If you know one thing about me by now, it’s that I appreciate a good cafe. And when it comes to cafes, Kuala Lumpur has some WICKED awesome ones, hence this list of the 13 BEST cafes in KL.
But when considering some of the most uber-fabulous cafes in the world:
KL (aka Kuala Lumpur) is probably not at the forefront of your mind, even if you’re in the midst of planning a fantastic, Malaysia 2 weeks itinerary.
More often than not, you’d probably consider cities like Paris, Rome, and New York first.
Don’t be too quick to discount Kuala Lumpur and it’s amazing cafe culture.
And trust me:
That’s HIGH praise coming from a total food snob of a native New Yorker, like me.
I consider my own, cafe standards to be quite high, so for me to be impressed by some of the best cafes in Kuala Lumpur is really saying something.
And trust me, I was impressed with a CAPITAL “I” people!
Because not only do many of these top cafes in KL serve epic, totally, delicious get-me-out-of-bed coffee, but they also offer visitors a mesmerizing ambiance, exquisite decor, and maybe even an Insta-awesome theme, or two, just to keep things AWESOME.
And don’t even get me started on the food, which was both delicious and innovative (Sorry but these places go WAY beyond your traditional, avocado toast).
So, I guess I just have one question for you! Are you ready for some cafe inspo?
Because the cafe scene in KL is B-A-N-A-N-A-S! And we’re about to cannonball into 13 of my picks for the best cafe in KL!
I highly recommend grabbing the nearest pair of elastic waist pants because this post will leave you HANGRY and wanting to book a plane ticket halfway across the globe, just to enjoy some of the very best foodie hot spots that Kuala Lumpur has to offer!
Yup, the food envy is gonna get SUPER REAL wth this post (Don’t say I didn’t warn you but in a kind and loving way of course!)
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***Not sure where to stay in Kuala Lumpur? I stayed at the Mecure Kuala Lumpur and while I found it to be an amazingly luxurious hotel, with rooms that start at just $40 per night, I also thought the location wasn’t all that convenient. Therefore, I’d recommend staying at the Mandarin Oriental instead. Not only is this hotel located right across the street from the Petronas Towers, but rooms here are super luxe and start at just $160 per night (thanks KL for always being so damn affordable). However, if you’re looking to stay somewhere a bit more budget-friendly, then try Alila Bangsar. Rooms here are just $70 per night and include fresh white, teak wood interiors, an excellent on-site restaurant, and an exquisite, rooftop swimming pool.***
1. Wizards at Tribeca
Don’t let the name fool you:
Because we’re definitely still talking about Kuala Lumpur here (and not New York City, or some quirky, Malaysian, Harry Potter-themed amusement park).
Started by four friends who were inspired by the movie The Wizard of Oz:
Wizards at Tribeca is a chic, modern eatery that is filled with floor to ceiling windows, large swaths of greenery, and a wealth of natural light that will really make all of those Instagram photos POP!
Imagine nothing but modern, clean, and sleek decor that perfectly combines to create an idyllic place for a delicious meal and an amazing cup of coffee.
Speaking of coffee:
I personally take my caffeine addiction very seriously.
I’m BEYOND delighted to inform you that Wizards at Tribeca has some of the most amazing coffee in all of Kuala Lumpur (I got their orange-flavored, iced coffee and it was divine. And trust me, I don’t even normally like iced coffee!).
But don’t take my word for it.
Because this epic, Kuala Lumpur cafe has actually won several coffee-related awards that include the Malaysia Brewer’s Cup award and the Malaysia Barista Championship award.
You obviously cannot go wrong when ordering a cup of the award-winning brew here.
Let’s not play around since we all know that one simply cannot survive on coffee alone!
Luckily for you though:
Wizards at Tribeca serves up some seriously delicious eats, like their signature, Taro Mish Mash, which is basically like avocado toast, only on steroids.
What, you have no idea what I’m talking about? Then picture this!
A refreshing serving of avocado pesto that sits atop a freshly baked piece of French, sourdough bread that is adorned with tomato salsa, a poached egg, feta cheese, and mashed taro (AKA Yam), just for a bit of extra flavor.
Because this dish is creamy, rich, vegetarian-friendly, and basically all of your gastronomic dreams come true.
However, if you’re not a total veg like me:
Then try their Turning Japanese, a Japanese somen dish that features homemade noodles, in a rich, shiitake mushroom broth that is also served with barbecued eel, fish roe, and shrimp.
