The potpourri of Asian cultures, Kuala Lumpur is an eclectic mix of buzzing nightlife, nature’s bounty, culinary sensations and more.
The modern capital of Malaysia is bustling with chatter and life at night. On one hand, you have the idyllic islands with their wildlife-packed rainforests. On the other, Asia’s best nightspots are waiting for you.
And if you thought Kuala Lumpur or KL is nothing more than just exuberant malls, skyscrapers and luxury goods, dig in. Check out what keeps the city alive at night.
15 Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur At Night
- Sightseeing at Cameron Highlands
- Aquaria KLCC
- Batu Caves, Selangor
- Little India or Brickfields
- Rainforest Taman Negara
- Istana Budaya
- Sky Bar
- Petronas Tower
- Marinis on 57
- TREC KL
- Jalan Alor
- Merdeka Square
- Changkat Bukit Bintang
- No Black Tie
- Pavillion Kuala Lumpur
1. Sightseeing at Cameron Highlands
This place was founded by Sir William Cameron in 1885. It is a district in Pahang, Malaysia. It was named after the geologist and a British explorer Sir William Cameron. The Boh Plantation is one of the most important places to visit in Cameron Highlands. The beautiful scenic views and the harmony of this place is worth visiting. The aroma of tea will fill you with a great feeling.
Another place is the Lavender Garden, the beautiful and fresh smelling purple lavender will make your trip extravagant awesome. There are many things to enjoy, the cafes, game centre, souvenir, shops and mini bee history section which is really popular. You can take a walk through the beautiful Lavender garden and experience the relaxing moments.
There are many other places that you can explore this beauty of nature. Mossy Forest hike, with foggy weather and dense, wet forests really good place for an adventure trip close to nature. The butterfly farm, the beautiful alluring butterflies to make feel a child again and relive the most beautiful memories. The Thompson falls, the beauty of nature at one place, there are so many places like big red strawberry farms, honey bee farms and many more.
Location: Pahang, Malaysia
How to reach: You can take the bus from Kuala Lumpur and it will take 3 hours 26 mins to reach Cameron Highlands.
2. Aquaria KLCC
The Aquaria KLCC is the world’s largest aquarium, which gives you the experience of in between the fishes and under the water. This aquarium is holding 5000 freshwater and marine creatures. It looks so beautiful and amazing when you are inside in that aquarium.
The main important attractions are scary tiger sharks, lethal sea snakes, seahorses, blue rays and bright coral fishes. All people wanted to see the underwater life at any point of life and this aquarium gives you exactly that feeling. It is the most popular place in Malaysia.
Location: It is located in the concourse of the Kuala Lumpur Convention centre
How to reach: You can easily travel to this beautiful aquarium, from Kuala Lumpur by taking Cab and it will take only 22 mins.
3. Batu Caves, Selangor
Batu Caves is a limestone hill with a variety of caves in the entrance, there is a large statue of Lord Murugan which attracts your site at once. The natural beauty of this place will make you mesmerized.
It is one of the most popular religious site, which is surrounded by dense forests and a lot of greenery. As we told you that it consists a number of caves and in it, you will find a number of animal and insects in these caves. Batu caves are also referred to as the 10th hills or Hill of Lord Murugan, there are six most important shrines in India and four more are in Malaysia.
Location: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
How to reach: You can travel by train and then take the cab to reach the destination, it will take 41mins to reach this amazing place.
4. Little India or Brickfields
This incredible place in Malaysia really shows the traditions and cultures of India and you will definitely feel that you are in India. The street has a lot of restaurants, Bollywood movies to watch, spices and lots of shops with Indian stuff in it.
The beauty of this place is this that it feels that you are in a little India in the land of Malaysia. The colourful decoration and the vibe of this place is so enjoyable and with hospitality, that you will fall in love with this sweet little India. This place is run by the Indian community. It has become one of the most important tourist spot not only for Indian stuff but also the local stuff.
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to reach: Within 14 mins you can reach this amazing place.
5. Rainforest Taman Negara
If you are in love with nature and want to explore the forests and the greenery then Rainforest of Taman Negara is the perfect place to go for an adventure. The wet and cold forests with the smell of the fresh trees is a perfect feeling.
In the dense forest boating and exploring the places within the rainforests will be an unforgettable thing. Tall trees and the cold and windy air with the sounds of the animals and the beautiful waterfalls will make your trip a great one.
Location: Kuala Tahan, 27000 Kuala Tahan, Pahang, Malaysia
How to reach: Take the train and then the taxi or bus to reach this paradise and you can travel from the jungle train as well and discover the jungle by this adventurous mode.
