Cheras is a sprawling suburb of Kuala Lumpur located to the south of Kuala Lumpur City Centre. The first question many people ask about life in Cheras could well be – where exactly is Cheras? Even a lifetime local might struggle to define its borders.
The suburb of Cheras stretches from the township of Ampang in the north south to meet the township of Kajang in the south, crossing the boundary to include both Kuala Lumpur and Selangor state within the neighbourhood.
With its significant geographical footprint, access to amenities in Cheras can vary depending on the specific areas and developments, but that also means Cheras property is spread over diverse developments with different local benefits for your family to enjoy.
Supermarkets in Cheras
With a large number of malls and retail parks spread throughout the Cheras area, local residents benefit from the convenience of numerous supermarkets and hypermarkets.
Tesco Extra Cheras is a conveniently located hypermarket found just off the junction of Jalan Cheras and Jalan Lingkaran Tengah 2, benefiting from ample parking in this accessible location. It offers a comprehensive range of fresh groceries and everyday items within the store.
The suitably well-named Giant Hypermarket Cheras, located on the Selangor side of Cheras off the Cheras-Kajang Expressway, offers a great selection of products for a reasonable price. A convenient location just off the expressway and a large parking area make for an easy stock up for those essential family supplies.
AEON BiG offers an alternative under-one-roof family shopping destination in the Cheras 9 Miles area. The clue is once again in the name, with this large hypermarket offering a huge variety of products in-store.
A slightly smaller but still suitably named Giant Supermarket Cheras can be found located at Cheras Leisure Mall, just off Jalan Cheras. This supermarket has more relaxed neighbourly feel, with a good stock selection without the overwhelming choice of some nearby hypermarkets.
Parks and Recreation in Cheras
Taman Tasik Permaisuri is a recreational park that offers a great social and leisure space for local residents. It’s got place to enjoy a family picnic, or go for your daily jog, as well as boasting a playground for the kids to enjoy.
Taman Alam Damai is another great outdoor space for your family fun, located towards the Cheras 9 Miles area, and just at the south-eastern edge of the Kuala Lumpur state border. This great neighbourhood park may be less immaculately presented than Taman Tasik Permaisuri, but it still presents a fantastic outdoor space for a leisurely stroll or a more energetic jog. Kids will love the on-site playground for a bit of their own outdoor fun.
Those wanting something of a more energetic family day out can enjoy the natural escape of a walk up Bukit Saga hill. This popular hike provides scenic trails up the lush natural hillside, offering both a visit to the Bukit Saga Waterfall as well as great views from the peak over the nearby area.
If you’re looking for a more indoor solution to your family days out, Cheras’ list of malls and mega-complexes has you covered. The Mines Mall offers a range of entertainment opportunities, with a cinema and 6D cinema alongside play centres Fun Factory and Kid Paradise.
Kizportzs Sports & Gym, located at the site of Tesco Extra Cheras, bills itself as a child-development centre that combines learning and education with fun and fitness. Another big store going a long way to supporting your family needs is IKEA Cheras, which not only boasts a furniture wonderland for parents to enjoy, it also offers a magical kid-sized play area called Smaland where you can drop the kids while you shop.
Sunway Velocity is another top choice for some kid-focused indoor fun, with a huge range of entertainment and leisure opportunities to enjoy. Let them explore the joys of a tropical ice rink at Like Ice Asia, enjoy the drop’n’shop of the interactive playground at KidsB, the blocky joy of a Lego playground and education centre at kOkO Block, and a whole host of other kid-friendly opportunities.
Schools in Cheras
With the substantial size of Cheras as a suburb, residents in the area have access to a number of diverse public schools throughout the neighbourhood.
Alongside the public school opportunities, Cheras is also conveniently located for a range of international and private schools. The Cempaka School, Cheras, is a private school offering the Malaysian National Curriculum for both primary and secondary education, located in the northern part of the suburb.
Shah Alam Science School is a boarding science secondary school located in the Cheras area, with a strong reputation for academic excellence ensuring it was designated a High Performance School in 2011.
Brainy Bunch offers another local school choice that promotes positive learning and academic excellence with a religious and spiritual foundation. It follows an international Cambridge IGSE curriculum as part of an Islamic Montessori syllabus.
Residents also enjoy close proximity to other top international schools in Kuala Lumpur and surrounds. Alice Smith International School is a short 10-15 minute drive away from central Cheras, providing British curriculum across primary and secondary education. Taylor’s International School is a popular school, also a short 10-15 minute drive from central Cheras, also offering British curriculum from early years through to secondary education.
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