Kuala Lumpur by night

Kuala Lumpur is pretty much Malaysia’s thriving capital city and is everything from a vibrant metropolis where different cultures, religions, and cuisine thrive together to form a modern Asia, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Those of you who have been KL will surely agree that it is something else at night!! It is by far, my favourite city to enjoy, by night, read on to find out why!

Every time I visit Kuala Lumpur ( yes I’m never tired of it), I notice that it never stops, 24 hours a day it thrums along never sleeping and always alive, giving off a unique vibe of energy that I haven’t really encountered in other big cities around the world. I would love to share with you a tiny glimpse of my favourite city, Kuala Lumpur, by night!

Nightlife experiences in Kuala Lumpur are abundant owing to the colourful larger than life signboards, the peppy music, bar culture, enticing shopping culture and live street stalls/ restaurants that are open until wee hours of the morning. It is amazing to see the vibrant new form this city takes up, as soon as the sun sets! On the spur of the moment, you start seeing cool, snazzy nightclubs and bars opening their doors, with dance-worthy tunes! Street food sellers in places like Jalan Alor start setting up their stalls for a night full of yummy food suddenly there is a bee-line of people waiting to eat tantalizing Asian cuisine. And the shops at Bukit Bintang start thriving with business yet again, with youngsters shopping to their heart’s content. On the other hand, the iconic Petronas take a whole new shape at night, luring tourists and locals alike.

Instead of doing up yet another travel blogger list of all the spots that definitely-MUST visit on a trip to Malaysia (yawn), I thought, I will try something a bit different. I want to share my favourite memories from my Kuala Lumpur trip through words and photos. I want to bring you along with me on my trip and let you feel what I felt, discover what I discovered. How does that sound?

Now, let’s start this visual journey to the heart of Malaysia with 10 of my most memorable memories. And of course, I’d love to know what you think in the end. Enjoy!

Petronas Towers by night Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers by night Kuala Lumpur PC- Nisreen Akolawala
Petaling street Kuala Lumpur
Petaling street Kuala Lumpur PC- Nisreen Akolawala

Petaling Street in Chinatown KL has its own charm. Apart from having a rows of clubs, pubs and bars offering music-and-alcohol-fuelled entertainment, this colourful after-dark market surely dominates the nightlife scene in KL. The whole street transforms into a lively and vibrant night market when the sun sets, with hundreds of stalls selling apparels, souvenirs, and accessories at dirt-cheap prices.

Vibrant nightlife in Bukit Bintang
Vibrant nightlife in Bukit Bintang PC- Nisreen Akolawala


Mongolian BBQ Chicken wings in Jalan Alor
Mongolian BBQ Chicken wings in Jalan Alor PC- Farhan Janjira

I cannot possibly not share a picture of these heavenly BBQ Chicken wings, that became our favourite go-to when we were in KL. They were yummy, piping hot and had just the right juiciness that one requires in wings. Please do not forget to try these, when you visit Bukit Bintang or Jalan Alor next time. The name of the street stall is Mongolian BBQ.

Here is a tiny glimpse of the nightlife in one of the vibrant parts of KL, Bukit Bintang! Just check out the vibe. And mind you, it wasn’t even a weekend. It was just a regular working day. Yes, that’s life at night in Kuala Lumpur for you.

I absolutely fell in love with this fountain in Bukit Bintang, located in the midst of snazzy shopfronts!

Bukit Bintang at night PC- Klook.com

I’m such a sucker for colourful places – I mean, have you seen my Instagram? And Kuala Lumpur and its colourful night markets surely make me happy.

Please let me know if you loved my post and if you have any more interesting places in KL that are just perfect, for a nighttime stroll around the city.

Author: nisreenakolawala

I am a former Architect who left her career to follow her heart and passion, which involves travelling, photography and Social media marketing. I have stayed in a rustic village of Eastern Himalayas, swum with colorful fishes and corals in Fiji, lived with gypsy Banni villagers in Western India, interacted with Kenya’s Masai tribe, river rafted in the freezing cold river in Ladakh, lived and explored a quaint beach town of Tanga in Tanzania, took a 48 hour camel safari in the Thar desert of Rajasthan, sailed on a felucca on the mighty Nile river in Egypt and chilled with the Kangaroo’s in Australia. Needless to say I am always adding more experiences and places to the list.