You can always try their Sally Bowles entree, a deliciously healthy meal that includes fresh salmon, egg, seaweed, avocado, and pickled cucumbers.
But wait just a cotton-picking minute there, because the foodie awesomeness doesn’t stop here!
I mean, we haven’t even gotten to the desserts yet, which are all pretty flippin’ spectacular too!
If you have a saber tooth tiger size sweet tooth like me, then be sure to order their golden molten lava cake, which offers a fun twist on a traditional, chocolate lava cake.
Even though their golden molten lava cake looks like an ordinary chocolate lava cake, it’s actually filled with a rich, smooth, salted egg flavored filling that gives this dish a totally unique flavor!
Run, don’t walk to one of the best cafes in Kuala Lumpur (It’s also a fantastic, but popular, brunch spot, so be sure to beat the crowds and make an online reservation before you stop by!)
Address: 215, Jalan Imbi, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hours: Open every day from 10 am to 10 pm.
Closest Metro Station: MRT Bukit Bintang
2. Bukku Cafe
Bukku Cafe is one of the hottest cafes in KL.
It was a no-brainer that I just had to add this eatery to my unofficial official list of the 13 best cafes in KL.
But wait, why is this place so popular anyway?
Well, for one thing, this Japanese-style cafe will make you instantly forget that you’re actually in Malaysia.
Because in this place:
It’s all about the ambiance. So, picture a relaxing spot, abounding with Instagram photo ops around every turn, that features bright, white walls and stunning, floor to ceiling windows that allow ample amounts of natural light to stream into the cafe.
The furniture here is also made of light wood and creates this minimalist space that has an almost, Marie Kondo-Esq, styled tidiness about it.
No cafe has ever inspired me to go home and immediately clean my apartment (or hotel room as the case may be) the way Bukku Cafe does.
Feel free to grab a book of your own, or borrow one from their shelves, and order a coffee or matcha latte since Bukku Cafe is the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy your day at a slightly slower pace.
And while you’re taking it all in:
Be sure to order one of their refreshing dishes, like a matcha-flavored croissant, or a slightly more innovative, molten, salted egg croissant.
For something a bit heartier:
Try their lemongrass chicken, which is a light and refreshing meal that you can actually feel good about eating since the portion isn’t too big but definitely large enough to sustain you as you explore some of the amazing places to visit in KL.
And for dessert:
Try their deliciously delightful matcha cake… and order a rich and creamy hot chocolate to go along with it, at least it if you really wanna get your sugar-induced coma on!
Yup, I think I’ve just died and gone to foodie heaven.
Address: Jalan Singgahsana 4A/KU5, Bandar Bukit Raja, 41050 Klang, Selangor
Hours: Open daily from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm.
Closest Metro Stop: Bandar Tasik Selatan (Honestly, this cafe is kind of in the middle of nowhere. That’s why I’d highly recommend taking a Grab from the station to the cafe).
3. Chocha Foodstore
This unassuming café is a tranquil little hideaway where you can enjoy a perfectly quiet afternoon amidst the ever-present chaos of Kuala Lumpur.
The building that Chocha Foodstore currently sits inside of was once a brothel in its former life.
Things couldn’t be any more different.
Because in Hakka:
The word Chocha literally means sit and drink, which is exactly what the ambiance of this cafe encourages you to do since the vibes here. are nothing but warm and inviting, with a dash of comfort food thrown in for good measure.
The decor here is chic and rustic, but in a quaint, not-trying-too-hard kind of way that feels both authentic and historic.
There are also little modern touches everywhere, as seen in the lamps and various accent pieces that are used to stylize this quaint, Kuala Lumpur cafe.
But for the most part:
This design aesthetic here is best embodied by one word, simple.
The decor here is unique enough for you to get a fair number of shots for Instagram.
After you’ve taken about all the photos of the interior that you can handle, it’s time to order some food.
Be forewarned though:
The food here is insanely rich, especially since Chocha tends to serve up Malaysian-style, comfort food.
Which is totally fine since calories don’t actually count in Malaysia.
Am I right?
Don’t answer that. Because OF COURSE, I am!
And the highlight of any meal here?
Why, their super special, hand-pulled, flat noodles, which are found in menu items like the Chinese Pesto Flat Noodle and the Biang Biang Inspired Noodle.
Both of these dishes are Chocha’s best selling entrees and totally drool-worthy.
