No Plans? 4 Lesser-Known Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

When pulling up a Google search for things to do in KL, the same activities will keep appearing almost resulting in a never-ending Inception style loop of same results (WE GET IT, Desa Park City is nice to go on weekends, enough already!)

Truly a tragedy for those seeking to spice up their free time and weekend plans, here at Sterrific, we have complied solutions for these monotonous search results and have come up with 4 things to do the next time you want to go out and explore the city, that WILL not appear in any other list, we pinky promise you, hands on our hearts & all. Aside from visiting dessert cafes, you can also check out this list we curated below.

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1. Record hunting @ Tala Records (formerly Sifters Asia)

Unlike punk, vinyl is not dead and has instead made a resurgence in the music consumer world. In the city itself, there are a handful of record stores scattered around but Tala Records, newly-opened a year ago would be a great place for younger vinyl hobbyists to drop by as the selection is curated to the millennial taste. If you’re short on cash, there’s also a selection of used vinyls, priced from RM35 – RM50. Tala Records also consists of young staff members who are open to give their recommendations and personal picks.

For an extra treat, visit the store on a weekend as a gig consisting of multiple acts is usually happening and each act’s genre can vary from alternative rock to dream-pop or even punk which will provide an unconventional live music experience (who else can say they’ve been to gig INSIDE a record store?). And not to worry, beers are sold during the gig in case you need a little something something to loosen up in order to live out your crowd-surfing dreams.

VENUE DETAILS

Address: Level 1, Foundry, The Gasket Alley, Lot 15, Section, Jalan 13/6, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm – 8pm, Sunday: 2pm – 8pm (Closed    Mondays & Tuesdays)
Telephone: 03-7931 0455
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/talarecordsasia/
Instagram: @talarecordsasia

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2. Ride a Harley and get inked at The Gasket Alley

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But that’s not it, Tala Records is also situated in The Gasket Alley, a curated space which houses a variety of different businesses so after picking up a few vinyl records, the possibilities on what to do next are endless.

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur
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Electric Dreams Collectives, situated directly opposite Tala Records, is a tattoo parlor, specializing in beautiful & intricate designs for a reasonable price.

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur
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Before heading over, make sure to contact them beforehand either via phone or email.

SHOP DETAILS:

Address: The Gasket Alley, Lot 15, Jalan 13/6, Section 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Monday closed, Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 8pm, Saturday: 10am – 8pm 
Telephone: 012-548 8446 (Please call to make a walk-in appointment) 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/electricdreamstattoocollective/
Instagram: @electricdreamscollective

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If you’ve always wanted to ride a Harley Davidson bike but never knew where to find one, its first dealership can be found right at the entrance of Gasket Alley and yes, the bikes are available to test-drive!

SHOP DETAILS

Address: The Gasket Alley, Lot 15, Jalan 13/6, Petaling Jaya, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 7pm (except on Sundays, closes at 4:30pm)
Telephone: 03-7955 9377
Official website: https://harleypj.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harleydavidsonpj/ 

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Feeling worn out from all these exhilarating activities? Drop by coffeeboy, a quaint hole on the ground floor, a hole in the wall coffee joint for a caffeine fix, a long black costs only RM5! You will find it at the far end of Gasket Alley and allow the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans to lead the way.

 SHOP DETAILS

Address: The Gasket Alley. Lot 15, 13, Jalan 13/6, Seksyen 13
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm, Saturday: 10am – 6pm (Closed on Sundays)
Telephone: 03-7955 9355
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coffeeboyclub/ 

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3. Save the planet by going on a thrifting adventure

If you’re not living under a rock, you’ve probably seen the current social media frenzy about climate change so let’s do our part in saving our planet by switching to sustainable fashion. To do just that, hit up the hidden thrifting gems of KL. Just remember to bring your own bag or all efforts to become more environmentally friendly will resort back to nil and trust me, having a big bag to stuff all your finds will be less of a hassle than having to lug around an armful of plastic bags.

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A personal favourite of ours is JBR Bundle, a franchise available in Shah Alam, Bandar Sri Damansara & Cheras.

From winter jackets to RM5 flannels, JBR Bundle has the biggest variety of second-hand clothes and with enough patience and time to shift through the endless rows of clothing, something one of a kind will soon be found and most definitely at a steal. Also at the top level of the Shah Alam outlet, secondhand Supreme merchandise can be found encased in a glass! 

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SHOP DETAILS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JBRBUNDLE/?ref=nf
Telephone: 013-629 5755
Instagram: @jbrbundle

JBR Bundle Shah Alam

Address: Jalan Penyelenggara U1/73, Hicom-glenmarie Industrial Park, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 12am (except for Friday, opens at 2:30pm)

JBR Bundle Bandar Sri Damansara

Address: 40, Jalan, Persiaran Industri, Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 2am 

JBR Bundle Hulu Langat, Cheras

Address:  Taman Kemacahaya, 43200 Cheras, Selangor
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 12am (except for Friday, opens at 2:30pm)

Another fun place to go vintage clothing hunting is the weekend market at Jalan Raja Bot in Chow Kit. The most fun aspect of this market is how the stalls only start opening at 9pm and only start closing up around the wee hours of 3am. So, it’s definitely recommended to have your friends join on this midnight pursuit of all things vintage. Surprisingly enough, the items are well-curated and branded items are a common commodity in each stall.

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MARKET DETAILS:

Address: Just Waze to Jalan Raja Bot, Chow Kit
Opening hours: Friday – Saturday: 9pm – 4am

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Situated right in the heart of the Jalan Raja Bot market is also Shahrin’s Bundle where piles of clothing are laid out for only, yes you read that right, RM1! Of course these piles are not for the fainthearted as the quality of clothes you chance upon will differ from “Why do I feel something STICKY???” to “How in the world is this only RM1???” so a face mask and a whole lot of determination is recommended when perusing the beautiful chaos that is Shahrin’s Bundle.

SHOP DETAILS:

Address: 48-60, Jalan Raja Bot, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Monday – Tuesday, 24 hours
Telephone: 0172421519
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sharins-Bundle/242460872587566

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4.  Sway the dancefloor away at Lindykl

Relieve the old days by learning the popular dance style of the 1920s: swing dancing. Birthed during the peak of swing jazz, it quickly became the dance of choice for partners wanting to tear up the dance floor in that conservative era. 

However, swing dancing is just an umbrella term for a variety of dances that was birthed during that time period. To prevent any confusion, Lindykl, a dance studio specializing in swing dancing classes has made it simple for beginners to dip their toes (or should I say, point) into this dance revival, by focusing solely on Lindy Hop (hence their name). 

They offer a beginners’ class which includes learning basic rhythms, turns of 6 & 8 counts and also the basic Charleston. Upon completing the class, students are encouraged to join their Level 2 class which teaches students: The Swingout, the most essential move of Lindy Hop. Priced at RM130 per class, the lessons are spread out within 2 days, back-to-back, ensuring you’ll get the swing of it in no time!

VENUE DETAILS

Address: Refer to the website each month where classes are being held
Opening hours: Refer to website 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindykl/
Email: [email protected]

And these were our underrated picks on how to kill time in the city, so put down that phone or switch off your computer and experience these unique activities right this instant! 

Katricia Lum
Katricia Lum
Will write for iced blacks and Panadols. Also if I'm not hunched over my laptop trying to meet deadlines, I'm most definitely sleeping.

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