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1 Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre

1 Le­buh Ban­dar Utama, Ban­dar Utama, PJ (03 7710 8118/ 1 Utama re­ally is the epit­ome of the one-stop shop – in ad­di­tion to its many shops and eater­ies, it houses bat­ting cages, a scuba div­ing cen­tre, Asia’s big­gest in­door rock climb­ing gym, two cine­plexes, a rooftop gar­den and an in­door rain­for­est which al­lows din­ers to savour their meals while sur­rounded by lush green­ery. Di­vided into zones that ful­fill all your needs, 1 Utama’s many ac­co­lades are well-jus­ti­fied. Mon-Thu & Sun, 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-10.30pm.

Av­enue K

156 Jalan Am­pang, KL (03 2168 7888/ www.av­ Though not sprawl­ing, this mall is rel­a­tively spa­cious and boasts of sev­eral out­lets in­clud­ing an Es­cape Room, a bowl­ing al­ley and a ping pong ta­ble open to the pub­lic. Fash­ion brand H&M, with its ded­i­cated kids’ sec­tion, takes cen­tre stage, but you’ll also find Cot­ton On Kids and F.O.S. for trendy threads. Take the kids to Nando’s for a crowd-pleas­ing meal or in­dulge your sweet tooth at Krispy Kreme. With fam­ily-friendly ameni­ties such as two par­ents’ rooms, a chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity cen­tre and a nurs­ery, a day at Av­enue K is a plea­sur­able means of spend­ing time with the fam­ily. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Bangsar Shop­ping Cen­tre

285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, KL (03 2094 7700/ BSC moves at a more leisurely pace com­pared to other malls, but all its con­ve­niences keep the mall buzzing. The mall houses mostly lo­cal de­signer brands and life­style stores. With brands such as Moth­er­care, Ginger­snaps and Château de Sable, BSC is a good place to shop for the lit­tle ones. The gourmet Ja­son’s Food Hall stocks a wide range of (ex­pen­sive) im­ported in­gre­di­ents, con­fec­tionery and party ware. Fresh flow­ers, Mid­dle Eastern dates and French cheeses are other items of in­dul­gence found here. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Bangsar Vil­lage I & II

1 & 2 Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, KL (03 2282 1808/03 2288 1200/ www.bangsarvil­ Sit­u­ated on the priv­i­leged Telawi stretch, these twin malls draw in yup­pies and an ex­pa­tri­ate crowd with their in­ter­na­tional fash­ion la­bels, quirky cafés and well-stocked Vil­lage Gro­cer. Ser­vice has al­ways been a trade­mark of Bangsar Vil­lage and kids are well-catered for with cloth­ing stores, fam­i­lyfriendly restau­rants, toy stores and places like Gym­boree Play & Mu­sic, FasTracKids, Baby Dances­teps and Bake­lab by Teamo. Bangsar Vil­lage I houses Cold Stor­age, a post of­fice, an al­ter­ation shop and other prac­ti­cal ser­vices. Bangsar Vil­lage II, on the other hand, is more of a bou­tique shop­ping cen­tre with a spa, sev­eral nail sa­lons and var­i­ous fash­ion out­lets. (Vil­lage I) Daily, 8.30am-10pm; (Vil­lage II) Daily, 10am-10pm.

Ber­jaya Times Square

1 Jalan Imbi, KL (1 300 888 988/ www.ber­jay­a­ Over 1,000 out­lets crowd this mas­sive mall but shop­ping isn’t the high­light – it cer­tainly won’t be for your kids at any rate. Head to the top floor of the mall for the in­door theme park. Don’t be alarmed if you feel the ground be­neath your feet vi­brate and hear dis­tant shrieks while shop­ping; that would be the park’s roller­coaster. Check out the mo­tion sen­sor Grand Mu­si­cal Stairs, which are not only fun, but a first in Malaysia. Daily, 10am-10pm.