What, not a fan of noodles?
Well, not to worry because Chocha also serves up other, delightful dishes that include rojak, a traditional fruit and vegetable salad, a cured fish rice bowl, and a ulam stew barley rice bowl.
And cos I can’t leave you without some epic dessert recs:
Try their decadent, ulam raja creme brulee, which is a unique take on the traditional, French classic, that is made from Ulam raja (a leafy, green, herb), Thai basil, and honeycomb candy that is meant to represent the crunchy, caramelized, layer of sugar that sits atop a traditional creme brulee.
Because the food here is rich, to say the very least, the drink menu here includes a wide selection of refreshing teas (choose between various green, black, oolong, and cold-brewed teas) that you can use to wash down all of that decadent food.
If you’re in need of something a wee bit stronger, then you can always choose something from their decently sized wine list, which includes some sustainable and biodynamic options.
Address: No 156, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hours: Open between 11:00 am and 11:00 pm on Sundays and Tuesdays through Thursdays. Also, open Fridays and Saturdays between 11:00 am and 12:00 am (FYI: They are closed Mondays).
Closest Metro Stop: Pasar Seni (Chocha is about a seven-minute walk from this station).
4. Botanica + Co.
Ever wondered what an indoor, garden-side dining experience would be like?
If you’re emphatically nodding your head yes, then let me introduce you to Botanica + Co.
It’s a place where all of your cafe dining dreams can come true… especially if they include lush greenery, sub-arctic-levels of AC, and great food.
In all seriousness though:
Botanica + Co really will give you one of the most gorgeous dining experiences in KL, which makes it a strong contender for the best cafe in KL, if not in all of Malaysia.
Because once you walk inside:
You’ll find bedazzling interiors that are adorned with noting but plants, foliage, and vibrant, hanging lanterns aplenty.
The chairs and tables here are kept simple, yet modern, to help elevate the ethereal beauty of this enchanting cafe.
You’ll also be dining in what seems to be a house made entirely out of glass. So yeah, there’s that added awesomeness as well.
Now, when it comes to food:
The fare here is an interesting mix of European, Middle Eastern, and Asian style cuisine.
Feel free to order from a wide array of dishes that include a Green Goddess pizza, a rotisserie chicken and ratatouille, and a Botanica + Co interpretation of poutine that is made out of shoestring fries and topped with beef sauce and gruyere.
Now, as for their drinks:
If you’re looking to booze it up, then try one of their gorgeous cocktails. like the Alphonso, which is made of rum, mango, and curry leaves (You could also indulge in The Frank, which is a banana mojito of sorts).
Not into booze?
Never fear because Botanica + Co also has a wide selection of coffees and teas for you to enjoy while snapping some epic photos of this cafe’s amazing AF decor.
As you enjoy a delicious meal of your choice, be sure to snap away because let’s face it… half the dining experience these days is all about the ambiance, and Botanica + Co really gets it right. Head on over from
Address: Ground Floor, Vertical Podium, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Open Monday through Thursday, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Fridays and Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 am.
Closest Metro Stop: Kerichi Station (This cafe in Kuala Lumpur is about a 16-minute walk from the station, so you may want to take a Grab from the station)
5. Breakfast Thieves
If I were to be an actual thief, I’d be one of the breakfast variety, and Breakfast Thieves would be my headquarters.
Muhaha (Pretend that was a wickedly evil laugh).
But seriously, I can safely say that Breakfast Thieves has stolen my heart, (Okay, now I really will stop with the LAME puns), satiated my stomach, and appeased my not-so-large Instagram fandom.
Because not only does Breakfast Thieves serve innovative, uber-delicious breakfast items, but the ENTIRE restaurant sits inside an actual glasshouse.
Meaning that while you’re here:
You’ll be able to enjoy ample amounts of light; conditions that are perfect for taking great, high-quality Instagram photos.
This eatery’s interior also may or may not have chic, picture-perfect decor that includes bright, white walls, dark wood furniture, and divine, marble countertops.
One does not simply make it on my list of best cafes in KL with good looks alone!
Oh HELL NO! I mean:
I can’t really eat ambiance so the food needs to be next level awesome too.
And trust me:
Breakfast Thieves does NOT disappoint.
Because here, Australian-style breakfast items are served with a fun, Asian twist.
