The Globe Shopper Index

33 European and 25 Asia Pacific cities ranked in the quest to be the world’s best shopping destination.

Kuala Lumpur

  • City best ranked in:

  • Shops
  • Affordability
  • Convenience
  • Hotels & transport
  • Culture & climate
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Asia Pacific cities

European cities
Map: 25 Globe Shopper Asia Pacific cities

Kuala Lumpur

65 / 100
Overall score
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Visitors to Kuala Lumpur – or KL as it is known to residents – will marvel at its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Yet it is the city's value proposition across a broad range of indicators that will leave shoppers most impressed. Advantages: Malaysia's capital manages to combine low prices with a good range of products and malls. Challenge: For those that do not like the heat, Kuala Lumpur can be a struggle. It scores low for agreeability of climate.

Methodology for rankings and scores


Overall score 76/100
Malls & boutiques
International brands
Seasonal sales
Genuine (as opposed to counterfeit) goods


Overall score 75/100
Exchange-rate stability
Shopper favourites
City transport


Overall score 63/100
Use of foreign languages
Shopping hours
Price negotiation

Hotels & transport

Overall score 61/100
Quality hotels
Airports & flights
Convenient transport to city centre
Dependable city transport

Culture & climate

Overall score 50/100
Attractions & UNESCO sites
International cuisine
Popular events
Strictness of visa regulations
Agreeability of climate


Overall category score

The number and variety of shops and brands to be found at any destination are essential criteria for the serious shopper.

Subcategory indicators


Malls & boutiques
Number of shops and number of major malls within a 20-km radius of the city centre.
75 Malls & boutiques
International brands
Number and variety of leading local and international brands.
72 International brands
Seasonal sales
Duration of sales seasons (in weeks per year).
99 Seasonal sales
Genuine (as opposed to counterfeit) goods
Qualitative assessment of the amount of counterfeit goods in department stores, shops and markets.
58 Genuine (as opposed to counterfeit) goods