Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur

Nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang is the most popular location to stay and explore. Bukit Bintang is the heart of tourist activities with many shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and nightlife venues. Kuala Lumpur is a very popular destination for Middle-Eastern tourists who prefer Malaysia for its Muslim culture and easy availability of Halal food in most restaurants. Bukit Bintang has a strong presence of Arab, Iranian and Middle-Eastern food outlets and a wide range of international food chains. 

As night picks up the neighbourhood is filled with throngs of shoppers and merry-makers. I love the hustle and bustle of this amazing part of Kuala Lumpur City. When travelling with family or by myself, I tend to book accommodation in Bukit Bintang  to save time on the commute and enjoy easy access to most places of interest during my stay in Bukit Bintang. 

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Two of the main streets in Bukit Bintang, Changkat and Jalan Alor are lined with restaurants, bars, budget hotels and massage places. Massage parlours or reflexology centres occupy the main stage on the bend around Jalan Alor and Changkat with several salesmen trying to capture your attention with several massage services from foot reflexology sessions for RM 45/hour or a full body massage.

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The masseurs are well-trained and venues are lined with comfortable reclining massage chairs. This treat is not to be missed in Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang is very popular with honeymooners from the Middle East and large tour groups from Iran. The main streets of Bukit Bintang are lined with Middle-Eastern Restaurants and Persian Cafes. Tarboush, Al-Amar and Sahara Tent are popular Middle Eastern joints that attract large crowds. You can virtually find a wide range of Middle Eastern and Arabian cuisine throughout the day. 

Tip: If you are planning to travel with a large group or family, check rates for Ambassador Row Hotel & Suites by Lanson Place offering 2-3-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes and laundry. Two of my favourite Middle Eastern Restaurants, Sahara Tent and Hadramawt are located very close to this establishment. 

Bukit Bintang at Night
Shopping Malls at Bukit Bintang
Neon Signs at Bukit Bintang
Restaurants at Bukit Bintang
Middle Eastern Restaurants
Farenheit88 Shopping Mall
Bukit Bintang Entrance to Pavilion
Booza the Ice Cream man
Cafes in Bukit Bintang
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Plenty of dining options in Bukit Bintang
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With such a massive tourist activity in one part of the town, sex tourism has also found its way into Bukit Bintang. Transexual and sex workers walk the back alleys occasionally seen engaging single men. Even though prostitution is illegal in Malaysia, this hidden economy still plays are role in the tourism sector of the country. 

There are plenty of budget hotels above the massage parlours in Changkat providing rooms for short term under RM80. Make sure to check with the management if the hotel is girl-friendly if you plan to take a girl with you. 

Concorde Hotel ( a 4-star Hotel) near Menara KL has a massage parlour and a brothel inside the hotel on the first floor. The girls can be sent to your room as well. This was an interesting find in a very reputable hotel with excellent service. 

Recommended Tours in Kuala Lumpur

Planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur and not sure where to go?
If you have a short stay in Kuala Lumpur and want to explore the best tourist destinations without the hassle of catching public transport, I suggest booking the 21 Attractions Tour in Kuala Lumpur which will take you to the top 21 destinations in a day and provide you with all necessary information along the way. 
This tour comes highly recommended by many people I personally recommended. 
Book with Klook online and save the hassle of last-minute arrangements. 

21 Attractions Tour of Kuala Lumpur City

Private Tour

Duration : 8 Hours

Group Size: 2 to 20

Hotel Pick-up Available

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Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang - Food Street of Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Alor is the heart of street-styled foodies and gastronomic adventures in the heart of Bukit Bintang. Stop by 1 Jalan Alor to enjoy a mix of satay cooked on a coal fire at Restoran Wang Ah Wah (9 Jalan Alor). The service is quick and efficient and the food arrives immediately. The restaurants are experienced in dealing with large crowds on this street. I tried steamed tilapia, handmade noodles and a small serving of eggplant cooked in oyster sauce.

If you are a seafood lover, Jalan Alor is a place to keep on your list. Restoran Beh Brothers specializes in making a large array of seafood dishes in Malay-Thai-Chinese cooking styles with sauces and the cooking styles of your choice.

