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This Month's Picks

South Indian

Saravanabhavan - South Indian

This may be a well known chain but it serves unbeatable vegetarian thalis like this one - a selection of two aromatic vegetarian curries, condiments, sambar, pickles and dessert. A value packed deal at RM14. Or for a real taste of traditional South Indian comfort food try the yogurt curd rice with pickle chutney. It's also terrific for snacks at tea time with a savoury selection of vadai, pakora, samosas washed down with a spiced masala tea.

196, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, opposite KL Sentral 50470 KL . Tel No +603 2260 3755

Chow Kit Market

Wet markets are a way of life in KL and this is the largest. The sights, smells and sounds can be daunting but if you want a shotgun initiation into local culture, dive in. Live stock, fresh seafood, vegetables and local fruits, dried sundries, spices, household items, cheap apparel and much more all jostle for your attention. If you need to grab a bite, there are plenty of street food options. On Mondays, head to the night market for bargain price fashion and accessories located in the Lorong Haji Taib section of the market.

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur 50100 Opens Daily 6 am to 5 pm.

Basheer Graphic Books

If your interests lean towards art, fashion, animation, graphic and interior design, architecture and photography, this is a treasure trove of a speciality book store. Jam packed not just with the latest publications & magazines but also old archived editions of classic design literature. You can spend hours combing through the shelves. A favourite haunt of the creative community here in KL

Level 2, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang Kuala Lumpur 50450 Tel: +603 2713 2236