Best 20 foods, places to visit and shop in Kuala Lumpur

Halal Restaurants

1. Pelita Nasi Kandar

Nasi kandar is an Indian Muslim dish that has its origin traced to the very streets of colonial Malaysia. Pelita Nasi Kandar still uses the same age-old recipes enjoyed by generations before to deliver traditional mouth-watering dishes. It is part of Malaysia’s unique heritage.
Some favourite main courses to go with the fragrant rice flooded with savoury and spicy curry gravies are sambal prawns, fried free-range chicken and daging kicap (beef cooked in thick soy sauce).
Although the price is slightly at the higher side, taste-wise, the food is good enough to satisfy the taste buds with a wide range of choices served warm and fresh guaranteed.
Besides that, the place is clean and neat. Therefore it is a good place for having supper or satisfying the late-night cravings.

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【Pelita Nasi Kandar】
Contact: 03-21625532
Address: 149, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: 24 hours
Contact: 03-21625532

2. Dapur Sarawak

Dapur Sarawak offers an extensive menu which features authentic Sarawak hawker delicacies including kolok mee, Sarawak Laksa, and various nasi aruk (fried rice). Besides that, quite a range of drinks can be found here such as the ais jagung (iced sweet corn drink) and First Lady (a mixture of Ribena with milk, fruits and lemon). Of course, not forgetting the famous Sarawak layered cake.
The price listing is considered affordable for the café setting and good quality food. Where much of the ingredients are sourced from Sarawak and the food is prepared by Sarawakian. The highly-acclaimed kolok mee is available with different toppings, such as chicken, beef, and prawn, and will taste best with the dark soy sauce added for a good toss when it is served. The Sarawak Laksa is also not to be missed, as the soup base has the right consistency and balanced flavour.
While, the service could be a little slow, but good food is worth waiting. Some people from Sarawak who work in the Klang Valley claimed to come here to fix their cravings whenever they missed their hometown food!

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Photo Credit: Vorket/ Muhammad Fahmi

3. Mee Tarik Warisan Asli

Starting out from a humble stall, Mee Tarik Warisan Asli is now a franchise with 28 outlets over Malaysia as of now. It has offered an opportunity for the Muslims to savour the springy hand-pulled noodles. Also is known as “lamien”, from Lanzhou in the Gansu Province of China at an affordable price.
Some popular dishes of this Chinese-Muslim eatery are mee soup with braised beef, toothpick lamb, wet mee with ziran mutton, fried fungus and meat, and fried egg and tomato.
Not only that, it is always a good idea to complete the meal with Ba Bao Tea (eight treasure tea), an herbal tea infused with the goodness of dried goji berries, lychee, longan, red dates, apricot, chrysanthemum, green tea leaves and rock sugar for relieving the heat from the body.
Besides that, the food quality is ensured by having experts from China to prepare the noodles using ingredients sourced from China for consistent authentic taste. A plus point of visiting this eatery is the on-site demonstration of how your noodle is pulled from the kneaded dough upon order right in front of your eyes before it is boiled and served piping hot.

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Photo Credit: Mee Tarik Warisan Asli (Facebook)

【Mee Tarik Warisan Asli】
Address: KLCC Food Stall No. 2, Rasa Food Arena, Level 4, Suria KLCC Shopping Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Daily 10.00 am – 11.00 pm
Contact: 03-89649444
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4.  Cafe Old Market Square

For a local meal and authentic taste of the typical Hainanese coffee, soft-boiled eggs and kaya (coconut-cream jam) toast, head to the Café Old Market Square.
It is formerly known as Sin Seng Nam Restaurant which was established in 1928 by a Hainanese immigrant that has been operating for 85 years before the restoration brought back the glory of this Hainanese establishment.
The café now offers some of the favourite Malaysian dishes like nasi lemak, mee rebus, rojak, yong tau foo and also the Hainanese chicken rice. Of course,also have the typical kopitiam (Chinese coffee shop) breakfast menu.
Besides that, the top floor of the building was turned into a gallery space that showcases old Kuala Lumpur, with historical photographs hung on the walls which are one way.
Also can be seen as a tribute to appreciate the contribution of Yap Ah Loy in developing Kuala Lumpur into a commercial and mining centre during the mid-19th century.
In addition, it is a relatively pocket-friendly eatery that allows visitors to bask in the heritage while enjoying the simple taste of food away from the modern trappings.

