Top 17 Places To Visit In KL For FREE At Night

Top 17 Places To Visit In KL For FREE At Night

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Don’t Stay Stuck At Home After Hours With A Tight Budget When You’ve Got These Top 17 Places To Visit In KL For FREE At Night!

It’s really not surprising that cities + going out at night = an empty wallet or a hefty bill to be paid. That’s a notion that’s common around the world. Which is why many opt to stay in and indulge in Netflix, giving rise to the more literal of Netflix and chill over exploring the concrete jungle after hours.

But what if I told you that exploring Kuala Lumpur after sunset doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag? The city of Kuala Lumpur is known for its diverse culture, rich history, ever growing art scene, and bustling nightlife, each offering an array of experiences that can be enjoyed free of charge. Yes, you read that right - free things.

Think well lit historical lanes that give you a glimpse into tales of the past, to dazzling displays where art and architecture intertwine, and mega malls with heaps to see while dodging the tropical humidity. This very city transforms into a nocturnal playground that caters to all, be it families, couples, and even the lone wolves among us. 

There’s something for everyone, so read on to discover places to go and things to see in this beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur at night that you can do for free.

Top 17 Places To Check Out For Free At Night In Kuala Lumpur

Kwai Chai Hong at night. Photo by Kwai Chai Hong.

1. Kwai Chai Hong

Enter Kwai Chai Hong, which literally translates to Ghost Lane or Little Demon Alley from the Cantonese dialect. Despite the name this lane holds no supernatural relation, but a simple explanation steeped in Malaysia's history. 

One of it is said to be tied to the history of this place where it was a hub for migrant workers from China that settled here in the early days of the 20th century, who used the colloquial slang of “kwai chai” to refer to the mischievous children playing there in the olden days.

Kwai Chai Hong has since been restored to preserve its cultural heritage and traditional architecture, where visitors can explore the majestically restored shop houses, vibrant murals that depict the daily life of the area’s early inhabitants, and interactive art installations during festive periods. It’s certainly a spot where photography enthusiasts and individuals interested in art, history, and culture would enjoy.

The best time to visit this place is during the evening just before sunset or at night when the area is beautifully lit up, offering one a step into a magical atmosphere.

Opening Hours: 9am - 12am, daily

Address: Lorong Panggung, City Centre, 50000, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bukit Bintang crossing. Photo by Benjamin Sow.

2. Bukit Bintang @ Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Extroverts will thrive with the hustle and bustle of Bukit Bintang, affectionately and widely known worldwide as the Golden Triangle. These days, this place gives a similar vibe to Tokyo’s famed Shibuya Crossing thanks to the Bukit Bintang intersection that connects major parts of the city to serve as one of Kuala Lumpur’s busiest crosswalks.

It’s a major tourist attraction known for its vibrant nightlife, bustling streets, and plethora of shopping and dining options, but we’re not here to spend. Some of the best freebies here include watching live busking sessions at the Bukit Bintang crosswalk either at the direction leading from Sungei Wang or by McDonald's side of the intersection.

Another thing you can do is a free and easy spree of window shopping amongst the several street stalls around the area, or to simply pop into any of the malls found along the path to enjoy some air conditioning away from humid nights. Since it can get very busy at night, do be mindful of the crowd and your belongings!

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: Bukit Bintang, 55100, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Saloma Link Bridge and Kuala Lumpur Petronas Twin Towers. Photo by Ridzuan Ibrahim.

3. Saloma Link Bridge

Countries around the world have their iconic bridges that attract those from far and wide, and we’re just as well off as they are with our very own Saloma Link Bridge. This 69-metres artistic bridge is a pedestrian bridge designed on inspiration of the traditional sirih junjung, a traditional Malay floral arrangement, and it connects Kampung Baru to the KLCC park esplanade area.

It’s an architectural marvel that serves not only as a mode of transportation, but also a new iconic landmark in the city. Visitors can walk, cycle, or take a quick ride on a rented scooter across the bridge while enjoying panoramic views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline that includes the famed Petronas Twin Towers. 

The Saloma Link Bridge is especially beautiful at night when it is fully illuminated with colourful lights akin to that of a modern rainbow. Photographers, couples looking for a romantic walk, and anyone who appreciates modern architecture will truly enjoy being here at night.

Fun Fact: The Saloma Link Bridge was named after the famous Malaysian singer and actress, Saloma!

