Teeming with life, excitement, and a load of great attractions, there are no questions as to how Kuala Lumpur became the nation’s capital. This busy business centre is the core of Malaysia’s city life, offering a number of unique experiences and activities to those who want to explore what it has to offer.
Aside from all the fun and frolic though, there’s something else that draws people to this sprawling urban hub. Yes, you guessed it – it’s the food. No doubt, Kuala Lumpur offers some of the best food on this side of Southeast Asia, which is why lots of tourist flock to this capital city year in and year out to sample some of the best, lip-smacking cuisine in the country.
If you’re interested in sampling some of the food offered in Kuala Lumpur, then this KL food trail guide should tell you exactly how to go about the process.
A Guide to Kuala Lumpur’s Food Trail:
1. KL Tower Revolving Restaurant
You’ve seen it in magazines, TV shows, and media features all over the world, and for more reasons than just its unique aesthetic and design. The KL Tower Revolving Restaurant is possibly one of the most iconic dining experiences around the globe. Here, you can enjoy a five-star meal served by some of the most talented cooks in the country – all while you enjoy the view from above the tallest twin towers in the world.
Of course, to experience all of this, you need to pay a significant amount and you need to make your reservations in advance. Be sure to plan ahead and make a phone call before your special date so you can secure a spot at this posh restaurant.
2. Petaling Street
Interested in a unique dining experience that doesn’t put too much of a dent in your pocket? Petaling Street is a popular destination for tourists who want a sample of KL’s street food. Here, you can find hundreds of quaint, family-owned restaurants that offer delicious food for a very reasonable cost. Needless to say, the street itself offers an appeal that really gives you the feeling of being in a place lost in time.
Sure, all the restaurants along Petaling Street probably deserve your visit, but there are a few honourable mentions that stand out from the rest.
Firstly, the Old China Café is probably one of the most sought-after restaurants in the whole area. The menu consists mainly of Chinese traditional cuisine, and the cooks behind the place are dedicated to giving each order that authentic Chinese taste that travellers and locals love.
Another great place to drop by if you’re in the Petaling Street area is Bunn Choon. Located along the same line as the Old China Café, this quaint little pastry shop offers some delectable desserts and pastries that you’re not likely to experience anywhere else. There are also traditional delights like siew paus and thick, custardy egg tarts that offer just the right amount of sweetness.
3. The Row
Now, if you’re particularly interested in finding the best cup o’ Joe in Kuala Lumpur, then The Row is the place to be. Back in the 1940’s, these restaurants, offices, and cafes used to be shophouses – tightly packed two-storey homes with small shop spaces for the benefit of the residing family.
These days, however, The Row has turned into another tourist and local hotspot as it houses independent brands, restaurants, and small offices spaces for innovative start-ups. The place is a favourite for coffee lovers, as lots of the units are rented out to quaint cafés that are just starting out in the business.
A great place to start at The Row would be Butter+Beans. This comfortable, cosy, and familiar little joint offers some unique coffee blends, which go great with their soft, light, and fluffy cakes and pastries. The small café also offers savoury sandwiches and meals for the hungry traveller so you can find comfort in this small part of town.
League of Captains is another little coffee shop start-up that offers some pretty sweet coffee blends in a variety of flavour combinations. Baristas are friendly and familiar so you can be sure to find a friend behind the counter with every visit you pay to this quaint little café.
Finally, we need to mention Limapulo which can also be found at The Row. Although it isn’t a coffee shop, this heritage restaurant serves some of the best Nyonya baba cuisines in the area. The restaurant also boasts a beautiful, traditional feel and aesthetic that’s both relaxing and welcoming. So it’s no wonder why the place has become such a hit among office workers, locals, and tourists alike.
Getting Around the Kuala Lumpur Food Trail
Lots of people go out on budget vacations just to sample the food of their chosen destination. So luxury accommodations and expensive lodging seem impractical – especially if you’re not spending too much time in your room.
If you’re planning a trip down the Kuala Lumpur food trail, it’s only wise that you choose the right accommodation to suit your needs and budget without compromising the quality of your experience. So for anyone who wants to experience the food in KL, a comfortable stay at the Tune Hotel is the perfect budget-friendly solution.
Offering clean accommodations, spacious suites, and just the right distance from all of these great food destinations, Tune Hotel Kuala Lumpur is the ideal accommodation for travellers who want a comfortable, safe, and affordable space to retreat to after a long day of sampling KL’s tantalising food offerings. Book a room at Tune Hotel Kuala Lumpur today!