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Photo Credit: @pojiegraphy/ Twitter

【Cafe Old Market Square】
Address: 2, Medan Pasar, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Mon-Fri :7.00 am – 6.00 pm; Sat: 7.00 am – 3.00 pm
(closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Contact: 03-20222338

5. Burger on 16

Fans of fresh pure beef patty burger with generous helping of cheese can rejoice at Burger on 16. While the menu is heavy with beef selections, there are still a decent number of chicken burgers and vegetarian options. As well as other well-executed sides like fries and buffalo wings, not to mention the good quality coffee and delicious desserts.
Beef patties are made in-house from Australian beef, well-seasoned and chargrilled to perfect flavours while retaining its juiciness.
One of the best burgers from the joint is the visually appeasing California Cheese Skirt which looks like a ballerina strutting in its skirt around the waist. Jam-packed with rich flavours from the beef patty, cheese, Jalapeno peppers, caramelised onion, fresh tomato and lettuce, and the sauce.
Besides that, the spick and span settings with Bruce Lee and Game of Throne pop art on the walls and simple furnishing, along with the superb choice of quality burgers and beverages served speedily at generous portion, make every Ringgit worth.

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Photo Credit: Burger on 16 / Facebook

【Burger on 16】
Address: 16, Lorong 1/77A, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Daily 11.00 am – 1.00 am
Contact: 03-92242117
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Non-Halal Restaurants

1. VCR cafe (no pork)

Located in the heart of KL city, VCR café has an easily recognisable all-black exterior, and the establishment was remodelled from a corner-lot building previously used to rent movies (and likely VCRs too).
Apart from the airy, minimalist and rustic dining area which is highly Instagram-worthy and exudes great vibe.
The café also is popular for its good coffee and brunch choices, with the beverage handled by award-winning baristas, and the food is well-taken care by its France-trained experienced chef.
Besides that, the soft-shell crab burger and French toast that comes in a good portion are a hit among the visitors.
Also, it is not unexpected if the bill is slightly at the higher side, for the clever twist and attention are given to the mouth-watering dishes and the carefully crafted beverage, plus the wonderful dining experience are all worth the money.

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【VCR Cafe】
Address: 2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Daily 8.30 am – 11.00 pm
Contact: 03-21102330
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2.  Hong Ngek

With a legacy of over seventy years, Hong Ngek restaurant is a typical embodiment of the living history of just one of the many communities of immigrants.
They came to Kuala Lumpur long ago as imported labour and stayed to build their own small businesses which stand the test of time.
Originally specialized in the HengHua or XingHua (a Hokkien clan) cuisine, the restaurant has shifted its attention to preparing quick generic staples like stir-fried noodles and individual portion of rice that comes with one dish of the choice for the office workers from the nearby area.
Besides that, some of the popular HinHua dishes that are getting harder to come by in town but still offered by this restaurant include the stir-fried sliced glutinous rice cake (bai guo).
Other popular dishes are the crabmeat balls, herbal chicken, fish curry, BBQ pork ribs, sweet and sour pork, deep-fried pork knuckle with homemade Mongolian dip, yin yang pomfret where half of the fish was steamed and another half wok-fried with peppers and black bean sauce.
Therefore, the good selection of specialities with homecooked taste in good portion would offset the grudges for the slightly pricier listing, highly packed lunch crowd, and the challenge in getting a parking spot.

