Who Else Misses Cafe-Hopping?
One thing we definitely miss in the midst of this pandemic (besides travelling, of course) is the freedom to cafe-hop and people-watch over a good cup of coffee without feeling paranoid. Despite how different things have been in the past two years, lovely new cafes and restaurants have opened up their doors across the city, waiting to be explored. If you're in need of a weekend brunch or good coffee to keep you sane, head to one of these cafes around KL and PJ!
[Update, September 2021] P/S: most of these cafes have only opened their doors in 2021 so we'll still consider them new-ish! Some may not be open for dine-in yet, so do make sure you check their social media or website for the latest updates before heading over.
Aesthetic New Cafes To Visit In KL And PJ
1. CC by Mel
Nestled on a second floor shophouse in Bukit Jalil, CC by Mel is a cosy casual dining cafe that only moved in to the space few months ago. As the brainchild of home-based florist Melanie, the cafe serves a yummy selection of Japanese fusion dishes that incorporate floral concepts, are aesthetically plated, and prettily garnished with edible flowers. From nori tacos to matcha sandos, inventive pastas, and cute desserts, it’s the perfect spot for a catch-up with your girlfriends or a special date!
- Address: Residensi Park, 2-13, Persiaran Jalil Utama, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
2. After One
After One takes pride in being a semi plant-based cafe that serves vegan-friendly, pork-free dishes that are good for your tummy. They offer a rather varied menu featuring items such as tofu scramble, cajun shrimps, breakfast quesadillas, Moroccan chicken, and quinoa bowls, as well as a selection of vibrant drinks ranging from coffee to sparkling drinks, cold-pressed juices, and kombucha. Food-aside, the cafe space is airy, cosy, and bright - worthy of some extra brownie points, in our opinion!
- Address: 1, Persiaran Lidcol, Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur.
Chic, sleek, futuristic, and a lil funky, SWÔL is one of the latest additions along Jalan Telawi, Bangsar. Chill-out with some imported macarons flown all the way from France or other fresh bakes on their menu such as croissants, pain au chocolat, pizza twists, tarts, and specialty coffee. The cafe's all-white interior seems to be crafted to look perfect for the 'gram - we can't decide if it looks more like a gallery or a photoshoot venue. ✨
- Address: 34-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
4. Kedai Coklat
Chocolate lovers, you won't want to miss out on this one. 🍫 Started by the folks behind Cocoraw (a local chocolate maker that makes amazing chocolate truffles!), Kedai Coklat is a heaven-on-earth for chocolate lovers. The new cafe is nestled in SS2 and offers a menu full of indulgent chocolate treats - tarts, cakes, pastries, and hand-crafted drinks, they've got them all. We've heard amazing feedback 'bout their chocolate terrine and signature drink, Mat-Cho (a chocolate drink topped with a layer of matcha foam).
- Address: 16, Jalan SS 2/103, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
5. Boink Bakery
Boink Bakery has established an online presence after selling its signature pastries online since the pandemic hit - much to the delight of their pastry fans, they've opened their first physical bakery in May this year. Hang out with your friends or fam over buttery croissants, indulgent chocolate rolls, humble sourdough, and other baked goods. Pop by quickly before more people find out about this hidden gem! 💎
- Address: OP-1F-10, 2 Rio Office Park Persiaran Rio, Bandar Puteri, Bandar Kinrara, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
6. Keopi & Sul.
Keopi & Sul. is a cosy new Korean-inspired cafe bistro that opened doors in Mont Kiara earlier this year. Head over if you're in the mood for some hearty Korean bowls, coffee, or soju - they also have some incredibly cute drinks that come topped with rose petals, ice cream and even puppy-shaped espresso ice cubes! Some recommended items here include their curry tempura prawn don, beef bulgogi, butter scones, and big breakfast.
- Address: Shoplot 2, Residensi Duta Kiara, Jln Duta Hartamas, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
7. Three Years Old Cafe
Housed in a double-storey 80-year-old building, Three Years Old Cafe is located along a row of old terrace houses in Bukit Bintang with a history dating back to the 1920s. The dreamy new cafe opened its doors in April and quickly became an aesthetic hotspot for a relaxing afternoon over coffee and cakes. Cosy, minimalist, and drenched in ample natural lighting, serene charm seeps from every corner and nook of this fresh space.
