Bukit Bintang is one of the best known and most visited parts of Kuala Lumpur. It usually attracts people for its insane shopping malls, cheap backpacker accommodation and even its nightlife. But, did you know that Bukit Bintang has a thriving food scene too? Our complete Bukit Bintang food guide is here to share with you 41 of the best, cheapest and most interesting eateries in the area! 

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About Bukit Bintang

The busy intersection outside of the Mcdonald's in Bukit Bintang KL

The area of Bukit Bintang sits right in the heart of KL’s ‘Golden Triangle’. Which is somewhat considered to be Kuala Lumpur’s ‘central business district’. The Golden Triangle mainly consists of Bukit Bintang, KLCC and some of the surrounding areas including hotspots like Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Ampang and Jalan P Ramlee.

Bukit Bintang itself is widely considered to be the city’s prime entertainment and shopping district. It’s home to a number of world-class shopping malls, great accommodation and an endless amount of great places to eat. Oh, and it also has one of KL’s most lively nightlife scenes!

It’s here (in Bukit Bintang) that you can expect to encounter a lively atmosphere created by the locals and swarms of international travellers from all over the globe.

Having said this, it should come as no surprise that Bukit Bintang is one of the best areas to stay in Kuala Lumpur!


41 options for ‘what & where to eat on the Bukit Bintang food scene?’

When it comes to exploring the Bukit Bintang food scene you’ll be glad to know there’s something for everyone.

Cheap food can be found in the food courts. Swanky, more ‘upmarket’, eateries can be found throughout the shopping malls and surrounding hotels. Local eateries are dotted throughout Bukit Bintang, as are a number of night markets and food stalls.

You can choose everything from Malay food to Indian food, Chinese food to Western food. The food comes in at all price points.

With that being said, let’s explore 41 of our favourite Bukit Bintang restaurants, cafe’s, food courts and markets!


1. TG’s Nasi Kandar

Tg's Nasi Kandar served up some of the best Indian food in Bukit Bintang

For the best Indian food in Bukit Bintang, look no further than TG’s Nasi Kandar. The dish, Nasi Kandar, that this eatery takes its name from is an overwhelming mix of curries doused over a mountainous plate of rice.

At TG’s you have the option to choose from a number of dishes (self-service style) to complete your Nasi Kandar and the total will be calculated at the end. Alternatively, there is a menu with plenty of well-priced dishes to choose from too.

For ourselves, we almost always go with the boneless tandoori chicken and roti canai!

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Location: 5, Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang

Opening Hours: 24 hours a day


2. Capitol Cafe

Bukit Bintang food guide - Local Kueh, such as Ketayap, can be found at Capitol cafe

Now, we know that those visiting KL might be looking to try out some local food. And, you can find some really good Malaysian food in Bukit Bintang at Capitol Cafe.

This small eatery is home to some true Malaysian favourites such as Nasi Lemak (the national dish of Malaysia), ‘Chicken Rice’ and ‘Ayam Penyet’. Though, you’ll also find a number of Malaysian desserts here too like Ais Kacang, Cendol and a range of sweet local Kueh.

Capitol Cafe is a true old school ‘Kopitiam’ (coffee shop) and a very unique ‘local experience’ that you have to try at least once.

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Location: 46, 48 & 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang

Opening Hours: 7am – 4:30pm, Daily

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3. The Swimming Club @ KL Journal Hotel

 

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This suggestion is a little different, as ‘The Swimming Club’ is part of the KL Journal Hotel and not an all-out eatery. However, it’s still a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat, cocktail and swim in the pool that overlooks the centre of Bukit Bintang.

On the menu, you’ll find some Western dishes like pizza, pasta and burgers along with some local choices like chicken satay and nasi goreng. The beverages range from coffees and soft drinks to beers and cocktails. Top tip…the cocktails are 2-4-1 every day between 5 pm and 7 pm!

And yes, you can use the swimming pool, providing you’re also spending money at the bar/restaurant.