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【Hong Ngek Restaurant】
Address: 50, Jalan Tun HS Lee, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Mon-Fri: 10.30 am – 7.00 pm; Sat: 10.30 am – 5.00 pm (Closed on Sunday)
Contact: 03-20787852/019-2220407
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3. Sek Yuen Restaurant

Sek Yuen Restaurant is yet another evergreen among food lovers which specialises in traditional Cantonese food for seven decades. The old-school establishment occupies two adjoining premises, providing diners with the choice of eating sans or with air-conditioning and experience a journey back in time.
Besides that, the restaurant continues to produce traditional dishes once prepared for special functions such as weddings, birthdays and baby full-moon dinners in the older days using the wood-fire stoves to enhance the flavour and depth of the food.
Not only that, some favourite speciality dishes which require pre-order are the lang poon (four-season platter consisting of various cold seafood appetisers), pat poh ngap (stuffed duck), hai yuen (crab meatballs), mun chee sau (braised pork knuckles), mun yee phew hoi sum (fish maw braised with sea cucumber), and zi bao gai (paper wrapped chicken).
Other authentic delicious dishes include pei pa ngap (roast duck), kar heong chai choi (mixed vegetable), kwai fa chi (omelette with imitation shark fin to be eaten with fresh lettuce), and steamed tofu and fish paste.
Although the less conducive environment and the slightly pricey listing, but will be compensated by the taste bud gratification.

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photo credit: Gila Makan / WSK

【Sek Yuen Restaurant】
Address: 315, Jalan Pudu, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Tues to Sun: 11.00 pm – 2.30 pm, 5.30 pm – 10.00 pm
(closed on Mondays)
Contact: 03-92220903
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4.  Bakti Woodlands (vegetarian)

Bakti Woodlands is an unassuming looking vegetarian joint that offers a substantial selection of dishes from Northern and Southern India. Although not all options on the menu are always available.
The lunchtime Madras thali set served on a round metal plate overlaid with banana leaf is highly recommended for a taste of an assortment of tasty curry. And vegetables that go well with the nicely seasoned rice, flatbreads and papadum (crackers) with lime pickle, leaving the visitors wanting for more.
The two-storey restaurant can be quite packed during lunch hours but the service is considerably speedy.
For an experience of sampling authentic Indian food at a reasonable price with generous food portion and free drinking water, one may give a pass on the cleanliness of the place.

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【Bakti Woodlands】
Address: 55, Leboh Ampang, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Daily 7.30 am – 10.00 pm
Contact: 03-20342399 / 018-2106225
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5. Ozeki Tokyo Cuisine (No pork)

As a restaurant that has been established for more than 15 years, Ozeki Tokyo Cuisine appeals to Japanese expatriates, local Malaysians and Western foreigners with its extensive menu ranging from the traditional recipes to avant-garde delicacies.
Its executive chef continues to concoct contemporary fusion cuisine with Japanese, French, Italian and German influences every now and then.
Go for the flavourful ala carte dishes, especially those that see the clever crossover of Japanese and western influences if you have extra cash to treat yourself, and fret not as the restaurant also serves affordable rice bowls for quick lunch or dinner fix.
All in all, the restaurant provides attentive services and wonderful dining experience in nice setting with continually updated menus prepared from fresh ingredients at decent pricing, worthy for repeat visits.

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【Ozeki Tokyo Cuisine】
Address: Menara TA One, Ground Floor, 22, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Daily 12.00 pm – 2.30 pm; 6.30 pm – 11.00 pm
Contact: 03-21664263

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1. Petronas Twin Towers  (KLCC)

Once the tallest buildings in the world and now the world’s tallest twin structures, the 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers are among the most iconic landmarks of Malaysia.
The architecture of the 452-metre tall buildings is Islamic-inspired, and the building mainly houses the corporate headquarters of the Petronas Company and other offices.
Not only that, locals or foreigners are recommended to at least once pay a visit to the double-decked Skybridge at the Petronas Twin Towers to feast in the awe-inspiring bird’s eye view of the city.
It is advisable to purchase the ticket in advance to avoid disappointment, and online ticketing is only available for foreigners.
Besides that, The Petronas Twin Towers host an upmarket shopping mall, Suria KLCC, at the base, a beautifully landscaped KLCC Park stretching out to the side. And also other attractions including the Petronas Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas concert hall.

