LUXE City Guides - Kuala Lumpur - - Shopping Itineraries -

Shop­ping mall Pub­lika is a hand­some ad­di­tion to KL’s retail scene, com­bin­ing a fun and hip quo­tient with great din­ing op­tions. Ask your cab­bie to drop you in­side the West Gate en­trance and the first thing you’ll espy on your right: the ab­stract whirl of books, type­writ­ers and sus­pended wooden chairs at funky ter­raced diner Jour­nal by Plan B at #65 / 03 6205 5318 / the­big­ Op­po­site is Won­der­milk Café at #7A / 03 6211 1092 / ilove­won­der­ / which does a del­ish line in fresh java, mint so­das and cute cup­cakes, but for a real slam­mer brekkie/brunch zap down the es­ca­la­tor to level UG for Ben’s In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer (see V. Use­ful) where in the far left cor­ner you’ll find the pork­tas­tic S.Wine (see Lunch/Brunch). Exit, and tot­ter along the main drag past Soap Ar­ti­san at #82 / 03 6205 5606 / and Pantry Magic at #81 / 03 6206 1579 / for chic kitchen uten­sils, while on your left at #9 Happi Kiddo / 03 6206 1830 / is home to a charm­ing ar­ray of play­suits and play­things for tod­dlers. March on­wards, and at the very end of the strip you’ll find the ex­cel­lent EAT Food Vil­lage, a food court chock full of Malaysian ven­dors, many cook­ing gen­er­a­tions-old recipes – don’t miss the tasty Kin Kin Chili Pan Mee, Yeoh’s Bah Kut Teh, and Tian Yuan Clay­pot. Yum! Now, up the es­ca­la­tors you wad­dle, and for a spot of cul­ture, MAP @ Pub­lika (see Ac­tiv­i­ties/Art) is di­ag­o­nally across the square, oth­er­wise u-turn at the es­ca­la­tors and wend your way down the G2 main drag, tak­ing in on your left Red’s Re­venge at #40 / 03 6206 5263 / a fun trea­sure trove of cos­tume baubles, colour­ful shoes, clutches, and jolly fas­ci­na­tors. Sol­dier on­wards for dusty an­tiques and vin­tage ar­ti­facts at #24 Hariz Vin­tage / 03 6206 3334; Bri­tishIn­dia on your right at #20 / 03 6201 1302 / bri­tishin­ / has re­sort-style linen and cot­ton sta­ples; and fi­nally, step into Shoes, Shoes, Shoes par­celled into one smart con­cept store with lo­cal lovely Dude & The Duchess at #16 / 03 6730 4991, a span of tow­er­ing plat­forms, glitzy jew­ellery, and über mod cock­tail dresses from lo­cal de­signer Jonathan Liang, plus be­spoke shirts to be­muse the old grump. Op­po­site, you’ll find a pa­rade of in­no­va­tive threads and clean-cut totes at #46 A.L.L.I.E.N. / 012 268 2899; while a few doors down are cus­tom leather sacs at Thir­ty­four Be­spoke #57 (see Adv. Shop.). From here, exit the doors to the left onto Art Row, and veer left past a few stores to find In­dus­try at #52 / 016 206 8591 / with its neat cache of retro chairs, bar stools + trunks that dou­ble as ta­bles. Re­trace back into the mall and head left down the main walk to find your­self back at the start. Op­tions. On the floor above is Out­dated at #10 / 03 6211 5055 / an­other eclec­tic se­lec­tion of vin­tage furny pack­ing an East Lon­don vibe, and The Odd Loft at #12 / 03 6411 6118 / where jaunty clothes are Step­ford Wives meets pretty princess. For more tot treats, look out for the two gi­ant tin sol­diers out­side Carousel at #14 / 03 6206 3618; or op­po­site at #37 is gift shop Kalei­do­scope / 03 6211 1613 / tout­ing hand­made soaps and pouches crafted from vin­tage ki­monos. Or, ex­it­ing the main West En­trance past Plan B, cross to Mee Jawa Café, up the stairs and right along the strip for Gadis Ma­nis (see Stand­out Stores). Olympic shop­per!

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