Best Shopping Malls in Kuala Lumpur for Families

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Indoor Shot of Suria KLCC Shopping Mall

Going mall hopping in Malaysia’s vibrant capital city is one of the best leisure activities to do with your family. Kuala Lumpur is home to some of the world’s biggest shopping malls, surpassing more than a million square feet. And when it comes to shopping and dining, KL doesn’t play around.

You’ll find some of the greatest selections of luxury brands, department stores, home furnishing, high fashion, and fashion accessories in the most famous shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur city centre.

Experience KL’s cultural pride through food and fashion as you shop and dine in the local retail outlets and restaurants.Don’t go anywhere because there’s more of that as we introduce you to the best shopping centers in Kuala Lumpur.

15 Top Shopping Malls in Kuala Lumpur for Families

1. Suria KLCC

Exterior of Suria KLCC Shopping Mall

Accessible to everyone within the heart of the city, Suria KLCC is no doubt the #1 shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. It’s located at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers, one of the most iconic landmarks in KL.

If you’re only staying for a while in KL, Suria KLCC is more than enough for your shopping and entertainment needs. With six stories and 360 retail stores, Suria KLCC is a true shopper’s paradise.

This iconic shopping destination is a one-stop shop, from luxury fashion and beauty to home furnishings, eyewear, and sports apparel. Food and dining destinations are also abundant at Suria KLCC, so you’ll never run out of options!

Suria KLCC is popular for shopping, dining, and entertainment. They offer a top-tier list of entertainment, including some of our favorites, Petrosains The Discovery Centre on the top floor and Aquaria KLCC right under the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Click here to buy your tickets for Petrosains, The Discovery Centre or click here to buy your tickets for Aquaria KLCC online.

Popular attractions like Lake Symphony in KLCC Park are just minutes from the mall. Everything about Suria KLCC makes it deserving of the top spot in the best shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur.

TIP: Click here for our guide to KLCC Park.

2. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Pavilion KL Shopping Mall

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is one of the most extravagant shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. You’ll have the best time here if you’re looking for a trendy and luxurious shopping experience. It’s located in the famous shopping district, Bukit Bintang, within walking distance of KLCC.

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is ten stories high with 700 stores and 8 themed sections filled with amazing seasonal decorations that kids enjoy. Some of our favorite kids’ stores are here, including the LEGO store, where kids can have fun building and creating their own designs. Other favorites are the Cotton On for Kids and Mothercare.

Here, you can also watch 4k quality movies and plays or join your kids at the play area before the movie starts.

Shop at international high-fashion brands, including Chanel, Adidas, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, and Valentino. They also feature local shops from fashion, lifestyle, and beauty to food and beverages.

As one of the most visited malls in Kuala Lumpur, it’s no wonder why the prestigious Pavilion KL Mall has harbored many awards.

3. Berjaya Times Square

Featuring the largest mall in KL, Berjaya Times Square is nestled within the Bukit Bintang area, known as the shopping district, for a reason.

This gigantic complex is home to the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, the mall’s largest attraction yet. The indoor theme park includes a roller coaster, bumper cars, plenty of arcade and carnival games, and even a haunted house!

Berjaya Times Square is a nice shopping and entertainment destination for visitors and tourists of all ages. What makes it even better is it’s easily accessible because it’s near the city center. And quick access from the Berjaya Times Square Hotel because it is linked to the mall.

It’s a family-centered shopping mall with over a thousand retail stores, 65 restaurants, and more than 1,200 luxury suites.

Whether you’re looking for shopping therapy, family time, or entertainment, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone at Berjaya Times Square. As they say, “It’s all in the square.”

TIP: Click here for our Ultimate Guide to the Best Theme Parks in Kuala Lumpur

4. Mid Valley Megamall

True to its name, Mid Valley Megamall is one of the largest shopping malls in South East Asia. It’s one of our most recommended malls for tourists and locals alike, mainly because it has everything you want and more.

This 1.7-million-square-foot megamall dresses to impress with 430 specialty stores, ranging from fashion and lifestyle to dining and entertainment. Exploring this massive mall is like going into a maze, but what waits at the end makes it all exciting.

You can easily spend a whole day here just shopping, eating, playing, and indulging in any entertainment. Mid Valley Megamall is the ultimate paradise for shopaholics, food lovers, and kids!

Midvalley MegaMall Entrance

There’s also another mall called The Gardens Mall linked to the Mid Valley Megamall, which you can access via a bridge.

The Gardens Mall is a six-story shopping haven with over 200 retail stores from well-established brands like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, and Burberry. It’s also ideal for hangouts with rooftop bars and dance clubs.

End your shopping spree by watching a movie at Golden Screen Cinemas, Malaysia’s largest cinema exhibitor.

The Gardens Mall in Kuala Lumpur

5. Great Eastern Mall

Not as popular and extravagant as some others on the list, the Great Eastern Mall along Jalan Ampang is our most visited mall as it’s just around the corner. It’s perfect for leisure shopping and if you’re looking for a mall with a relaxing environment.

