7+ Unique Things To Do in Bukit Bintang, Malaysia as a Muslimah Solo Traveler (+ Safety Tips!)

Photo collage credits to Muslim Solo Travel and Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
Photo collage credits to Muslim Solo Travel and Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

If we can describe what constitutes a perfect KL (what Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is popularly called as) experience besides a visit to Petronas Twin Towers, The National Mosque, Kampung Baru and a taste of Nasi Lemak….

It has to be a Muslim-friendly Solo Day Drip to Bukit Bintang.

You can’t simply leave Kuala Lumpur without visiting the infamous Bukit Bintang, and YES — It can take a day for you to soak in the BB experience truly!

Without further ado, here are some Muslim-friendly Things To Do in Bukit Bintang as a Muslimah Solo Traveler!

Why is Bukit Bintang so famous?

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Credit: Muslim Solo Travel

Asking this question is like asking why NYC’s Times Square or Tokyo’s Shibuya is famous.

The short answer is that this is where all the buzz is located. Where people flock to, especially on the weekends!

Be it a recently launched Modest fashion or cosmetic line, some street performance with an Asian twist, shopping amidst flashy billboards, local street food to high-end dining, everything is in Bukit Bintang!

Is it Safe to Walk around Bukit Bintang as a Muslimah Solo Traveler? Especially at Night?

Since Bukit Bintang gather so many visitors, and gets crowded especially at night, you might be wondering if Bukit Bintang is safe at night?

The answer is it is largely safe.

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Credit: Muslim Solo Travel

Yes, if you are vigilant of your surroundings, your safety and stay within a radius that is under the surveillance of local police and CCTVs.

It can be unsafe if you are mindless of your belonging, and you enter shady and/or “nightlife” parts of the neighborhood.

Changkat, Bukit Bintang (location) is full of bars, so avoid this area at all cost, especially at night for Muslimah Solo Travelers. It’s also near Jalan Alor (location), a notable street food area so when you’re walking by Jalan Alor for some durian, say, make sure you leave the street at the right side of the road not somehow enter into Changkat!

Free baklava at night in the center of Bukit Bintang! Credit: Muslim Solo Travel
Free baklava at night in the center of Bukit Bintang! Credit: Muslim Solo Travel

Without further ado, here are some things to do in Bukit Bintang as a Muslimah Solo Traveler

Go Shopping Intentionally

The first thing on the list of Things To Do in Bukit Bintang as a Muslimah Solo Traveler is….

To go shopping!

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Credit: Muslim Solo Travel

However, do have an idea in mind on what exactly you wish to buy in Bukit Bintang earlier on because with the number of malls available such as:

There are just too many shopping options in Bukit Bintang!

Do your research beforehand because if not, you’ll be dizzy just mindlessly shopping and you might go beyond your ‘Bukit Bintang spending budget’.

MST Values: Be intentional in what you buy, especially when solo traveling because mass shopping might feel good now, but you will feel horrible afterwards 💜 We want our solo travels to be meaningful and sometimes, minimalism contributes largely to that after-effect. If this value resonates with you, join our Muslimah Solo Travelers Community 🧕

Buy Flowers or Coffee or Bubble Tea For Yourself!

One of the self-love Things To Do in Bukit Bintang as a Muslimah Solo Traveler is to buy flowers or bubble tea or coffee!

As you walk past the street around Pavilion, you’ll see street sellers with fresh flowers in their hands. They’re selling this so in supporting (1) their livelihood and enhancing (2) your solo experience in BB, why not get yourself some fresh flowers?

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Credit: Muslim Solo Travel

Plus, flowers make a great company/props for your Must-Have Bukit Bintang photos because let’s be real, it can get quite awkward taking a solo photoshoot in a crowded area!

Experience The Pop-Up Exhibitions

Being such a bustling area in the heart of KL Golden Triangle, you bet there’s going to be FREE things to do in Bukit Bintang as a Muslimah Solo Traveler!

One of it is to experience the pop-up exhibitions you’ll stumble into along the way.

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A Wardah pop up in Bukit Bintang. Read more about our favorite Indonesian Halal brands here. Credit: Muslim Solo Travel

It can be participating in a game to get free Halal skincare testers, or just a free Roselle drink from a dancing Arabian guy, or some free Baklava!

We also saw a bonsai exhibition where the bonsai was grown from different parts of the world!

