Kuala Lumpur or KL is Malaysia's most important commercial and financial center. What might have started as just another Malaysian city has blossomed into a gleaming metropolis that offers its visitors various attractions. The abundance of cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur can be easily attributed to its popularity as a Muslim-friendly travel destination.
Here's our best recommendation for your best Muslim-friendly travel in Kuala Lumpur.
Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur is an excellent choice for business and leisure Muslim travelers. This renowned location puts you right in the heart of Malaysia's vibrant capital city and is close to many attractions. Stunning views await you from your hotel rooms, where you'll find generous amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and qibla locators. They also feature well-furnished units with city-view, floor-to-ceiling windows, smart TVs, and qibla locators. You can request a mat and prayer times at the reception as well.
Check out other hotels offering similar features, such as Traders Hotel KL, Grand Hyatt Hotel KL, The St Regis KL, Le Meridien Hotel KL, and The Westin KL. Try Concorde Hotel KL and Berjaya Times Square Hotel for a cheaper option.
Like in any other country, food is a massive thing in Malaysia. Since Malaysian culture is unique due to its eclectic mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European influences, you will be spoilt with food choices. But if you want to try the original local delicacy right in the city center of Kuala Lumpur, these are our best recommendations.
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Nasi lemak is famously known as Malaysia's national dish. Originating in Malay cuisine that consists of fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, it is commonly found in every part of Malaysia. In KL, city folks flock to Nasi Lemak Tanglin daily for the favorite nasi lemak of KLites. Almost every day, there will be a long queue in front of its stall as that's how popular the food there is.
Everyone has their favorite food, but you may not know that there is a variety of food made just for Muslims in KL. For example, you can easily find an Indian flatbread called roti canai when traveling to the city center. This local delicacy is enjoyed by many due to its fulfilling, delicious and cheap meal, perfect for breakfast and tea time. Roti canai is served with gravy like dhal or curries to compliment its dry texture. You can find this type of food everywhere in KL, but the most popular ones are Nasi Kandar Pelita and Valentine Roti.
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Tsutaya Books, a world-renowned Japanese bookstore chain and the first ever Tsutaya store in Southeast Asia has recently opened its doors to the public. The aim is to inspire and transform a lifestyle in line with the store's "Cultivate Culture & Lifestyle" concept. This 31,000 square feet of space includes an expansive bookstore, a café, specialized merchandise, dedicated space for family-friendly activities, a playground, and low bookshelves for children to build positive reading habits. Therefore, when you visit the bookstore, you get to not only shop for books but also experience exhibitions and a selection of specially-curated books.
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At the Islamic Arts Museum, you'll get to see priceless collections of artifacts from all over Asia. Kuala Lumpur's Islamic Arts Museum is the most prominent Islamic art museum in Southeast Asia home to more than 10,000 artifacts. The artifacts here range from coins and jewelry to textiles and armory that date back hundreds of years. With an extensive collection of Islamic books, it's time to put this incredible museum on your bucket list.
Get a glimpse of Southeast Asia's tallest building, Merdeka 118 located right in the city center of Kuala Lumpur when you travel to KL. The tower's off-center spire is inspired by the raised right hand of Tunku Abdul Rahman, the founding father of Malaysia, seen during the Merdeka Proclamation representing the nation's independence. The top 17 floors will house one of the most luxurious hotels in the world called Park Hyatt Hotel in mid-2023. If you are planning for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in KL, visit Level 116 where Southeast Asia's highest observation deck is located. Tickets will be sold online for those interested in seeing the KL skyline soon.
We hope this article helps you plan your best KL trip gateway. Visit Halaltrip for more Muslim-friendly travel guide.