recommend visiting this amazing shopping Mall. Start early in the day if you want to explore the most of this amazing location. Gardens Malls is located adjacent to the Mid Valley Mall and offers great shopping and quality eateries and fast-food chains.
For Children, there is a large play area located inside Mid Valley Mall called Kidzoonia.
Where to stay in Bangsar?
If you are planning to stay in Kuala Lumpur and want to explore the suburbia, I highly recommend staying in one of many boutique hotels or homestays in Bangsar. Check out the best rates online. Advance Booking can save up to 40%.
Recommended hotels include:
The Boulevard St Giles (***** USD 90)
Capri by Fraser Kuala Lumpur (**** USD 80)
Orion Design Hotel (*** UD 25)
What are other interesting areas for Shopping in Kuala Lumpur?
Bukit Bintang is the heart of tourist activities in Kuala Lumpur. The most popular shopping malls like Pavilion, Farenheit88, Sephora and Sungei Wang are located within walking distance from each other. This area is easily accessible by monorail at Bukit Bintang Monorail Stop.
For souvenirs and cultural artifacts, batik and local crafts, I suggest visiting Berjaya Times Square ( Imbi Station) in Bukit Bintang and Central Market in Masjid India area.
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