KUALA LUMPUR

KL’s con­tem­po­rary cos­mopoli­tan ap­peal is rooted in its rich her­itage, cul­tural di­ver­sity and multi-eth­nic cui­sine. Travel writer Jenny Hewett tests the city’s top bites and sights.

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8AM ROTI ROY­ALTY

Head to roti canai in­sti­tu­tion Tg’s Nasi

Kan­dar (3 Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bin­tang) to sam­ple Malaysia’s break­fast of champs. Fried and flaky out­side, soft and doughy inside, dip it in dhal curry sauce and wash it down with teh tarik (con­densed milk tea).

9AM HIS­TORY ON SHOW

Head to Brick­fields on the first and third Satur­day of the month and join a free Lit­tle

In­dia her­itage walk from the YMCA (95 Jalan Padang Belia). See Hindu tem­ples, a de­vo­tional flower mar­ket, art gal­leries, pre-war shop­houses and more.

1pm UN­DER­COVER EATS

KL’s most iconic hawker stalls are now un­der one roof at Lot 10 Hu­tong (Bukit Bin­tang). Make for Pe­nang Fa­mous Char Koay Teow for a ver­sion of the Malaysian noo­dle dish.

3PM AF­TER­NOON DE­LIGHTS

Stop for soft-serve green tea ice cream, craft beer flights and sake sam­pling in the base­ment of Ise­tan The Ja­pan Store (Lot 10, 50 Jalan Sul­tan Is­mail). This slick store stocks ev­ery­thing from Hara­juku fash­ion to ki­mono-fab­ric clutches.

6.30PM HAPPY HOUR ON HIGH

Kick back with tapas and boozy cock­tails at South Amer­i­can-themed Fuego in the heart of the city (Level 23a, Tower B, The Troika). From an out­door ter­race 23 floors high, en­joy sun­set vis­tas, chunky pick­led prawn gua­camole and Peru­vian pisco sours.

8PM TASTE TESTER

Some of KL’s most in­ven­tive bites are at

Babe in Da­mansara Heights (11th Floor, Work@Clear­wa­ter), where Miche­lin-starred chef Jeff Ram­sey serves a 12-course mod­ern Ja­panese tapas menu of dishes such as ‘cae­sar salad’ cap­sules and clam miso soup.

10.30PM SPEAK-EASY DOES IT

Track down the con­cealed (and tiny) speak-easy Omakase + Ap­pre­ci­ate (Jalan Am­pang, Ban­gu­nan Ming An­nexe), where the award-win­ning mixol­o­gists shake mar­ti­nis and Ne­gro­nis into master­pieces.

MID­NIGHT LATE GREATS

The night is not com­plete with­out a feast at famed hawker street Jalan Alor (Bukit Bin­tang). Try chilli crab at Restoran Meng Kee Grill Fish, sa­tay at Fat Brother Lok-Lok and the crowd favourite, sticky, bar­be­cued chicken wings, at Wong Ah Wah.

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