6. Istana Budaya: An evening Art & Theatre
From tropical wooden doors to leaf motifs, the interiors are all marked by Langkawi marble. The art of work was designed by Muhammad Kamar Ya’akub and can easily accommodate more than 1400 people in its classic opera house.
Rightfully called the “Palace of Culture”, Istana Budaya is one of the top 10 theatres in the world. Its tickets can be purchased at the Box Office counter from Mondays to Fridays from 9 am to 6 pm. Visitors are expected to follow the formal dress code that generally includes lounge suit, batik or long-sleeved shirts.
Proud of its sophistication, the form of the building is taken from a traditional custom called Sirih Junjung in which betel leaves are used for special occasions like weddings.
Saturdays are packed with powerful performances and the evening is abuzz with live music from 11 am to 6 pm. The complex is divided into three important parts and the evening shows usually are coupled with food stalls, music and dance performances along with everything else you can ask for. So, whether you are a family, a bunch of friends, or a couple, walk-in here for experiencing some remarkable performances.
Location: Jalan Tun Razak, Titiwangsa, 50694 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to reach: This is next to the National Art Gallery on Jalan Tun Razak. The easiest way to reach here is via taxi.
7. Sky Bar: Up and Above
A perennial favourite among party lovers, Sky Bar rests on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel. With a revamped party area, an exclusive culinary bay and gleaming new bars, this place is throbbing with people on most days. Not to forget, its unmistakable addition— the pool!
If you are looking for house music on a regular weekday, this is where you will find it. For those who enjoy something more themed, they have Girls Nights on Wednesdays and Old School theme on Thursdays. Lovers of Jazz can enjoy a relaxing conversation at lunch any day.
Located inside the Traders Hotel KL, parking is not a problem here. Lots of expats live in the area, so the crowd is always fun. It is known for serving the best cocktails and offers the most amazing view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.
Location: Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Stall 7, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
How to reach: The bar is easily accessible by train that goes to the KLCC station and a few minute walk from there.
8. Petronas Tower: Everything You Need
This was once the tallest building in the world. The Petronas tower was completed in 1998, but the shimmering stainless steel on them still makes them look pretty young. Not only are the towers home to some of the best multinationals, it is also beautifully landscaped, has a mall and art gallery. Go there at sunset to get a view of the city and enjoy the interactive exhibits, concerts, etc.
The place is home to Suria KLCC, the upmarket mall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Concert Hall, etc. The hall is located between the two towers and is among the most revered concert places in the world.
Do not miss the double-decked Skybridge that allows you to go from one building to the other without leaving the tower. You need a pass to enter the bridge and it is open until 7 pm on weekdays.
Located near Concorde Hotel Monorail stop, it’s easy to locate this one on the map.
Location: Petronas Twin Tower, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
How to reach: The best way to reach here is via KLIA Express. The train takes 28 mins from KL Sentral station. Walk towards Terminal Putra via E line. You can also take a direct taxi to Petronas.
9. Marinis on 57: The ‘Happy’ Hours
It’s a long slender bar which gives you an excellent view of the twin towers. You can choose to sit inside or outside in the big open space. From views to service, everything is perfect. The bar on the roof has ceiling glass windows and an ambience that will lift up your spirits.
The views from the top are quite a treat with full-height curtain walls, glass panelled ceilings and panoramic views of the city. The lounge area is more plush with heavy curtains, dark timbers and elements of sophistication.
Take a look at the drinks menu and you will be surprised at the number of options they have. They are reasonably priced and happy hours have great deals. Food is average. But the drinks are great.
Location: Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC
How to reach: Take the LRT (Light Rapid Transport Railway), alight at KLCC and walk to the KLCC KFC area, where you will find elevators that go up the Menara 3 Petronas Tower. Marini’s is on level 57
10. TREC KL: Taste. Relish. Experience. Celebrate
TREC is a nightlife hub, it’s among the most popular places to see at night in Malaysia. TREC completely lives up to its name. This entertainment sector has everything from bars to clubs and cafes to lounges. With a sprawling 28,000 sq. mt. to its name, the hub is next to Jalan Tun Razak. Whether you like rock or metal, jazz or hip-hop, this is where you find everything. There are more than 11 nightlife concepts under the same name— TREC.
The nightlife here starts post 6 pm and goes on till 3 am. You can explore some brilliant places for relaxing lunches also. Some of them include:
- Gasoline KL: Entertainment at its best, TREC
Want to check out live performances at a relaxed place? Step into Gasoline KL. Spacious setting, laid-back atmosphere, entertainment and more. Its interiors inspired by a gas station, resemble a workshop with custom-made automotive parts that were available in the US circa 1960s. The place is a few minutes drive from Pavilion KL and Starhill Gallery.
Gasoline can easily accommodate 200 people and is adorned with elevated stages, posters of stand up comedians, music icons and more.
