Kuala Lumpur has always been a city that I have loved. It feels familiar, despite it’s extraordinary size. Perhaps this is because some of my best friends lives here. This particularly friendship falls into multiple categories: a life long friend, a school friend, a family friend, a work friend, a really very important friend. She is in the know with everything that is chic, cool, creative and new. She takes me to the most luxurious and the cheapest. She is @shentel and you should go and find her and see life through her lens. She helped me compile the very best KL has to offer below, in my ultimate 48-hour city guide. Enjoy, with love from US! xHermione and Shentel.[p.s. some of these pics are from behind-the-scenes on our Harper’s BAZAAR Malaysia shoot.. see more of that, here.]
The ultimate 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur, living like a local;
Straight to Jalan Imbi for traditional chinese breakfast at Win Heng Seng. With so much choice, you can go for light and sweet with coffee and an egg tart, porridge or go for savoury with fried Char Kuey Teow. I always go for pork noodle soup, which is a rich broth with sarawak pepper, and a side of suckling pork and BBQ pork! I wash this intensely flavoursome, rich and delicious breakfast down with a fresh local lime drink. I wish I could start every day like this.
After breakfast you might feel like a nap but there’s no time for that. Straight to China town which is the old trading hub, offering an eclectic mix of trading stores including ceramics, tin makers, book and habadashery stores. Peter Hoe is the locally favourite store which is filled with homewares and unique local souvenirs. Whilst you wander, take in the loud and vibrant streets and experience the flower markets.
Head to Bang Sar for a bit with the hipsters, in a amongst the street art. Check out Snackfood, a hidden shop that you would never know was there if you weren’t in the know. Pick up local magazines and products, after all this is the ‘collector of happy things’ store!
Late lunch will be a little bit fancy.. it’s straight to Mario & Luigi’s to escape the heat and indulge in a glass of wine and a world class bowl of pasta.
Relax and take a break with a foot reflexology at Cerenity Telawi.
Head to Nala Designs for a shop, coffee and a slice of the most decadent chalet cake you will ever experience. If you are lucky, you might even bump into the owner, Lizette, who might be mid silk screening worship in the studio upstairs!
Dinner at Old China Cafe for Nonya, a blend of Chinese and Malay food.
End the evening on a high at Troika Sky Dining, for drinks with a view of the Petronas Towers.
Sleep in and head for a sensory overload breakfast at 10AM.. banana leaf at Nirwana in Bangsar. Thank me later this is DELICIOUS!!!
Head to Publika to find treasures at The Playground Borneo, where it is overloading in Sereni & Shentel headbands and accessories from Bowerhaus. Then head downstairs to Ben’s Independent Grocer for a fresh coconut and to try Durian (if it’s in season – go on, live on the wild side).
Indulge in a late lunch at Village Park for the national dish, Nasi Lemak. This is a Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandang leaf served with sambal, fried crispy anchovies, toasted peanuts, cucumber and egg.
Be a tourist and head to the art deco central market to pick up local treats including paper kites, sarongs and kitsch memorabilia.
By now you must be exhausted.. have a lie down at your hotel, before dressing up for one last meal at the beautiful Bakar. I always order the lychee salad and the spring chicken.