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: 9, Lorong Raja Muda Musa 3, Kampung Baru, 50300, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Connaught Night Market in Cheras. Photo by Erica Chang.

4. Visit A Night Market

Kuala Lumpur’s night markets, fondly called pasar malam, are a local staple that sets a truly bustling and vibrant atmosphere for one night out of the week in the local neighbourhoods. Each neighbourhood’s night market has its own unique charm while featuring an assortment of delicious street food and affordable trinkets.

Night markets are free to access for everyone and some food stalls even allow you to sample their treats, be it a local snack, a traditional dish, or even fresh fruits. Take note while some delicious treats come at low prices, there are some that are exorbitantly priced while you can find another food stall selling the very same at a lower price! One way to counter this and get the best deals is to walk around before committing to one stall.

The most popular night markets to visit in Kuala Lumpur are the Taman Connaught Night Market in Cheras on Wednesday nights, the Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman Night Market (Pasar Malam Kuala Lumpur), and the Jalan Masjid India Night Market which typically caters more to Kuala Lumpur’s Indian Muslim community.

Thousand Miles crossbody bag - perfect to keep your belongings safe in crowded spaces!

Bonus Tip: Keep some cash handy if you’d like to buy some snacks or accessories as many vendors don’t accept card payments, and only some accept QR payments.

Bonus Tip #2: Wear comfortable and airy clothing, bring a portable fan and a bottle of water with you in a little bag as it can get hot and stuffy with the crowd in more popular night markets!

Opening Hours: Varies depending on the night market.

Sultan Abdul Samad building at night. Photo by Johns Chery Thomas.

5. Sultan Abdul Samad Building

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most prominent landmarks that is found right smack in front of Merdeka Square. It was constructed in the late 1900’s during the colonial era, which explains why it showcases Moorish-style architecture.

The building itself is not open to the public since the Malaysian government uses it as an administrative building, but its exterior and surrounding gardens come alive brilliantly at night for a truly spectacular view. Even more so during festive periods and special occasions where it is illuminated with even more decorative lights.

History aficionados, architecture enthusiasts, and photographers will find the Sultan Abdul Samad Building especially appealing, while couples and individuals seeking a serene spot would do well here with an evening stroll.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50050, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Merdeka Square at night. Photo by Nikos Larios.

6. Merdeka Square

We can’t simply visit the Sultan Abdul Samad Building without paying a visit to the Merdeka Square now, can we? Kuala Lumpur’s Merdeka Square is a significant historical site that marks the start of Malaysia’s independence as of 1957. It’s surrounded by heritage buildings while one of the world’s tallest flagpoles stands proudly at 95-metres on its grounds.

Visitors can enjoy an evening or night picnic by or on its open, grassy field or opt to take a leisurely walk around the area to check out the landmarks that surround it. The square is often the focal point for national celebrations, events, and gatherings so if you’re lucky you may run into a free event on the night you’re there!

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50050, Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Titiwangsa Lake Park at night. Photo by Afyan Mat Rawi.

7. Titiwangsa Lake Park

Second only to the popular KLCC park esplanade is the Titiwangsa Lake Park, a large recreational park surrounding a man-made lake that offers scenic views and a tranquil environment even amidst the bustling city centre.

The Titiwangsa Lake Park is well patronised during the day and night where it comes alive with rickshaw drivers (tuk-tuk drivers) in their brightly decorated rickshaws waiting to ferry visitors about the park in the dark of the night. Bicycle renters are also found throughout the area so you can opt to rent and ride around the lake for a breezy time at night.

But if you’re not intending to spend then a leisurely walk around the lake is also a far more relaxing option (plus it’s free!) that allows you to enjoy the lake’s cooling breeze along with views of the Petronas Twin Towers, Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower), and the rest of the city’s brightly lit skyscrapers. As of late, there are now food trucks selling street food in the area for park-goers to enjoy come evening onwards. This calls for an evening picnic now!

Opening Hours: 6:30am - 10pm, daily

Address: Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Titiwangsa, 53200, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pavilion during Christmas season. Photo by Ismail Teh.

8. Cooling Walk & Window Shopping Therapy In A Shopping Mall

Kuala Lumpur is famous for being home to numerous shopping malls like Suria KLCC in the Petronas Twin Towers, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur at Bukit Bintang, Mid Valley Megamall, The Gardens Mall, and The Exchange TRX. Only that these aren’t just shopping destinations, they’re entertainment and cultural hubs too.

