The hottest place to shop just opened up at the Brickfields area and it’s one that shows a lot of potential
With less than 50% tenancy, it’s still early days but so far, we like what we see at the newly opened Nu Sentral Mall. Just the right size in this prime location – it’s not too big but what it lacks in width, it makes up for in height.
While there aren’t that many shops open at the moment in this nine-story shopping haven, the place is already bustling with people and travellers alike (hard not to spot them with their roller bags) but the spacious layout of Nu Sentral is anything but claustrophobic.
So here’s a quick first look on what to expect here (bear in mind the two-highest floors are not open to the public yet):
Well lit with parking bay red and green lights that indicate vacancy, with signage to the escalators and lifts. It seems pretty secure with security guards, but we didn’t see emergency alarm buttons.
Lower Ground Floor: Needs
With the entrance facing the row of stores in Brickfields, it’s a beautiful juxtaposition of old and new with places to have coffee to watch the world go by.
Shops-wise, there’s an array of usual shopping mall tenants such as Sinma, Vitacare but you’ll also find Penang’s famed Sam’s Groceria for all your grocery needs, and it’s Deli next door opening soon. Could this give Big Independent Grocer a run for its money?
Apple-holics will be glad to know there’s a Machines store here for all your tech needs.
Ground Floor: Wants
This will be the floor where you’ll spot the most roller bags as it’s the connecting level from KL Sentral to the Monorail – no more hot sun on your back with this fully covered transit! Do take note that it is still under construction for the time being.
The Ground Floor has a mishmash of shops which will appeal to a younger crowd. The star is definitely Monki, the Scandinavian brand which will greet you as soon as you enter from the Monorail entrance.
Other fashion brands we found were Cotton On and Levi’s, with Starbucks a mere stone’s throw away towards the KL Sentral exit.
Finally, if it’s cool ‘don’t-need-it-but-want-it’ stationery and the like that you’re looking for, the ever trendy Typo store can be found here too.
Concourse & First Floor: Desires
These two floors will feature more upmarket brands such as beauty favourite Sephora, Dorothy Perkins, Charles & Keith, L’Occitane and Victoria’s Secret.
Drop by DC Tribe on the First Floor for shoes and accessories for both men and women. The handphone covers here are really cute!
The hipsterific layout of the place definitely stands out and they’ve got some really nice and affordable trendy shoes as well.
Second Floor: Inspire
Here, you’ll find an interesting mix of sports and tech with Adidas, Puma, Nike, Reebok and Royal Sporting House all in one corner which makes it easier for you to scout for that perfect pair of pumps for your next marathon without having to scour the entire mall.
You’ll also find Samsung, and Jaben is worth checking out if you’re looking for cute little gifts for your tech-head friend. MPH will also be opening soon on this floor for all your reading needs.
Third Floor: Indulge
Here is where you get your pamper on; so far it looks like two salons will be opening up here, namely Miki Galere and A-Saloon.
Fourth and Fifth Floor: Excitement
While lots of shops aren’t open yet, according to the given description – this is supposed to be where the entertainment options are located. So, we reckon this is where GSC will be opening. For now, Level Four seems like the makan-central (see what we did there) with McDonald’s and other eating options. To find out what kind of restaurants are opened in Nu Sentral Mall, click here.
Sixth Floor: Unwind
As we weren’t able to go up to the Sixth Floor, this is where the 2-acre Sky Park will be located to unwind after a hard days work with restaurants, cafes and music in a relaxing landscaped environment.
A special shout out goes to the Parkson anchor which spans over four floors – we have to say the stylish interior deco sets it apart from other department stores in Malaysia that we’re used to seeing.
At the moment, we’d have to say the only main attraction that makes Nu Sentral worth visiting is when Monki opens at the end of April. This would still be worth a look if you’re already in the area but if you’re in no rush to say “I’ve been there!”, we say give Nu Sentral Mall another month or so when more shops open (psst btw, we had to move to Sooka Central to post this article as there was no working Wifi in the Nu Sentral building at the moment).
However, once this is fully open with a cinema and a few more restaurants, we can imagine that Nu Sentral will be a haven for those who rely on public transport to get around or waiting to kill a few hours before heading to and from KLIA, thanks to it’s convenient location.
We’ll definitely be back!