Shopping in the magnificent Suria KLCC

KUALA LUMPUR heightened my fondness for travel when I went there in 2010 with some friends. There were so many sights to see, things to do, and food to try. That is understandable because this is the capital of Malaysia, a strong Southeast Asian country with diverse cultures and a rich history. Four days was too short to immerse myself with the local culture, so when I had the chance to come back in 2011, I grabbed it with both hands, this time with family.

I arranged our itinerary in such a way that almost every recommended spot was included. My family knows my penchant for creating do-it-yourself trips, and choosing independent budget travel over organized tours every time. Included in the itinerary this time was a trip to the prestigious Suria KLCC. Any visit to the Malaysia’s capital wouldn’t be complete without dropping by this prominent attraction at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Engineered  and designed to be Malaysia’s icon to the world, Petronas’ Suria KLCC accommodates world-class retail outlets and attractions. It is a fantastic shopping center that has an art gallery and philharmonic hall, attracting foreigners and shoppers from around the world.  With six floors of entertainment, food and shopping choices, visitors can’t go wrong.

Suria KLCC’s dome exhibits radiance in the middle of the mall. Pic: Nel de Leon.

Suria KLCC’s dome exhibits radiance in the middle of the mall.

Through the Rapid KL Light Rail Transit, one of the efficient train systems in Kuala Lumpur, we easily reached the Suria KLCC. The shopping center itself is easy to navigate. A number of concierges are stationed strategically inside the mall to assist guests in their shopping needs.

If you are serious about shopping at Suria KLCC, prepare a whole day and a pocket full of cash. Suria KLCC houses some of the biggest brands in the fashion industry. To name a few: Jimmy Choo, Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs, Cartier, Chanel, Brioni, and Paul Smith.

When hunger strikes you can take a break from the shopping and have some refreshments at the RASA Food Arena, a popular food court at the fourth level. You may also try the Signature Food Courton the second level, which offers fusion cuisines at affordable prices.

If food courts are not your thing and you would like to focus on a specific kind of meal, there are many restaurants and cafes to choose from. For a taste of American food with a little Mexican influence, try Chili’s Grill and Bar. Chakri Palace offers Thai; Du Viet for authentic Vietnamese;Spring Garden for Chinese flavors; Umai-Ya for Japanese cravings, and; Koryo-Won for Korean. There’s also an Indian restaurant called Spice of India, and a Taiwanese restaurant called Ki Ki Taiwan Cuisine. For cafés, there is the ever-popular Starbucks Coffee, the not-so-secret Secret Recipe, and the simple Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.  If you want fast, no frills food, there are trusted fast food establishments in Suria KLCC. KFC and Pizza Hut are some of the fast food joints.

Suria KLCC is not just for shopping and food. It also offers entertainment facilities which make it an all around mall. There is simply something for everyone. There is the cinema at the third floor, Aquaria at the concourse level, the art gallery at the Petronas base, the Petrosains Science Discovery Center at the fourth floor, and the KLCC park right outside the mall. Of all these, I personally enjoyed the green space that is the KLCC park. It has a jogging track, a wading pool, a children’s playground and, the centerpiece of it all, the symphony fountain. The park is a major attraction in itself for it provides a relaxed atmosphere in the middle of busy Kuala Lumpur. Locals stay here after work to relax and recharge. Tourists, on the other hand, come here in droves around sunset until nightfall to catch the perfect photo opportunity with the Petronas Twin Towers.

The obligatory night shot showing Suria KLCC between the Petronas Twin Towers. Pic: Nel de Leon.

The obligatory night shot showing Suria KLCC between the Petronas Twin Towers.

Maybe, the combined magnificence and relaxed ambiance that Suria KLCC is what brought me back to Kuala Lumpur for the second time around. It has earned its rightful place as a major tourist attraction, I would not think twice about coming back again.

Metal dolphin sculptures adorn the pond of the KLCC Park. Pic: Nel de Leon.

Metal dolphin sculptures adorn the pond of the KLCC Park.

If you enjoyed this article and would like to find out more about traveling to Malaysia, please visit the Tourism Malaysia website.

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7 Responses to Shopping in the magnificent Suria KLCC

  1. Good thing you enjoy KLCC suria Nel!

    It’s also a good venue to celebrate Earth Day and New Year!

    I forgot, during Malaysian Grand Prix, dito nagpapakita mga F1 drivers for autograph signing.

    • nel de leon says:

      Yep, I did! I haven’t tried celebrating major holidays outside of the Philippines; I better do that soon. And maybe I have to acquaint myself with Grand Prix events. Sounds cool. Salamat! :D

  2. Francis says:

    Love the pictures! cant wait to go to KL too! :))

    • nel de leon says:

      Thank you, Francis! Enjoy KL! :D

      • Gherb says:

        Also to mention Petaling Street, aka Chinatown. It is well known in old Chinese food stllas and shops. But now the feeling of old town is detroyed by sale of copies of branded products. Many stall owners are not Chinese so perhaps the name Chinatown is not accurate anymore.The rainforest in Malaysia is also a must-go. Rainforest can be reached around 40 km from Kuala Lumpur. The rainforest has native men, special plants, special animals and clean sweet freshwater. Again, the existence of rainforest is threatened by concrete jungle because the government and people are not environment friendly. If we do not go now, it may be vanished a few decades after this. Even if it is still there, it may become off-limit because bottled water companies claim the water springs.愿你平安。.-= Ong Seng Aunb4s last blog .. =-.

    • Shiho says:

      Kung may charge siya, we would have llekiy gone to the KL Tower instead. Yep, the view isn’t the main highlight it’s more about the towers and the skybridge itself.

  3. Panchal says:

    wow, thats pretty cool that they do not chgrae. i think your pictures were pretty amazing, but you’re right, a pic of the towers itself would have been great as well.

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