There’s a lot of variety from the retail stores, including beauty, fashion, lifestyle, sports, and supermarket, enough to meet your daily needs. We recommend the Great Eastern Mall because of its tranquil, bright, and spacious environment.

If you visit, take your kids to the Kizsports & Gym. They have an indoor playground we often visit, and they also provide educational and social enrichment. The playland is amazing and allows kids to improve their motor skills.

Kizsports Kuala Lumpur indoor playground

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

6. The Intermark Mall

The Little Gym at Intermark Mall

Food lovers unite at The Intermark Mall! Another one of Kuala Lumpur’s underrated malls, but it delivers some of the best non-halal foods. It’s a good mall to visit if you’re looking for pork and variety in food. Their great selection of restaurants and cafes, from international to local, indicates they’re very much food focused.

It’s popular with most local workers because it’s near an office block and can get slightly crowded during lunchtime.

They also have good shops and a supermarket in the basement, perfect for those staying in the nearby hotels.

One of the newest shops is the Tsutaya bookstore, which is one of our favorite book stores in Kuala Lumpur:

Entrance of Tsutaya Bookstore Intermark Kuala Lumpur

Kids can participate in the classes from The Little Gym, wherein they’ll be encouraged to play actively. You can choose from Gymnastics, Dance, Sports Skills, and Karate classes. Help your kids learn new skills, boost talent, make new friends, and build self-confidence!

7. Sunway Pyramid

Skating rink in Sunway Pyramid Mall
Click here to buy tickets for the ice skating rink at Sunway Pyramid Mall

Ever dreamt of visiting Egypt someday? The Sunway Pyramid meets that halfway. This is an Egyptian-themed mall with a giant lion sculpture at the main entrance. It’s one of the best and largest malls in the country.

Sunway Pyramid is adjacent to the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, one of the most popular family attractions in Kuala Lumpur. It’s about a 20 to 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city center.

Take pictures of the interesting architecture and design, from the lion head and pyramid exterior to the Egyptian installations inside. The mall’s unique architecture has received over 3 million visitors annually. In Sunway Pyramid, you’ll have more than 300 shops to explore.

Sunway Pyramid brings entertainment to the next level with an ice skating rink, bowling alley, archery, cinema, arcade, and laser tag!

TIP: Click here to read our Sunway Lagoon review

8. Sunway Velocity

Sunway Velocity takes a modern approach to improving your shopping experience. Everything is contemporary, from its avante-garde architecture to its interior design.

This one-million-square-foot mall has more than 500 retail stores across its nine stories. They have amazing store selections from local to international.

Experience the various cultural food scenes in any of the four precincts: Market Place, Food Street Food, Commune, and Nanjing Street. It’s the best place to shop for fresh produce, satisfy local food cravings, or taste authentic Chinese cuisine.

The Commune precinct also exposes you to a bunch of art and culture. Discover artisanal products, participate in artistic workshops, and unwind in relaxing cafes.

Sunway Velocity Mall also often organizes events for kids; a few months ago they organized a meet and greet with the Paw Patrol:

Paw Patrol Meet and Greet at Sunway Velocity Mall in Kuala Lumpur

9. MyTown Shopping Centre

MyTown Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur

MyTown Shopping Centre is one of the newer malls in KL, only opened in 2016 and is an addition to the biggest shopping malls in KL. Now, it’s one of the most popular attractions with over 100 million visitors a year.

Over 400 local and international retail stores can be found in this five-storey building. And with anchor tenants including the biggest IKEA in Malaysia, largest Zara outlet, Village Grocer, Golden Screen Cinemas, and H&M My Town Shopping Centre has everything to satisfy your shopping and leisure needs.

They also have a great selection of food and beverages, including a newly opened TGI Fridays, where kids can eat for free.

Families with kids can take advantage of two playgrounds at the mall, found near IKEA on the ground floor. One of the playgrounds is perfect for younger children, while the other playground has more challenging obstacles suitable for older children.

For the adults, there are lounging seats and massage stations, great for unwinding and relaxing.

TIP: Click here to learn where kids can eat for free in Kuala Lumpur.

10. Avenue K

Avenue K sits in a prime location facing the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. It’s a nice shopping destination with good shops, ranging from worldwide to local.

Their food and beverage are good as well, with fast food choices to fine dining options. Shop away at Avenue K and get your hands on the latest fashion trends from brands like H&M and Cotton On.

Test your bravery and skills at escaping in Breakout! This is a fun activity with friends or family wherein you’ll be locked in a themed room and have to find your way out. Work together as players, find clues, and solve puzzles to break out!

Another fun activity you can try with kids is SuperPark Malaysia. Unleash the beast within you and conquer various obstacles. Kids will have fun playing at the Adventure Area, where plenty of exciting activities await them!

Let your kids explore the Kid’s Freestyle Area, Kid’s Gym, Pedal Car Track, Tube Slide, Ninja Track, and Kid’s Adventure City.