If you’re in search of a real, heavy-duty, no-joke kind of meal, then order the Gypsy King – a hearty dish that consists of beetroot and citrus-marinated salmon, poached eggs, and garlic rosemary polenta, with a lovely, cauliflower and parmesan puree on the side.
And for fellow sugar fiends out there:
You are FORBIDDEN to leave without ordering the My French Lady – which is a serving of traditional French toast that is topped with dark chocolate, lemon curd, raspberry cream, strawberries, thyme, and a touch of bacon (Yeah, the bacon is totally optional so all of my fellow veggie friends out there can totally indulge).
What, does all this food kind of sound like a massive heart attack waiting to happen?
Okay, I get it. These dishes are all definitely a bit rich.
if you’re looking for something that is a bit on the lighter side of things, then order their Kampung Eggs, which are eggs, cooked any way you’d like them, that are served with the freshest and most delicious sourdough toast that I’ve had in a really LONG time.
Yup, SOO good.
And if you’re vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free, not to worry because Breakfast Thieves definitely has a ton of options for you to choose from!
HOORAY! Three cheers for choices!
Now, in terms of coffee (my other favorite food group next to dessert), the caffeinated, nectar of the God’s that they serve here is rich, bold and delicious.
You can even ask for a side of ice cream, an extra shot of espresso, or a milk substitute to go along with your coffee.
Ice cream + coffee does indeed = HEAVEN.
Address: Lot M, 29-5 Jalan Riong, Paper Plates, Art Printing Works APW Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Hours: Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm (FYI: The kitchen closes at 4 pm on the DOT, so be sure to arrive before then!)
Closest Metro Stop: Bangsar (The cafe is just a 10-minute walk from the station)
6. Lim Kee Cafe
Lim Kee Cafe is all about unwinding, relaxing, and enjoying a good cup of coffee and a seriously delicious piece of cake.
What really sets this cafe apart is it’s ethereal, old-world charm and a vintage, design aesthetic that pays homage to the old fashioned beauty of a vintage coffee shop (otherwise known as a ‘kopitiam’).
Once inside this charming cafe, feel free to sit back in one of their rattan chairs and photoshoot it up since the exquisite beauty of this coffee shop is definitely well-suited for the Gram.
Because this eatery is conveniently located in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, it’s also a great place to unwind after a long day spent exploring some of the city’s most iconic attractions.
While the menu at Lim Kee Cafe isn’t huge, what they do serve is totally delicious, homemade, and perfect for a little mid-day snack,
During you’re time here, throw dietary caution to the wind and order either their pandan affogato or their homemade. tiramisu cake.
I pinkie promise:
You will NOT regret it.
Address: Tian Jing Hotel, Jalan Sultan, City Centre
Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, and Friday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm.
Closest Metro Stop: Pasar Seni (Just a 7-minute walk from the cafe to the station)
Calling all coffee lovers!
Because VCR is without a doubt, the BEST cafe in KL for any and all of my fellow coffee fiends!
The coffee here is so rich that you can actually smell the strong, slightly sweet aroma of coffee, long before you ever enter the cafe!
Once there though:
You’ll find a former jail that has been lovingly transformed into an inviting coffee shop that perfectly mixes old-world architecture with various elements of modern design.
Just knowing that you’re actually sipping a cup of coffee in a former jail is pretty cool, at least if you ask me.
VCR makes this official list of “Best Cafe in KL” list mainly because of its coffee.
And coming from me:
That’s a pretty big deal since I’m kind of a total coffee snob.
And while you can’t really go wrong with any of the coffee you order here, try one of their hand-brewed coffees, like the Hario v60, for an exceptionally awesome cup of Joe.
VCR also has some milk substitutes, like soy milk (for an additional fee), for my non-dairy inclined friends.
Something that is incredibly hard to come by in a city like Kuala Lumpur.
What, not feeling all the coffee love?
That’s cool because VCR is also a great place to grab a quick bite to eat.
So if you’re feeling a bit peckish:
Order their avocado toast, french toast, potato waffle, or croissant served with blueberry jam and butter.
If I could eat it all without making myself sick, I totally would.
VCR also has a stellar selection of homemade baked goods that include a lemon poppy seed cake, a Verona chocolate tart (a dark chocolate filled pastry with a cocoa shell), and a Naked King cake (a three-layer banana cake with dark chocolate ganache, banana slices, and peanut butter frosting).
Address: 2, Jalan Galloway 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hours: Open every day from 8:30 am to 11:00 pm.
