A guide to Bangsar for families

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Bangsar is one of the most atmospheric neighbourhoods in KL. It is close to many schools and has plenty to do for families. Here are the top picks from our writers for a fun day out in Bangsar with the kids!

A print version of this guide is available in coffee shops and other outlets in and near Bangsar, and you’ll find some cool games for kids on the reverse side of the map. You can also download the pdf file of the map (A3 size) here.

Where to eat in Bangsar with kids

  1. Marmalade at Bangsar Village II offers kid-friendly lunches and a play area for the little ones. It’s the place to go for a quiet coffee when you need 5 minutes to yourself.
  2. Breakfast Thieves in AWP has got beautiful breakfasts for all, and colouring stuff for the kids. Best cappuccino to be found? Most likely.
  3. Proof Pizza + Wine also in AWP, fingerlicking pizzas. Try the gourmet truffle pizza!
  4. Lisette’s Cafe and Bakery in one of the back alleys of Bangsar does a great value brunch buffet on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, all within a lovely garden setting.
  5. Ganga Cafe has super tasty and very affordable vegetarian Indian food in one of the most atmospheric streets of Bangsar. Indulge in the Sunday buffet.
  6. Yellow Brick Road at Plaza Batai has the best pancakes ever! Nice tables both inside and out and, as a bonus, a kids’ nook upstairs. Try the Apom Terbalik pancake for a truly Malaysian twist or the Drew Berry More with meringue and berries for a decadent treat. All halal. Our review here!
Lisette’s Cafe and Bakery

Kids’ activities in Bangsar

  1. Kizsports & Gym in Bangsar Village II is a good indoor gym for younger ones with an array of climbing equipment, slides and multiple ball pools. They also offer a number of classes.
  2. Jungle Gym in BSC has a large play structure with all the usual tunnels, bridges and colourful obstacles. As a bonus, there is a roller skating arena just beside.
  3. Jurassica at Garden Mall is a hit with dinosaur fans and young explorers. Dinosaur exhibits, play area and lizards and spiders on show are great for kids aged 3-7. Read what we thought about Jurassica here.
  4. The Rift at Mid Valley Megamall touts itself as the largest virtual reality park in SE Asia. From 3D to virtual reality and augmented reality games, there is something for kids aged 7 and up, as well as for Mums and Dads. Check out a full review here.
  5. The National Science Centre has lots of buttons to push and is great fun for toddlers and primary school kids. Though a bit worn around the edges, it is great value at RM6 per entry. Do check out the play area on the side with a paddling pool, too! Read our review here.
  6. Breakout escape room at Nu Sentral is especially great for teenagers. There is also a cinema at this mall for a full day of fun!
  7. Butterfly Park in Lake Gardens captivates young and old alike with all that fluttering! It’s not stroller friendly but very walkable, even with the tiny ones in tow.
  8. Bird Park is the place to meet some of the most impressive bird species in Malaysia. It is stroller friendly and has a decent restaurant.
  9. Royal Malaysian Police Museum may be small, but it is packed with information on the Malaysian police – and it’s free! Added bonus are the police vehicles on display.
  10. Kids E World is a bright indoor playground at the Gardens Mall.
  11. Thean Hou Temple with great views and lots to explore is worth a visit any time of the year, but particularly during Chinese New Year.
Jurassica at Garden Mall

Walks & parks near Bangsar

  1. Taman Tugu is a 66-acre stretch of forest right in the heart of KL. With 4 kms of trails currently open to the public, it’s a fantastic place for an easy hike with kids. In addition, they have plenty of weekly activities for kids. 
  2. Lake Gardens has a huge playground, lots of paved walkways and green grassy areas with picnic tables. Come early to park next to the playground, or park at the central car park. Read our guide to Lake Gardens here!
  3. Kebun-kebun Bangsar community farm is a magical place for urban kids. Drop off your compost, pick up some fresh harvest and play with the chickens and ducks.
  4. Bukit Gasing is a green lung south of Bangsar. You can do easy to medium hikes up and down the hilly jungle. There is a parking lot with toilet facilities, and you will find a map of the trails at the entrance.

Here are some other top tips to what to do in Bangsar from our writers:

read our other KL guides here:

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