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Walking Tour: Things To Do at IOI Mall, Puchong, Malaysia

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Old but gold best describes IOI Mall Puchong. Opened in 1996 when Puchong was still a relatively small township, it was originally a modest three-storey building, the main tenant being a department store called JUSCO (now AEON).

Over the years, the mall has undergone numerous refurbishments to keep it fresh and relevant. Today, the building comprises of two wings: the old wing and the new, which has four levels. The mall also boasts a good mix of tenants, from big brand names like UNIQLO, Victoria’s Secret and Levi’s, to local businesses and chain restaurants.

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Being a Puchong-ite, I have very fond memories of the place, and I’ve seen how the place has transformed through the years. I rode on the carousel here as a kid, hung out with friends here as a teen, and more recently, gone on dates with my husband here. One thing I like about the mall is that it’s never boring – there’s always something to see and do. So if you’re an out-of-towner, here’s what you can expect on a visit to Puchong’s oldest mall:

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GO SHOPPING (DUH!)

The new wing was built sometime in 2009 and has four levels. Most of the shops are at the old wing, but the new wing has a pretty good selection of stores as well. Here you will find mid to upper-mid fashion stores such as Victoria’s Secret, Levi’s, Elle, Hush Puppies, Dockers, Cotton On, UNIQLO and Pedro, as well as optical shops, pharmacies (Caring Pharmacy and Watsons), and jewellery stores (SIMS Jewellery). Over at the old wing, you have mid to lower-mid brands like Giordano, as well as local brands like Nichii and Voir. Beauty enthusiasts will want to shop at The Body Shop, the newly opened Bath & Body Works kiosk (I always get tempted with the candles!), Sasa and Elianto. There are also a few watch shops (AWG Fine Watches, G-Shock) and more jewellery stores (Poh Kong, Tomei). DIY lovers can get their fix at Acer hardware, or buy cheap household goods at DAISO.

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The concourse area at the Old Wing. The design features skylights that allow plenty of sunlight to filter in.

FEAST

No matter what you’re craving, chances are IOI Mall Puchong has something to satisfy those cravings. There are lots of F&B options, so diners will be spoilt for choice. There’s a whole Food Street on the first floor dedicated to restaurants and eateries. My favourite picks? For non-halal, there’s Thai mookata restaurant BBQ Plaza, homegrown mee xian noodle experts Go Noodle House, and Japanese hotpot buffet Sukishi with its unlimited refill of meat. Wong Kok Char Chan Teng and its HK-inspired dishes (think cheese baked rice and spaghetti with ‘sock’ millk tea) are a good choice too.

For halal options, a must-try is the newly opened Seirock-Ya ramen that specialises in toripaiten (chicken ramen). Suki-ya and Sushi King both offer affordable and tasty Japanese food too, while K-fans will want to head to Kyochon for their chicken wings. And then there are the usual fast food chains like KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonalds and A&W. Snack kiosks like J&G Fried Chicken, Empire Sushi, Shihlin Taiwanese Snacks, Chatime and Daboba offer something for diners to munch/sip on while they shop.

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Oh, and if you’re looking to have a Chinese wedding or celebration, there’s Dynasty Dragon. I almost had my wedding banquet dinner here but the prices were a bit steep so we ended up somewhere else.

The mall is constantly getting new tenants, so even I haven’t tried some of the newer places like Haidilao and Honeycomb BBQ (a Korean BBQ resto). I’m also looking forward to trying Putien (their outlet in Singapore has one Michelin star) someday.

WORK OUT

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The new wing’s second floor houses a Fitness First gym. It used to be on the ground floor at the old wing, before shifting to the new premises. Before FF, Puchong did not have gyms, so it was always packed with gym-goers. Things are obviously much quieter now coz of the pandemic.

BEAUTY AND WELLNESS TREATMENTS

There is a slew of aesthetic clinics at the new wing offering beauty treatments like slimming and facials (Dorra, Yunnan Haircare, London Weight Management) on the first and second floors. If you’re looking for a relaxing massage, there’s Manjakaki Spa (traditional Malay spa) and the premium-priced Thai Oddysey.