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- Address: 1, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, 50150, Bukit Bintang.
8. Wu Di Cafe
Also located in Bukit Bintang, Wu Di Cafe is another new hotspot for those who have a soft spot for white exteriors and minimalist cafes. Step into this restored heritage building and be greeted by a cosy space filled with custom-designed rattan furniture, brick walls, bare beams, and tons of zen, photogenic corners. The cafe even sports a rooftop outdoor seating area that offers open views of the KL city skyline! The cafe menu consists of local and international cuisine from an Aussie breakfast set to fresh salmon, mala chicken karaage, Japanese oysters, and nasi lemak.
- Address: 10, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur
9. Mori Kohi
Surrounded by lush trees and connected to an indoor urban farm located within the same building (it's where they get their supply of freshly harvested greens!), Mori Kohi exudes tranquil vibes despite being nestled smack right in the heart of KL. Pop by for a cup of freshly brewed coffee, a glass of iced matcha latte, cakes, or a comforting Western-influenced Japanese meal. Popular items on the menu include their signature tendon bowl, chicken karaage curry rice, and wagyu hamburg! Besides the restaurant and farm, the spacious bungalow also houses a casual cocktail bar, a plant retail gallery, and an event space.
- Address: 11, Jalan Aman, Off Jln Tun Razak, 55000 Kuala Lumpur,
10. Bui Bui Bakehouse
The new bakery cafe is oh-so-cute, even its cushion covers will make you squeal! Located along Jalan Sepadu close to Old Klang Road, Bui Bui Bakehouse is housed in a cosy white bungalow. Fall in love with its aesthetic interior and Japanese-inspired menu featuring fresh bakes such as fluffy milk toast, melon pan, Hokkaido-style toast, sandos, and more, many which are made using ingredients imported all the way from Japan. Besides baked goods, they also offer savoury dishes and a wide variety of beverages, including housemade coffee mocktails.
- Address: Buibui Bakehouse213, Jalan Sepadu, Taman United, Kuala Lumpur
11. Elephant Republic
This vibrant Bukit Bintang district welcomes yet another new and refreshing hangout spot - Elephant Republic gives off a calming and relaxing vibe despite being located smack in the heart of bustling KL. This chic new cafe is known for its coconut-infused drinks (from iced coconut lattes to espressos made with coconut milk and drinks topped with coconut flakes) and is great for resting your legs after a shopping spree in the neighbourhood. Those who've been here swear that you'll feel as if you've been transported to a cheery cafe in Bangkok or Bali.
- Address: 7, Jalan Rembia, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
12. Shhhbuuuleee, REXKL
Did you know that there's a new BookXcess bookstore at the top of REXKL? Make your way through the maze of bookshelves and you'll find yourself at Shhhbuuuleee, a hidden restaurant bar perched on the building's rooftop. This rustic, charming space with a crazy name offers an al-fresco dining experience with views of the KL Tower from its outdoor trrace. Indulge in delicately-curated small plates (their grilled octopus and tofu are crowd favourites) and watch the sun go down with a glass of sake or wine.
- Address: REXKL 4th Floor, 80 Jalan Sultan, Chinatown, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
13. Ono, SS2 PJ
Fans of coffee, matcha, or sandos, you have to add Ono to your cafe-hopping checklist. This beautiful and minimalist cafe in SS2 opened its doors to the public just a few weeks before 2022. Sit back and relax in its Scandinavian-style interior with your choice of beverage and one of their highly-raved Japanese-inspired sandos that are available in sweet and savoury varieties (it's up to you whether you want yours filled with crispy shrimp katsu, fresh strawberries, homemade smoked salmon, or fluffy tamagoyaki).
- Address: 47, Jalan SS 2/30, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
14. The Hungry Tapir, Petaling Street
Indulge in vegan goodness at The Hungry Tapir, a vibrant plant-based restaurant nestled in a heritage building at the heart of Petaling Street. Make sure you also whip out your phone to take memorable shots here because this restaurant is decked out in splashes of bright pink, monochrome cushions, and potted plants that make it an IG-worthy spot. A haven for both vegans and vegetarians, the restaurant offers a wholesome menu of plant-based dishes that include both Western and Asian snacks, all-day breakfast options, mains, and desserts. Enjoy 10% off when you book a discounted lunch menu voucher on Klook!