Closest Metro Stop: Hang Tuah (The cafe is about a 6-minute walk from the station).
This part cafe, part showroom, part education center, part workshop space is the perfect place for any aspiring, coffee connoisseurs in KL.
Because while you’re here:
You’ll quickly realize that coffee is the clear star of this chic, clean, and simple, industrial-style eatery.
Just one look around this place will immediately reveal that the cafe’s many coffee machines are the true centerpiece here.
Which is something that helps transform this place from a cafe into something of a coffee museum since, while you’re here, you’re encouraged to touch, feel, smell and explore all of the coffee, but with some personal guidance from a local, highly-trained, coffee expert of course.
If you really want to get your coffee-loving swerve on while you’re here, then partake in one of PULP’s many coffee workshops, where you can ask some of their baristas all of your most burning, coffee-related questions.
Even though you’re sitting amongst a sea of coffee experts, the friendly staff here are all super down to earth, warm, and welcoming, giving you the ultimate coffee experience but minus any of the pretension that you might find at some “specialty” coffee shops.
And while all of the coffee here is exceptional:
The cold brew is extra special and super refreshing after sweating to death all day in Kl’s scorching heat and intense humidity.
Now, to enhance your experience:
Feel free to try some of PULP’s many cakes, pastries, and various other baked goods.
If you’re after something a bit more substantial, then try this cafe’s delicious pancakes or the Papa Platter, which is a combination of eggs (cooked however you’d like), hash browns, mushrooms, sourdough toast, chicken sausage, and fruit.
As for lunch:
Their main lunch menu here is only available Monday through Wednesday, from 12:00 pm to 6: 00 pm, and Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
When it is available, the menu here has some delightfully filling lunch entrees that include a chicken rice bowl, a kinda spicy seafood pasta, and a vegetarian PPP (AKA pasta made with pesto, grilled portobello mushrooms, and pumpkin seeds), all of which will help elevate your coffee experience here to the next level.
Address: 01-29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hours: Open everyday from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm.
Closest Metro Stop: Bangsar (The cafe is about a 10-minute walk from the station)
9. Feeka Coffee Roasters
Since we’re on the subject of coffee:
Might as well mention yet another one of the best cafes in KL, where you can go and get a nice cup of coffee.
And that fabulously fantastic cafe is none other than Feeka Coffee Roasters.
“Why feeka?” You may be pondering.
Well, the name “feeka” actually comes from the Swedish word “fika” which means to take a break.
And that’s exactly what you’ll be doing here since this is the perfect place to kick up your heels and recuperate after all that epic, KL sight-seeing.
Feel free to grab a cup of coffee and a good book while you sit and savor Feeka Coffee Roaster’s charming, outdoor seating area.
Their indoor seating area is pretty SWEET too since it’s brimming over with colorful couches and cozy chairs, making this the perfect place to chillax the day away.
Like I mentioned before, it’s obviously all about the coffee here at Feeka Roaster’s.
Which makes a lot more sense when you realize that the coffee beans here are actually locally sourced and roasted, meaning that you can actually feel good about the coffee you drink here.
And while all of the coffee here is kind of sort of amazing:
I personally recommend trying one of their seasonal cold brews, like their tonic brew, since it’s a wonderfully refreshing way to recover from the intensely hot and humid, Malaysian climate.
But wait, because it gets better!
Because, in addition to preparing amazing coffee, Feeka Coffee Roasters also serves up one of my most favorite meals of the day, breakfast!
And it’s served all day, everyday…until 3:00 pm!
Carbohydrate loving dreams really do come true!
The breakfast items on the menu here are actually on the healthier side of things and include things like berry chia pudding, tropical smoothie bowls, and even ricotta pancakes.
NOM NOM NOM.
Talk about a great way to beat the heat and indulge in pancake perfection, all at the same time.
If you’re looking for something slightly more substantial, then you’ll be delighted to know that their lunch menu includes a veggie burger (served with thick-cut fries that are basically like giant, potato wedges), a popular, grilled chicken with couscous dish, and more.
But wait. Timeout for a minute here!
What about my most favorite meal of them all…dessert?
Well, I’m SOO glad you asked.
Because trust me, Feel Coffee Roasters does it RIGHT!
If you’re here and you can only order one thing, then it HAS to be the Almond Salted Caramel Mille cake.
This isn’t just any cake we’re talking about here.
It’s 13 layers of crepes that are perfectly paired with 13 layers of cream, to create a rich, indulgent dessert that is well worth every single calorie (and then some).