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Location: 30, Jalan Beremi, Off, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang

Opening Hours:
Menu and Bar operation: 11am – 10pm (Monday – Thursday);
11am – 12pm (Friday – Sundays and Eve of public holiday)

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4. Kedai Mamak Husin

 

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Kedai Mamak Husin is a true ‘Mamak’ experience just on the edge of Bukit Bintang. “Mamak’s” are typically gathering points for locals of Malaysia and serve as a part of the community. They are meeting points, social places and kitchens (serving Indian food). Often, they’ll stay open well into the night. So, don’t be surprised to find a number of locals drinking tea (Teh Tarik) together at 4 am!

At this particular Mamak, you’ll find mainly Indian foods that include Nasi Kandar, Tandoori Chicken, Mamak Mee Goreng and many types of bread. Though, they do also serve some local Malay dishes like regular Mee (fried noodles) and Nasi Goreng (fried rice).

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Location: Idaman Robertson, no 2, Jalan Robertson

Opening Hours: 24 Hours a day Sunday to Friday | 8am – 6pm, Saturday


5. Jamaica Blue

Bukit Bintang Food Guide - Jamaica blue is a fantastic coffee and brunch spot in Bukit Bintang

Looking for somewhere to catch up on work, grab brunch and drink amazing coffee in Bukit Bintang? Well, look no further than Jamaica Blue. They’re named after and officially distribute the world-renowned ‘Jamaica Blue Mountain’ coffee. That coffee is EXPENSIVE. But, they do have their own house blend available which is also delicious and more affordable.

In terms of food, Jamaica Blue has everything you’d expect from a brunch spot. Expect a number of egg-based breakfasts, granola bowls, pastries, salads, sandwiches, avocado (obviously) and more!

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Location: No 2, Jalan Robertson

Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm, Daily

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6-11: Jalan Alor

Bukit Bintang food guide - Jalan Alor is the famous food street in the heart of Bukit Bintang

‘Jalan Alor’ is Kuala Lumpur’s famous food street. It’s a busy, central road that is lined with many international (Asian) seafood restaurants. Though, by night time the road closes and street food vendors line up and down the length of the street.

The road is undoubtedly the liveliest and most interesting of our Bukit Bintang foodie hot spots.

It’s fantastic because it offers a choice between restaurants and street vendors…or both. The restaurants are significantly more expensive than the city standard which is why many choose to enjoy the night market stalls instead.

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Location: Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, City Centre

Opening Hours:
24 Hours a day. Everyday. (Individual stalls/restaurants will vary. But, there’s always something going on)

6. Sai Woo

If walking and eating isn’t your style and you’d prefer to sit and enjoy your food, then this ‘restaurant’ is for you. Sai Woo is more of a collection of street food vendors clustered together indoors.

The menu is so large and varied that you’ll spend more time browsing it than eating the food itself. You can expect many Asian foods that include stir-fries, noodles, rice dishes and seafood etc.

It’s fairly expensive and very busy. But…the food was great, it was a fun experience and great for soaking up the atmosphere of Jalan Alor.

7. Dim Sum

No trip to KL would be complete without sampling some street food from a night market vendor. The big, yellow Dim Sum stall is one of the most popular stalls on Jalan Alor.

You can pick up many types of cheap Dim Sum here to feast on while you explore the rest of the market stalls.

8. Durian

Durian is famous throughout Southeast Asia and is easy to find on Jalan Alor. You might know it as the stinky fruit that people love to hate.

Having tried it ourselves, we can honestly say we’ve never tasted anything like it. In fact, we think it tastes worse than it smells. Though many locals clearly disagree! You might be surprised to find groups of people sitting around and enjoying durian together like it’s the tastiest food on earth.

Try it. We dare you to!

9. Putu Piring

‘Putu Piring’ is a Malaysian sweet treat/street food that you have to try. Like many local desserts, it’s a wonderful combination of coconutty goodness and palm sugar. The texture is almost cake-like and is delightful when eaten still warm.

