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Love the idea of Christmas in New York? You need to visit this city...

Kuala Lumpur: an ideal festive destination

By Siobhan Grogan

A veritable hotbed of culture, the Big Apple is home to some of the world’s most famous landmarks, architecture, parks, art, food and theatre, as well as the most incredible sporting, musical and retail experiences imaginable. It transforms itself for the festive season with twinkling lights, iconic ice-skating locales and unique gifting opportunities, making it a dream Christmas getaway.

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But it's not the only place that comes alive in the winter, offering incredible cultural experiences, delicious dining and unique souvenirs that make perfect gifts for everyone in the family. Here's where to travel this winter if you're looking for a fresh take on festive travel...

The beauty of Kuala Lumpur in the winter

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Like NYC, you’ll find a diverse mix of cultures and traditions in Kuala Lumpur, with Malays, Chinese and Indian locals all happily cohabiting this magical city. Foodies will be in seventh heaven – tuck into a huge array of delectable dishes reflecting the local population, from mouthwatering traditional Malay cuisine, to regional Chinese feasts and warming Indian curries.

Amber Chinese Muslim Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Pick from elegant rooftop dining with sweeping views in Jalan Binjai or Jalan Pinang (Fuego is great for tapas, or enjoy a meat feast at Marble 8), or head to Jalan Alor for street food like you’ve never experienced before.

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It’s a great place to scratch that festive shopping itch, too. Find designer deals at Pavilion KL in Bukit Bintang, or pick up thoughtful treasures and souvenirs at Central Market. It might not offer winter snow or ice-skating rinks, but – unlike New York – you could return with bags of Christmas gifts... and a tan.

About the Author

Siobhan Grogan

Siobhan Grogan

Siobhan is a travel, music and lifestyle journalist who has written for publications including NME, Harper’s Bazaar, British Airway’s High Life, Grazia, City AM and the Evening Standard. She is constantly searching out new destinations to explore, but loves returning to Sydney, New York and Italy.

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