Bukit Bintang is the entertainment district of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Situated right in the heart of the city, this area features shopping centers for all tastes and budgets, stylish cafes, groovy bars, night clubs, flea markets, cinemas and lots of Hawker eateries as well as lavish restaurants. The combination of old, new and large variety of things to do attract 2.5 million tourists every month, but also local young people.
- Shopping – There are 9 shopping malls in Bukit Bintang so far, all of them competing with shopping centers all over the world through architecture and luxury. While Starhill Gallery and Lot 10 feature luxury brands, Berjaya Times Square and Pavilion KL address the medium-income population. Fahrenheit 88 and Low Yat Plaza offer a wide variety of electronics at competitive prices. The oldest mall is Sungei Wang Plaza – and it’s also the most visited, especially by young people interested in Asian fashion at bargain prices. The other two malls are BB Plaza and Imbi Plaza.
- Food – There are 6 main eating areas in Bukit Bintang. Chulan Square distinguishes itself through a wide variety of food, from local to Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Argentinean and European. Bintang Walk specializes in Arab cuisine, offering Lebanese, Maghreb and Iranian dishes. Located on Lot 10, Hutong is considered the first “gourmet village” of the Malay. BB Park features theme restaurants, many of the German and French type. Changkat Bukit Bintang is the hip area of fancy restaurants and hip pubs, while Jalan Alor offers mainly Chinese food.
- Other Attractions – Here you can also find Berjaya Time Square Theme Park, the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia as well as spa and foot reflexology venues.
- Monorail (Best Option) – At KL Sentral, cross the street to catch the monorail; it will take you about 10 minutes to get there by foot. The monorail comes every 5-10 minutes and the ride to Bukit Bintang will take around 10 minutes. A trip will cost you RM2.10. You can always plan your trip ahead here.
- Rapid Bus – Every rapid bus in Kuala Lumpur will take you to Bukit Bintang.
- Taxi – Red and white taxis cost RM3 for the 1st km and RM1/km after that; blue taxis ask for RM6 for the 1st km an RM2/km afterwards. If the drivers don’t want to use the meter, negotiate hard until you get a decent price. There are additional charges for luggage. Be aware, traffic is often quite hectic so use taxis as the last resort.
On May 13, 1969 there was an incident caused by sectarian violence, leading to a state of emergency and the abolition of the Malaysian government. This took place in the Jalan Tong Shin area in Bukit Bintang. In the 1980s, this part of Kuala Lumpur was rejuvenated by corporate magnates, who renamed the area as Bintang Walk. Ever since then, this part of the city has been under continuous transformation. During the last five years, Bukit Bintang has become the most hip and crowded district of Kuala Lumpur.