IOI City Mall

IOI City Mall, Le­buh IRC, IOI Re­sort City, Pu­tra­jaya, Sepang (03 8328 8899/ www.ioic­i­ty­ IOI City Mall is lo­cated in the gov­ern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tive dis­trict of Pu­tra­jaya, but don’t think that makes it dull. Sure, an­chored ten­ants in­clude the usual Golden Screen Cine­mas and a Tesco su­per­mar­ket, but the mall also has plenty for the kids: to date, Icescape Ice Rink, Dis­trict 21 (an apoc­a­lypsethemed ad­ven­ture theme park that is like cat­nip to bored teens), Gym­boree Play & Mu­sic and Toys ‘R’ Us be­sides a host of shops and restau­rants that are bound to ap­peal to the whole fam­ily. Daily, 10am-10pm.


2 Jalan PJU 7/2, Mu­tiara Da­mansara, PJ (03 7720 7333/ Fam­ily comes first at IPC – to the ex­tent that pets are wel­come too! Spe­cial paths and el­e­va­tors have been set up so that you and the kids can bring your furry friend along (par­tic­u­larly use­ful if you’re on your way to Pet Sa­fari). There’s a de­cent range of shops and eater­ies in­clud­ing a Sony Cen­tre and Cold Stor­age. There’s even a free shut­tle bus ser­vice avail­able ev­ery two hours to and from the Ke­lana Jaya LRT sta­tion to IPC. De­signed to be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for chil­dren, the el­derly and the dis­abled, it def­i­nitely isn’t a has­sle bring­ing the whole fam­ily here. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Jaya Shop­ping Cen­tre

Jalan 14/17, Seksyen 14, PJ (03 7932 0955/ www.jayashop­ping­cen­ Jaya Shop­ping Cen­tre has been a main­stay in PJ for quite some time. It was torn down back in 2009, but af­ter five years of de­vel­op­ment and ren­o­va­tion, re-opened with the tagline ‘The Heart & Soul of PJ’. The most at­trac­tive thing about Jaya Shop­ping Cen­tre is its restau­rants: Bari-Uma Ra­men and Caffe Bene. Older kids ought to check out Code Fac­tory (an­other es­cape room game) while younger kids can visit Chap­ter One, a book­shop with a play area, Lil’ Mon­sters, a comic and toy shop, or Toys ‘R’ Us. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Pub­lika Shop­ping Gallery

1 Jalan Du­ta­mas 1, So­laris Du­ta­mas, KL (03 6211 7877/­ Pub­lika’s strength is its cre­ative, artsy vibe. In­ter­na­tional fash­ion brands, in­de­pen­dent bou­tiques as well as pet-friendly cafés with play­grounds vie for your at­ten­tion as you ad­mire at­ten­tion-grab­bing sculp­tures that dot the mall. The mall’s in­no­va­tive pro­gramme of events such as mar­kets and mu­sic per­for­mances are per­fect for fam­i­lies. Come on Wheelie Sun­days when the in­ner roads of the shop­ping gallery are closed to cars in the morn­ing. Fam­i­lies can hang out, jog, cy­cle or sim­ply stroll around Pub­lika without the fear of traf­fic and on­com­ing cars. Daily, 10am-10pm.

The School by Jaya One

72A Jalan Univer­siti, PJ ( Malaysia’s first en­rich­ment mall is ded­i­cated to fos­ter­ing the healthy de­vel­op­ment of young­sters. Per­fect for par­ents with young chil­dren, more than a third of the es­tab­lish­ments here are learn­ing cen­tres, but there are also fam­ily-friendly fash­ion brands, restau­rants and spe­cial­ity stores. De­signed for fam­i­lies, there’s a Mom’s Room, a Dad’s Room, play ar­eas and des­ig­nated park­ing for mums with ex­tra space for strollers and jockey ser­vices. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Sun­way Pyra­mid

