Shisha is quite common in Kuala Lumpur and can be found mostly in Middle Eastern restaurants, open-air mamak restaurants, as well as bars and lounges. Also known as a hookah, the practice involves a water pipe that’s used to vaporise flavoured (usually fruity) tobacco.
In recent years, smoking shisha has outgrown its Arabic roots to become a popular after dinner activity as it is relatively inexpensive and can be shared between three to four people at a time. Best of all, many shisha bars are affiliated with all-night cafes and bars, so you can easily grab a bite or drink whilst enjoying a good puff. As the city plays hosts to countless shisha joints, we’ve put together a list of the five most popular places for shisha in Kuala Lumpur.
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Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine is our top pick of KL’s best shisha bars due to its extensive hookah menu as well as authentic Middle Eastern fare. Offering regular shisha pipes (RM38++) and signature pipes (RM50++ onwards), flavours available here include cherry, apple, vanilla, mango, and cafe latte. Situated on the top floor of Pavilion KL, this award-winning restaurant has a spacious outdoor terrace which overlooks the busy Bukit Bintang strip where guests can lounge on cosy sofas while enjoying fruity shisha during breezy evenings. Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine also hosts live Middle Eastern music performances every Friday, belly dancers on Saturdays, and Sundays lunch buffets that consist of traditional hot and cold mezzes, grills, shawarma meat platters, fresh salads, and Turkish kebabs. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 02:00
- Address: Level 6, Pavilion KL
- Tel: +603 21661011
Al-Halabi Lounge is a posh Arabian-themed establishment that’s set within JW Marriot Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Featuring lavish red and gold drapes, carpeted flooring, comfortable cushions, unique Syrian decor, and a beautiful water fountain, it is an ideal place to unwind after a long day of exploring the city. Al Halabi Lounge serves an array of authentic Middle Eastern snacks such as falafel, sambosa, baklava, and fatayer, while drinks available here include mocktails, fruit juices, Arabic tea and Turkish coffee. Guests can enjoy a myriad of shisha flavours such as mint, lemon, apple, and watermelon while catching the latest news shown on the lounge’s manyplasma TVs.
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 02:00
- Address: Lower Ground, JW Marriott Hotel, Jalan Bukit Bintang
- Tel: +603 2143 3886
Bilique Bar & Loungeis a lively nightlife spot that has been around for more than 10 years, with a steady clientele of locals and expats residing within the BangsarBaruneighbourhood. Situated on the first floor, guests can lounge by the balcony to enjoy a good view of the bustling Telawi hub whilst smoking shishas of various flavours such as blueberry, apple, lemon, Skittles, and Kickapoo soda flavour.Bilique Bar & Loungeis also equipped with a well-stocked bar and kitchen, dartboards, pool tables and foosballs – perfect for weekend get-togethers. Every Wednesday, ladies can enjoy acoustic music performances and free-flow wines.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 18:00 – 02:00
- Address: 34A & 36A, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru
- Tel: +60125298111
The Castle or Al-Kalaa is a Middle Eastern restaurant that’s accessible within a five-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre. Divided into an air-conditioned indoor dining area and spacious al fresco section, this halal restaurant is often packed from 20:00 onwards so make sure you head there early to avoid a long queue. Aside from serving delectable and affordably-priced Arabian delicacies such as hummus, kabssa, briyani, falafel, and shwarma, The Castle Restaurant also has an extensive shisha menu, ranging from fruity flavours like apple, cherry, mango, grape, and watermelon to unique variants such as chewing gum, mint, cola, vanilla, floral and cappuccino.
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 03:00
- Address: Lorong Raja Uda 1, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 22027793
The quaint Tryst Cafe in Subang Jaya’s Section 15 is not only famed for quality coffee and western fare, but also its selection of signature shisha flavours. Featuring artsy vintage decor and graphitised walls, Tryst Cafe serves an array ofhomemade pastas, steaks, and pancakes as well as coffee imported from Costa Rica, Honduras, Brazil and Sumatra. As one of the few KL cafes that stay open past midnight, diners can opt to dine at the first level before heading upstairs to kick back and relax whilst having a smoke. Definite must-try flavours here include the Tryst Latte (RM17) and nicotine-free and tobacco-free Hydro (RM22).
- Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 10:00 - 01:00, Tuesday 18:00 – 01:00, Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 02:00
- Address: 74, Jalan SS15/4C, Subang Jaya
- Tel: +60358872085