BRING THE KIDS FOR SOME FUN

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IOI Mall’s star attraction when it opened was the carousel in its concourse area, complete with decked out horses, mirrors and bright sparkling lights. My brother and I have gone on many a ride in our younger years, and I always get a pang of nostalgia whenever I see it today. It gives me a fuzzy feeling knowing that some of my friends are bringing their kids on the carousel that they rode on in their younger years. Perhaps if I ever have kids, I’d bring them for a ride too.

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Not keen on the carousel? A train ride works too! You can go on this with your child just outside Popular bookstore.
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As a teen (and even during my college years), many an afternoon was spent at the arcade playing Rock Fever 3, shooting hoops on the basketball machine, dancing to DDR and shooting up zombies in House of the Dead. They’ve updated the machines so many of these games are no longer there, but it’s still a great place to take the kids for an hour or two of fun. The mall has two arcades; one at the old wing and one at the new.

CATCH A MOVIE

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IOI Mall’s Golden Screen Cinemas is where you can watch the latest movies. These days it is very quiet due to pandemic restrictions, but pre-pandemic, it was one of the most popular places in the mall, almost jam packed every weekend. The cinema spans two floors and parts of both the old and new wing.

SING KARAOKE

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Probably not the best time to go right now, but IOI Mall does have a Karaoke joint called Port. I hope they’ll last until everything tides over!

BUY GROCERIES

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For household goods and essentials, look no further than department store AEON. Aside from a section for groceries, they also carry everything from clothing and electronics to kitchen equipment, bedding, sports equipment, and more.

There are actually loads of other things you can get/do at IOI Mall. You can pay your phone bills or shop for gadgets at the old wing’s third floor, where they have all the flagship smartphone/telcomm operators like Digi, Celcom + Huawei, Xiaomi, Samsung, etc. You can sip on coffee at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, ZUS, Coffea Coffee or get freshly baked goods from Donutes. There’s a chiropractor and a physical therapist centre as well.

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This is by no means a comprehensive list, but hopefully it can help you get a better idea of what to expect. IOI Mall Puchong may not be the biggest or nicest mall out there, but it’s certainly close to my heart.

GETTING HERE

IOI Mall sits next to the LDP Highway and is easy accessible by car. There is ample parking outdoors, in the basement at the new wing, and on the rooftop of the old wing. Those taking public transport can hop onto Rapid KL buses 506, 600, 602, 671, T600, T601, T602, T603, T604 and T605 servicing the route. The IOI Puchong Jaya LRT station (Sri Petaling Line) stops just next to the mall and is a 2-minute walk away.

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PS: I filmed this before MCO3.0. Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary – save a trip for when things are better and it’s safe to go around again!

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An Artsy Weekend @ Sunway Velocity Mall, Cheras – Commune + Sam Kan Chong

The weekend after the historic General Elections was a long one, so the Moomikins and I decided to go walk around at a mall. We drove a bit further to Sunway Velocity Mall, since Moomins had never been there before.

The mall was quiet; probably because everyone was still cautious about going out after GE. Shops here are mostly mid-end brands, like Charles & Keith, Pedro, Burtons, Birkenstock, MAC and Bobbi Brown, as well as those targeted for the mass market. One thing you won’t have a problem finding here is food – there are loads of restaurants, cafes and eateries from the lower ground right up to the top floor.

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A new addition since my last visit: a giant lion sculpture made from metal!

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What I like about Sunway Velocity? I feel like it genuinely promotes arts and culture through the inclusion of pieces like the above, alongside murals, installations and creative art works throughout. Makes the mall more aesthetically pleasing + more of a destination rather than just a place for pure shopping.

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Lunch time! Had pork noodles at Sam Kan Chong, located within the mall’s Food Street, a food court-like establishment on the 4th floor.

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Noodles a tad too soft, but portions were generous. Pork ‘balls’ were springy, the sausages were nicely spiced with five spice powder.

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So good I ordered a separate plate 😀

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Time to burn off the calories! We ventured up to the top floor, known as ‘Commune’. Boasting several cafes and creative tenants selling artisan goods, the space had a refreshingly open layout. The artsy element was even more pronounced here, with some shops sporting an ‘unfinished’, rustic look featuring boarded up windows and peeling paint.

