MalaysiaKuala Lumpur Free All Year Mostly Outdoor
District

Little India (Brickfields)

The traditional home of KL's Indian population, the Brickfields neighborhood reflects its residents' vivacious flare with blazing colors and aromatic spices wafting into its streets. Little India centers around Jalan Tun Sambanthan, a commercial street lined with Indian grocers, restaurants, gold jewelers, and clothing and fabric stores.

Visitors can easily spend an afternoon wandering the colorful streets of Brickfields admiring exquisite fabrics used to craft traditional Indian dresses, listing to bopping Bollywood music, and sampling authentic snacks like dosa, thin pancakes made from fermented rice flour. For a more substantial meal, follow your nose to the nearest Indian restaurant or street food stall for a spicy curry.

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Price

Free

Time Spent

1-2hours

Fitness level: Easy

Hours

24 hours7 days

Look Around

Authentic Indian food is very affordable in the many restaurantsAuthentic Indian food is very affordable in the many restaurants
Iconic colorful arches of Little IndiaIconic colorful arches of Little India
Brightly colored decorative potsBrightly colored decorative pots
Detailed texture of archesDetailed texture of arches
Icons of Little India
Multi-level clothing and textile storeMulti-level clothing and textile store
Bright garments on saleBright garments on sale
Decorative marigold flowers are often used for weddingsDecorative marigold flowers are often used for weddings
Fresh fruits and vegetablesFresh fruits and vegetables
Shopping in Little India
Wide sidewalksWide sidewalks
Colorful arches make for perfect photosColorful arches make for perfect photos
Scores of jewelry stores along the main streetScores of jewelry stores along the main street
Walking along the main street

Who Will Like Little India

Food Connoisseur

Eat like a local with aromatic curries, tasty snacks, and lunchtime thali sets at bargain prices. In observance of the Hindu faith, many restaurants are vegetarian only, some serving plant-based mock meats. It’s not uncommon for curries to be served on banana leaves instead of plates – why wash dishes?

Culture Buff

Observe a range of Indian traditions, from the intricate fabric and accessories that form traditional Indian dress, to colorful floral decorations used as offerings. For a glimpse into the Hindu faith, visit the Sri Kandaswamy Kovil or Sri Mahamariamman temples to admire the vibrant artwork and folklore characters.

Retail Therapist

Find a traditional sari to take home or stock up on precious gems and gold bangles at an Indian jeweler.

Insider Tips For Little India

Visit in the early evenings for the most activity. Watch the colorful buildings and street decorations illuminate with neon lights as the sun begins to set.

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Where Is It

Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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How To Get There

Train (KTM KomuterKL Sentral)

Walk 6 minutes southeast from train station along Jalan Stesen Central 5.

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Train (LRT KLSentral)

Walk 6 minutes southeast from train station along Jalan Stesen Central 5.

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Monorail (TunSambanthan Monorail)

Walk 5 minutes northwest from monorail station along Jalan Tun Sambanthan 4.

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Rideshare

Grab drivers drop off along Jalan Tun Sambanthan.

BusKL 1083 Palm Court

600, 601, 604, 640, 650, 656, 751, 770, 772, 780, 781, 782, 821 Stop

Walk 4 minutes northwest from bus station along Jalan Berhala.

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What To Bring

Do:
  • Cash as many food stalls don’t take card.
  • Modest clothing if planning to visit temples.
  • Water to drink.
Don't:
  • Large belongings difficult to carry.

Tech & Photography

Wifi

Public wifi access: None

Photography

Photography allowed: Yes

Tripod allowed: Not encouraged

Selfie sticks allowed: Yes

Best time to shoot: Blue Hour

Tips: The colored arches lining Jalan Tun Sambanthan provide a creative frame or backdrop from a variety of angles.

Drones

Drones allowed: Yes (subject to national/regional rules)

Bags

Backpacks allowed: Yes

Secured bag lockers available: No

Food & Drink

Dozens of Indian restaurants and street food stands are located along Jalan Tun Sambanthan and the surrounding streets.

Backstory

In 1881, a devastating fire, followed by a disastrous flood swept through Kuala Lumpur, destroying many of the area's wooden homes with thatched roofs. In response, British officials mandated that all future homes be constructed of brick and tile. Predicting an increase in demand for bricks, local businessman Yap Kwan Seng established a kiln in the district now known as Brickfields, which soon developed a reputation as the center for high quality bricks in Kuala Lumpur.

The district was also home to the main rail depot, now KL Sentral Station. To operate the rail system, British officials brought in many workers from Sri Lanka, who lived in small quarters around the depot. Before long, Indian culture was flourishing in the Brickfields district, as it still does today.

Etiquette

Do:
  • Be respectful of local customs, like vegetarianism. 
  • Dress modestly especially if visiting temples. 

Scorecard

Best Parts:
  • Authentic Indian food like curries at bargain prices.
  • Colorful buildings and street decorations, especially at night.   
  • Large variety of stores and restaurants to choose from. 
Could Be Better:
  • Large area with limited signage. Difficult to choose where to go. 
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