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Kuala Lumpur food - Bukit Bintang
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Jalan Alor food street bukit bintang
Beh Brothers Jalan Alor
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grilled chicken wings at jalan alor
jalan alor bukit bintang

During the Durian season, you must try this fruit. Remember not to take it to your hotel as most hotels will impose a fine on eating durian in the hotel room. Some other interesting tropical fruits include mangosteen, jackfruit, papaya, mangoes, guava and star fruit.  Make sure to start your day with a good serving of fresh tropical fruit to beat the summer heat and humidity in Kuala Lumpur. Cut and packed fruit can be purchased at supermarkets in Kuala Lumpur. 

Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang - Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur

Changkat is a more hyped and western side of Bukit Bintang, with trendy Westernized bars, Irish pubs and cafes playing loud music. Changkat stays busy till the early hours of the morning. Movida, Frangipani, The Whisky Bar, Rabbit Hole, Healy Mac's Irish Pub & Havana Bar and Grill are some of the most popular joints on this street. 

Towards the end of the street are trendy restaurants like Bijan, El Cedro, Bottega Middeteranea and Havana Bar and Grill. These venues are ideal for a date or a romantic night out in Bukit Bintang. 

HOTEL SOLIEL is located in Changkat Bukit Bintang and is a great place to stay to enjoy the best of Bukit Bintang. Two other places where I have stayed frequently are Hotel Istana and Parkroyal Serviced Apartments which are centrally located within 200m of Changkat.  

 Here are some of the pictures from my recent visit to Changkat Bukit Bintang:

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Arab restaurant in Bukit Bintang
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Low Yat Plaza Bukit Bintang
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Irish pub in changkat bukit bintang
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Our Selected Cheap Hotels in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang caters to a diverse range of tourists, offering a variety of accommodations from budget hostels to luxurious 5-star hotels along the same street. Budget-conscious solo travellers often opt for hostels, where a shared dorm can be secured for less than $10.

I stayed in "Stay with Bintang" in May 2024 and enjoyed the central location with easy access to most places of interest in Bukit Bintang. The deluxe room is reasonably priced and the hotel has excellent facilities including an outdoor pool and a free car park on 2-3 floors. I highly recommend this hotel for solo travellers. 

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Stay with Bintang Hotel is centrally located in Bukit Bintang


For those seeking budget hotels, comfortable air-conditioned ensuite rooms can be found for under RM 80 per night. If you prefer not to book online, numerous hotels in Bukit Bintang offer quality accommodation for under RM 100 per night, making it easy to find a suitable option in every block of the area.

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Stay with Bintang Hotel in Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang Hotels

Pavilion Residences
Pavilion Residences Bukit Bintang
Accommodation. Centrally located with easy access to all amenities. Suited for long term stay and family holiday. Serviced Apartments with fully equipped kitchens for cooking. Ideal location and affordable rates. Our Rating 4/5
Sarang Residences Bukit Bintang
Sarang Residences Bukit BintangBukit Bintang
Great 3 Star budget accommodation if you are planning a budget stay. A clean and affordable option if you are travelling solo.
Wolo Bukit Bintang
Wolo Bukit BintangBukit Bintang
New 4 Star Boutique hotel centrally located in the heart of Bukit Bintang. Walking Distance from Bukit Bintang Station, Sungei Wang Shopping Plaza, Lot 10 and Pavilion. Plenty of nice restaurants in the vicinity.

