Most of us like to head up to Genting Highlands because of its cool climate and its short drive from Kuala Lumpur city. Some fond memories I have of Genting Highlands is the “bumper car” rides in the amusement park where my parents used to take my brother and I. Another was when one of my best friends took me to watch Jordan Chan (陳小春) live in concert during our high school days. Also, that time when my mom brought me to look see (and played a couple of rounds of roulette) in the casino for the first time when I turned 18. Besides that, there’s not much I can recall of since I’ve not been up over the past 6 years.
I’ve never been that keen with Genting Highlands ’cause there’s really nothing much for me to do since; I don’t gamble and I haven’t watched any concerts over the years (not like I was that interested). But now that Burger & Lobster is open in the new SkyAvenue mall, I figured why not? It would be a good idea to head up there to feast on them lobsters, and also stay in the new Best Western Premier Ion Delemen resort.
I went straight to SkyAvenue mall after breakfast. The mall is not fully occupied yet, but most are in the midst of renovation, getting ready to open anytime soon. With so many retails and eateries (both international and local), one can spend the whole day here just shopping, eating and perhaps even to the Sky Casino (if you’re feeling lucky!).
Here’s a list of eateries you need to try in SkyAvenue:
1) Burger & Lobster – The one and only famous London-based lobster chain in Malaysia. Must try and top of the list. I guarantee you won’t regret it. Join the crowd and jump in that long massive queue. These fresh wild live lobsters are worth the wait.
2) Motorino – Another international outlet all the way from New York that specializes in Neapolitan pizza. Freshly made to order, and pizza gets baked in wood-fired oven. Remember to fold the pizza and eat them the New Yorkers do it.
3) Cafés Richard – Perfect for those who wants to experience the classic Parisian café culture. This café takes their coffee seriously, with various slow coffees, to your regular cappuccino, and even coffee cocktails for something different. Enjoy your afternoon tea, French macarons and people watch at the beautiful atrium just like how the Parisians do it!
4) Street Churros – A franchise that started from South Korea and it is now the world’s largest churros chain. Although there’s quite a number of outlets in Klang Valley, but this trip was my first. There’s a small queue as well but at least their churros were prepared fresh and served while hot. Classic cinnamon with butterscotch dip for the win!
There’s also plenty of other local familiar restaurant brands like Eight Ounce Coffee Co., Madam Kwan’s, Inside Scoop, Just Heavenly, Acme Bar & Coffee, Nyonya Colours and even a Malaysian Food Street.
Take the Awana SkyWay gondola ride from level 4 of SkyAvenue to enjoy a magnificent view and surroundings of Genting Highlands. It connects through Chin Swee Temple Station, which you can stop for a visit at the temple and its iconic nine-stories pagoda. The Skyway also connects to Awana Transport Hub where visitors would transit themselves from this point to SkyAvenue as an alternative to driving up Genting Highlands.
SkyAvenue Genting Details:
Address: Genting Highlands Resort, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang
Phone: +603 6101 1118