I never thought that would be a problem to buy souvenirs in Kuala Lumpur, not until I was going back to Ukraine to visit my family. I thought, hm.. so what is it that I’d get them from KL?
So first thing I went to Pasar Seni, the Central market. There’s plenty of over-priced, low-quality made-in-China kind of souvenirs and something locally made is rather rare to find. Still possible, but rare – like the soap and incents shop or the locally wood-carved postcards. Other than that, Pasar Seni is a bit disappointing.
But in that area there are two interesting shops I wanted to share with you – something local, hopefully supporting the community and a nice souvenir to bring back home.
KL City Gallery
KL City Gallery is right next to the Independence square, 10 minutes walk from Pasar Seni. Here’s how they describe themselves:
“Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is part of the ARCH group’s vision in promoting the country’s heritage and culture.
While ARCH promotes collectibles and gifts made of wood veneer, our Kuala Lumpur Walks and Tours Map is the indispensable map of Kuala Lumpur’s architecture and living heritage, and now we have the centre – Kuala Lumpur City Gallery.
Located in a 116 year-old building, this landmark is a must visit for anyone who wants to know all about Kuala Lumpur!”
You can get really nice KL souvenirs there – books, postcards, wooden miniature charms, phone cases, framed pictures and more.
You can also see how they’re making all of it right on the spot:
Peter Hoe Beyond
There are two shops – one on the corner next to Pasar Seni (called Peter Hoe Evolution) and that one you can’t miss, but another one is hidden. It on the street where the Chinese and the Hindu temples are at 145 Jalan Tun H S Lee.
Peter Hoe Beyond is a shop and a café in one place. I strongly recommend having lunch there – their homemade food is very nice. While you wait for your food, take a stroll around the shop – there’s enough to get lost in – home decor, textiles, lots of souvenirs, clothing even!
Here are some not-so-good-looking iPhone pictures I took.
Lunch was a homemade potato and leek soup and some salad. They serve and decorate with things you can buy in the shop – how smart is that!
And you can always get tea as a souvenir, Chinatown has lots of tea shops with great variety. My favourite shop is called Commom Wisdom Teashop, ont the other side of the same street – 135, Jalan Tun H. H. Lee.
What souvenirs do you bring from your trips? Do share in the comments below, I’m curious to know.