Grab those elastic waist pants kids because Feeka Roaster’s Almond Salted Caramel Mille cake has your name written ALL over it!
No really, true story (insert winkie emoji here)!
Address: 19, Jalan Mesui 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hours: Open every day from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Closest Metro Stop: Wismas Causeway (This station is about a 7-minute walk from the cafe)
10. The Owls Cafe
This cute little cafe (and when I say little, I mean tiny) is generally overflowing with patrons who are HANGRILY waiting to get some of the delicious eats within!
And the one thing on the menu that everyone is dying to try?
If you stop by, be sure to try The Rebecca, which is one of the cafe’s best selling dishes.
It includes a thin and crispy, flower-shaped waffle that is topped with delicious, homemade earl grey ice cream, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, almond flakes, and some maple syrup (because clearly, this dish doesn’t have enough sugar in it already).
If that waffle isn’t quite decadent enough for your palette, then order The David waffle, which is topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, peanut butter sauce, bananas, almonds, coconut flakes, and pretzels.
Can you say sugar coma, party of one?
If that over-the-top level of sugary goodness is a bit too much for you, then try the Midori waffle instead.
Food babies are a go with this dish, which includes a delicious, matcha flavored waffle that is served with a scoop of black sesame/coconut ice cream, mandarin orange slices, and some red bean cream on top.
With all this foodie goodness everywhere, you’ll definitely need something to wash down all of this waffle decadence.
No worries because The Owls Cafe definitely has your back, and offers a wide selection of great teas and coffees for you to choose from, including their signature rose latte, iced chocolate, and ravishing rose petals tea.
Hell 2 the yeah!
Wait though, one more thing before you go.
If you can:
Do try and visit during the week since this place gets ridiculously crowded on the weekends.
Something that is totally understandable since the only thing better than the food here is the cute, homey, cozy feeling decor, which includes, you guessed it, owls as far as the eye can see!
Yeah, it’s a real HOOT (Hardy, har har, Three cheers for lame AF puns).
***PSST: If you’re not into dessert, they also have a lovely brunch menu that features savory items like the Sally Salmon Waffle (an herbs based waffle topped with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs) and the Buffy Beef waffle (a waffle topped with caramelized shimeji mushrooms, beef bacon bits, and cherry tomatoes).***
Address: 12-1, First Floor, Block 5, Jalil Link, Jln Jalil Jaya 6, Bukit Jalil, 57000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Hours: Open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Closed Mondays).
Closest Metro stop: Awan Besar (The cafe is about an 11-minute walk from the station)
11. Fittie Sense (And no, I don’t mean the rapper)
Fittie Sense actually made my list of best cafes in KL because it reminds me of a certain rapper who used to encourage you to party like it’s your birthday!
Fittie Sense actually made this list because it has a menu full of delicious, healthy, feel-good food.
I’m normally not all about healthy eating…or living for that matter.
Dining here definitely doesn’t make you feel like you’re eating a giant bowl full of grass clippings, so that’s a plus. LOL.
No, seriously though:
Not only are the interiors here bright and airy, making this a great place for some epic, #foodporn photos, but the dishes here are also vibrant, flavorful, and oh so delicious.
The only real question that remains is, “What should you order?”
If you’re looking for a healthy but slightly indulgent breakfast entree, then order their Gram Lentil Pancakes with Berries and Kefir Curd.
Truth be told, I know pancakes made out of lentils sounds nasty AF, but I swear, these pancakes are WAY more delicious than they actually sound,.
if you just can’t get over the whole pancakes made of lentils thing, then try their Kampung Egg, Spinach, and Pumpkin Tart, which is made with a quinoa crust, creating an almost quiche-like dish, just minus any of the heavy cream and butter.
And since no meal is complete without dessert (at least in my world):
Then be sure to try their kaffir lime and coconut pound cake, which is a moist, decadent, and delightful treat.
I know all of this guilt-free, sugar-free, totally healthy food can sometimes sound super lame.
But take my word for it:
Fittie Sense does not disappoint.
While eating here, you definitely won’t have to feel guilty about going back for seconds.
Address: 23A, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hours: Open Monday and Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Closed Tuesdays).
Closest Metro stop: Bangsar (It’s a 17-minute walk to the cafe from the station, so you may want to take a Grab here)
12. Merchant’s Lane
Welcome to Merchant’s Lane:
Another cafe on this list that was once a brothel, on petaling street, in its former life.