- Address: 135, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
15. Hani Eatery, Bangsar
Hani Eatery is one of Bangsar's latest hidden gems, housed in a rustic, bright space with ample natural lighting, wide windows, brutalist walls, and cute furniture (we especially love how some of their seats are literally cute camping chairs!). Besides drinks and desserts, the cafe also serves up a selection of Japanese-inspired rice and noodle dishes for those who'd like to grab brunch or lunch. Pop by for a relaxing afternoon catching up with your loved ones.
- Address: 20A, Lrg Ara Kiri 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
16. Kopi Jiran, Kajang
Kopi Jiran is a humble home-based cafe tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood in Kajang. While it may not be as glamorous as other cafes in town, we absolutely love how homey and welcoming this garden cafe is! Pair your coffee (specially brewed using a moka pot and with coffee beans sourced from local roasteries!) with your choice of pastry and just soak in the cosy vibes at one of their tables placed under the shade of lush trees.
- Address: 133, Jalan TKP 2, Taman Kantan Permai, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
17. Nippori Bistro, PJ
Located in a meticulously decorated space with high ceilings and sophisticated decor, Nippori Bistro exudes an elegant vibe and feels like you're stepping into a British colonial residence. The centerpiece of the cafe is an oversized portrait of a heavyset Mona Lisa with a glass of wine in hand! Nippori Bistro offers a menu of inventive Japanese dishes with a European twist, from wagyu pizzas to udon tossed with traditional Italian sauces and salmon mentai sushi. There's also a French patisserie counter with cakes and sweet treats to satisfy your dessert tummy.
- Address: B Land, Lot 2&3, B Land, lot 2, JALAN Seksyen, Jalan 51a/225, Seksyen 51a, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
18. Ruma Puteh, Titiwangsa
Minimalistic, chic, and aesthetic - Ruma Puteh checks all the boxes! Set in a former house that was revamped into a cafe, Ruma Puteh gives off the vibe of a modern art gallery with its aesthetic walkways, curved archways, and impressive architecture. Patrons can choose to dine out in their outdoor garden with seats among trees, or in their air-conditioned indoor dining space with quirky, vibrant decor. The cafe serves up a selection of Western cuisine and Malaysian comfort food from pasta dishes to laksa, nasi kerabu, and toast.
- Address: 60A, Jalan Kuantan, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, 54200 Kuala Lumpur.
19. W Cafe And Dining, PJ
Located in PJ, W Cafe And Dining claims to be a Japanese Malaysian Modernism Cafe. While we're not even sure what that means exactly, the newly-opened cafe has definitely captured our hearts with their cosy, minimalistic vibe that will make you feel as if you're walking into a Muji store! Pop by for a casual brunch of fusion food such as miso butter aglio olio, focaccia sandwiches, Japanese chilli pasta, or a pizza topped with delicious Japanese mushrooms. The cafe also takes their drinks seriously, and you'll be spoilt for choice with hand-crafted beverages such as matcha red bean latte and bottled cold brew.
- Address: 23-1, Block E1, Jalan PJU 1/42, Dataran Prima, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
20. Burrow BSC
Located in Bangsar Shopping Centre, Burrow serves up freshly-baked desserts from delicious cakes to cookies and their signature maple pecan canelés that are infused with organic maple syrup and Madagascar vanilla bean then topped with butter toasted pecan and cream! Besides sweet treats, Burrow also takes their coffee seriously. The cafe is currently only open for takeaways but we can't wait to check out their refreshing space and have some coffee at one of their window seats once things get better.
- Address: Lot GK12, Ground Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 59000 Kuala Lumpur.
21. Fine Coffee And Flowers
Tucked away in the Little Korea neighbourhood in Ampang, Fine Coffee And Flowers is a cosy new Korean-themed cafe cum florist that opened its doors in December 2020. With minimalistic furniture and a serene ambiance, the cafe has a small but lovely menu with a selection of main courses (Big Breakfast, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Smoked Salmon Toast, and more) and desserts like Black Sesame Pudding, Baked Cheesecake, and Houjicha Roll. They also have a dreamy selection of drinks from strawberry latte to earl grey tea!
