The Secret Garden at 1 Utama. Photo: 1 Utama Shopping Centre (www.1utama.com.my).

One of the best (and worst things) about living in KL is that there is always a mall close by that you can visit. Personally, I’m a big fan of the ‘everything under one roof’ concept. And by “everything”, sometimes they really mean everything. Here are five unusual things we found at the mall.

The Secret Garden, 1 Utama

On the rooftop of the giant 1 Utama is a garden with about 500 species of tropical, subtropical, rare and usual plants. Previously accessible only by a hidden lift, it is now open to the public. The lift that goes to the top floor where it’s located has been kept in line with the theme: it’s hard to miss because it’s the only lift stacked with plants and greenery. Admission is free for all, so instead of shopping, you can soak up some amazing views of PJ. Just remember to wear sun block or carry an umbrella as it’s open to the elements!

1 Utama, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 PJ (Open weekends and public holidays 10am-10pm).

Mini Putt, Citta Mall

Mini Putt is the next best thing to playing real golf. This is the smaller, far easier version of the golf you normally see – and cheaper too. The one at Citta Mall is Malaysia’s first indoor miniature golf course. Mini Putt offers an 18 hole game costing RM20 for adults, RM15 for 13-18 year olds and RM10 for children. It’s a great place for quality family time at the weekend and there are special discounts during week day evening for couples, students and ladies.

Citta Mall, Jalan PJU 1a/48, Taman Putra Damai, 47301 PJ (Open daily 11am-11pm).

The Wheels, Subang Avenue

Picture LED lights, laser beams and disco music all together. If you want to step into a scene from That 70’s Show, head to The Wheels. It’s one of the largest skating rinks in Malaysia. You have the option of picking between roller skates and inline skates depending on how adventurous you’re feeling. Membership is free these days and members pay RM20 per entry. However, do remember to take your own socks.

Subang Avenue, SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya (Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sun 11am-11pm).

MINES Cruise

The MINES shopping mall is part of a resort city which features a golf club, spa and a lake. On the lake, you can opt to take a cruise – but not just any cruise: a massage cruise! Imagine cruising down Mines Lake with a refreshing drink in hand while enjoying a massage. If that sounds a little too relaxing (or weird) then you can opt for a sunset cruise, or even use the boat as a party venue.

Mines Resort City, Jalan Kuda Emas, 43300 Seri Kembangan

Stars Archery

Unleash your inner Robin Hood with a round of archery. Stars Archery have been in Malaysia since 2000 and have outlets in Berjaya Times Square, Sunway Pyramid, i-City and more. It’s an ancient sport of focus, aim and speed – and looks a lot cooler than bowling.

Various locations.

Mehek Saeed