Bangsar Basics 101

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that Bangsar has evolved from an unobtrusive residential area to a cafe aficionado’s paradise, complete with popular bars and pubs.


Formerly an estate owned by the plantation firm Société Financière des Caoutchoucs (or Socfin for short), this charming suburban township has become one of the most desirable addresses in KL.



Food and cuisine

From Indian Muslim Mamak stalls and South Indian banana leaf restaurants to hawker centres and cafes/restaurants, there ain’t no shortage of food available for anyone!


Restoran Mahbub, established since 1974 in Lucky Garden is known for their Nasi Briyani Ayam Madu (Honey Chicken Briyani) – yum! Want some banana leaf rice? There’s Devi’s Corner at Jalan Telawi 2 – and they’re famous for it!


Roadside hawkers dot the streets in the evenings, closing late at night. Some are even open 24-hours, usually Mamak and banana leaf restaurants. Another popular spot is the hawker centre in Bangsar Baru, also known as Bangsar Mamak which offers a variety of food and drinks from cakes to hot dogs, rojak to satays and more.


Cafe aficionados will enjoy hopping from cafe to cafe with Bangsar having one of the largest clusters of cafes in KL. Sip at delicious tea while enjoying a slice of baklava at Alexis, jazzy music pulsating through the room. Or maybe, indulge in charcoal burgers with unexpected twists at KGB with their specially crafted milkshakes…


The choices are endless~


Public Transport

Bangsar has easy accessibility and is connected in a myriad of ways.


  1. Highways:
    1. SPRINT
    2. New Pantai Expressway (NPE)
  2. LRT/Bus (Rapid KL)
    1. Bank Rakyat Bangsar LRT Station on Rapid KL’s Kelana Jaya line

If you’re commuting often, you might want to consider one of the unlimited travel passes:


Note: To be eligible, you must be a Malaysian citizen with a MyKad.


Card Unlimited use for Duration
My50 RAPID KL bus, MRT feeder bus 30 days
My100 MRT, LRT, Monorail, BRT, Rapid KL bus, MRT feeder bus 30 days

Lifestyle & Shopping

One of KL’s most popular nighttime entertainment districts, dozens of night clubs, pubs and bistros dot the streets of Bangsar. When day turns to night, Bangsar transforms from a casual, lively suburb into an unforgettable escape from reality as music pulses and laughter drift across the air.


You’ll find that Bangsar is home to many expats as well as some of Kuala Lumpur’s upper crust of society. There are no shortage of fine dining for the creme da la creme, or simply those who would love a night to indulge. Fine dining options include the exclusive Bobo KL – famous for their live performance and delicious international cuisine and Pullman’s La Cucina for those who enjoy delectable Mediterranean cuisine.



Shopping enthusiasts will adore Bangsar with its easy accessibility to some of the most popular shopping malls in KL, one of them being one of the Top 25 World’s Largest Shopping Malls.


They are:

  • The Gardens Mall KL
    • An upscale shopping complex packed with more than 200 outlets and international brands blend together seamlessly, this mall specialises in celebrity-worthy fashion finds.

  • Mid Valley Megamall
    • One of the largest shopping malls in the world, Mid Valley Megamall lives up to its name as it spans over 4,500,000 sq ft and is sometimes referred to as Mid Valley City. It is also connected to the Gardens Mall KL, which, while not as large as Mid Valley, holds its own. One can easily spend an entire day shopping!
    • Public Transport: KTM or Bus.

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  • Bangsar Village I & II
    • Compared to its mega and upscale counterparts, Bangsar Village boasts a sweet, simple charm of its own as a boutique shopping center for its residents in the Telawi area. Twin buildings are connected by a simple sheltered pedestrian sky-bridge that is accessible via the first floor. It’s great for families, young urbanites and expat community.

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