Thankfully it costs nothing to enter the mall, unless you’re driving there so parking naturally comes at a fee. Which means that visitors can window shop, enjoy the mall’s architectural design, partake in free events like live performances and the occasional art exhibitions, and various events often held by malls during the festive season.

Bonus Tip: Did you know that you can fully explore both Suria KLCC and Pavilion in a day without paying for public transport in the heart of Kuala Lumpur? Start your window shopping journey at Pavilion, then take the connected walkway that leads all the way to the Petronas Twin Towers and you can then start your window shopping spree in Suria KLCC!

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm, daily

Address: Varies depending on the shopping mall.

Lake Symphony at KLCC. Photo by Kyle Hasegawa.

9. KLCC’s Dancing Symphony Fountain at Lake Symphony

Did you know that Malaysia is home to one of the largest water fountain shows in Southeast Asia? It’s none other than our very own Lake Symphony located just outside the Petronas Twin Towers!

The man-made lake offers visitors a free mesmerising water fountain performance that is synchronised with dazzling lights and music to create a captivating display. Best of all - it’s free to watch! You’ll get to enjoy different musical themes on different days, and the fountain is particularly impressive at night when the lights are on in full display of its majesty.

It’s a fantastic spot for families with little children, couples looking for a date night outdoors, and individuals seeking to unwind by the waterfront for a relaxing evening. But that’s not all, you can also opt to take a free walk through the KLCC park esplanade’s well lit and beautifully landscaped trail!

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm, daily. Lake Symphony shows begin at 7:30pm - 10pm.

Address: Simfoni Lake, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jalan Alor street art murals.

10.  Jalan Alor Food Street For Street Murals

Jalan Alor is one of Kuala Lumpur’s oldest street food scenes, offering tourists and locals (but mostly tourists) a vibrant array of local Malaysian cuisine and some international fare. But did you know that this food street contains some of the most impressive colourful street murals?

It is only at night where Jalan Alor comes alive with brightly lit lanterns adorning the air space between buildings, hawkers setting up their stalls, advertising their offerings from grilled meats to local desserts, and the seafood restaurants promoting their catch-of-the-day. But what takes it further are the colourful street murals that grace the walls of Jalan Alor’s shop houses which add an artistic touch to the whole culinary experience.

While food comes at an extra cost, wandering along Jalan Alor to soak up the atmosphere and take in the street art done by local artists is free.

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petaling Street's iconic arch at night. Photo by Hwang WK.

11. Petaling Street & Central Market

One of the world’s most famous streets and tourist attractions is found in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, Petaling Street. It’s known for its bustling market selling apparels, inspired luxury goods, the odd bong here and there, and local snacks, while the nearby Central Market is a hub for Malaysian culture, arts, and crafts.

Taking a walk through the bustling Petaling Street will place you right smack in the centre of a sensory overload thanks to its myriad of goods and food options, while those seeking a more relaxed ambiance can opt to take a leisurely walk through the local artisanal stalls and exhibits found in Central Market.

It goes without saying that the crafts and products you spot along your walk come with a price tag, but strolling through both locations in this vibrant part of town, including the art exhibits, is free.

Opening Hours: 8am - 8pm, on Sundays to Fridays, 8am - 10pm on Saturdays.

Address: Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thean Hou Temple at night. Photo by Moon Pradhan.

12. Thean Hou Temple

It may sound odd to most to visit a temple at night, but this particular temple is a stunning marvel being one of Southeast Asia’s oldest and largest Chinese temples. It’s dedicated to Thean Hou, the goddess of the sea, and it is an important cultural and religious site that comes beautifully alive at night thanks to the dazzling traditional red lanterns that blanket the courtyard.

Entry is free to visitors who may enjoy the temple’s grand design, tastefully formed gardens, and the occasional cultural performances or ceremonies that the temple hosts during the Chinese festival periods like Lunar New Year and Mid Autumn Festival.

But aside from the temple, its vantage location makes it one of the better scenic night spots for visitors to take in the panoramic views of the night sky.

Opening Hours: 8am - 8pm, daily

Address: 65, Persiaran Endah, Off Jalan Syed Putra, 50460, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Row at Chow Kit. Photo by The Row at Chow Kit.

13. Heritage Row at Chow Kit

Chow Kit’s Heritage Row is a treasure trove of preserved historical buildings and traditional trades that offers one a glimpse into Kuala Lumpur’s pre-war past. Only now it’s far more vibrant with the addition of eateries and well-lit pathways that frequently see scooter-riders prowling through its streets.

