Quoting a taxi driver, Kuala Lumpur can be a “war zone” during peak hours, so be prepared to get caught in the traffic jam between 7-9 am and 6-8 pm. But don’t be disheartened, if you have some time to kill between two flights (half a day at least), the impressive Petronas Twin Towers are a must-see, Here are 3 spots around Cesar Pelli’s iron and glass masterpiece, to chill and feel some of the KL vibes (so you don’t waste too much time).
FEEKA COFFEE ROASTERS - Hidden Gem
There are more than 15 tastefully styled coffee shops in KL that could fit the hipster’s aesthetics. But Feeka, within 20 minutes walk or 8 minutes drive is the nearest from the Twin Peaks. Breakfast is served all day, european or mediterranean. Named after the swedish word “Fika” meaning “coffee break”, the cafe is tucked in a rather small and quiet street (during the day), which makes it quite pleasant to be seated on the patio. Relaxing.
ASK: For the yogurt. Classic yet exotic, served with cornflakes on top and mixed with watermelon and grapes.
SKY BAR AT TRADERS HOTEL - Drink with THE view
On the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel (by Shangri-la), The Sky Bar is where you need to be to get the best view of the Twin Towers. Here, you’re nose to nose with them. Relaxed atmosphere during the day, busy and dancing at night. Oh and there’s a pool (Only hotel guests are allowed to swim).
ASK: For their Mojito
BIJAN - LOCAL DELIGHTS
Located in the same area as Feeka, Bijan (Malay word for sesame) is one local restaurant everyone unfamiliar with Malaysian cuisine should try. In a warm cosy traditional atmosphere. An alternative to the (much cheaper) “warung next door” you might fear. It’s 100% MSG free, from Opor rusuk beef (cooked in a thick gravy of aromatic spices and coconut milk) to Kerabbu Mangga (Spicy and sour youg mango salad).
ASK: For the dishes written next to a little dragonfly on the menu. The Chef’s specials.