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Bukit Bintang is the trendiest shopping district in Kuala Lumpur.
A riveting area boasting with luxury shops, malls, swanky bars and restaurants... Great sights for photographing as well.
I dropped in by monorail... Then I had a purple yam ice-cream. Yummy!
Bukit Bintang literally means "Star Hill" - exactly translated from its Malay name.
The shopping (hey ladies!) and entertainment district of Kuala Lumpur.
Hypermodern shops and malls are abundant, you'll find great places to eat (yay, loved that purple yam ice-cream!), cafés, stylish swanky bars...
Bukit Bintang's main intersection with the monorail
I've found the modern architecture here exciting and thankfully, I was able immortalize a shot of the monorail with the Petronas Towers in the background.
A true shopping, eating and entertainment nest...
The best way to reach Bukit Bintang is by LRT or monorail. I recommend the latter, because you get better views from that vehicle.
Apart from places destined for shopping and eating, some of the finest hotels are located in this area.
There are lots of ethnic restaurants in the area. Besides Malay you will find: Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Argentinian, Arab, Iranian and others...
Part of Bukit Bintang is a place called Arab Street. Arabian gastronomy is widely known here and well represented.
Many Arab tourists arrive to Malaysia and they naturally search these local restaurants.
Maghrebian, Lebanese and Yemeni are among the most well-represented Arabic cuisines.
Bukit Bintang is the prominent retail area of the city of Kuala Lumpur, the swanky bars, upscale cafés, hawker-type restaurants are almost everywhere.
If you hear about the Bintang Walk area, then you must know it refers to the developed stretch between the Jalan Bukit Bintang and the Jalan Sultan Ismail roads.
If you want night life, then come to Bukit Bintang!
Especially during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations, during the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix events, New Year's countdown, the Merdeka eve celebrations - numerous street concerts and parties are organized.
Bars, clubs, restaurants... and lots of palms!
In addition to all of this, I should mention that taking a walk in the area and exploring the architecture is worth the time and the effort.
Some of the most important shopping malls in Bukit Bintang are: Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Fahrenheit 88, Lot 10, Plaza Low Yat, Starhill Gallery, Berjaya Times Square...
As mentioned earlier, I munched a yam ice cream with dragon fruit.
The alien ice cream that had its hundreds of eyes staring right at me!
Talk about wicked exotic delicacies...
The ice cream I had bought at a shop in the basement of Lot 10 was a totally new, non-Earthly experience to me.
Served terribly gold, it was rather watery-icy than milky.
The taste was strange, but in the good sense.
Most parts were almost tasteless, but the yam didn't resemble anything, so I can't describe it.
Essentially - the purple part was made out of yam fruit, the red caviar-like mini balls are jelly, the "eyes" are dragon fruit (pitaya) seeds, the long brown "mini sticks" were sweet candy and there were those light-brown cubes (which appear almost white in this picture due to the flash of my camera) - the latter, which were slightly flavoured, almost totally watery tasteless and terribly cold (and I have no idea what they were made from).
Loved the ice cream, it was wicked (in the good sense, of course!) and it's perfectly suitable for my alluring delicacies list!
If you want to experience a unique view of KL, then take the monorail. It's quite cheap.
One last glimpse at Bukit Bintang's monorail line...
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