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Petronas Twin Towers
Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Tues to Sun 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
(Closed between 1.00 – 2.30 pm on Fridays)
Contact: 03-23318080
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2. Aquaria KLCC

Aquaria KLCC showcases some 5000 land-bound and aquatic creatures belonging to 150 species, right beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Despite the slightly hefty fee for a single-entry ticket, the aquarium is worth exploring, for it is well-maintained and features different thoughtfully laid out the watery landscape from the highlands and flooded jungles of Malaysia to the Amazon basin, coral reefs and the open ocean.
Children and adults will be equally excited at the sight of the huge stingrays and sharks in the 90-metre tunnel on a moving travellator.
Besides that, there is also a touch pool for visitors to stroke some marine animals including the sea stars and bamboo sharks, and being able to catch the fish feeding session at the Aquatheatre would be the cherry on the cake for the visit.
Of course, if you have some extra cash to splash and are up for some adrenaline-pumping moments, go for the once-in-a-lifetime experience to swim with the sharks and see the massive creature along with other marine animals without having to dive deep in the ocean. Or you can just have a close encounter with the interesting animals in the custom-made underwater cage for those without diving experience.

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【Aquaria KLCC】
Address: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Daily 10.00 am – 8.00 pm
Contact: 03-23331888
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3. Petrosains, The Discovery Centre

Nothing sparks more curiosity and interest in learning like hands-on scientific discovery. Petrosains is an interactive science museum that makes learning science fun for the young and old alike, with an interactive, experiential and hands-on approach.
The educational adventure begins with a capsule ride that brings visitors through audiovisual presentation featuring the rich natural wonders in Malaysia, followed by various stations that feed bite-sized information about the space, the ancient Earth and learn how petroleum is formed. Of course, as well as the interesting world of molecules and chemistry through interactive displays and exhibits.
Besides that, visitors also have the opportunity to play with robots, walk on a built-to-scale oil platform modelled after actual offshore platform, and manoeuvre around the racing track in an F1 simulator.
This discovery centre is ideal for bonding, especially with kids aged 7 and above, and it is best to visit after a meal and set aside at least three hours to make the most of the relatively inexpensive entrance fee.

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【Petrosains, The Discovery Centre】
Address: Level 4, Suria KLCC, PETRONAS Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Tues to Fri 9.30 am – 5.30 pm; weekends and public holidays 9.30 am – 6.30 pm (closed on Mondays, except on School Holidays)
Contact: 03-23318181
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4. Petaling Street Heritage House

Petaling Street Heritage House is founded with the aim of preserving the heritage of Petaling Street.
Space itself is a fusion of a restaurant that serves various traditional Chinese clan family dishes, and a display area dedicated to Chinese opera. It is more than just a treasure trove of items from between 1920 and 1960 which had been diligently restored, categorized and exhibited to trace back the history of Chinatown.
It is a living museum where the living descendants of the opera performers still go there regularly to relive memories, and old folks gather to recount tales of their old days to those avid listeners.
The founder cum curator of the museum has been actively collecting and archiving oral history and other historical information from locals, which led to the birth of this meaningful establishment.

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【Petaling Street Heritage House】
Address: 196, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Tues to Sun 11.00 am – 9.00 pm (Closed on Monday)
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5. Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery near the historical enclave of Dataran Merdeka. It is inside a more than a century-old heritage building, previously the Government Printing Office built-in 1898, where visitors can view some reproduced old photographs and admire miniature models of Kuala Lumpur’s popular landmarks for free.
The biggest highlight is the Spectacular City Model Show, a handmade replica produced at the scale of 1:1500 based on the actual size of the city’s buildings, complete with a 7-minute audio-visual presentation offering a glimpse into the past, present and future of the city.
In addition, visitors are welcome to join the gift-making workshop to make their own wood veneer souvenir, or bring home some intricate souvenirs from the gift shop, and savour the finest traditional Malaysian delicacies served at the ARCH Cafe.
Don’t forget to pose and take a cliché photo in front of the iconic IKL monument outside the gallery too!

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1. Suria KLCC

With over 320 upscale stores, Suria KLCC is a popular landmark in Malaysia which sees huge visiting crowds, especially foreign tourists, every day.
The mall is popular not only for its wide array of retail choices plus the Petrosains and Aquaria KLCC targeted at children but it is also home to the Petronas Art Gallery and the Philharmonic Orchestra concert hall, allowing many activities to be carried out under one roof.
Besides that, here also encompassed an eclectic choice of restaurants and food establishments, a cinema, a supermarket, local boutiques and high-end speciality stores.
When it feels a little stuffy from hours of indoor shopping, visitors can always catch a breather outside Suria KLCC by taking a stroll on the sprawling KLCC Park, or just enjoy the fountain water show.

