Jalan Alor is a unique food destination in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Visit this street at night time and you step into the heart of a modern Asian city that epitomises the chaos yet beauty of life in Asia as centred around food, family and eating out.
During the day, there is not much activity as it is generally too hot. But when the sun goes down, the street becomes a mecca for all food that is Asian boasting many Malay, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and other restaurants. All these restaurants flow onto the street all with their own touters to try and get you to take a seat and eat.
When I first arrived in KL, back in 2010, the restaurants in Jalan Alor only really covered one side of the street while now they overflow on both sides making it very crowded. The positive however is that since the subway opened, this area, which was red light district, has been tidied up and now is a spot for tourists and local families to enjoy. You will see just as many locals as tourists enjoying the range of food to offer. Many dishes quite unique.
The street takes on a life of its own and as a visitor to Kuala Lumpur you will definitely be missing out if you don’t spend an evening browsing and eating at Jalan Alor. Don’t confuse it with Changkat Bukit Bintang which is its sister street with clubs and bars and as such decide not to go to Jalan Alor with the family – you must go!!!
If you head down to the far end of the street (away from Changkat) you will find the food cheaper and more on offer. You will also be less targeted as a tourist. The other watch item is don’t fall into the trap of trying Durian here. Not only is it well over priced but it is not good quality and so you will risk not appreciating just how great Durian can be.
Take your time to stroll Jalan Alor and look in the little stalls and shops and other happenings along the way.
Once you find a place you like, make sure you take your time with a bottle of Tiger Beer and sit back and people watch and take in this very Asian experience.