A number of top-end shopping Malls are located right next to each other
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A number of top-end shopping Malls are located right next to each other
Sephora,, Farenheit88 and Pavilion Mall are the main attractions in Bukit Bintang KL
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Sephora,, Farenheit88 and Pavilion Mall are the main attractions in Bukit Bintang KL
Shop for local and foreign brands at Farenheit88. There are plenty of stores for kids toys and clothes.
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Shop for local and foreign brands at Farenheit88. There are plenty of stores for kids toys and clothes.
Rijj enjoying a ride at the basement of Pavilion Mall in KL
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Rijj enjoying a ride at the basement of Pavilion Mall in KL
There are plenty of trendy restaurants and cafes in KL
Restaurant on ground floor in Pavilion Mall
There are plenty of trendy restaurants and cafes in KL
Pavilion is the busiest malls with many trendy cafes, bars and international fast food chains.
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Pavilion is the busiest malls with many trendy cafes, bars and international fast food chains.
Bukit Bintang has undergone massive renovations and offers a quality shopping experience for tourist.
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Bukit Bintang has undergone massive renovations and offers a quality shopping experience for tourist.
The Pavilion Mall is a great place for high-end shopping in Bukit Bintang
Places to visit in KL
The Pavilion Mall is a great place for high-end shopping in Bukit Bintang
Chulan Entrance a the Pavilion Shopping Mall
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Chulan Entrance a the Pavilion Shopping Mall
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Enjoy great Shopping in Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur

Some of the top Shopping Malls in Kuala Lumpur are in Bukit Bintang. Once you leave Bukit Bintang LRT, the exit takes you into the H&M store. The building has large international and national brands of clothing and accessories.

Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall and Low Yat Plaza are located in close range to each other and offer a great shopping experience. These Malls can be reached on foot or by catching the LRT to Imbi Station. 

If you are looking for centrally located hotels in Bukit Bintang with easy access to shopping malls and restaurants include:

Pavilion Shopping Mall is a luxury mall with high-end stores and several popular international food chains, bars and restaurants. Sephora, Farenheit88, Star Hill Gallery and Sungei Wang are located next to each other making it very easy for the shopper to walk from one shopping mall to another. 

A word of advice

Pickpockets walk the street in Bukit Bintang and are very mindful of your belonging while shopping in the shopping malls. I have seen a number of people losing their shopping bags and hand bags while busy shopping in the malls. 

Shopping at Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall in Bukit Bintang

Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall holds a special place in my heart as one of the top malls in the area. With its impressive five-story structure housing over 1000 specialty stores, it's the perfect destination for those looking for mid-range shopping options.

Berjaya Time Square Shopping Mall

Berjaya Times Sqaure Shopping Mall

The highlight of the mall is the indoor theme park, open from 9 am to 5 pm, featuring thrilling attractions like an indoor roller coaster and a fun gaming arcade suitable for kids of all ages. Additionally, visitors can enjoy activities such as archery, and bowling, and catch a movie on the massive wide-screen cinema. 

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Where to find cheap food outlets in Bukit Bintang?

Most shopping malls in Bukit Bintang have a large number of restaurants catering to local and Western tastes. The basement of Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall has a food court with many local restaurants and buffet-styled restaurants. The food is very reasonably priced. 

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Foodcourt at Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall

A food court in the basement offers a wide range of buffet-style dinners in a very affordable price range. The ground floor of the malls has Starbucks and pizza joints. The shopping mall is accessible from Bukit Bintang Train Station and KL Sentral by light rail.  

The popular electronics shopping mall Low Yat Plaza is located opposite Berjaya Times Square. Two of my favourite hotels Furama Bukit Bintang Bintang  and Melia  are located opposite Berjaya Times Square. If you are travelling with families, these hotels offer quality 4-star accommodation at reasonable prices. 

Low Yat Plaza Bukit Bintang

Low Yat Plaza 

Pudu is another interesting suburb located next to Bukit Bintang and is easily accessible from the Furama Hotel. I explored the area on foot and enjoyed exploring many local restaurants including Sek Yuen. 

Plenty of mid-range shopping in Berjaya Square Mall
Indoor Cinema at Berjaya Square Mall
Kids play area on 5th Floor
Kids Arcade at Berjaya Square Shopping Mall
Indoor Theme Park at Berjaya Square Mall
Outside Berjaya Square Mall
Berjaya Square Mall Entrance
Musa busy with souvenir shopping
Berjaya Mall
Berjaya Shopping Mall Theme Park
Busy location all through the day
Quality shopping for garments at Berjaya Square Mall
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Sungei Wang Plaza is located across from H&M Store. This is a must-visit if you are keen on budget shopping and buying local artefacts, items of clothing, gifts, and toys. Most Malls are multi-story buildings and you need to walk a lot. Therefore, plan your trip, budget and the places you want to visit. 

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