- Address: C2-1, Jalan Ampang Utama 1/1 68000 Ampang, Selangor.
22. Yewyew, Jalan Sultan
Nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Yew Yew is a cosy little cafe specializing in freshly-brewed coffee, delectable cakes, and pastries. This quaint nook blends perfectly with the charming historical shophouses of Jalan Sultan and offers street views from their window seats. Some popular items here include their large chocolate chip cookies, scones, and matcha drinks made with Niko Neko Matcha powder! Do note though that the cafe is really small, so make sure you plan your visit during off-peak hours if you're looking to dine in and enjoy some downtime by the window.
- Address: 63D, Ground Floor, Bangunan Ka Yin, Jalan Sultan, 50000, Kuala Lumpur
23. Jeda Cafe And Diner, TTDI
Jeda opened its doors late last year, but it's still a fairly new cafe and underrated gem that we figured deserves a spot on this piece. Managed by a husband-and-wife team, Jeda Cafe And Diner's menu consists of hearty Indonesian dishes that will tingle your tastebuds. Tuck into delicious chicken fillet topped with Balinese sambal and fragrant rice topped with shredded kaffir lime leaves and crispy shallots - the food here is humble yet so good you'll definitely be back once your cravings kick in. While Bali continues to remain a far-fetched dream for now, this may be the closest you can get to reminisce the Balinese breeze.
- Address: 24A, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
24. Half & Hāfu, PJ
Decked with neon lights, a mysterious vibe, and an artistic atmosphere, Half & Hāfu is both a hair salon and a cafe - a unique space split into half. This cafe is our new favourite space in PJ for some me-time with coffee and cakes. The cafe serves up a selection of delectable desserts and unique drinks, including a signature concoction which is to be consumed with a special way of drinking that will only be made known to you by the barista. Cakes-wise, you'll be spoilt for choice with their selection of delicious flavours from matcha chocolate cake to fluffy lavender orange chiffon cake and black sesame matcha rolls.
- Address: Lot B-1-05, First Floor, The Hub SS2 Retail Office, 19 Sentral, Jalan Harapan, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
25. Wú Coffee Gallery, Kota Damansara
Expect no clutter and zero knick-knacks in this space, as opposed to other more elaborately-decorated cafes on this list, Wú is stark, gritty, and raw - full of grey concrete and exposed brick walls. Wú Coffee Gallery currently serves a simple selection of beverages, desserts, and mains, and will be expanding its menu once the pandemic chaos is over. Patrons who have visited the place have been raving about their spicy ramen, though!
- Address: 38-2, Jalan PJU 5/11, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
26. Hide and Seek, Petaling Jaya
Petaling Street's popular Hide and Seek finally has its own storefront! Located in Taman Paramount, the cafe gives off major industrial vibes, plastered mostly in cement to give off a raw, unfinished look. Place your order and grab a seat of your choice from their quirky arrangement of chairs in different colours and designs. Besides coffee and cakes, they also serve main dishes like braised pork rice, Japanese-style barbecued pork rice, fried chicken, and more. We heard the braised pork rice is to-die-for, let us know if it's that's good if you give it a try!
- Address: 33-A, Jalan 20/16, Taman Paramount, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
27. Vernakular Store, Bangsar
Vernakular is more than just a cafe - this unique space located along Jalan Telawi in Bangsar is actually a concept store and experiential retail space, with an area dedicated to a wide collection of well-crafted watches! If you love both coffee and watches, this space is for you. The interior of the store gives off a rustic, cosy feel, with wooden furniture, rattan chairs, and a ground covered in stone. Try to get the seat by the window if it's not too crowded!
- Address: 33, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
28. Lunar, Tropicana Gardens Mall
Hidden inside BookXcess in Tropicana Gardens Mall, Lunar is a minimalistic cafe built for those who wish to enjoy a good cuppa with their new book. The folks behind Lunar decided to create an urban oasis for the weary within the bookstore to become a place for poeple to connect with each other over good coffee and reading. Grab a cup of coffee and get seated at one of their charming white tables - if you're a fan of calming environments and books, a visit here would complete your perfect weekend afternoon!
- Address: 1st Floor, Lot 26 & 26A, West Walk，No. 2A, Persiaran Surian, Tropicana Indah, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor