Getting something memorable is on the to-do list for many of us while travelling, but much of the time souvenirs like I ‘heart’ T-shirts and keychains of iconic buildings can be boring and tacky. If you’re in KL and looking for something that will truly reflect your experiences in Malaysia, head to these places that offer one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
The Batik Boutique
Not just any ordinary souvenir store, The Batik Boutique is where you can support women of low-income backgrounds when you shop for your favourite merchandise. Each piece is carefully crafted by more than 150 artisans with natural fibre batik textiles.
Whether it’s a dress, bag or trinkets, all of The Batik Boutique’s products make great gifts for those who have an eye for handmade goods. Sign up for a batik workshop should you want to explore your skills and personalise your own souvenir.
The Batik Boutique
WHERE 3, Jalan 26/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 9am-6pm (Mon-Sat)
TEL 03 2303 6052
Originating from Singapore, Naiise is a mini souvenir haven that will appeal to modern urban dwellers and those who are on the hunt for something trendy yet symbolic. Beyond the store’s minimal façade is a myriad of lifestyle items from over 50 brands, about half of which are home-grown.
Naiise pioneers the #GoLocal movement with pride by retailing in products that are infused with nostalgic elements inspired by childhood memories and everyday experiences, such as kuih cushions, old school card games and prints of vintage advertisements.
WHERE 82, Zhongshan Building, Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 10.30am-8pm (Tue-Fri), 9.30am-6pm (Sat-Sun)
TEL 019 465 8284
Short for ‘A Piece of Malaysia’, APOM started operations in Bangsar Village late 2018 and caught the people’s attention instantly with interesting keepsakes that capture the essence of Malaysia.
Each product is designed to carry messages about cultures and trending topics in the country in a quirky and humorous way. You will see cartoons and Malaysian slang labelled on tees, mugs, keychains, tote bags and trinkets that will elicit giggles from those who have a glance.
WHERE F-3C, Level 1, Bangsar Village I, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 10am-10pm (daily)
TEL 012 906 8798