Kuala Lumpur is a paradise for shoppers. To us, it ranks above Asian counterparts like Singapore and Hong Kong because prices are phenomenal -- this is a great place to shop for quality at a massive discount. In particular, there are a number of expansive shopping malls downtown.
With a very international and bustling atmosphere, Bukit Bintang is one of the busiest areas for shopping, dining and entertainment; think of it as Kuala Lumpur's version of New York's Fifth Avenue. There are numerous shopping malls from Starhill Gallery to Piccolo Galleria, Sungei Wang Plaza and Lot 10. These are great places to shop for affordable clothing, among other things. If you're looking for local food, there are food hawkers in Jalan Bukit Bintang.
For Malaysian handicrafts and unique souvenirs, don't miss the Central Market. Extensive renovations a few years back added such features as Jonker Street (Malacca-style stalls offering assorted handicrafts), the Batik Emporium (the largest in the city) and an art gallery.
Chinatown offers a jumble of bargains on everything from souvenirs to designer knock-offs.
Join the locals in the city's night markets (pasar malam), which are open one night a week respectively in neighborhoods across Kuala Lumpur. Browse for household goods, fresh produce, trinkets and local food.