The best cafes in Kuala Lumpur have taken inspiration from the vibrant cafe cultures found in cities like Melbourne, Australia and Seattle in the US. The popular coffee shops in Malaysia’s capital are often bakery-cum-cafes that offer tantalising all-day brunch fare, quality coffee and tea, as well as sinfully sweet desserts in charming and unique vibes. Most of these establishments are situated in Kuala Lumpur city centre and Bangsar, though there are several hidden gems within Publika Mall and Petaling Jaya.
Perfect for nursing a hangover or meeting up with friends over a good brew, locals and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to brunching during laidback weekends. From trendy cafes with a hip New York loft-inspired decor to quirky European-themed bistros, our 10 Best Cafes in Kuala Lumpur promise friendly service and great food-and-beverage offerings.
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Acme Bar & Coffee, situated within The Troika (just beside KLCC), is an award-winning eatery that’s well-loved for its extensive menu and chic yet casual setting. Resembling a New York City loft, the interior is a sleek combination of clean steel lines, comfy sofas, plush cushions and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, as well as jazz music playing softly in the background. Serving delicious and wholesome breakfast from starting from 09:30 all the way to 17:00, we highly recommend its salt beef Eggs Benedict (RM27) as well as the organic buckwheat pancakes (RM25). Drinks-wise, Acme Bar & Coffee offers a range of detox juices such as combinations of apple, carrot, celery and ginger, gourmet Tea Forte teas, and chocolate drinks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:00 – 24:00, Friday 11:00 – 01:00, Saturday 09:30 – 01:00, Sunday 09:30 – 24:00
- Address: G1, The Troika, 19, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2162 2288
Antipodean Cafe, situated along Jalan Telawi in Bangsar, resembles a charming Spanish bistro with its large rust-orange tiles, glossy black wood furniture and Tuscan red walls. The extensive western and Asian-styled menu is scribbled with colourful chalk on a massive blackboard-style wall. Its all-day breakfast offerings allow diners to enjoy savoury treats such as smoked salmon omelette (RM20) while its fluffy banana pancake with butterscotch (RM16) is a great choice for those with a sweet tooth. A selection of cakes such as butter-free chocolate cake, carrot cake and lemon meringue pie is also available. For drinks, Antipodean Cafe serves various coffee and tea, milkshakes, and healthy fruit juices; we particularly enjoy the milky and robust café latte (RM8). Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 08:00 – 22:00, Friday & Saturday 08:00 – 23:00
- Address: 20 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2282 0411
The Good Batch is a cosy brunch retreat in Damansara Utama that serves sumptuous all-day breakfasts, crunchy salads and light snacks, as well as a good range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Serving a harmonious blend of Malaysian flavours in classic western fare, we highly recommend The Good Stuff (grilled mango-stuffed French toast drizzled with crushed nuts, gula Melaka, caramel sauce served with a side of creamy vanilla ice-cream) and Malaysian-Lah (chunky lamb marinated in Malaysian spices, tossed with potato cubes and fresh greens, all wrapped in roti canai). The Good Batch is situated in Petaling Jaya, approximately a 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre via Sprint Highway.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11:00 - 00:00, Friday 11:00 - 01:00, Saturday 10:00 - 01:00, Sunday 10:00 - 23:00
- Address: 53, SS21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603 7733 2303
The Red Beanbag, situated within Publika Mall in Solaris Dutamas, is a modern Australian-inspired cafe that serves up hearty all-day breakfasts and western delicacies. During weekend mornings, it is often fully-packed with youths and families so be sure to head there by 10:00 to avoid a long queue. French toast, eggs Benedict, and pancakes are served for breakfast while mains such as risottos, pastas and burgers are served from 12:00 onwards. Perfect for a brunch or dessert option, we highly recommend the Skyscraper (RM17), which consists of a stack of piping hot pancakes heavily drizzled with Canadian maple syrup and dark chocolate sauce, served with a side of caramelised fruits. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 - 22:00, Friday 10:00 – 00:00, Saturday 09:30 – 00:00, Sunday 09:30 – 22:00
- Address: A4-1-8, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 6211 5116