You’ll find nothing but an absolutely charming cafe with exquisite decor and delicious eats that are just sitting there, waiting to be devoured.
Because similar to Chocha Foodstore (which is practically right next door to Merchant’s Lane):
The charm here lies in the peeling paint, and what could be considered a lack of modernity in this historic building.
The slightly unkempt, vintage decor works since every piece of furniture enhances the natural charm and ambiance of this cafe; a fact that has helped to transform Merchant’s Lane into a total, KL Instagram hotspot.
Or just a generally cool place to chill out in.
While your eyes and Instagram followers will enjoy a visual feast of beautiful, Peranakan style design, your belly will do cartwheels for the GLORIOUS assortment of food that can be found on their menu.
For my breakfast lovin’ peeps out there:
Order the Eat Die Me, which comes with eggs any way you like, two sausages, a baked tomato with cheese, and a side of creamed corn and hash browns.
But, for a little extra comfort:
You can also try their Hongkie Beef Stew, a classic, beef stew that is slow-cooked over 12 hours and served with mash potatoes, veggies, and smothered in gravy.
To wash it all down:
Choose from an interesting selection of beverages like jasmine-infused coffee, charcoal roasted oolong tea with chrysanthemum and cinnamon, rose honey milk, and their delicious, matcha lattes.
Everything here is absolutely delicious so you really can’t go wrong, no matter what you order!
***FYI: This place is really hard to find since the entrance looks like a private home and the restaurant is actually located on the second floor. So, if you see a small, unmarked door that is the first door, right on the corner of that communal building, then just go through that door and up the stairs to the restaurant.***
Address: First Floor, 150, Jalan Petaling, Off Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur.
Hours: Open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 am to 9:30 pm. Also, open on Sundays from 9;30 am to 9:30 pm.
Closest Metro stop: Pasar Seni (The cafe is about a 6-minute walk from the station)
13. La Fleur x Uniqorn
So… I feel like I don’t need to explain any further since the word “Unicorn” (or Uniqorn as the case may be) is in the name of this cafe.
But, in case you weren’t in the know:
I have a severe unicorn addiction and am ALL about anything and everything unicorn.
Since not everyone is as totally obsessed with unicorns as I am, let me help you understand why La Fleur x Uniqor is one of the best cafes in KL!
No, really, hear me out.
Because believe it or not, this place is actually the very first unicorn cafe in all of Kuala Lumpur.
And even if you’re not into unicorns:
La Fleur x Uniqorn is still a wonderful place to go and spruce up your Instagram content, if you know what I mean.
Because not only is this café painted in the dreamiest shade of pink, but it also has a ball pit (yes, you heard me right), a unicorn guitar that you can pose with, and even a unicorn onesie that you can wear over your clothes (if you really wanna take this experience to the NEXT level).
And I get it.
You’re probably wondering “Well yeah, sure, dining at any unicorn cafe would make for great Instagram photos, But what about the food?”
Well, don’t worry.
Because not only is the food here insanely cute, but it’s also totally delicious too!
Order some of the most colorful egg waffles that you ever did see!
Yeah, they’re almost too pretty to eat (The key word there is amost).
Let’s not forget the fact that all of the iced drinks here, like the pink latte, are served with their very own, itty bitty, unicorn floatie.
Address: E1-01-02, Sunway GEO Avenue, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, 47000 Subang Jaya
Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday. from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am, and Friday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 am (Sadly, they’re closed on Mondays).
Closest metro stop: Setia Jaya station (This cafe is pretty far from the center of Kuala Lumpur. Therefore, you may just want to just take a Grab here instead).
A Free, Interactive Map to Help You Find all 13 of the Best Cafes in KL (Kuala Lumpur)
So, in no particular order, these are my 13 picks for the best cafes in KL.
I really couldn’t pick my favorite since they’re all amazing, but just in very different ways.
So, my advice?
Visit ALL the cafes!!!!
I know that probably isn’t the most practical advice unless you’re a coffee obsessed, cafe addict like me!
But, dine at any one of these amazing Kuala Lumpur cafes and you will not regret it!
I know a good cafe when I see one and these eateries are all the SUPER, REAL deal.
So go forth, grab a moist towelette, wear a wicked awesome pair of elastic waist pants, and conquer these cafes as I know only you can.
Calories NEVER count when you’re in a different country (True Story!).