The putu piring vendor isn’t on Jalan Alor every night. So, if you do see him, take full advantage. You won’t regret it!

10. Apam Balik

Apam Balik (Turnover Pancake) is a unique take on the pancake. The batter consists of much of the same as normal pancake batter (flour, eggs and sugar) but also includes coconut milk.

Once cooked Apam Balik can be filled with a variety of ingredients. The most authentic fillings are crushed peanuts, sugar or corn. However, on Jalan Alor, you’re able to feast on a Nutella filled Apam Balik for a more modern take on this local favourite.

11. Mango Sticky Rice

This one is for those of you who have been to Thailand and are craving/missing their wonderful ‘mango sticky rice’. Luckily, there is a group of Thai women with their own stall on Jalan Alor and they serve up a delicious portion of this Thai dessert for just RM10!

Even if you haven’t been to Thailand…we encourage you to try this. We know what you’re thinking. How can mango and rice possibly go together? Well…it does and it does so wonderfully.


12 – 25: Pavilion KL food court & mall

Pavilion KL shopping mall has one of the largest selections of Bukit Bintang food choices in the area!

The Pavilion is an ‘award-winning’ shopping mall in the heart of Bukit Bintang. Despite competing with the areas many other malls, Pavilion KL is considered by many to be the premier shopping experience of Bukit Bintang.

They didn’t hold back when it came to filling the Pavilion with great places to eat either. There is the Pavilion food court (food republic), the ‘Pavilion Elite’ and the numerous other eateries found dotted around the mall.

Rather than making our Bukit Bintang Food Guide long and convoluted, we encourage you to read our ‘14 Great places to eat in Pavilion KL’ blog post for eateries 12 through to 25!

Read: 14 GREAT places to eat in PAVILION KL food court & mall!!

Location:
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
168, Bukit Bintang Street,
Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia

Price: From  to

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Every Day

Pavilion KL Website


26 – 34: Lot 10 Hutong Food Court

The best Chinese food in Bukit Bintang is found in the Lot 10 Hutong Food court.

You might be wondering what’s so special about Lot 10’s ‘Hutong Food Court’. Isn’t it just a food court in a mall? The answer is yes, it’s a food court. But, it’s not just any old food court.

It has a collection of (at least some of) the city’s best food stalls and restaurants. They’re compiled into one small, maze-like, establishment where you’re free to try one (or many) of the stalls that catch your eye.

Many of the stalls have a history behind them as they have been trading for, quite literally, decades. Some of them even have full-time restaurants elsewhere in the city. So, the fact they choose to operate here too should tell you that it’s the place to be…

The stalls predominantly serve popular Chinese and Malaysian-Chinese favourites and some of the best dishes from our ‘16 dishes you must eat in KL’ blog post!

Like above, we direct you to read ‘9 delicious places to eat in Lot 10 Hutong food court’ for our Bukit Bintang Food Guide’s 26th to 34th food recommendations!

Read: 9 delicious places to eat in Lot 10 Hutong Food Court & Mall

Location:
Lot 10 Hutong Food court
LG Floor, Lot 10 Shopping Centre,
50, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur

Price: From to

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Every Day

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35. Healy Mac’s

Bukit Bintang Food Guide - Healy Mac's, on Changkat Bukit Bintang, is one of the best places to eat and enjoy food in the Golden Triangle.

Healy Mac’s is well known for its true Irish pub-like experience, live sports and food. The menu consists of Irish and British pub classics such as ‘fish & chips’ and pies! The food is very highly rated on Tripadvisor. And, having seen so many westerners in there enjoying the food, we think those reviews are justified.

This Irish bar is so popular throughout that it has 3 locations throughout the city and a total of 6 in Malaysia. Even if you don’t go for the food, it’s a great place to sit with an ice-cold pint of beer and people watch on the busy Changkat Bukit Bintang.

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Location: 37, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang

Opening Hours:
‘Always Open’…according to their Facebook page.

