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  • Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013

Can someone indulge in non-stop shopping and not be broke or bored at the end of it? It all seems possible with the Malaysia Year End Sale.

TIS the season to be shopping till you’re dropping, especially from Nov 16, 2013 to Jan 5, 2014, when one of the biggest retail therapy fever hits the country.

While there are three main shopping campaigns every year – the 1Malaysia GP Sale (March-April), the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival (June-Sept) and the 1Malaysia Year End Sale, the latter, which is held in conjunction with KL Fashion Week – is one of the biggest.

“Last year, Malaysia garnered several international recognitions. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city, ranked fourth in CNN’s survey on the Top 10 Best Shopping Cities in the World, ahead of well-established shopping hubs such as Paris, Hong Kong and Dubai. The top three best shopping cities in the world were New York, London and Tokyo, respectively,” says the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz.

He adds that the government’s efforts to further strengthen Malaysia’s position as a shopping haven in this region have borne fruit, thanks to the support of the retail industry players and a fashion forward partnership with the United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) agency to feature leading British fashions and retail brands.

“The retail scene in Malaysia has seen a revival in recent years as more modern malls are being built to meet the needs of luxury markets, and discerning tourists and shoppers to the country. Malls no longer offer just products but also a full-scale experience in terms of entertainment, and food and beverages.”

The sale is also a good kickstart for Visit Malaysia 2014.

But less talk, more shop, is philosophy du jour if you’re planning to get a headstart. And since Malaysia has more than 320 shopping malls, picking the right one can be a daunting task. To help you along your way, here’s our list of the Klang Valley’s top malls:

Hot Spot: Starhill Gallery

Why it’s special

> Seven floors of privacy, exclusivity and opulence

> Its swanky exterior, designed by renowned American architect David Rockwell

> Luxury labels not found elsewhere in the country

> Home to the world’s largest watch gallery

> The number of fine-dining restaurants and cigar lounges

Don’t miss

> Shiatzy Chen

> Armani / Dolci

> Kenzo

> Valentino

> Sergio Rossi

Time out

> Wine and dine at the Feast and Relish floors

> Get a facial and whiten your teeth at the Pamper floor

Hot Spot: Suria KLCC

Why it’s special

> Located at the base of the 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers, KL’s most iconic building

> Home to Dewan Filharmonik Orchestra, Malaysia’s first concert hall

> Thanks to Aquaria KLCC, Petrosains and the sprawling outdoor Suria KLCC park, kids will never be bored

> Al-fresco dining with great views available

Don’t miss

> Chanel

> Louis Vuitton

> Ed Hardy

> Aseana

> Moschino

> Jimmy Choo

> British India

Time out

> High tea for two at Harrods Café

> Take the elevator to Marini’s on 57, the place to see and be seen

> Catch a matinee show with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

> Browse for books in Kinokuniya, one of Malaysia’s best bookstores

Hot Spot: Pavilion

Why it’s special

> Many luxury labels have double-storey flagship stores here

> The unique Tokyo Street has many stores selling Japanese merchandise and food

> Lots of dining options, from food courts to upscale restaurants

Don’t miss

> Hermes

> Saint Laurent

> Tods

> Celine

> Prada

> Burberry

> Gucci

Time out

> Rest and relax at Seventh Heaven, a beauty and wellness sanctuary

> Catch a football match or a live acoustic show at the mall’s many outdoor pubs

> OD on chocolate at Godiva Cafe.

Tea and macarons at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique

Hot Spot: One Utama

Why it’s special

> The fourth largest mall in the world with over 650 stores, at last count

> Its friendly, neighbourhood atmosphere

> The sheer number of family-friendly restaurants

> Its 2,787 sqm Secret Garden, the largest rooftop garden in South-East Asia

Don’t miss

> H&M

> Bershka

> Zara

> TANGS

> Parkson

> Padini

> Concept > Store

Time out

>Scale to new heights at Camp5, a state-of-the-art indoor climbing facility

> Get your PADI cert at the Sealantis Dive Centre

> Take a minute to smell the flowers at the rooftop garden

Hot Spot: Midvalley Megamall / The Gardens

Why it’s special

> It’s two malls in one!

> Home to the massive 18-screen Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) and GSC Signature

> It has the only Robinsons in Malaysia

> Themed expos almost every weekends at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC)

Don’t miss

> Mango

> M Store

> Kate Spade

> Superdry

> Top Shop

Time out

> Dance the night away at Vertigo, The Garden’s rooftop club

> Experience the luxurious side of cinema at GSC Signature, Malaysia’s first high-end boutique movie theatre

Hot Spot: Sungei Wang Plaza

Why it’s special

> One of the oldest and cheapest spots for retail therapy in town

> New and up-and-coming local designers hawk their streetwear labels

> A hip Harajuku-inspired vibe that’s catered towards young Nippon-philes

> Bargaining at the stalls is possible!

Don’t miss

> William Liew Men’s

> Soda

> Lah’Lah’Land

> Jun Juan

> The Under Shop

Time out

> Get inked at the mall’s many tattoo parlours

> Primp for less at the multitude of hair salons available

Hot Spot: MO Outlet

Why it’s special

> High-end brands from seasons ago at discounts of 40% to 70% off

> Its variety of cult fashion labels, available nowhere else

> Its off-the-beaten path location, meaning one doesn’t have to get into a catfight for that pair of shoes!

Don’t miss

> Stuart Weitzman

> D&G

> Ermenegildo Zegna

> Just Cavalli

> Y-3 By Yohji Yamamoto

Time out

> Fortunately (or unfortunately), it’s all about browsing for the best deals here!

Hot Spot: Low Yat Plaza

Why it’s special

> Malaysia’s Largest IT Lifestyle Mall

> With so many specialty shops, merchandise are competitively-priced and prices are usually negotiable

> Need to get your gadget fixed? This is the place!

Don’t miss

> Sony

> Apple

> HTC

> Samsung

> Nikon

Time out

> Sing your heart out at Redbox karaoke centre

> Go from tech to foodie haven at the mall’s underground cafes and restaurants

Hot Spot:The Curve and E@Curve

Why it’s special

> An eclectic array of shopping and entertainment options for the young and young-at-heart

> It has a great weekend flea market

> The two malls are connected by > The Street, one of the city’s most renowned al fresco dining venues

Don’t miss

> Debenhams

> Uluwatu

> T-Joue

> Cache Cache

> Elements Concept store

Time out

> Test your wits and wisdom at the Escape Room, Malaysia’s first interactive escape game

> Dine al-fresco at The Street

Catch a Hollywood blockbuster at the Cathay Cineplex

Hot Spot: Central Market

Why it’s special

> An abundance of local handicraft and other quirky souvenirs

> Offer an unadulterated glimpse into KL’s bustling street life as and when it happens

> Cultural events takes place during weekends

Don’t miss

> Songket & Sutera Asli

>Ilham Batik

> Coconut Shop

> I Love KL

> Tanamera

Time out

> Check out the arts and theatre scene at the Annexe Gallery

> Tantalise your taste buds at Precious Old China restaurant, a quaint Peranakan restaurant

> Get a self-portrait at Success Portrait


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