Kuala Lumpur is a good place for an introduction to Malaysian food as most people speak English and can explain to you what's in the dish. Although most restaurants close by 10:00 pm, but in the city centre there's always a few 24 hour ‘Mamak’ stalls (street side stalls or shops operated by Indian Muslims) or fast food places if you get stuck
Jalan Bukit Bintang or ‘Bintang Walk’
Restaurants dedicated to Arabian gastronomy have been sprouting along the core of the Bintang Walk of late as a result of a recent general initiative to lure Arab tourists to this region. Popular Maghreb and Lebanese alongside Iranian delicacies are increasingly served by restaurants. However, there are still plenty of trendy and chic restaurants catering to international fare, especially in the nearby malls.
‘Hutong’ on Lot 10
Hutong (Chinese: 胡同) is referred to as Malaysia's first gourmet heritage village, a food court inspired by the Old China influences. The term Hutong is commonly associated with narrow alleys in Beijing's oldest neighborhoods. Located on the lower ground floor of Lot 10, this newly revamped food court features 25 street food stalls selling locally-renowned and established Chinese eateries scoured across Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. It is directly connected to Bintang Walk via an escalator.
Changkat Bukit Bintang
Changkat Bukit Bintang is located perpendicular to Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Alor. This is the upmarket gastronomy district of Bukit Bintang. Fine dining joints line the street. It boasts pre-war, colonial buildings which have been refurbished into upmarket restaurants and pubs, serving up Western dining. Changkat Bukit Bintang is also home to one of Kuala Lumpur's hippest and happening party venues.
Jalan Alor is an entire street dedicated to cheap hawker food of mainly local Chinese cuisines. Located within walking proximity of Jalan Bukit Bintang, it is popular among the locals for offering food served in a traditional open-air atmosphere, with chairs and tables dotting the curbs and road-sides. This is a place burgeoning with activity both during night and day. While some hawkers erect stalls along curbs, others operate food stalls from utilitarian restaurants.
You can also refer to our Guide to Central Kuala Lumpur, highlighting the must-eats in the Bukit Bintang area.