Nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur this area is a must for people exploring culinary flavours of KL as well as shopping in world-class shopping centres. The Recent spate of Arab travellers has attracted a large number of Middle Eastern restaurants, cafes, and shopping stores. BB Park area still caters to an international audience with a large variety of food to try. You can find nice Middle Eastern, Arab, Pakistani and Indian restaurants.
As night picks up the neighbourhood is filled with throngs of shoppers and merry-makers. A number of interesting restaurants and bars line Jalan Alor and Changkat. Massage parlours are an interesting attraction in the neighbourhood as you are very likely to get exhausted by shopping and walking around in humid weather. Take a break and treat yourself to relaxing one hour foot, shoulder or whole-body massage.
Lately, Bukit Bintang has become popular with middle eastern tourist particularly young couples on honeymoon. You will find a variety of restaurants on both sides of the Jalan Alor and Changkat Walk. You will find couples in hijab smoking "shisha" and be enjoying middle eastern desserts and food.
Massage parlours have mushroomed across the whole neighbourhood and in the evening you will be approached by a number of people carrying posters for various massage services. These parlours are quite popular with tourists from all backgrounds. Pimps do not hesitate approaching single men and high-class escorts and prostitutes operate through these pimps on the side street. This is one of the many attractions that bring tourist to Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur.
Jalan Alor is the heart of all tourist activities in the city including massage parlours and restaurants. The street spring into action as the sun goes down with roadside restaurants open serving a wide range of Malaysian cuisine all through the night. You must try charcoal chicken wings and satay sticks at Restoran Wang Ah Wah ( 9 Jalan Alor), located at the beginning of the street. Restoran Beh brothers serve Thai Seafood dishes. This is probably one of the best chicken wings I have tried in Kuala Lumpur.
Walking along the street you can find a range of food from all territories of Malaysia including Thai, Chinese and Malay dishes. You can even find frog legs and a wide range of seafood. During Durian season, you must try this fruit. Remember not to take it to your hotel as the most hotel will impose a fine on eating durian in the hotel room. Some other interesting tropical fruit includes mangosteen, jackfruit, papaya and star fruit.
Changkat joins Jalan Alor and includes a wide range of bars and restaurants. This street attracts plenty of western travellers and most bars are quite uptown and play live music. Changkat is a great spot for the night out to enjoy drinks and meet up new people. If you are tired of walking in humid weather, take a break in one of the massage parlours where you can get one-hour foot massage under $10.
Some of the popular places to hang out in Changkat Bukit Bintang are Movida, Frangipani, The Whisky Bar, Rabbit Hole, Healy Mac's Irish Pub & Havana Bar and Grill.
Here are some of the pictures from my visit to Changkat
Kuala Lumpur offers a variety of neighbourhoods ranging from historical areas giving insights into the interesting history of Kuala Lumpur as well as uptown modern localities representing the modern face of Kuala Lumpur.
Some of the top shopping Malls in Kuala Lumpur are located in Bukit Bintang. Once you get off from Bukit Bintang LRT, the exit takes you into H&M store. The building has a large international and national brands of clothing and accessories.
Sungei Wang Plaza is located across from H&M. This is a must visit if you are keen on budget shopping and buy local artifacts, items of clothing, gifts, and toys. Most Malls are multi-story buildings and you need to walk a lot. Therefore, plan your trip before hand as work out your budget and places you want to visit. Other shopping centers right next to each other are:
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