8 Boutiques & Concept Stores For The Best Shopping In Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s capital is a delightful place to shop, these stores show you exactly why that is.

Despite that Kuala Lumpur doesn’t have a shortage of shopping centers and mainstream malls, these unique concept stores and local boutiques are symbolic of the city’s creative energy. From giant bookstores to handcrafted candles, these design shops take souvenir-shopping in Kuala Lumpur to a whole new level. Each displays products in its own creative sphere, depicting multicultural layers embedded within Malaysia and its diverse cultural components.

BookXcess RexKL

Second floor, at RexKL, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One of the absolute coolest stores in Kuala Lumpur has to RexKL which is not only a concept store, but a cultural center with a constant shift of installations that feature various artists. On the second floor, there’s BookXcess which displays skyrocketing books from the floor. By using multidimensional design elements, the 4,000 square ft space appears to have expanded to a multi-floor 6,000 square ft of every bookworm’s haven. RexKL essentially is an artistic city pulsating inside KL, readily available for any creative to wander around then willingly get lost.

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BONIA KLCC

Lot G03-G, Ground Floor, Petronas Twin Tower, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Needing some inspo for fashion accessories? Swing by Bonia inside KLCC – its flagship store – designed by London-based Oskar Kohnen who converted the 2,211 square space into a contemporary, whimsical gallery. The illuminating ceiling casts over pastel and bright furniture that exude retro yet geometrical vibes. The store is a marvel to visit, but the products are also worthy of shout-outs. From monogram handbags, meticulously cut collared shirts to floral scarves; each firmly stands as a true modernist’s dream.

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TudungPeople – Kuala Lumpur

G2-13, KL East Mall, 823, Jln Lingkaran Tengah 2, KL Timur, 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tudung People makes chic and refined hijab that allow women to feel not only beautiful but undeniably fashionable. Its high-end boutique near KL East Park exemplifies the brand’s elegant statement. Designed by Studio Kanta, the store’s composition was inspired by Islamic architecture with present-day minimalism. Tudung People’s products are intended to empower women with graceful floral and dainty color palettes. Can’t make up your mind? Don’t worry, there are over 100+ designs and colors to choose from.

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OL-factory 1.0 by Lilin+Co

2nd Floor, Lot 5, Jalan 51A/225A Zon Perindustrian PJCT, Seksyen 51a, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Who doesn’t love a lovely scented candle? Check out Lilin + Co’s ultra cool showroom where an atelier illustrates internal processes to candle-making. The 2,300 square ft store features high-vaulted ceiling with Ol-Factory – for both storage and retail. The brand started in 2016 with a focus on artisanal craftsmanship in candle-making, creating collections of premium candles and sustainable home fragrances. The scents are bespoke, ranging from clove and cedarwood to eucalyptus and pine. The unique formulations of essential oils and natural extracts are phthalate free, so guests can enjoy beautiful aroma at accessible prices with ease.

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Momaku x Baristart Coffee Malaysia

Lot G133A, Ground Floor Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Switching from design and accessories to coffee, stop by Momaku x Baristart Coffee in the back of Bangsar Shopping Centre, where Malaysia’s first Hokkaido-based café makes its special appearance. The 3,531 square ft space is a fusion of both indoor and outdoor areas delivers this message: buy better, buy smarter. Think artisanal marketplace with a Japanese conceptual restaurant/café, guests can browse through sustainable home accessories, cookware, and of course – fantastic coffee. Sit down, enjoy a nice meal like the Egg White Souffle, or indulge in a Kuma Parfait. That’s a lovely afternoon in KL, for sure!

Tsutaya Books Bukit Jalil

WP KL, Lot 2.89.00, Level 2 Orange Zone, Pavilion Bukit Jalil, Persiaran Jalil Utama, Bandar Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Inside Pavilion Buket Jalil, you’ll definitely stumble upon Tsutaya Books – the first in Southeast Asia. For book lovers, this is an absolute dream! In addition to more than 240,000 books that cover massive walls, the store also sells artistic items in design, electronics, gardening…etc. The best part, its children’s section displays over 20,000 books in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Bahasa Melayu. The kids will adore a treehouse, or a Learning Room, where they can either read books or play with various toys. Don’t miss the bookstore café where shoppers can taste delicious Japanese treats.

Snackfood

A-3-1, Centrio, Jalan Pantai Murni 8, Pantai Hillpark, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Snackfood is an eclectic gift shop “inspired by the daily adventures of ordinary days,” where one can find fun stationaries, cool magazines, creative prints, one-of-a-kind jewelries…and many more. Snackfood takes its motto “collector of happy things” very seriously by selling a wide collection of quirky items, like: paracord bottle bags, ghost ceramic cones, calming mist infused with energy stones and crystal chips…just to name a few. For fans of unconventional souvenirs, this is your spot!

Vitra Malaysia

Jalan Doraisamy 28G The Row, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

For the ultimate furniture shopping in Kuala Lumpur, head over to Haus Malaysia inside Vitra – a furniture store from Switzerland where interior design fanatics will instantly be captivated by Frank Gehry Wiggle chair and the timeless Panton Chair. The store also carries iconic brands like Artek, Louis Poulsen, and Yamagiwa. It’s a much appreciated effort to infuse design and creativity as Malaysia clearly looks forward with an artistic aptitude.

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As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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