Yeast Bistromy, situated along Jalan Telawi in Bangsar, is a stylish French-themed bistro, boulangerie and wine bar that’s well-patronised for its flavoursome artisan French breads, ranging from its bestseller almond croissant to the rare smoked duck cheese puff. Its dine-in menu consists mainly of French cuisine, as well as more unique dishes such as grilled bamboo king prawn with saffron risotto and seared Hokkaido scallop while the breakfast menu is a colourful array of croissants, Danish and pastries. Hailed as a favourite hangout spot amongst expats and local brunch lovers, the quality of food and beverages here certainly justifies its rather steep prices. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday 08:00 – 22:00; Friday – Saturday 08:00 – 22:30
- Address: 24G, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2282 0118
VCR Cafe, situated within a 15-minute drive from the bustling Kuala Lumpur city centre, is a great place for discerning coffee drinkers and brunch lovers. Remodelled from a corner-lot building, this attractive cafe retains much of its original charm and old-world feel while an airy, breezy, rattan-chaired setup dominates the first floor. Serving a nice range of coffee from single-origin beans and unique blends, VCR Cafe also offers hot chocolate that’s made with quality Valrhona cocoa. Complement your choice of caffeine with its delicious homemade cakes. We recommend The King Cake (RM12), an indulgent banana cake layered with peanut butter frosting, banana slices and chocolate. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 23:00
- Address: 2, Jalan Galloway, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2110 2330
PULP by Papa Palheta is a speciality coffee bar situated within a former printing factory in Bangsar. Originating from Singapore, the cafe interior is an eclectic mix of industrial and rustic chic, with high exposed ceilings, dark wooden panels and steel fixtures, as well as massive glass windows that provide plenty of natural lighting. With a winning combination of quality brewed coffee, home baked cakes and savoury pastries, a very welcoming vibe and a team of friendly staff, PULP by Papa Palheta draws a steady weekend crowd of coffee enthusiasts and trendy youths, local and foreign alike.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 09:00 – 19:00, Saturday & Sunday 09:00 – 22:00
- Address: 29-01, Jalan Riong, Bangsar
- Tel: +603 2201 3650
Feeka Coffee Roasters, situated beside the No Black Tie jazz club, is a cool cafe that serves hearty breakfasts, homemade desserts, not to mention quality and aromatic coffee in Jalan Mesui, Changkat Bukit Bintang. This spacious cafe is beautifully decorated with mismatched furnishings, small potted plants, hanging light bulbs and wooden elements. Marvellously rich with a pleasantly lingering aftertaste, pair Feeka’s award-winning El Salvador (RM18) AeroPressed specialty coffee with the Feeka omelette (sautéed mushroom with herbs, sautéed cauliflower, tomato jam, and wild cheddar) for a satisfying Sunday brunch. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, Feeka Coffee Roasters also serves a selection of teas and bottled juices.
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 23:00
- Address: 19, Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2110 4599
Plan B Cafe is a coffee bar that looks very much like a modern, industrial-looking New York deli. Perfect for a mid-morning brunch, a quick business lunch or even a hearty dinner with family, the cafe has a great combination of rustic furnishings, good location, tantalising food, and unique style. While Plan B Cafe specialises in western food such as pastas, burgers, and sandwiches, Asian dishes like nasi lemak and Nyonya laksa are also available. Dessert-wise, our top picks include the sticky and sweet almond toffee bar as well as the apple crumble tart – the pastry simply crumbles in your mouth and the apple filling is sweet but sharp-tasting. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 01:00
- Address: 65, GF, Bangsar Village 1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2287 2630
Jam & Kaya Cafe is a charming venue in Petaling Jaya that offers simple yet tantalising all-day breakfasts and delicious chocolate drinks. Its speciality, however, lies within its fluffy pancakes, namely the Jam & Kaya’s Pancake (13.50) – a sinfully sweet dish consists of stacked pancakes with jam and kaya spread, fresh strawberries and blueberries, topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice-cream. While Jam & Kaya Cafe has a selection of espresso-based drinks that keeps most coffee drinkers satisfied, we are more partial to its signature hot chocolate with choco balls (11.90). Richly flavoured with a crunchy taste from the chocolate balls, it makes for a delightful complement to a slice of homemade cake during laidback weekends. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 19:00, Saturday & Sunday 09:00 -18:00
- Address: 1, Lorong Sultan, Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +6016 667 5078