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10 Hidden Insta-worthy Spots in Kuala Lumpur

If you’re looking for something more off-the-beaten track than a shot of the Petronas Twin Towers, jazz up your feed with these Instagram-worthy spots in Kuala Lumpur.

Lucky Tora

Come for the modern Japanese fare and cocktails, stay to take a playful pic (or ten). Lucky Tora occupies an old shoplot on Jalan Mesui (Changkat Bukit Bintang’s hip and less seedier sibling), and happens to be one of the most Instagrammable thanks to its outdoor mural, neon signage, rattan chairs, and kitschy flyers dotting the walls.


APW Bangsar

The grounds of the old commercial printing factory (which was one of the most prolific printers in Kuala Lumpur during its heyday)  is now an industrial-themed space housing a co-working space, hip F&B outlets, as well as a pop-up event space. Besides the legendary ‘floating’ concrete staircase, you’ll find plenty of industrial elements here for your #ootd post. 


Seniman Kakao

People may flock to Merchant’s Lane and Chocha Foodstore in Chinatown for their pre-war decor and vintage tiles, but equally stunning is this unassuming bean-to-bar chocolate café in Puduraya. Seniman Kakao has everything you need for the perfect Instagram shot: a plant-filled courtyard, Arab-style lounge, and a tempting glass display of chocolate desserts.  


Ilaika

Ilaika champions ‘random, beautiful things’, and stocks a well-curated mix of accessories, stationery, pottery, home decor items, beauty products and a whole lot more by independent Malaysian brands and designers. The space is as beautiful as the items they stock; white walls and bare concrete floors with plenty of leafy green plants. Tucked away in the back of the store is One Half, a cosy (and highly Instagrammable) coffee bar.  


The Swimming Club

The KL Journal hotel’s rooftop poolside bar’s pink walls, flamingo floats and retro patterned chairs make it one of the prettiest of its kind in town. Lounge, swim, drink, and start snapping for the ‘gram for a big splash. 


Taman Tugu Forest Trail

Kuala Lumpur’s newest green attraction is part of a 66-acre green lung in the heart of the city, an ongoing conservation project to ultimately become a community urban forest park. For now, you can hike around 4km of forest trails surrounded by lush tropical greenery. 


Ilham Tower

The grounds of this 60-storey skyscraper in the Kuala Lumpur city centre is home to some stunning outdoor public sculptures: the ‘Breast Stupa Topiary’ by Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak and ‘Divina Proportione’ by world renowned artist/activist/poet Ai Weiwei. When you’re done, head inside to check out contemporary Malaysian art at Ilham Gallery, or if you’re strapped for time, the fifth floor gift shop stocks a carefully curated collection of Malaysiana-inspired souvenirs by local designers and craftspeople. 


Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac)

Located in Sentul Park, klpac’s beautiful green outdoor landscapes and colonial-style building make it a popular spot for pre-wedding photo shoots — and #ootd shots. Sentul Park itself is a goldmine for the perfect Instagram shot: besides the ruin-like old railway building, you’ll find plenty of bare brick walls and old archways.  


Lim Kee Café, Tian Jing Hotel

Occupying the ground floor of Tian Jing Hotel in Chinatown, Lim Kee Café is a contemporary Chinese-style kopitiam with all the nostalgic fixings: rattan blinds and chairs, geometric tiles, marble table tops, and framed Chinese characters adorning the walls.


The Zhongshan Building

A row of interconnected shophouses from the 1950s, the restored Zhongshan Building is now a thriving arts and research hub in central Kuala Lumpur featuring independent shops, cafés, galleries and more. Besides capturing the building’s unique architecture, Instagrammable spots here include lifestyle store Naiise, Rumah Attap Library and Collective, and charming experimental tea shop Kokfartea. 


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