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36. Bukit Bintang Market Stalls

This mini collection of stalls makes up one of KL’s smallest and most random night markets. You’ll find them packed together on Bukit Bintang street right around the corner from Bukit Bintang Air-Asia Monorail station.

There are only a handful of stalls but some interesting street foods to choose from. It seems to be popular with locals who pass on their commute home from work every day and they remain open late into the evening.

From here you can grab a small bite to eat before heading over to watch the live bands and performers in front of the Mcdonalds and Starbucks just across the road.

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Location: Bukit Bintang Street, on the opposite corner to Mcdonalds near Bukit Bintang Monorail station.

Opening Hours: Very Early – Very Late
(i.e. we have no idea. They always seem to be open every time we walk past).


Other notable mentions for our Bukit Bintang food guide

Up until now, all of our recommendations have been places we’ve personally visited. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit all of the eateries on our ‘to-eat’ list.

Below you can find 5 places that are highly reviewed and places we looked forward to visiting before leaving Kuala Lumpur.


37. Dining in the dark

 

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This restaurant offers an experience that aims to overload and enhances your sense of taste and smell…

It’s not unique (similar restaurants can be found around the world but it’s certainly intriguing. Once you enter, you’ll be guided through the darkness to your table, where phones and other electronics are forbidden. It’s this darkness that is said to heighten both your senses of taste and smell and allow you to really get to know the food undistracted.

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Location: 50A, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang

Opening Hours: 6pm – 9:30pm

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38. Opium KL

 

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Opium boldly claims to have some of the best Asian food in KL. Whether it’s true or not, the online reviews do talk this place up.

The menu is largely inspired by oriental flavours with an ‘Asian fusion’ twist. We were so tempted to visit Opium because we had heard many great things about their Angus Beef Rendang. Supposedly, it’s one of the best beef rendangs in KL.

Besides the food, their bar makes a ton of interesting cocktails we’d have loved to have enjoyed.

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Location: 50, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang

Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10pm

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39. El Cerdo

 

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This is one highly-rated Western eatery located in Changkat Bukit Bintang. ‘El Cerdo’ is apparently the best Spanish restaurant in the whole of Kuala Lumpur.

Considering the fact that Malaysia is largely Muslim, pork isn’t usually on the menu. But, at ‘El Cerdo’ the menu places emphasis on pork dishes such as sausages, pork knuckle and ribs. However, they do offer other kinds of dishes like paella, pasta and tapas as well.

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Location: 43 & 45, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang

Opening Hours: 5pm – 10pm

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40. Seniman Kakao

 

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There’s never a bad time for chocolate and never a bad time for a coffee. Seniman Kakao is the perfect place to enjoy both at the same time.

This cafe offers speciality chocolate which is sourced directly from Malaysia. Using as little cane sugar as possible, they turn their Malaysian cacao into a range of sweet treats and drinks. The menu consists of cups of their Malaysian hot chocolate, speciality coffees, cakes and ‘hearty healthy’ meals.

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Location: 29, Jalan Pudu Lama, Bukit Bintang

Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm

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41. VCR Cafe

 

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VCR is another cool, hip cafe to try in Bukit Bintang. As mentioned, we weren’t able to visit. But all of our friends who visited couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

The cafe has many breakfast, brunch and all-day food options. These dishes include options like avocado & sourdough toast, french toast and granola bowl(s). They also have a coffee menu which was equally highly spoken of as the food!

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Location: 2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang

Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5pm

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Did our Bukit Bintang food guide give you enough choice?

We’re not joking when we say the Bukit Bintang food options are endless. Hopefully, we have given you more than enough places to choose from and we’re sure one will more than satisfy both your budget and your tastebuds!

We’d love to know if you’ve been to KL before. How many of our 41 great places to eat in Bukit Bintang have you visited? If you haven’t visited yet…let us know which one you’re looking forward to trying.

Alternatively, if we’ve missed anywhere that you loved to eat in Bukit Bintang then we look forward to hearing about it in the comments!

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