Where to Shop in Golden Triangle Kuala Lumpur (2)
Shopping Malls around Bukit Bintang
Lot 10 Shopping Mall
Lot 10 , Jalan Bukit Bintang, (direct bridge to Monorail Bukit Bintang), Bukit Bintang. A favourite among Malaysians and tourists alike in Golden Triangle Kuala Lumpur, Lot 10 is Bukit Bintang’s very own “Emerald City”, housing boutiques that will appeal to shoppers looking for goods in all price brackets. The mall features an almost complete range of designer brands in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from that it also includes Isetan department store and supermarket to top things up. The basement contains the most famous food court that gathers street delicacies around Malaysia at one place including street snacks from Penang and Ipoh. Topping off the lists of shops mentioned is a hair salon, a rooftop brasserie, dance club, fitness centre (Celebrity Fitness) etc.
Lot 10 is a five-storey mall located along Bintang Walk, central KL’s main shopping destinations and entertainment district. One of the city’s oldest mall, refusing to fade away from the uprising malls while maintaining a fair quality for shoppers. When it comes to entertainment outlets, the mall has a National Geographic like store on the third floor: it is a pretty cool place to hang out with kids and you can get educational, do-it-yourself kits (like a build-a-miniature-volcano set) that will provide hours of entertainment.
A KL landmark, Lot 10’s location has been exponentially critical to retain its success and glory. Sporting an easily recognisable, vivid green façade, extensive refurbishment at the beginning of 2012 saw the interior ditching its 1980s style. Today, inside the mall it looks a lot like Bloomingdale’s, with bold contemporary columns and lots of glass features. A sky bridge on the first floor connects the mall to the Bukit Bintang monorail station (which is adjacent to Lot 10).
Maintaining the right balance between local culture and international contemporary style, Lot 10 provides visitors with a very personal shopping experience. Similar to Bangsar Shopping Centre, there is a limited variety of stores: Lot 10 holds about 40 fashion labels running the gamut from international luxury brands such as Calvin Klein, Ed Hardy and Versace, to affordable retails from Braun Buffel, H&M, Nike, Topshop, Timberland, Zang Toi and Zara.
When it comes to entertainment outlets, the mall has a National Geographic store on the third floor: it is a pretty cool place to take kids and you can get educational, do-it-yourself kits (like a build-a-miniature-volcano set) that will provide hours of entertainment. The topmost floor of Lot 10 is home to a branch of gym franchise Celebrity Fitness.
If you would like to sample inexpensive local food, the food court on the lower ground floor has a good variety of Malaysian specialties available, but there are also quirky restaurants such as Jackie Chan Café and Teeq. The former is an open-concept café launched by the renowned celebrity and it offers a selection of teas, coffees, fruit juices and even wine. The latter (Teeq) is a rooftop restaurant with good views of the city skyline – there is even a garden between this eatery and Rootz dance club that serves as a for-hire venue for private functions.
StarhillGallery ,Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, adjoining JW Marriott Hotel. The nearest station to this mall is Monorail Bukit Bintang. Starhill is a literally an English translation of “Bukit Bintang”. Starhill earns its fame by retailing luxury brands that rivals KLCC for designer goods. Some people are just there to appreciate the interior design. Some must visits include J Jaeger-Le Coultre, Roger Dubuis, AudemarsPiguet, Breguet, Tag Heuer, Omega, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, Patek Philippe and Rolex, of course. If you have some cash to splurge, this is definitely the place to visit. The mall is developed by YTL Corporation, aiming to become the most upscale and luxurious mall in the prominent of Bukit Bintang. Started operation in 1996, it houses more than 100 renowned brands of time pieces and jewelry along with other contemporary labels.
Starhill Gallery sits directly adjacent to Pavilion KL and is connected to the five-star JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur hotel. Cosmetics behemoth Sephora is located beside it and just down the road is the sister venture of Pavilion KL, the newly-opened Fahrenheit 88. Starhill Gallery faces JalanGading and Jalan Bukit Bintang and is also linked to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel by a sky bridge.
The ambience of soft lighting, jazz music and the suede flooring gives you one of the best experiences around town to shop around. Starhill boasts around an experience, in fact a decadent one at that. The hushed atmosphere is exacerbated by smiling, smartly dressed doormen waiting to usher you into stores: coupled with the muted atmosphere, their ever-present presence makes you feel like you have to speak in whispers.
Starhill has gone through serious of rough tides and renovations since the early days. The 250,000 sqft ritzy retail podium was originally anchored by the Singapore-based Tangs departmental store until it shut down in 2004 due to ‘poor financial returns from its expansion abroad’. The mall was renovated in 2005, with renowned American architect David Rockwell at the helm of the project, which resulted in its current glass dome-like façade.
The main concourse holds a spacious space of an open concept area suurounded by the aroma of coffees. The seven storey shopping mall has escalators in the area located at the back section of the mall. If one is looking for relaxation in the middle of your shopping experience, head to the third floor where a 50,000 sqft spa and relaxation centre awaits. The area has 93 treatment rooms and includes services by the best therapists around town.
The lower ground floor of the plays host to the expansive Feast Village – a food court that really isn’t your average eatery; the ultra posh food quad plays host to a dozen award-winning restaurants that sport trendy design and fashionable themes. Noteworthy is Fisherman’s Cove – a makeshift boathouse-like restaurant (set with bamboo furniture, faux sails, masts and nets) that features a fresh seafood menu; booths at the mezzanine floor resemble bamboo sheds. The restaurant has been the recipient of the Best Restaurant award from Time Out and the Malaysian Tatler magazine in 2006, 2008 and 2010 respectively.
Meanwhile, Jake’s Charbroil Steaks (a branch of the 24-year veteran of the steak-and-seafood industry) is also located in the Feast Village. Featuring an old cowboy town atmosphere with dining booths hewn from 24-year-old Scandinavian pine and Wild West décor, the eatery is an especially popular venture in Starhill Gallery and come dinnertime it’s usually crowded.