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A shop selling clothing, bags and socks.

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As you stroll through the area, look out for various quirky touches, such as the creative murals and colourful carnival flags interspersed with exposed piping on the ceiling. Aside from cafes, there is also a vintage record shop here for collectors and enthusiasts.

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Stopped by to look at projects done by some Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman architecture students, whereby they had to design an archway for the mall.

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Reminded me of my own college days doing projects lol

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Another mural on tiles, done on the side of a ramen place

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Cute Japanese icons

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Last but not least, we went to Muji, saw this and couldn’t pass up the chance to take a photo lol.

There are plenty of other things to do at the mall, especially if you have kids: indoor playgrounds, a Lego workshop place for children, a small indoor ice-skating rink. All in all a great place to hangout at over the weekend – I just wish it wasn’t so far away from my house. 😀

SUNWAY VELOCITY MALL 

Lingkaran SV, Sunway Velocity, Jalan Cheras, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

 

Largest Pre-Loved Item Store in Malaysia @ Jalan Jalan Japan, One City USJ

The saying goes that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and at One City USJ, old stuff that’s still in good condition gets a second lease of life at Jalan Jalan Japan ! S and I were at the mall for a movie when we stumbled across this massive warehouse-like store, which carries everything from men’s/women’s clothing to shoes, bags, toys, books, sports equipment, strollers, and more. It’s heaven for bargain hunters!

 

They even have this ‘Tapau’ (takeaway) event where they give you a basket and you stuff as much as you can in it for just RM10 (USD2.30) ! 

On the ground floor is where there are racks upon racks of women’s clothing, which are sorted according to category such as T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, formal wear, skirts, etc. Most of the clothes are from no-name brands from Japan (hence the store’s name of Jalan Jalan Japan!). While most ARE still in good condition, some of the items do look rather old and faded. There are a few quirky-looking gems though (no chance of bumping into someone else wearing these on the street, I bet!) so spend time looking through them and I’m sure the hunt will be worth it. 🙂 If all else fails, the t-shirts are good and cheap for home wear. 😛 They have gowns, evening dresses and even kimonos that look brand new, since these items are rarely worn twice.

Three items for only RM5! (USD1.15)

LOADS of clothes.

Collectibles and toys are housed in glass cases, so if you’d like to look at them you have to ask a staff member to get it out for you. These weren’t as cheap, with some costing a few hundred ringgit! There was also another section with pre-loved branded items such as Gucci handbags, Hermes handkerchiefs, etc. But looking at the overall warehouse-like setting and the presentation, I wouldn’t bet on their authenticity (although they were really pricey).

Stuffed toy aisle.

Some cute and quirky-looking characters.

A section selling books/manga collections; most were in Chinese or Japanese.

On the mezzanine floor, loads of strollers. These were all still in good condition. Which makes sense, since people only use them for a few years anyway. If you’re looking to buy cheap strollers, this is a good place!

Shoe section, sorted according to shoe size. A lot of the shoes had their soles peeling and whatnot, but again, if you hunt long enough, you’d probably find a pair that suits you. That or you could take it to a cobblers and have them spruce it up as good as new. Shoes were all less than Rm20, averaging around RM5-15.

I rather liked this pair of high heels and thought to get them for work, but after tottering around in them I realised why the original owner wanted to get rid of it 😛 It wasn’t the best balance and fit – felt like I was pitching forward. That or I just suck at wearing heels.

Now these looked good. They were only RM15! But the downside of shopping at thrift stores like these? There’s only one size T-T 

I think I’d have a better chance getting something at the bag section. I mean, look at this gaudy gold bag – now that’s a fashion statement. And only RM3! 😀 

Diving gear and surfboards. They also sell sports gear (badminton/tennis racquets), golf bags/golf clubs, guitars (although some are missing strings), keyboards and various other paraphernalia.

I think it’s brilliant to have a pre-loved item store, saves money and gives perfectly usable old items a second lease of life. 🙂

JALAN JALAN JAPAN

Level 1A, Block A, Sky Park @ One City, Jalan USJ 25/1A, 47650, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM

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