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Peanuts and Tokyo Street – Shopping in Kuala Lumpur

Peanuts and Tokyo Street  – Shopping in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s shopping experience is full of contrasts pleasing Westerners and Muslim conservatives alike. We visited Kuala Lumpur’s most swanky malls, which are huge lifestyle centres for the rising middle and higher class, featuring branded designer goods, internationally known brands, expensive restaurants with international cuisine and food courts with local bites. Some have got theme parks incorporated and you might find yourself surrounded by a roller-coaster speeding above the shopping grounds.

Malaysia is also home to many local street shops, some pretty horrible ethnic style attire, open air bazaars, such as at Petaling Street/Chinatown, where you have to bargain hard for belts, watches, bags and the whole range of fake merchandise or a wider variety of souvenir crafts at Pasar Seni/Central Market. More chic shopping malls, such as Suria KLCC and Pavilion are located on Bukit Bintang and Jalan Ampang areas.

What immediately caught my attention, was that Kuala Lumpur promised ‘Tokyo Street!!! Not getting hopes up too high, I was curious to find a bit of Japan in Malaysia. Well, Tokyo is where Tokyo should be but Pavilion mall did capture some Asakusa Tokyo feeling with that retail concept. There are mostly Japanese restaurants and some gift shops and Tokyo Street occupies only a fraction of level six. Japan is known for many great things, but most definitely for dress variety and I was missing Japanese fashion stores! This is what you can do at Tokyo Street:

Go to level six and enjoy.

Suria KLCC mall Kuala Lumpur

 

Do some Japanese style posing.

Tokyo Street Kuala Lumpur

 

Try some groovy geisha dance in front of the yukatas. Buy a Bonsai.

Tokyo Street Kuala Lumpur Tokyo Street Kuala Lumpur

 

Pose with Mirai Suenaga for Danny Choo. [Danny, you are an inspiration.] Get some Japanese crepe.

Tokyo Street Kuala Lumpur Tokyo Street Kuala Lumpur

 

Have a typical Japanese meal. Pasta and scallops. Where are the chopsticks?

Tokyo Street Kuala Lumpur Tokyo Street Kuala Lumpur

 

And Japanese pizza. A serious candidate to take over Italian pizza.

Japanese pizza

 

Don’t forget to pick up your tourist privilege card at the main info counter to get freebies and discounts at various shops.  Saved us 15% for that crepe but if you shop big you get big :)

 

Malaysia is as popular with mega sales as Singapore, however it wasn’t until we got to Malacca, that I found some very cool regional fashion brands. The sale sign for the short-sighted, stands in front of Pavilion mall.

Crystal fountain in front of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

 

Pavilion mall is known for its selection of designer brand and the right type of clientèle.

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

 

Outside Pavilion mall. Just a stone’s throw away is Fahrenheit 88, a more edgy mall for the young. Japan’s casual wear fashion giant Uniqlo made its Malaysian début here.

Sephora near Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

 

The famous Pavilion Crystal fountain. The hibiscus flowers are Malaysia’s national symbol, they can change colour on that fountain and look nicest at night.

Crystal fountain in front of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Crystal fountain in front of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

 

Welcome to Berjaya Times Square mall. I am going to tell you a secret.

Berjaya Times Square KL Malaysia

 

Berjaya Times Square is so huge that it has some creepy, empty but accessible corridors on the top floors, that are a lot of fun to explore. If you take that elevator all the way up, you will be rewarded with a spooky isolated part of the mall, a hideout for couples and a great view over the capital.

Berjaya Times Square KL Malaysia Berjaya Times Square KL Malaysia

 

Just arrived passing an amorous couple. No one else there. No need to spend a fortune for a view from the Petronas Towers. It’s nicer to look at them blending into the skyline from Berjaya Times Square.

Berjaya Times Square KL Malaysia

 

A few floors below, you can hear distant shrieks and feel the ground beneath your feet vibrate. A massive roller-coaster in the mall.

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Suria KLCC located beneath the Petronas Towers is also called Petronas mall. You can enter through that alien-posh metal entrance.

Entrance Petronas Tower

 

Or alternatively use the main entrance.

Suria KLCC Petronas Towers Suria KLCC mall Kuala Lumpur

 

And familiarize yourself with the signs.

Suria KLCC mall Kuala Lumpur Suria KLCC mall Kuala Lumpur

 

Equipped with man size slippers, grown up enough to be a test candidate for the new TV sound system of the electronics store.

Kid in front of TV at electronic shop Malaysia

 

Now on to some real  ‘Peanuts’ – by far not small in influence and only a little nuts. Do you know the world’s most famous beagle and his human school-aged friends? Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Woodstock , Lucy and Linus… In Kuala Lumpur you can visit them at the Peanuts Café at Suria KLCC.

Charlie Brown Cafe Peanuts Kuala Lumpur

 

Pull Charlie Brown’s ear, have some Charlie Brown tiramisu.

Charlie Brown Cafe Peanuts Kuala Lumpur Charlie Brown Cafe Peanuts Kuala Lumpur

 

Strawberry cheesecake with Lucy van Pelt. Selling decapitated Snoopy is just cruel.

Charlie Brown Cafe Peanuts Kuala Lumpur Charlie Brown Cafe Peanuts Kuala Lumpur

 

Now, that’s nice Snoopy cake.

Charlie Brown Cafe Peanuts Kuala Lumpur

 

The Charlie Brown Café has put a lot of detail into interior.

Charlie Brown Cafe Peanuts Kuala Lumpur

 

Boy has Charlie Brown changed. He just didn’t age at all!

Charlie Brown Cafe Peanuts Kuala Lumpur

 

Snoopy made an attractive transition over the years.

Charlie Brown Cafe Peanuts Kuala Lumpur

 

Bustling Bukit Bintang shopping district. Crossings, such as at Jalan Bulan, are very busy and you will have to run to cross a road.

Busy shopping street  Kuala Lumpur

 

Sometimes there isn’t that much room for the pedestrian left either.

Kuala Lumpur busy crossing

 

That man has probably seen a more relaxed Kuala Lumpur, now selling magic balls.

Magic Ball Kuala Lumpur

 

Leaving money. At the fake watch corner or the charity collector.

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Looks a tiny bit like Roppongi in Tokyo. Not entirely, but pleases with night entertainment.

Shopping Kuala Lumpur

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  1. Thanks a lot for sharing that!

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