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【Suria KLCC】
Address: 241, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: Daily 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Contact: 03-23822828
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2.  Avenue K Shopping Mall

Avenue K is the petite “girl-next-door” right opposite the loud and massive Suria KLCC, both of which are easily accessible by LRT and connected by an underground walkway from the LRT station.
Hailed as a heaven for foodies, the mall houses over 60 different restaurants and food establishments offering a wide array of menus from fast foods to fine dining guaranteed to pamper the taste buds.
Besides that, the relatively new arrival also appeals to visitors who prefer a quiet shopping experience with a complete array of choices ranging from fashion and accessories to IT gadgets. Even groceries and household items, all available in a moderately-sized mall at affordable prices.
Sprawling over three floors, H&M at Avenue K offers a large selection of top-quality apparel as well as home accessories for the best shopping experience.
In additional on entertainment-wise, the mall houses SuperPark, an all-in-one indoor activity park, and also Breakout, an escape game concept store for the those who are eager to crack the mystery with their friends and family.

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【Avenue K Shopping Mall】
Address: 152, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: Daily 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Contact.: 03-21687800
Social media links: (Facebook)

3. Plaza Low Yat

Plaza Low Yat prides itself as Malaysia’s largest IT lifestyle shopping mall. It is offering comprehensive and cheap IT gadgets, cameras, phones, accessories and services galore in outlets nestled within the seven-floor building for the electronic geeks.
Each floor is themed and only sells specific items to make it easy for spotting the needed goods and services.
The great thing about shopping here is the opportunity to bargain and earn some great discounts on the purchase.
Besides that, swing by Plaza Low Yat at any given moment to find a launch or promotion,  and there are plenty of cultural events through the year too.
The mall is also complemented with a wide selection of dining options, beauty and wellness centres, fashion and entertainment, which are good “escape” for those who have less inclination for all things IT while waiting for their friends and family to sort out their gadget and gizmo fix.

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【Plaza Low Yat】
Address: 7, Jalan Bintang, Bukit Bintang Central, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: Daily 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Contact: 03-21483651
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4. The Weld

Strategically located in the heart of the city, The Weld is a small and cosy shopping destination surrounded by world-class hotels and tourist attractions.
Starting out as a supermarket in the ’60s, The Weld remains as an iconic landmark convenient for grabbing some household items or dropping by for a decent and fulfilling meal with the great variety of food and beverage options.
Despite the relatively limited choices for serious shoppers, visitors can engage in one of the world’s most exciting transformative experiences through the 45-minute Dialogue in the Dark session hosted by The Weld at a reasonable price upon booking.
In addition, under the guidance of blind guides, participants will get a chance to experience the daily routines of the visually impaired in specially designed darkened rooms, and learn to be more appreciative.

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【The Weld】
Address: 76, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Daily 10.00 am – 10.00 pm

5. The LINC KL

The LINC KL is a brand-new addition to the list of shopping malls in the city centre which stands out among the rest by the vibrant vibes from hosting multiple eateries. It is home-grown shops catering to the locals and visitors in a structure built around several majestic old Ficus trees.
The LINC KL also providing spaces for artists to showcase their creativity through various art installations.
Among the artsy highlights are the colourful giant owl mural, as well as the installation of 41600 origami doves in 40 colours hanging off the ceiling, ideal for leaving impressive feeds on the social media.
The two-storey mall plays host to specially curated local enterprises such as Ben’s Independent Grocer, Harriston Chocolatier (Malaysian chocolate maker), Pasu Crafted (indoor plants), and so on. In addition to the HauntU by Breakout for an immersive horror experience in an escape room game.
The visitors can also have the best time browsing for handcrafted items and vintage collectables and give back to society with the money spent on the local social enterprises’ products at the weekly Sunday market.

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Address: 360, Jalan Tun Razak, Taman U Thant, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business hours: Daily 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Contact: 03-92130388
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