- Zouk: Dance through the night
Want to dance to the best music in the city? Head to Zouk! The place is frequented by global guest DJs every week. With 3 separate sections for DJs, the place is home to different styles of music. The club is one of the most popular ones in Singapore. There is an outdoor wine bar ideal for relaxing.
The decades-old club has only grown better with time. There are four different pubs inside the Zouk complex. There’s a plush Velvet Underground for those who love art-collections from artists like Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami. For people with a unique take on music, check out Phuture that plays experimental music. Here you can get anything from breaks to drums to downtempo. With its cutting-edge sound system and a sprawling multi-level dance floor, there’s a lot to explore here, especially on weekends.
11. Jalan Alor: The Street
When you are done exploring the fancy buildings and mesmerising skyscrapers, you will probably want to go someplace simple and fun. For days like these, there are street markets that come alive in the evening. Jalan Alor is the most interesting food destination in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
This is KL’s biggest assortment of roadside restaurants along Jalan Alor. Drop in here at 5 pm and stay for as long as you want. Sprawling across many miles, towards the north of Jalan Bukit Building, this is the best pick among places to see at night in Malaysia. You can sample everything from caterers shouting out to passers-by to open-air restaurants serving Thai, Chinese and Malay.
12. Merdeka Square: Dataran Merdeka
Watch history light up in all its colours and wonderful greens making way for a perfect place to relax and unwind. This place is close to the old KL Train station, only 4 km away. The well-lit street has many historical buildings around it. This is where the Malaysian flag was first hoisted.
The street comes alive at night with local shops all along the central market. You can collect souvenirs, indulge in local cuisine and unwind.
How to reach: The easiest way to get here is through public transport. You can take any line from Masjid Jamek station. It’s a short walk from there.
13. Changkat Bukit Bintang: Local Scenes
Changkat street is lined with colonial buildings and tree-shaded corners that have a pre-war look and feel. The houses have been refurbished and are now among the best places to see at night in Malaysia. The colonial-era buildings now serve as commercial spaces. The street is home to some of the most delectable menus in the city. A perfect place for hosting romantic dinners and high teas, as well as get a taste of many inspired cuisines, it is bustling with people and life in the evening.
Head out to this lively scene just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang and grab a table outside to enjoy some local scenes. The daytime here is slow and usually peaceful, so it is recommended that you visit Changkat at night to witness its unique energy.
How to reach: It is located behind Jalan Bukit Bintang. You can either take a taxi from there or just walk a few minutes. It is even more close to the Golden Triangle area. Once you reach BB Plaza on Jalan Bukit Bintang, cross the road and you are at Changkat.
14. No Black Tie: Want some Jazz?
Critics call it Kuala Lumpur’s best jazz bar. The bar has hosted some of the most renowned jazz artists in the recent past. It is located along Jalan Mesui and is just a 5-min walk from Jalan Bukit. You can show up here in casual pyjamas and tee to be a part of the relaxing homely vibe.
They have poetry acts and reading nights too. And if for nothing else, go for digging into their Japanese starters with some of the finest wines in town!
The bar is open from Tuesday to Sunday with different cover charges, based on the performing artists. You can head here anytime after 5 pm till 2 am.
Location: 17, Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to reach: It’s a 10-minute walk from Raja Chulan monorail. Walk northwest and turn left onto Jalan Nagasari. From there, it is the second right on Jalan Mesui.
15. Pavilion Mall, KL: The art of shopping
At the entrance, Malaysia’s tallest fountain, Liuli Crystal, welcomes you. Pavilion Mall, KL is where all the shoppers go. The 1.37 million sq. ft. mall is home to both indoor and outdoor shopping areas. The mall has everything you can possibly ask for. A fashionista’s dream, you can get some of the greatest deals on the best brands here. With its post-modern pillars and a statue of Zeus, the mall is home to some hip dining places and international labels.
To immerse in the South Asian flavour by donning Asian street style clothing, head to the Tokyo Street. You will find all reasonably priced options here. For the ones daring to splurge, Couture Pavilion is the place to go. The mall is home to more 450 stores (or more).
Location: 168, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to reach: Located opposite Starhill Gallery, it is lies at the end of Jalan Bukit Bintang locality. You can use the monorail and get down at the Bukit Bintang station. It’s a 5-min walk from there.
Trendy bistros, hip clubs, street markets, concerts and jazz nights, there’s something for everyone in Kuala Lumpur. It doesn’t matter if you like loud music or not, whether jazz is your thing or not, and if Sushi appeals to your taste buds or you count on wine on your bad days, you will find an alluring number of options, if only you know where to head at night in Malaysia!
Let us know which one you explored in the comments section below!
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