Shop Till You Drop at the (Many) Malls in Selangor!
Shopping malls in Selangor have grown dramatically as retailing formats, and mall cultures now play a significant role in shoppers’ lifestyle. Shoppers today expect commercial areas to serve not only as places to shop but also for entertainment, and to socialise as well as enjoy the company of others. This is most likely the main reason why shopping malls are visited so often in Selangor as they do not only roof retail shops; but have also become desirable destinations for the public to spend their leisure time.
1) High-End & Luxurious Brands
“Malaysia’s Largest Shopping Centre”, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, is also in the list of the World’s Top 10 Largest Malls. It uses the tagline “It’s all in one” as it elevates the ideals of shopping, entertainment and dining to new heights.
1 Utama Shopping Centre has also won multiple awards as it has more than 700 shops spread over 5.59 million sq. ft. and 7 extensive retail levels. A complete lifestyle experience includes other unique sports and entertainment facilities; Asia’s largest indoor rock climbing gym Camp5, PADI 5-star diving centre Sealantis, rooftop futsal Padang, Celebrity Fitness lifestyle gym and Wangsa Bowl.
IOI City Mall which is situated within IOI City Resort is also one of the largest shopping malls in Selangor. It is conveniently-located near major highways and public transportation. Trendy fashion brands, supermarkets, cineplexes and F&B outlets occupy 1.5 million sq. ft. of lettable space and offer exquisite local and international dining experiences. The mall is also home to an Olympic-size ice skating rink; “Icescape” and “District 21”, a 70,000 sq. ft. adventure park.
2) Impressively-Themed Shopping Centres
Sunway Pyramid is the first Malaysia’s themed shopping and entertainment mall and it has been transformed into a new shopping kingdom with 4.3 million sq. ft. of retail extravaganza. The Egyptian-inspired Pyramid features an eye-catching lion guarding at the entrance as well as magnificent domes; Orange Atrium and Blue Atrium.
The next themed shopping mall is Central i-City which is located in Shah Alam. The mall’s floor plan is convenient, so you will not have to search around for your favourite shops. The environment is equally refreshing and the mall also has its own unique interior design with garden theme, topped with an in-mall pond with fishes. Besides shopping, your children and you can also witness mesmerising water fountain shows!
3) Shop Local at Wholesale City
Selangor has a large and growing wholesale market which supplies an extensive list of local and imported products. This gives the opportunity to shoppers to buy in bulk for further savings.
For instance, GM Klang Wholesale City which is located in the southern part of Klang, offers local and regional merchants. It is the most-visited one-stop wholesale destination in Selangor. You can shop at more than 2,500 stores that sell a wide range of products alongside F&B; located under one roof.
4) Walking Through Uptown Night Bazaars
Uptown night markets are very popular among locals and domestic tourists because they offer an insight of the Malaysian lifestyle. They have been around for a long time and have become an integral part in the lives of Malaysians.
You may enjoy a diverse range of groceries, clothes and variety of food selection with reasonable prices. There are several uptown night markets in Selangor which include Uptown Shah Alam, Uptown Kota Damansara, Uptown Jalan Reko and Uptown Puchong. What makes Uptown Puchong stand out from the rest is that it offers a wide selection of street food.
5) Totally Instagrammable!
Tamarind Square takes the concept of an urban village where people from all backgrounds enjoy life in all of its facets. It is where the arts and culture collide with commerce, and where community groups, workshops and other activities coexist. Shoppers can enjoy the ambience of this age-old desire to live in harmony with nature of local trees in an urban yet natural environment. Also, Tamarind Square is the coolest venue for bridal portraits which are definitely fulfilling and artistic.
The Curve, Mutiara Damansara is the first pedestrianised shopping mall in Malaysia with a fantastic combination of food and retail outlets. Its distinct appeal is enhanced by its wide canopied walkways and al fresco dining area which is divided into Asian and Western Courtyards. “The Street” is where you will find several outdoor restaurants at The Curve, perfect for people around the neighbourhood to gather and hang out over dinner.
6) Family and Women Friendly
Feeling frustrated when you walk into the mall and are confronted with the limitations and inconveniences caused by limited parking spaces? Or perhaps the shortage of nursing rooms and other services for families with young children. These shopping malls help to relieve your frustration and provide a pleasurable shopping experience to you and your family. The Starling Mall provides various family-friendly features including baby rooms and family washrooms, with utmost privacy ensured.
On another note, immerse yourself across 300 outlets that span over six levels with 700,000 square feet of retail paradise, only at Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya. Catered for youth and young families, the mall provides convenient facilities such as baby rooms equipped with changing beds, water dispenser, and en suites.
IOI Mall Puchong has four levels of retail shops across a horizontal layout and has more than 3,000 parking bays. There is definitely something for the young and the elderly in the family. Not to worry, IOI Mall Puchong is also family and women-friendly. Families may access the facilities such as baby rooms and baby changing rooms.The mall also offers a dedicated parking area for ladies, hence they are able to shop in comfort and convenience.
7) Discounted branded goods at outlet prices
Mitsui Outlet Park, KLIA Sepang is a factory outlet mall which is 6 kilometres away from KLIA and KLIA2.
With a factory outlet concept, it offers a diverse range of upper-middle to high-end off-season brands and goods at interesting discounts, as well as a Japanese Specialty Store (Japan Avenue) that introduces Japanese Art, Culture, Music and Culinary Delights. The outlet also provides an enjoyable shopping environment, surrounded by the greenery along with ample parking lots.
8) Muslimah Fashion Hub
Today, Muslimah fashion is well-celebrated and the collections often receive great response from the public. You can find some of the finest Muslimah clothes and modest attire from some of the best Muslimah stores in Selangor. They are selling a wide range of hijabs and abayas, among others. Step into Muslimah fashion hubs in Section 7, Shah Alam plus Bandar Baru Bangi to find an outfit (or more) befitting any occasion. You will notice that some of the collections are well priced!
In addition, SACC Mall in Shah Alam is your ‘Neighbourhood Mall’ with a difference. With three levels of shops, it offers an exciting shopping experience for the whole family. Also known as a Muslimah fashion hub, SACC Mall provides retail experience and convenience besides various F&B outlets to top it off.
Although the world of retail is rapidly changing, shopping malls still play a significant role in urban and suburban neighbourhoods of Selangor. The campaign “Nak Bercuti? Pusing Selangor Dulu” is to captivate shoppers with such conveniences in the state. Safety and well-being of shoppers are top priorities.
Hence, shoppers must adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) set by the Malaysian National Security Council. Tourists in Selangor should also register via “Selangkah:Langkah Masuk Dengan Selamat” mobile application, ensure social distancing, apply hand sanitiser regularly and wear face masks at all times to stay safe.