How I like to spend a perfect day in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is a city I’ve been visiting on and off for many years. Countless times I visited or had to pass through it. Many times I had an overlay in between flights or I just needed to get off the island for a bit. For those who have a day to kill in Kuala Lumpur, let me share with you how my perfect day looks like in this city.
Of course, I can list the most popular things to do in town, but I bet you can find these tips on Tripadvisor as well. So instead I will run you through the things I like to do when I’m in the city.
It won’t be the most average things you can think of but I bet that’s also not why you are following me 🙂
1. Get yourself a typical Asian breakfast!
Kuala Lumpur is known for many things, and one of those things is food, good food! Like almost any metropolitan city you can find many cute typical western restaurants and coffee shops. You know those places where local hipsters and fellow digital nomads occupy.
Trendy, but while you are in Asia you might as well get yourself an Asian breakfast to begin the with. Because they are tasty, filling and goddamn bloody good! So whenever I’m in Kuala Lumpur I love to go to some local food place (most of them will do) and order myself a plate of Bee Hoon, which is a light white vermicelli dish that makes an excellent Asian breakfast.
2. A visit to the FINAS Gallery
Whenever I find myself in a city, I like to do “city things”. And with that, I mean things that I don’t really do while living my island life, simply because there are fewer options. Besides checking out an exhibition here and there I don’t really get my needed dose of inspiration when it comes to art.
While in Kuala Lumpur I discovered a place called FINAS Gallery. A place where national visual arts are premiered and showcased in efforts to vitalize local visual arts. As a true lover of film and visual arts, this is a place I can spend my afternoon pretty well.
Finas Film Gallery, Jalan Taman Zooview, Kemensah Heights, Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia. T: +60 3-4024 5722
3. Hunting poetry and spoken word at speakeasy cafes.
After roaming around at FINAS I usually get myself a Nasi Lemak from any local food place, so I can start my night fulfilled.
By coincidence, I ended up in Gaslight cafe one night during an open mic session. One of the best nights in Kuala Lumpur I ever had. Little did I know about the hidden literary local talents this city has. The Malaysian scene of spoken word poets is a growing one that I got pleasantly introduced to.
Even if you aren’t familiar with spoken word poetry I would like to advise you to visit this place and try it. It might be a pleasant change compared to your regular night out on the town. Like many spoken word cafes, the crowd is of all cultures and anyone can fit in.
Gaslight Cafe and Music, 15 Plaza Damansara, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, KL, Malaysia. T: +60 3-2011 4047
So there you have it, the three things I like to fill my day with when I’m in Kuala Lumpur for a quick visit. I usually spent the night at a friends place before taking a flight back to Bali the next morning. But Kuala Lumpur is filled with cute and affordable boutique hotels if you are looking for a place to stay.