8 Best Areas in Kuala Lumpur for Families to Stay and Explore

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Merdeka 118 tower near Petaling Street
The magnificent Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur Merdeka 118, set to open in 2024

Wondering where to stay in Kuala Lumpur with family? We’ve listed down 8 of Kuala Lumpur’s most family-friendly areas.

Kuala Lumpur is one of the most family-friendly tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. What makes it stand out is the variety of attractions and amenities that are welcome for all ages. If it’s your first time visiting with kids, you should spend some time getting to know the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur for tourists and for families.

Whether you’re looking for an area with the best family accommodation Kuala Lumpur, the best street food, or an area with easy access to Kuala Lumpur’s best things to do, this article is your complete guide to the top areas in KL where families with kids are welcome to stay. Enjoy the wonder of the capital of Malaysia and explore unique attractions and experiences for kids to enjoy.

TIP: Click here for our review of Hotels in Kuala Lumpur with Family Rooms

What Is the Best Area to stay in Kuala Lumpur for Families?

1. KLCC – Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Suria KLCC Mall
Entrance to Suria KLCC shopping mall

Kuala Lumpur City Centre boasts the best areas for families, from the best Kuala Lumpur hotels to attractive shopping malls and some of the city’s most popular Kuala Lumpur attractions for families, such as the Petronas Towers. KLCC is the center of everything fun; your kids will find all sorts of entertainment here.

Have an exciting day discovering the art and culture in Kuala Lumpur and swing by their interactive art galleries and museums.

Visit the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery if you want to take picture-perfect photos for your Instagram feed. Here, you’ll find the huge ‘I♡KL’ sign and pictures and sculptures of ancient Kuala Lumpur. And you won’t miss the gigantic scale model of KL, which gives you a magnificent view of the whole city.

Appreciate the ethnic pieces, antiques, and artifacts from Malaysia and Indonesia in the Art House Gallery Museum of Ethnic Arts. Meanwhile, the National Textiles Museum is a popular historic building that showcases sophisticated textiles and costumes.

KLCC is also home to KLCC Park, where you can roam around and admire the attractions, including the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, Aquaria, and more.

The KLCC Park is the ideal place to unwind, relax, and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while. Stay long enough to witness the mesmerizing fountain show every night, held hourly, accompanied by a musical performance.

Aside from countless attractions and tourist spots, KLCC also offers a variety of dining options. They have everything suited to cater to families or groups, from affordable to fine-dining restaurants.

You’ll also have no trouble going from one place to another because public transports are always available. Or you could also book or rent a GrabCar for more convenience.

Most popular attractions in KLCC:Petronas Twin TowersAquaria KLCCShopping at Suria Mall
Restaurants in KLCC:Local: Madam KwanWestern: Burger & LobsterFamilies: Ben’s by BIG
Best Hotels in KLCC:Luxury: Grand Hyatt Kuala LumpurMid: Element Kuala LumpurBudget: King Boutique Hotel
Free activities:KLCC Park

TIP: Click here for the best Kuala Lumpur Family attractions. Several of the major attractions on the list are located in KLCC.

2. Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang
Source: Photo by Khairi Harry from Pexels

Bukit Bintang is a wonderful place for strolling and scouting different tourist attractions. It’s very walkable, and you can find some of the most popular family attractions (the KL Tower), shopping malls (think Pavilion Kuala Lumpur or Berjaya Times Square with its indoor theme park), or places to eat around the area (Jalan Alor’s food stalls for example).

TIP: Click here to check out our list of Kuala Lumpur’s Best Indoor Playgrounds

Bukit Bintang is a wonderful place for strolling and scouting different tourist attractions. It’s very walkable, and you can find the most popular family attractions, shopping malls, or places to eat around the area.

Are you looking for an affordable hotel option? Stray no further because the Bukit Bintang area has the best budget hotels and apartments for families. There are also luxury and five-star hotels available, including the soon to open 5-star hotel Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, nestled on the top floors of the world’s second tallest tower: Merdeka 118; can you imagine the views from the guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows?

The abundant nightlife in Bukit Bintang is as lively and lovely as the people residing in the area. Prepare for a glamorous night and squeeze through the entertainment scene in Bukit Bintang. There are rooftop bars, live music scenes, cafes, and restaurants everywhere.

