Every trip I take to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I stay in a hotel around the corner from Sungei Wang Plaza. Sungei Wang Plaza is an enormous shopping mall that’s the most visited shopping mall in Malaysia. The mall has six huge floors, all stuffed with shops, market stalls, restaurants, cafes and a department store. Busy from the moment it opens till the minute it closes, Sungei Wang Plaza is a shopper’s dream destination.
Location of Sungei Wang Plaza – One reason why the mall is so busy is it’s location. Slap bang next to Bukit Bintang monorail station, it’s one of the easiest malls in the city to get to. It’s also surrounded by several other malls, and next to shops, cafes, restaurants and a hawkers food stall street. Sungei Wang Plaza is also easily accessible by taxi and bus.
Shopping at Sungei Wang Plaza – Extremely popular with teens and young adults, the mall is six floors crammed full of shops and market-style stalls. At Sungei Wang, you’ll find venues with clothing, shoes, books, DVDs, CDs, photo frames, electronics, cell phones, video games, jewelry, bags, lifestyle items, beauty products, soft toys – in fact, just about anything you would ever be looking for.
The sixth floor, ‘Trendy Zone’ , is an area primarily for teens and young 20 somethings. Independent Malaysian designer clothing, bags, shoes and jewelry are everywhere here, along with make-up, soft toys, and lots of cute teen stuff. Here, there are also independent coffee shops and restaurants; popular hangouts with teens as the food and coffee tastes great, the atmosphere is ‘cool’ and the prices dirt cheap.
On lower floors, you’ll find Parkson department store (a little old-fashioned, but popular with older women and families, particularly for clothing). The third floor has a huge selection of computer hardware, software and computer games and lower floors are a fun mix of trendy, boutique-style clothing, cell phone booths, restaurants and coffee shops, nail salons and hairdressers.
Eating at Sungei Wang Plaza – When I arrive in KL, Sungei Wang is the first place I head as I know the food is good and cheap. With choices from Malay, Indian, Thai, Chinese, American and, of course, lots of fast food and snack joints, you can eat here quickly but still enjoy what you eat.
The mall also has a huge food court serving just about the cheapest food in Kuala Lumpur. Difficult to find in the weaving corridors and elevators, ask at the information desk how to get there if you want a true Malaysian culinary experience.
A new five-restaurant strip opened recently, called ‘Fiesta Street’. Right next to the mall, it offers restaurants serving slightly more upscale American, Italian, Chinese, Asian-fusion and South African food.
If you like shopping, enjoy a good bargain, love to try delicious food and thrive in a busy, bustling atmosphere, you’ll be ecstatic when you discover Sungei Wang Plaza. You’ll also realize immediately why it’s Malaysia’s most popular mall as, I’m sure it will be yours too.