The Indian enclave in the Brickfields neighbourhood is not only a feast for the eyes but for all the senses. The streets and alleys exude a fragrant aroma of sandalwood, spices, and garlands of jasmine and lotus flowers. Many food stalls serve typical South Indian and Sri Lankan dishes. There are also beautiful temples filled with Hindu gods. Eat, pray, shop in Little India, Kuala Lumpur’s most colourful neighbourhood.
The name Brickfields is a reference to the past when this neighbourhood manufactured bricks for the reconstruction of Kuala Lumpur. The original wooden city went up in flames during a major fire in 1881 and since then it has been mandatory to build in brick. Under British rule, this district was also the location of the railway depot. The railway workers who worked here were brought over by the British from South India. Many settled in the area around the depot and later became Malaysian citizens.
The most important shopping street in Little India is Jalan Tun Sambanthan. Here you will find many small shops packed with large piles of saris and fabrics. While saffron is usually only sold in small portions, here it is sold in large bags, just like cumin and cinnamon. To shop for modern products, head to KL Sentral, the newest commercial hub in Brickfields. The centre is located in and around a former shunting yard.