Don’t miss your chance to shop and dine at Bukit Bintang’s most popular shopping mall, the Pavilion shopping mall. Shop anywhere from middle-class to luxury brands and dine in local and international restaurants.

3. Ampang Hilir

Ampang Hilir is not an area you’ll see pop up often when searching for the best part of Kuala Lumpur to stay in. That’s probably because it’s not as popular among tourists as the aforementioned KLCC and Bukit Bintang.

The reason we are listing it here, is because this is our neigborhood. We live in Ampang Hilir an absolutely love it.

Why? Because is not as crowded as some other areas in Kuala Lumpur. It has many more green spaces, including a stunning park (Ampang Hilir Park) and yet it’s still very close to most of the popular tourist attractions in the city.

We also consider it a very safe area of Kuala Lumpur as this is where most of the embassies are, and a lot of ambassadors and other embassy personnel reside here as well.

As a result, The International School of Kuala Lumpur and several other international schools are located in Ampang Hilir too.

So, if you’re asking us what is the best part of Kuala Lumpur to stay in, we would say Ampang Hilir without a doubt. However, as a tourist, it may be much more fun to experience KLCC, Bukit Bintang, or Petaling Street.

4. Petaling Street – Chinatown

Little girl looking at wall graffity in Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur
Wall art in one of the small alleys of China Town.

Petaling Street, or Chinatown, is one of the main attractions for Chinese-Malaysian culture. It’s home to the most popular flea market in Asia, where you’ll find hidden gems and souvenirs.

This place is remarkable, especially when vendors start filling the streets with their merchandise at night. One particularly famous landmark is the Kasturi Walk. You can buy everything from souvenirs and toys to clothes, but street foods are the real treat.

You must try iconic foods: nasi lemak, soya bean, and pisang goreng. And aside from street foods, there are also lots of restaurants that’s been in service for generations.

Make sure to stop by the gorgeous Hindu and Buddhist temples, which are a few of the most iconic attractions in the area.

If you want to admire some art, there are interactive murals all over Petaling Street, specifically in Kwai Chang Hong. This area is filled with illustrations of the townspeople’s lives in the 1960s, Chinatown’s golden era.

Also, you can’t miss the chance to fill your Instagram feed with unique illustrations from Old Kuala Lumpur Street Art. This is where you’ll find murals showcasing the life of Chinese immigrants back in the day.

Although officially located in Kuala Lumpur City Center, Dataran Merdeka and the River of Life are some nearby attractions in Petaling Street are which you can visit on foot. Dataran Merdeka, a historical landmark, is Malaysia’s mark of independence from colonizers. Dataran Merdeka, a historical landmark, is Malaysia’s mark of independence from colonizers.

If you go to KL during a holiday, pop by Merdeka Square, which usually holds most events like the National Day celebration or New Year countdown. It’s also a great place for landscape photography, especially with the abundant gardens, terraces, and fountains.

TIP: Click here to check the Kuala Lumpur Public Holidays so you can plan your trip accordingly.

5. KL Sentral

KL Sentral, the main public transportation hub, offers the most convenient way around the city. Many transportations like the bus, taxi, car rental, and train are available.

This area offers budget-friendly and luxury accommodations for solo travelers and families with kids. There are also plenty of restaurants in the area, and you can try everything from local to international cuisine.

Little India is also nearby KL Sentral. If you want a glimpse or taste of Indian culture, this is the place to go. You can shop for spices, jewelry, and clothes and get a henna tattoo. Of course, Indian cuisine is a must-experience, and there’s no better place than here to try their delicacies.

Want a different scenery away from towering buildings and busy streets? The KL Bird Park, Perdana Botanical Garden, and Butterfly Park are within walking distance of KL Sentral.

Go for a scenic walk along the Perdana Botanical Garden and admire the blooming flowers and greeneries. Also known as Lake Gardens, this place is a hidden treasure despite being near the city’s center.

Children and kids are welcome to enjoy the huge playground in Lake Gardens. It’s perfect for spending time with the family or playing with other kids.

If the kids have spent all their energy in the playground, you can recharge by going to the birds’ paradise. You can travel to the KL Bird Park on foot, just within the Botanical Garden. The KL Bird Park has over 3,000 local and foreign birds of 200 species. Relax and observe the beautiful and colorful birds in the largest free-flight walk-in aviary in the world.