3 Jalan PJS 11/15, Ban­dar Sun­way, PJ (03 7494 3100/www.sun­waypyra­ With its Egyp­tian styling, it’s a lit­tle kooky, but Sun­way Pyra­mid has a large va­ri­ety of shops, all di­vided into in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated zones like Oa­sis Boule­vard (al­fresco din­ing), Mar­rakesh (bazaarin­spired stores) and Asian Av­enue (the lat­est Asian high street fash­ion). Kids will love the bowl­ing al­ley, ice skat­ing rink and T&T Kidz­park while par­ents will be even hap­pier with the range of fa­cil­i­ties on of­fer. Hit up the concierge for use of a beeper or wrist­band to help keep track of your child, or (for a small re­fund­able de­posit) rent a stroller. When na­ture calls, Sun­way Pyra­mid ex­cels with well equipped baby rooms – ex­pect nurs­ing rooms, di­a­per chang­ing sta­tions, and clean ameni­ties. Daily, 10am-10pm.

NEW Sun­way Pu­tra Mall

100 Jalan Pu­tra, KL (03 2786 9300/ www.sun­way­pu­tra­ Strate­gi­cally lo­cated right next to Pu­tra Ko­muter sta­tion and across the road from PWTC, this new mall isn’t yet packed but has all the con­ve­niences one needs, such as TGV Cine­plex, Cold Stor­age, a mon­ey­changer, photo pro­cess­ing ser­vices, etc. It’s also home to The Par­ent­hood Lon­don Street Fam­ily Park, which is fea­tured in the Malaysian Book of Records for be­ing the first Lon­don-es­que fam­ily park in the coun­try. The Par­ent­hood opened in De­cem­ber 2015 much to the re­lief of par­ents who like to mul­ti­task. Leave your kids at the jun­gle gym while you shop for house­hold es­sen­tials or get a new hairdo at the in-house sa­lon. When lit­tle tum­mies start to growl, snag a ta­ble at lil­lip­illi, a café serv­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional favourites. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Suria KLCC

KL City Cen­tre (03 2382 2828/ www.suri­ Suria KLCC is no mere shop­ping mall. Lo­cated at the base of the Twin Tow­ers, it houses a con­cert hall (De­wan Fil­har­monik Petronas), an art gallery (Ga­leri Petronas) and a sci­ence dis­cov­ery cen­tre (Pet­ro­sains) that makes learn­ing fun. With a park right out­side its doors, your typ­i­cal trip to the mall just got a lot more in­ter­est­ing. Aquaria KLCC is also a short stroll away. Daily, 10am-10pm.


IOI Mall

Lower ground floor, Le­buh Pu­tra Utama, Ban­dar Pu­tra, Ku­lai­jaya (07 599 9929/ The first shop­ping mall in Ku­lai is a three level, one-stop shop­ping des­ti­na­tion. You’ll find Gi­ant Su­per­store, an amuse­ment cen­tre, fast food out­lets, and pop­u­lar phar­ma­cies such as Wat­sons and Guardian. The main at­trac­tion is the one-of-a-kind in­door carousel that’s of­ten crowded, es­pe­cially on week­ends. Also a com­mu­nity mall, IOI hosts myr­iad events and shows; reg­is­ter the kids (four- to 12-year-olds) as ‘Ju­nior i-Card’ mem­bers for free and en­joy ac­cess to the kids’ club pro­vid­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and games. Daily, 10am-10pm.


Jalan Wong Ah Fook, JB (07 267 9900/ www.kom­tar­ A re­de­vel­op­ment project has trans­formed the iconic KOMTAR build­ing into a new mall. With brands such as The North Face, Tony Roma’s, Sephora and Kiehl’s, KOMTAR JBCC is one of the most fre­quented malls among young­sters. Younger kids are bound to en­joy the An­gry Birds Ac­tiv­ity Park on the third floor. Most in­di­vid­ual din­ing out­lets are lo­cated on the sec­ond floor, but the food court can be found on the third floor. Daily, 10am-10pm.


