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other shopping districts

While the shopping district at Bukit Bintang is clearly the most superior shopping district in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia there are truly some other places in the city which uphold the traditions of Malaysian brands, heritage and trends and may also be interesting to visit.

Central Market - Located in Jalan Hang Kasturi just 10 minutes walk from Chinatown this well preserved Art Deco building has been a Central Market sin 1888 and is today a great favorite for souvenir shopping for all visitors.  Take the monorail to Pasar Seni and walk 5 minutes.  There is a food court and airconditioning in the market.  The area along the road outside is known as Kasturi Walk and contains many other intesting shops and, particularly in the evening, some interesting places to eat at the roadside in traditional Night Market or Pasar Malam style.

Chinatown - Located along Jalan Petaling the Chinatown area of KL is full of shops and stalls selling souvenirs, games, DVS and ethnic foods. Open every day until late it is very hot during the day.  In the morning only see the fresh fish market between Jalan Petaling and Jalan HS Lee which provides the fresh fish to the many Chinese restaurants for dinner later in that same day!

Petaling Jaya - Located 15 km to the west of KL the city of Petaling Jaya is now part of greater KL but has its own vibe. Visit the city center to see 1 Utama, the giant mall, also the largest Ikea in Asia and the SStwo  and Paradigm malls.

Chow Kit Market - A traditional wet market at the northern end of the monorail line it has fresh produce and dried spices available for sale inside a covered building.

Pasa Baru Bukit Bintang - The "new" market is packed full of not only fresh produce, but also great places to eat in the morning. Breakfast like a Malaysian on cheap and tasty foods.  Open mornings only.

Nyonya cuisine

Also called Peranakan this term refers to a unique fusion of different cultures which has occurred in Malaysia when it comes to preparing and eating food. The main ingredients have been the Chinese styles of cooking, but using spices and condiments from the Malay tradition. When combined with the other influences that are so broad in Malaysia this has built up a distinctive style all of its own.

The world famous laksa dish, which combines noodles with a spicy soup and many interesting small additions, is perhaps the best and most travelled of the Nyonya style of food.

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