straight from the source: a local’s recs for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Staying at an AirBnB has its perks! You can ask your host for the best local tips and get their recommendations for just about everything— they’re the insiders after all. During my most recent stay in Kuala Lumpur, I hit up my host to ask for all his favourite places to eat and things to do.

He was incredibly responsive. Some of his tips confirmed my research, while other tidbits altered my itinerary for the better. Here’s a look at how Kuala Lumpur resident, Andrew, recommended me and my travel partner in crime spend our time in KL.


KEEP READING FOR RECS STRAIGHT FROM A KL LOCAL


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WHERE to eat + what to try


GET BRUNCH AT MERCHANT’S LANE

Once our host found out I was writing a brunch guide for my website, he made sure we stopped at Merchant’s Lane. He said it had a unique history and that it’s hidden location was something that visitors would be interested in. So, of course, I went. The menu had a mix of Western and Malaysian options, but the location and ambience was what impressed me most. I loved how the narrow teal door stood “hidden in plain sight” next to a stationary shop and a technical college. The decaying walls were a beautiful contrast to the modern acoustic playlist. I’d highly suggest anyone coming to KL make the trip to Merchant’s for a taste of local culture made modern.

You can read my brunch guide to Kuala Lumpur here.

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GRAB A MEAL AT TG’S NASI KANDAR

On the hunt for somewhere to grab dinner, I flicked a message to our host asking for the best Indian food in the area. He immediately replied with the recommendation to go to TG’s, a nearby Nasi Kandar serving up sets of curry and naan for between 8-18 RM {approximately USD $2-4.33}, depending on whether you’re a meat eater or not. I had a plain naan and a Dal Tadka {lentil curry} two nights in a row and I could have had it every night for the rest of my life. Luke and I were the only Westerners in the place— a sure sign we’d found a winner.

You can check out TG’s Facebook page for menu and pricing updates here.

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TRY COCONUT ICE CREAM AT JALAN ALOOR NIGHT MARKET

Andrew, our local AirBnB host, made sure to mention the delicious food at Jalan Aloor’s famous night market, with the special suggestion of coconut ice cream. I stopped by after dinner at TG’s for something sweet and I was not disappointed. I highly recommend getting a scoop for yourself, especially if you like ice cream but are dairy free. I topped mine with Reese’s cup bits, coconut cream, and blueberries because they were free and I like free unlimited toppings, let me tell ya.

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what to see + do


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SWIM AT ONE OF THE ROOFTOP POOLS IN THE CITY

Many of the AirBnB’s on offer in Kuala Lumpur have the added amenity of rooftop pools. This is a great way to get killer views of the city and escape the Malaysian heat in the middle of the day when tourist crowds peak at nearby attractions and humidity hits its high point. Both of the AirBnBs I’ve stayed in during trips to KL have had amazing rooftop pools that are free for guests to use. While it might not be the most “local” thing to do, locals, like Andrew, do recommend going for a splash as a way to see the city from above without the steep cost of admission to places like KL Tower.

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BATU CAVES

One of the first things Andrew told us to do was visit Batu Caves. I’d been before, but not since the recent rainbow renovations took place. The caves are free to visit and {fairly} easy to get to thanks to the train system having a line that ends at the Batu entrance. While the caves are already on the top of just about every visitor’s list for things to do while in Kuala Lumpur, ask any local what to see while you’re visiting the city, Batu Caves is going to be the first thing they mention. The second thing being…

PETRONAS TOWERS

…the Petronas Towers! The Petronas Towers are…well, during the day they’re just more buildings, really. But at night! Oh man! At night, the towers really shine in an almost incandescent way.

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Kuala Lumpur is a quirky, diverse, sort of chaotic city. Tapping into local knowledge is a wonderful way to find the treasures KL {and every other destination} has to offer. That being said, Malaysia, like most places, is so much more than its capital city, including gorgeous Penang, which is home to beautiful resorts and the largest Buddhist temple in the country. Are you a KL local? Let me know your recommendations for the next time I’m there in the comments below!


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