After the sun goes down, the main cities in Malaysia take on a different shade of brilliance. Fashionable restaurants, cosy cafes and the ever-popular 24-hour mamak draw in the crowds with promises of a good night out. Many urban areas, especially around Kuala Lumpur, have venues open until dawn to cater to city folks who prefer jumping into the thick of action at night.

From neighbourhood pubs to vibrant clubs headlined by international deejays, nightlife in Malaysia’s urbanscape is not to be missed. In Kuala Lumpur, the partying is centred along Changkat Bukit Bintang, with other social hubs being Asian Heritage Row and Jalan P. Ramlee.

A popular night-time activity for Malaysians is eating, with hawkers open until the wee hours of the morning. Whether you’re hungry after a heady clubbing session, or just peckish after a midnight movie, street food is available everywhere, catering to every single palate.

Key Tips

  • Make sure you carry some cash as street food hawkers do not accept credit cards.

  • The mass public transport system stops operating around midnight, so be prepared to take a taxi back to your hotel if you are out late. A midnight surcharge applies.