When Mont Kiara pops up in a conversation, the image of luxury, exclusivity and upscale suburban living comes to mind. Evidently, it has shed its old identity as Segambut Dalam rubber estate in the last three decades with the development of numerous high-rise condominiums, commercial centres, and nightlife.
Mont Kiara has earned its reputation as a hotspot for expats–more than half its residents consists of expats from over 30 countries. But what exactly makes Mont Kiara such an attractive option for expats and locals alike? That is what we’ll be exploring today.
Mont Kiara is a self-sustaining township, which means its residents have little reason to venture out to other areas. However, when they need to, getting to other places isn’t a problem given Mont Kiara’s connectivity. This suburb is linked to other major suburbs via the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), SPRINT Highway and Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE). Travelling to and from Sri Hartamas, Bangsar, Damansara, Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Petaling Jaya is made easy.
In terms of accessibility within Mont Kiara, almost everything you need is within walking distance. Whether you’re meeting a friend for coffee, heading to the gym, or picking up groceries, you can most likely get there on foot.
Leisure, Recreation and Entertainment
1 Mont Kiara is the ideal neighbourhood mall, hosting dining options and outlets catered to the residents’ every need. These include the Fitness First gym, Asia Ballet Academy, acupuncture clinic, DO Arena futsal court, dental clinic, massage parlour and Village Grocer. Plaza Mont Kiara is another mall which boasts a range of salons, more than 25 eateries, and a karaoke joint. Additionally, Plaza Mont Kiara hosts bazaars every Tuesdays and Thursdays, where you’ll find stalls selling food, clothes, handmade soaps and more.
Another relatively new shopping centre called 163 Retail Park is making waves in Mont Kiara. The mall comes equipped with an onsen spa, a gym offering HIIT, boxing and riding classes, a Korean grocer, etc. Not to mention, there are a plethora of restaurants and watering holes, too. If that isn’t enough, Blue Ice Skating Rink and Movie Den will be opening there soon!
Some other popular shopping and hangout spots within close distance include Solaris Mont Kiara, Publika Shopping Gallery, and VERVE Shops.
Alternatively, you could visit the TPC Golf Club, National Science Centre, or Bukit Kiara trail for a fun-filled weekend.
Dining and Nightlife
Due to its multinational residents, the food options in Mont Kiara are extremely diverse. The food scene here features many Japanese and Korean restaurants, such as Sushiya, Kodawari Menya, Sae Ma Eul Korean BBQ, and Gangnam 88. There is also a healthy number of cafes here, most notably Kopenhagen Coffee and Ra-Ft Café and Bistro.
Meanwhile, those looking to let down their hair for the night and indulge in some drinks can drop by Michelangelo’s Restaurant and Bar, The Social, or INA Japanese Restaurant and Bar.
On top of that, Bangsar is a mere 15-20 minute drive away. Head down to vibrant night bars and clubs like SIX, Gridiron, and Mantra Rooftop Bar & Lounge to dance the night away!
It is no wonder that expats and families with children gravitate to Mont Kiara. After all, some of the best private education institutions can be found here. Three of the most prestigious institutions include Gardens International School, a British international school that’s been operating for nearly 70 years, the American Mont’Kiara International School, and French school Lycée Français De Kuala Lumpur.
Other institutions offering quality education in the vicinity include Alice Smith International School, SMK Seri Hartamas, and SK Seri Hartamas. Younger kids and toddlers have access to preschools such as Trinity Kids Malaysia and The Junior Academy.
In the event of an emergency, Mont Kiara residents can opt for one of the many nearby hospitals and clinics. For instance, Global Doctors Hospital, Kiara Child Specialist Clinic, and the Japanese HIBARI Clinic and Dental centre. Pantai Hospital, Hospital Kuala Lumpur and ParkCity Medical Centre are a 15-20 minute drive away, too.
Thus, rest assured that top-notch healthcare services are within reach at all times. You even have the freedom of choosing one that suits your needs and preferences.
These are some of the factors that make Mont Kiara a great place to settle down. We hope we’ve opened your eyes to what Mont Kiara has to offer!
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