Bangsar is a prosperous residential area and a popular nightlife place on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. It is located in between Pantai Dalam dan Damansara, about four kilometres south-west of Kuala Lumpur city centre. The name Bangsar was based on the names of two board members of a British rubber company, Mr Edouard Bunge and Mr Alfred Grisar. These two men’s name were contracted thus creating the name, Bunge-Grisar rubber estate or Bungsar Estate and as time passed by, now it is known as Bangsar. One of its first government building is the Bangsar Hospital, previously known as the European Hospital, which was built in the early 1900s. In the early 1970s, an Eng Lian Enterprise Sdn Bhd had developed the Bangsar Baru neighbourhood, bringing more than a thousand residential places and a thriving business community. The following decade, Bangsar had become the sought-after nightlife place until this very day.
Driving into the town of Bangsar from the heart of Kuala Lumpur city centre will take just about ten minutes or so, depending on the current traffics. The peak hours, around seven in the morning, lunch hours and around five in the evening, will take more time than usual as the traffics in the surrounding areas will be congested.
From KL Central, get into the Putra Line of the LRT, or the Green line, and stop at the Bangsar station.
Flagging a taxi in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas, including Bangsar, is easy. Do keep in mind to ask about the price and insist of using the meter.
A typically Malaysian place, Bangsar is offering a wide array of cuisines, Mamak stalls, Indian Banana Leaf restaurants, Malay Warungs and Chinese hawkers are among the favourite lepak place for locals. Here, the choices are tremendous. Shout out to these several famous places that a must-go when in Bangsar. Restoran Mahbub, operates since 1974 is famous for their Honey Chicken Briyani, and varieties of dishes to accompany their nasi lemak. Next, the Devi’s Corner at Jalan Telawi 2 is popular for their reasonable, delicious Indian banana leaf rice. At night, Bangsar is filled with roadside hawkers stalls that open until late into the night. There are also a lot of 24-hours Mamak and banana leaf restaurants to cater to those hunger pangs that come knocking in the late hours of the nights or very early in the morning.
Malaysian’s official Little India is located just beside Bangsar, in Brickfields. This is the one of the oldest Indian settlements in the country. Here, do expect the scenery and ambience to change vastly. This Little India is made up of several streets, from Jalan Travers all the way to Jalan Tun Sambanthan. Most of these streets are filled with Indian stores and restaurants, selling everything from Indian traditional clothing, herbs and spices, and local delights such as thosai and vadai. There are also stores that sell beautiful and colourful flower garlands for religious ceremonies.
A luxury hotel that is located just seven minutes out from the heart of Bangsar, this is the place to stay when come to Bangsar. Paired with its strategic location and comfortable rooms they provided, this hotel has received great reviews by its patrons despite the price is slightly expensive than others. The price for a room starts at RM395, and can go up to RM 500 per night depending on the type of room chosen. The rooms are spacious, clean and quiet for its patrons to relax and enjoy.