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Kuala Lumpur - Shopping

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There is a 10% service charge and 5% government tax (VAT) to most hotel and restaurant bills.

KL city offers a great range of foods and cuisines, and expatriates will be spoilt for choice. For expatriates in search for the occasional comfort foods, international supermarket chains, such as Carrefour, TESCOs, Cold Storage are the best bet for imported products.

TESCOs offers best value for non-food items such as soaps, detergents, toilet paper and other home products, and they carry mainly British brands. Most TESCOs offer free parking. For fresh food, the best selections are offered by Cold Storage and Citi Super (in Sri Hartamas Shopping Center). The Cold Storage outlets in the Bangsar Shopping Center, KLCC and IKANO Power Center offer a good variety of imported goods such as biscuits, sauces, olive oils and pasta. The Cold Storage range generally offers the widest range and the produce quality is excellent, but their prices are also the steepest. Carrefour is another option for imported products, especially for European cuisines (wine, cheese). Ampang Grocers offer a great selection of American foods (think Nutter Butters, Reese's Cups, frozen Dole juices…). Hock Choon is another option, and both Ampang Grocers and Hock Choon are found in Persiaran Ampang. For Indian cuisine, Little India (Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman) has many little stores offering a range of ingredients and produce. Modern Store stocks ingredients for Indian cuisine, such as masalas, lentils.

For expatriates who do not drive, there are home deliveries offered by many supermarket chains. One local home delivery / van service is Phang Trading (Tel: 03 4257 3468.

Major departmental stores are Jusco, Isetan, Metrojaya and Parkson. Many mid-range / regular / local shops are located in malls such as One Utama, Mid-Valley Mega Mall, Sunway Pyramid, the Curve and Lot 10. Haircuts and manicures services are also found in these malls. High-end shopping (designer labels) are in Suria KLCC, Star Hill and K Avenue.

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