Malaysia: Zaid Areff’s Kuala Lumpur Muslim Travellers City Guide

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Published by: Halaal Travels

Author: Zaid Areff

Zaid Areff, an expat living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has created a comprehensive city guide for Muslim travellers. The guide includes popular restaurants, dessert and coffee spots, entertainment venues, and masjids to visit. It also provides information on how to get around the city using the Grab app.

Malaysia is a country located in SouthEast Asia. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, commonly known as KL. Kuala Lumpur is the largest city in Malaysia and is known for its modern skyline, which is dominated by the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. The Petronas Twin Towers was the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004.

Malaysia: Zaid Areff’s Kuala Lumpur Muslim Travellers City Guide

Getting around in Malaysia

  • Download the Grab app, it can be used for taxis

Restaurants to try out when in KL

  • Al Amaar (Pavilion, 1 inside and 1 outside)
  • Halab Gate (walking distance from Pavilion in the Arab section, shawarmas and fresh fruit juices)
  • BBQ Nights (KLCC)
  • Taco Bell
  • Banana Bro (traditional Indian food served on banana leaves instead of plates – local favourite)
  • Nasi Kandar/NZ Curry House (order the Roti Canai and Tandoori Chicken and Naan and try the homemade Lemon Ice Tea – also a local favourite)
  • Teppanyaki (Pavilion Food Court)
  • Kychon or K Fry (Korean Chicken)
  • Serai (Suria KLCC)
  • Five Guys (Pavilion)
  • Two Sons (Suria KLCC Mall or Pavilion)
  • Burger Lab
  • Carls Jr
  • KGB Burgers (Pavilion)

There’s also food trucks next to Avenue K mall with some good options and a nice vibe.

McDonald’s has some items on the menu that are only available in December/January and specific to South East Asia (Prosperity Burger and Twister/Curly fries, also their Spicy Chicken burger is really good and different to the one in other countries).


  • Kenny Hills Bakers (the peach/apple strudels are amazing), a few branches around KL
  • J Co Donuts (Pavilion)
  • Arabica % Coffee (Pavilion)
  • Aunty Anne’s pretzels (Pavilion and Suria KLCC malls)
  • llao llao frozen yoghurt (Pavilion)
  • Molten Chocolate Cafe (near H&M at Lot 10, walking distance from Pavilion)
  • Rotiboy (all around KL)
  • Machi Machi drinks (also near H&M at Lot 10, walking distance from Pavilion)
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (branches all around KL and in most malls)
  • Inside Scoop ice cream (branches all around KL and in most malls)
  • The Duck Cafe (inside the flagship store, scarves, modest wear brand with a cafe inside – Bangsar area, otherwise the clothing stores on their own have branches in Pavilion and Suria KLCC malls, extremely popular brand in Malaysia)
  • Plump (Bangsar, so about 15-20 mins from KLCC)

Entertainment in KL

  • Genting Highlands theme park and premium outlet mall
  • Berjaya Times Square (indoor theme park, not too far from Pavilion)
  • Superpark (indoor play area for kids, inside Avenue K mall across the road from the Twin Towers)
  • Sunway Lagoon water park
  • KLCC park, right behind the twin towers and can be accessed from the mall, kids play areas, kids pools, a fountain and light show in the evenings

Masjids to visit in KL

  • Masjid Negara (National Mosque)
  • Masjid Wilayah (Federal Mosque)
  • Masjid Jamek, River of Life (go at night, lights up and looks spectacular), also Merdeka Square is nearby, large outdoor area that you can walk around
  • Masjid Asy Syakirin (KLCC, walking distance from the Twin Towers) *All within KL
  • Masjid Putra (Pink Mosque)
  • Iron Mosque *Both in Putrajaya, closer to the airport, so approx. 30 mins from KL, there is an outlet mall near to the airport as well so you could combine if you’d like to (Mitsui Outlet Mall) – also the boat cruise between the two masjids is now open.

Thank you to Zaid Areff for sharing invaluable information that is sure to Inshallah benefit many people that want to travel to Malaysia. If you would like, you can follow Zaid on Instagram here. 

Have you travelled to Malaysia? What have you enjoyed? Why would you recommend others to travel to Malaysia?


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