Most people will visit Bukit Bintang during the daytime, either for some retail therapy or some delectable Malaysian street food before the sun sets. Yet it is after dark when Bukit Bintang truly comes alive and becomes something of a party scene for the young and old alike. That said, at any time of the day, Bukit Bintang is one of my favourite haunts in KL!
Bukit Bintang is well-served by the KL Monorail, and as I pulled into the station I actually didn’t want to get off, such was the heavenly air-conditioning inside the train. When I stepped out on to the platform, the humidity hit me like walking into an oven. Still, within a few minutes I was down at street level and now able to explore the most happening place of KL. One thing that struck me (apart from the heat) is how much the area reminds me of Shibuya in Tokyo. Other people may disagree with me, but I am sure some people will know what I mean…
Food is everywhere at Bukit Bintang, regardless of the time of day you plan to visit. I am sure you will find something more adventurous than me on my first day there, where I ended up buying an Ayam Goreng meal from McDonald’s. It tasted very nice, and was much different to the kind of fast food I am normally used to.
If retail therapy after a long day’s tourism (or work) is your thing, then Bukit Bintang is certainly the place for you whilst in Kuala Lumpur, as shops here (including the famous Berjaya Times Square) stay open until at least 10pm.
Being one of the major tourist areas in Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang has its fair share of accommodation, from luxury hotels to budget hostels. It can be very beneficial to locate yourself at one of these suitably priced hotels if you plan on partying hard down below in the evenings so that you don’t have to rely on the [sometimes] unreliable taxi drivers here.
Nightclubs pop up all year round in Bukit Bintang, with some standing the test of time, and others seemingly only being around for a short time. Nevertheless, as long as people have a good time while they have the chance then that’s the whole point. After dark in KL is often a glamorous affair, especially in the Changkat Bukit Bintang area, which is a swanky boulevard of pubs and bars which turn into nightclubs and stay open until the early hours of the morning each day. This area reminds me a lot of Clarke Quay in Singapore.
However, it is not just for the clubbing and drunken antics that makes people flock to Bukit Bintang; the food scene is also thriving, with fantastic street food available from the ever-popular pasar malams at Jalan Alor. Just a short walk away from Jalan Bukit Bintang, this is an area with your typical hawker centres and seafood restaurants full to the brim with a jolly atmosphere and cheap food! Many night owls end their clubbing in the early hours with a bite to eat here at Jalan Alor on the way home.