Another magnificent winged creature to beheld is the butterflies in the KL Butterfly Park. Watch over 5,000 live butterflies of different colors and shapes dance around the garden. Appreciate other attractions featuring the Japanese koi fish, freshwater turtles, and live insects in the Butterfly Park.

TIP: Click here to read our Kuala Lumpur Bird Park review or click here to read our KL Butterfly Gardens review.

6. Subang Jaya

Subang Jaya is a place for exploration and fun activities, perfect for families with kids. There are plenty of attractions here starting with extravagant shopping malls like the Sunway Pyramid Mall.

Meanwhile, in central Subang, you’ll find trendy restaurants and cafes to satisfy your appetite.

Make the most out of your stay by having fun in the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park. This theme park is the talk of the town, with plenty of rides and water sports activities to experience. It’s perfect if you’re looking for outdoor adventures that can be fun for you and your kids. 

TIP: Click here to read our Sunway Lagoon Theme Park review

Want to enjoy some peace and quiet? Subang Ria Park is a generously-spaced park that accommodates families with kids. When looking for a place for relaxation, this is one of the best places to be.

However, if you also want to wreak havoc (with paint), Subang Ria Park is also the largest paintball park—a fun activity to try out with friends or family.

Feeling a little more adventurous? Funtopia Courtyard welcomes everyone of all ages to take on extreme challenges like climbing walls, rope courses, softplay, and more.

Participate if you want to experience the adrenaline rush of doing outdoor activities but in a safe and indoor setting. Funtopia Courtyard will test your strength and willpower, which is ideal for boosting kids’ confidence and motor skills.

7. Bangsar South

Bangsar South
Source: Photo by karthikeyan Perumal from Pixabay

Bangsar South is the best neighborhood in Kuala Lumpur for those who want to stay in a quiet residential area. It’s the perfect place for those who want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the capital city of Malaysia. It’s home to Mid Valley Megamall, one of the biggest malls in South East Asia.

This area is great for a lowkey staycation experience. It has trendy cafes, fine-dining restaurants, thriving malls, and supermarkets.

Planning on staying for a long time, Bangsar South has full-service hotels and apartment hotels with fully equipped kitchens. It’s great if you’re looking for a place with plenty of space and can accommodate families with kids.

As always, transportation is seamless, with the network of bus, train routes, and taxis readily available. There are plenty of parking bays for those using a private car for convenience.

Meanwhile, the city centre is just one taxi/Grab/train ride away whenever you want to tour the city’s best sights.

8. Chow Kit

Chow Kit
Source: Photo by WinYee Chong from Unsplash

Chow Kit earned its name after Loke Chow Kit, a famous businessman during the 19th century. He’s known for owning various businesses, such as department stores and opium dens.

This is the place to take a deep dive into the local culture of Malaysia. It’s home to the largest fresh market in Malaysia. Bazaar Baru Chow Kit is your go-to shop for everything affordable, including jewelry, accessories, fruit, spices, and more.

If you want to take home a little trinket or souvenir as a remembrance, this local market will not disappoint you. First-time visitors like going to this area as it’s one of the best places to stay in KL, especially for shopping.

Like any place in KL, Chow Kit is abundant in restaurants, cafes, and street foods. Chow Kit will show you the true local scene of vendors in Malaysia.

There are few family attractions here, but it’s still fairly entertaining. Visit the Tatt Khalsa Diwan Gurdwara Temple, South East Asia’s largest Sikh temple.

Or go for daily walks or runs in the Titiwangsa Lake Gardens Park, located north of Chow Kit. The path here will give you a scenic view of KL’s skyline, which is ideal for taking pictures.

TIP: Click here for our complete guide to Taman Tasik Titiwangsa (Titiwangsa Park).

What’s Next?

This article gave you many ideas on the best areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur for families. Now you have some insight in Kuala Lumpur best neighborhoods you can start planning your trip and enjoy the different sceneries and attractions in the city.

Whether traveling solo or with family, Kuala Lumpur welcomes you with plenty of options for accommodations to make your stay comfortable and worthwhile. Once you step foot in KL, there’s no doubt you’ll love the many wonders this city holds.

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About Marlieke Kemp-Janssen:

Marlieke is the mom of a four-year-old girl and, together with daddy, they love living in and exploring Kuala Lumpur. As well as being the founder of Kuala Lumpur with Kids, Marlieke is a digital marketing consultant who has helped small businesses grow through her company Aureum Hospitality Advisers.