Whatever it is, you’ll spot them for sure!

Enjoy a Halal Japanese Foodie Experience

Who needs to go to Japan when you have a Japan town right in the middle of Bukit Bintang, KL?

Just Kidding – Japan is still a must-go because it is an experience of its own.

But Japan aside, if you would like to (1) experience a Halal and Muslim-friendly Japanese Foodie experience, Bukit Bintang has it!

Yayoi is a must try! Credit: Muslim Solo Travel
Yayoi is a must try! Credit: Muslim Solo Travel

Right on the top floor of Lot 10 is the Food Court, where you can discover excellent Japanese cuisines from affordable to high-end prices like Ramen, Izayaka, Sushi, desserts and so much more.

MST Tip: Eating solo here is no biggie at all! You’ll see Muslimah alike eating ramen, or sushi by themselves so make yourselves comfortable 😉 More about Navigating Halal food in Malaysia here.

Credit: Muslim Solo Travel
Credit: Muslim Solo Travel

Halal Tip: The restaurants here usually have signages like “Halal”, “Non-Halal”, “Muslim-friendly” or “No pork or lard” to distinguish their kitchen. So there wouldn’t be any confusion!

  • Location: 4th Floor inside Lot 10
  • Opening hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm daily

Read Books or Join Workshops at Eslite Spectrum!

If you’re a bookworm, or you need inspiration for your next #MuslimSoloTravels, then head on to Eslite Spectrum in Starhill Gallery!

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Credit: Muslim Solo Travel

This book and lifestyle arena features books from all over the world, stationaries, travel accessories, coffee and tea stands, pop-up stores of curated local and international brands, and sometimes, weekend workshops to stir your creativity!

Plus, the vibe here is just a class of its own. What can possibly go wrong with books and anything creative like latte or artisan tea?

Take the Iconic Pavi Shot to Commemorate Your Solo Day Trip!

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Credit: Muslim Solo Travel

Of course, when in Bukit Bintang, you HAVE TO take the iconic solo shot in front of Pavilion’s water fountain.

The signature or the icon of the neighborhood, getting a shot here will commemorate your solo day trip to Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

Experience the Durian Musang King at Jalan Alor

One of the fulfilling things to do in Bukit Bintang as a Muslimah Solo Traveler is to experience the eating of the Musang King Durian at Jalan Alor.

What’s a solo experience in Kuala Lumpur without tasting the King of the Fruit?

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Credit: Muslim Solo Travel

You can purchase a whole durian (if you are aware of your durian tolerance), or just one section if you’re starting out! There’s also durian ice cream so if you want to taste a “cooling” durian!

MST Halal Tip: Jalan Alor is mostly filled with Local Chinese vendors so there’s a mix of Non-Halal and Halal food in the area. If you want to eat halal fares, the street located parallel to the front and back of Jalan Alor has a couple of Indian-Muslim (Mamak) restaurants. Similarly, located on the diagonal street to Jalan Alor you’ll find several Middle Eastern restaurants.

Enjoy an Urban Retreat Experience in Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

This is for the Muslimah Solo Travelers who are willing to splurge extra in their much-needed “me-time”.

If you want to feel refreshed and rejuvenated while also having a luxurious urban retreat experience right in Bukit Bintang, then Banyan Tree KL is your answer.

Credit: Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
Credit: Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

With its peaceful rooms, high-class spa center, and exclusive restaurant at the rooftop bar that features the country’s three distinct skyscrapers, this luxurious hotel is just incomparable to others. You’ll also get easy access to the nearby retail malls from here if you decided to break out of your own mini-city retreat.

Plus, “retreat” and “wellness” is pretty much ingrained in their ethos so you won’t go wrong with The Banyan Tree.

Book Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur here on Booking.com or Hotels.com

Wrap Up: Unique Things To Do in Bukit Bintang as a Muslimah Solo Traveler

And there you have it, our recommendations to unique, fun, relaxing, and bustling things to do in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia!

Depending on which emotional spectrum you’re more inclined to, you’ll find that everyone would have their own Bukit Bintang solo memory to cherish at the end of the day!

In the mean time, read more about Nurul Jalil of exploretomakan’s tales early beginnings in Kuala Lumpur, to solo tales in South Korea and Perth, Australia here, or Share your solo travel tales in Kuala Lumpur with us in the Muslimah Solo Travelers community 💜

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