Shopping centres – they are a dime a dozen and honestly, no matter which part of the globe you are on, there is really no difference on the forms and functions of each one. Let us take you on an adventure to discover the rare gems of the Malaysian shopping scene. From trinkets to home brands, these shops will definitely brighten your day.
Social Media & Online
Facebook is a great tool to find expat communities in Malaysia. You can exchange ideas, experiences, and to shopaholics, advise on which shops offer great deals and items that are of great interest to fellow expatriates.
You may even find posts from those who are leaving the country and offering their pre-loved items at great prices. Two of the better known Facebook groups are KL EXPATS FOR SALE, ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS https://www.facebook.com/groups/604596279595630/?fref=ts & Expat Parents in and around Mont’ Kiara https://www.facebook.com/groups/424312424288892/?fref=ts.
Another good website to visit is www.malaysia.alloexpat.com/marketplace/classifieds/ that has an active community of expats. You can find great deals on pre-loved items.
Located in Petaling Jaya, Bangsar Baru and also Jalan Ampang, walking into this unique furniture shop is like walking back in time to the Ming Dynasty!
A mix of antique and beautifully crafted reproductions of Chinese furniture, everything is crafted in precise detail and quality. Established in 1991, this shop is a must-visit (and buy) if you do appreciate Chinese art and craftsmanship.
Sticking to the Orient, this shop focuses on more modern Oriental decorative items. Each item is personally handpicked by owner Jim Moore.
With shops located in the expatriate enclaves of Bangsar, Mont Kiara & Ampang, it will be easy to add that Oriental touch to your home by purchasing one of their pieces.
Peter Hoe Evolution & Beyond
Located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, for 25 years this gem has been carving out Malaysian and Southeast Asian inspired trinkets, from placemats to small pouches and a varied assortment of home wares. Designed by Peter Hoe himself, you will definitely be in awe of a smorgasbord of colours and textures.
Ah yes, it is also a highly regarded restaurant serving a variety of sumptuous delicacies like quiches, pastas and cakes. What better way to round up your shopping experience than by having a tasty meal to round it off.
Ben’s Independent Grocer (B.I.G)
Finding it hard to look for your home brand? The look no further as B.I.G. will definitely have it!
What marks B.I.G. differently from other grocery stores is that if you are unable to find any brand or items, you can place an order with them and they will do their best to source for it.
Located in Solaris Dutamas & Damansara Heights, you can be rest assured that your cooking experience will not be undone by missed ingredients.
Written by: Jeremy, Relocation Consultant at Pathfinder Relocation Services