Mom and daughter at Superpark Malaysia

11. 1 Utama Shopping Mall

1 Utama Shopping Mall is among the biggest and best shopping malls in Malaysia and the world. It’s a well-visited shopping mall in KL, especially during the weekends.

It boasts over 700 retail stores, amazing restaurants, and eateries with a great international and local cuisine selection. You can get lost in this massive complex, literally and figuratively.

The number of stores, dining options, and entertainment venues in 1 Utama can take a whole day to explore. If you need a break from the crowds inside the mall, the rooftop garden will give you a breath of fresh air. There’s a cinema, indoor skydiving area, and Camp 5 rock climbing for those looking for entertainment. There’s even a children’s indoor playground, perfect for all the youngsters!

1 Utama Shopping Mall Kuala Lumpur

12. Lot 10

A short walk from Jalan Bukit Bintang and another fantastic option for food enthusiasts is Lot 10 Shopping Centre! They have a fantastic food court, which is great if you and your family want to enjoy different cuisines. If you’re a fan of Japanese food, this is where you want to be! Lot 10 is home to the first Isetan store opened outside of Japan. Enjoy Japan’s beautiful culture and food by visiting Japanese-themed restaurants and stores.

Lot 10 Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur

13. Pavilion Bukit Jalil

Pavilion Bukit Jalil is another sparkling addition to Kuala Lumpur’s shopping scene, offering an unparalleled shopping experience for families. This expansive mall features a wide array of retail stores, from high-end fashion boutiques to popular high-street brands, catering to all ages and tastes.

Its vibrant and family-friendly environment is enhanced by a variety of dining options, ranging from local delicacies to international cuisines.

With its state-of-the-art cinema and exciting entertainment zones, Pavilion Bukit Jalil is not just a shopping destination but a place where families can create lasting memories together.

Pavilion Bukit Jalil Shopping Mall

Pavilion Bukit Jalil also houses an indoor playground, Little Pirates Playland. This spot is a haven for children, offering a safe and fun environment where they can engage in playful activities and unleash their imagination. While the adults indulge in shopping or dining, kids can revel in the joys of play, making Pavilion Bukit Jalil a destination that truly caters to every member of the family.

Click here to buy your tickets for Little Pirates Playland online.

Pavilion Bukit Jalil Entrance

14. Exchange TRX

Exchange TRX, which only opened its doors on November 29, 2023, adds a fresh dynamic to Kuala Lumpur’s retail landscape.

Although many of its shops were not yet operational when we visited the mall in December, this mall is already making a mark with its free outdoor playground, offering a delightful space for family fun.

The playground’s presence amidst the evolving shopping environment makes Exchange TRX a promising destination for families seeking a blend of retail therapy and outdoor enjoyment once the majority of the shops and restaurants finally open.

Outdoor playground for kids at Exhange TRX mall

Another featured we like about this mall is the rooftop park: Taman Bandar TRX (TRX City Park). It’s a lovely space with lots of plants and trees where you can stroll around, or sit back and relax while enjoying a magnificient TRX Tower view.

TRX view from Exchange TRX Mall

15. Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang

Need to do last-minute shopping before you leave Kuala Lumpur or simply looking for a Kuala Lumpur Outlet Mall? Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang is located near KLIA and KLIA2 (less than 15 minutes drive from the airport) and 30-45 minutes from downtown Kuala Lumpur. 

We always pass Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang when we travel (which is quite often) and we’ve finally made the drive from KL to explore this outlet shopping mall. We were not disappointed. 

It’s a great place for travelers and locals alike, with its diverse selection of brands, ranging from affordable to high-end. You can get crazy deals and discounts for big brand outlets like Nike, Puma, Adidas, but also Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more.

Nike outlet in Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang

Hungry? No problem! Mitsui Outlet Park has a food court with halal food options. They offer a variety of cuisines, including Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Chinese, and American. There are also plenty of restaurants to try, such as ParaThai, Kenny Rogers, LèTen Chinese Muslim Restaurant, Peranakan Place, etc.

Peranakan Place in Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang

They also provide entertainment for kids; there’s a train and a playground for kids to enjoy. 

Molly Fantasy kids playground in Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang

Keep in mind that you can expect larger crowds on weekends – we visited on a Saturday and it was quite busy -, holidays, and when they have seasonal sales. The outlet offers free shuttle services between the outlet and the airport. If you make the drive yourself, there’s ample parking space available.

What is the Best Shopping Mall for Families in Kuala Lumpur?

Our favorite picks are Suria KLCC and Pavilion KL because of their central location. Plus, it’s near other popular landmarks and attractions like the Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC Park, which you can easily include in your visit.

Another top shopping mall is Sunway Pyramid in Subang Jaya. This retail mall is a gigantic shopping mall featuring many international brands and local brands right next to Sunway Lagoon.

It’s hard to choose the best shopping mall for families in Kuala Lumpur, but success is guaranteed with any of these three. 

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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.

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