You can expect a nice, breezy stroll along Heritage Row while soaking in the tastefulness of the place’s antique shops and restored historical buildings in a less commercialised part of Kuala Lumpur. It’s also one of the top prime photography spots for budding photographers to get into capturing cityscapes thanks to its relatively quiet state (for now).

Opening Hours: 9am - 12am, daily

Address: 22-64, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Perdana Botanical Gardens sunken garden. Photo by Ryan Hen-Boisen.

14. Perdana Botanical Gardens

The Perdana Botanical Gardens nestled within the heart of KL city, is a lush green oasis that offers visitors a peaceful escape from the city’s urban hustle. Even more so in the evening when the gardens come alive with cooler temperatures and enhanced natural beauty away from the sun’s glare.

This green oasis is home to several famous attractions such as Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden, Sunken Garden, and Deer Park, where one can visit until just before the sun sets. While this spot has its dedicated morning crowd, the best time to visit is truly in the evening where the lake breeze makes the walk all the more cooling and relaxing.

Do note that while entry to the Perdana Botanical Gardens is free, the attractions may or may not come with a small entry fee. So if you’re looking for something free and easy, it’s best to simply enjoy the natural surroundings in the peaceful evening ambiance.

Opening Hours: 7am - 6pm on Mondays to Fridays, 7am - 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Address: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Desa ParkCity Central Park at night. Photo by Chan Yut Seng.

15. Desa ParkCity Waterfront

If watching little furkids prowl about the lakeside park is your idea of unwinding, then you must make a trip to Desa ParkCity’s lakeside park! This recreational hub within the Desa ParkCity township is known for its scenic lake, parklands, and peaceful community-focused lifestyle where dog owners regularly bring their little four-legged friends out for a stroll.

You’ll often find little night markets or artisanal markets hosted there during both day and night which are free to access. Alternatively you can head to one of the park’s playgrounds and open green spaces to enjoy an evening picnic by the lake with no picnic fee required. And if you’re lucky to be there during the festive seasons like Christmas, you’ll often find the park to be beautifully decorated with festive adornments all about for a stunning, brightly lit affair.

Just remember not to pet the dogs you see there until you get permission from the owner - some pet owners may not take too kindly to strangers touching their four-legged friends!

Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily

Address: 5, Persiaran Residen, Desa Parkcity, 52200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Book Xcess maze in REXKL. Photo by Andrew Teoh.

16. Get Lost In REXKL’s Maze-Like Bookstore

Set within an old restored cinema, now a cultural hub, lies REXKL BookXcess’ flagship store in Kuala Lumpur. Think of it as a book labyrinth, where one can begin their journey through shelves after shelves of books and pages, only to find themselves lost within the pages of the books or somewhat lost within the maze.

Okay fine, it isn’t actually that frightening. There are arrows found on the floor that lead you right back to the entrance if you do find yourself stuck inside. What’s awesome about this place is that you can freely enjoy the thrill of finding your way out of the maze while browsing the books available for sale to find your next read!

The ground floor of REXKL also hosts fun night activities which are sometimes free, along with a live band or the occasional busker playing from time to time. So if you’re lucky enough to be there at that time, you’ll be in for a treat in this vibrant part of KL at night!

Opening Hours: 8:30am - 10pm on Mondays to Thursdays, 8:30am - 12am on Fridays to Sundays

Address: 80, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

River of Life illuminated. Photo by Kaya Tank on Google images.

17. Watch The River Of Life’s Dancing Fountains

If KLCC’s Lake Symphony feels too mainstream (hah, geddit!) for you, head on over to the River of Life project to watch a free stunning display of dancing fountains. 

While those who have been living in KL city since the early 20th century will remember the river as a murky, brownish green stream, this particular water display found at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers serves as part of an urban renewal initiative to transform the rivers into vibrant waterfronts.

It’s one of the best night attractions that rivals Lake Symphony thanks to the synchronised lights, dancing waters, and misty display so visitors can enjoy a pleasant show while relaxing in the evening. It’s been a hit amongst families, tourists, and couples looking for a romantic backdrop so it’s definitely something to check out as a free spot to visit in the city!

Opening Hours: 6am - 12am, daily

Address: Jalan Benteng, City Centre, 50050, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia