Before reading about what to do in one day in kl with kids, you should read day one and two part one here, and part two here. If you’re wondering who the hell we even are, read our short bio!


We wanted to hit the ground running on our first day so focused on what to do in one day in KL with kids, to help us prioritise. We went to bed last night ready to explore!
Then we woke up…at 11am. Oops. Turns out the alarm I activated for 8am was the ‘Saturday’ one. No matter; we must have needed the rest. Needless to say, we’ve missed breakfast. We snack on what we have left from the previous day, and set off to find something to eat. But what? Breakfast? Lunch? Our bodyclocks are messed up and we’re not really sure what we want. We settle for ‘something airconditioned’ and visit the foodhall of the Pavilion mall.
Down in this basement level there are plenty of options, and HPY goes through the menu of a couple of stalls and end up with a plate of noodles with beansprouts for the little people. I then have a go, and bimble my way through the options at a different stall. I established that the setup here is to pick a load of ingredients and this will be cooked to form my meal.
The items I’ve selected (some pak choi, mushrooms, chicken, and some other unidentified beige items) are then cut up by the stall worker, and cooked in front of me.
He then offers me a choice of ‘chicken soup or spicy soup?’ to go in the bowl with the cooked ingredients. Not particularly desirous of either (I’d rather be eating pancakes right now to be quite honest) but not confident that the unspoken third option of ‘no soup at all’ is indeed on the table, I choose chicken soup and head back to the table. So this is breakfast!
The lesson here is think ahead to your first morning. If you are used to western breakfast options and have had a long travel, either get up early enough for the hotel breakfast if that’s an option, or do research on where you can get something that will appeal. As a side note, Pavilion has free wifi. This seems to be the case in many malls and is useful for the Scottish among us who are not planning on using much data and have therefore resorted to a sort of amish, olden days sort of no-data-on-the-go vibe

Petronas Towers, A Coffee, And The Suria KLCC Mall

Focusing on the question of what to do in one day in KL with kids, we decided the Petronas Towers was a good bet for the itinerary. There’s a walkway from Pavilion all the way to the Suria KLCC mall under the towers, and it’s about 1.1km long. I highly advise you get it. It’s wide and bright and AIR CONDITIONED. Yes, we are all about the air conditioning right now. You can get off at various points along the route and all in all it’s very pleasant to take your time with jetlagged little grumps. The children also enjoyed it. There are security guards along the way, as there are around KL, and it’s odd to see but you soon get used to them. There’s an Illy cafe at the entrance to the walkway at Pavilion, so I treated myself to a macchiato.
It’s worth noting that I’m a coffee fiend at home and barista coffee is expensive in Malaysia. This coffee from Illy was beautful and the milk was texturised perfectly, but it was 11 ringgit, which is just over £2. A cappuccino was 14 ringgit, which is about £2.80. UK prices. There are other places we’ve seen but so far the prices for proper barista coffees seems about this, though it will be interesting to see the differences in smaller towns and cities.
The Suria KLCC mall is a good spot if you are jetlagged and hiding from the heat or thunderstorms. It’s utterly enormous. You can easily while away the hours shopping or just meandering. We hid from the rain as we searched (with no luck) for some ponchos. Surprising, because the mall is huge. Really huge. I’m fairly sure I got altitude sickness going up in the lift. Be prepared to change your watch as you will travel through at least 3 timezones passing from one end to the other. I digress. Inside the convention centre side of the Suria is Aquaria KLCC, a large aquarium. Expensive, but another good place to spend some time.
The rain eased off and we headed out to get a view of the towers, through the park and to the playpark, the KLCC Park. This is an extremely well-equipped play park at the back of the Twin Towers, set among a large wooded park. It’s really a great spot, though the sheer amount of play equipment can mean temporarily-lost children. There’s a mini water park which I’m sure is great fun when it’s not overcast as it was today. NB: remember your bug spray, especially around the ankles.
The park offers a fantastic view of the towers, and is apparently very vibrant and busy at night, as people come to see the towers lit up. Although we weren’t there for it, the fountain puts on a show at 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm.
The day was pushing on now so we headed to a Lonely Planet recommended restaurant. After walking for about 20 minutes we realised it was now part of the foundations of a skyscraper that was being built.
This is a problem if you’re tired and hungry and jetlagged. And if you we in the restaurant when they started building the foundations.
It’s going to take a bit of getting used to the pacing here; the heat is totally sapping the energy of the children and the parents aren’t much better.

Dinner And The Worst Gift Ever

After another aborted stop for food at the Skywalk food walkway, we went down to the food market Lot 10 Hutong. A really interesting place, it’s a food haven for lovers of hawker food stalls (where the best food is). This was the first mall to encourage the best local hawkers to set up, and the top rated producers include Soong Kee, Kong Tai, and Hon Kee. The former’s beef noodles appear to be the dish to try, so after getting the children their choice (chicken and noodles), I waded in and ordered. Somehow I got the dish….with soup added. Broth again. Not sure how this keeps happening. We tried another dish (a red curry, which wasn’t as tasty as the beef noodles. Our dishes are around 11RM (ringgit) each and are well-portioned.
We were then offered a sample of ice cream which was sold form one of the stalls. Free ice cream sample! How kind!
Not kind. Awful. It was DURIAN ice cream.
I do not understand the love of durian here. For those not familiar, durian is a spiked hell fruit that tastes of socks and all your worst nightmares. To make ice cream with it is the equivalent of that woman that put a cat in a bin. It’s inexplicable and mad. And one of the worst things I’ve ever eaten. None of us managed more than a tiny taste. Thankfully the lady from whom we received it didn’t return for feedback.

Despite that, it’s been a good day. We walk home, get a gelato on the way, and sleep restlessly. If the question is tell me what to do in one day in KL with kids, twin towers, new food, playpark, and ice cream sounds pretty good to me.