Freeport A’ Famosa Out­let Jalan Ke­mus, Sim­pang Em­pat, Alor Ga­jah (06 5528 958/ A new­comer to Malacca’s mall scene is

Freeport A’ Famosa, where you’ll find over 60 in­ter­na­tional fash­ion brands of­fer­ing goods up to 70 per­cent dis­count. The mall’s lovely cob­ble­stoned walk­way seems to be the high­light of many an In­sta­gram photo. You’ll find a range of din­ing op­tions and bars as well as an ex­hi­bi­tion and event hall. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Mahkota Pa­rade

Jalan Merdeka (06 282 6151/www. mahko­ta­pa­ Malacca’s largest shop­ping mall has shops aplenty as well as en­ter­tain­ment and din­ing out­lets. There’s also a shut­tle bus ser­vice that runs to and from Philea Re­sort & Spa. Check out the Hock­hua Tonic on the ground floor for tra­di­tional health needs. Daily, 10am-10pm.

The Shore Shop­ping Gallery

193 Ping­gi­ran @Sun­gai Me­laka, Jalan Per­sisiran Bunga Raya (06 282 2666/www. face­­pingGallery). Home to 500 stores and an ocea­narium, this life­style mall is ideal for fam­i­lies and kids. Find your favourite brands and F&B out­lets here. Last we heard, a toy mu­seum is set to open in the mall in 2016. Daily, 10am-10pm Pe­nang

Gur­ney Paragon Mall

Per­siaran Gur­ney, Ge­orge Town (04 282 2666/www.gur­ney­ The beau­ti­ful her­itage ar­chi­tec­ture of St Joseph’s Novi­tiate, built in 1925 and now rechris­tened St Jo’s, forms the heart of this din­ing, shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment com­plex. Pe­nang’s premier lux­ury ad­dress bursts at the seams with up-mar­ket restau­rants and shops cater­ing to its well-heeled res­i­dents, but there are also at­trac­tions for lit­tle shop­pers like Kid­style and a TGI Fri­day’s and TGV Cine­mas. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Straits Quay

Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (04 899 5228/www.strait­ The is­land’s first re­tail ma­rina en­clave, Straits Quay pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive mix of out­lets and at­trac­tions from bou­tiques to bistros, seafood restau­rants to sea­side cafés, and bars to boat rides. Ad­mire the spec­tac­u­lar views of the An­daman Sea while shop­ping for ev­ery­thing you could need. Take the time to check out the Royal Se­lan­gor Vis­i­tor Cen­tre for a free tour or a paid work­shop, and then visit penang­pac to catch a fam­ily-friendly live per­for­mance. Daily, 10am-10.30pm. Perak

Ipoh Pa­rade

105 Jalan Sul­tan Ab­dul Jalil, Ipoh (05 241 0885/ 05 241 0886/www.ipoh. pa­ Bored teenagers can kill time here for a cou­ple of hours –cine­mas and cy­ber cafés aside, there’s an amuse­ment park (Molly Fan­tasy on the third floor) and a karaoke joint. Park­son is Ipoh Pa­rade’s an­chor ten­ant. Lo­cated a stone’s throw away from Syuen Ho­tel, you can’t miss this mall. Daily, 10am-10pm. Sabah

Suria Sabah Shop­ping Mall

1 Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 848 7087/www.suri­ Suria Sabah is home to a wide range of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional brands such as Rip Curl, Mango, Cot­ton On, L’Oc­c­i­tane, BarangBarang and Pa­dini. It’s also where you’ll find the Sabah State Li­brary. Sur­prised? This com­pre­hen­sive, mod­ern mall has plenty of sur­prises in store with reg­u­lar events such as the Prim­i­tive Bond Art Fes­ti­val and a good se­lec­tion of restau­rants and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions. Daily, 10am-10pm.


The Spring

Jalan Sim­pang Tiga, Kuch­ing (08 223 8111/www.thes­ The largest shop­ping mall in Sarawak, the Spring Mall has re­vamped the shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence in Sarawak. The Spring aims to cre­ate lively and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences for shop­pers. Af­ter sup­ping at the gar­den­themed food court, take the kids to the ar­cade for a game of air hockey and then catch a fam­ily-friendly movie at the cine­plex. Daily, 10am-10pm.


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