The best cafes in Kuala Lumpur have taken inspiration from the vibrant cafe cultures found in cities like Melbourne, Australia, and Seattle in the U.S.. The popular coffee shops in Malaysia's capital are often bakery-cum-cafes that offer tantalizing 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 spoiled for choice when it comes to brunching during laid-back weekends. From trendy cafes with a hip New York loft-inspired decor to quirky European-themed bistros, our selection of the trendiest cafes in Kuala Lumpur promises friendly service and great food-and-beverage offerings.


    Antipodean Cafe

    A charming all-day breakfast and coffee spot in Bangsar

    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 colorful chalk on a massive blackboard-style wall. 

    Its all-day breakfast offerings allow diners to enjoy savory treats such as smoked salmon omelet, while its fluffy banana pancake with butterscotch is an excellent choice for those with a sweet tooth. A selection of butter-free chocolate cake, carrot cake, and lemon meringue pie is also available. For beverages, Antipodean Cafe serves various coffee and tea, milkshakes, and healthy fruit juices; we particularly enjoy the milky and robust café latte.

    Location: 20, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2282 0411


    The Good Batch Cafe

    A popular brunch spot in Damansara Utama

    The Good Batch is a cozy brunch retreat in Damansara Utama. It serves sumptuous all-day breakfasts, crunchy salads and light snacks, as well as a good range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The Good Batch is situated in Petaling Jaya, approximately a 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre via Sprint Highway.

    On the menu, you'll find a harmonious blend of Malaysian flavors in classic Western fare. We highly recommend The Good Stuff (broiled mango-stuffed French toast drizzled with crushed nuts, gula Melaka, and 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).

    Location: 53, Jalan SS 21/1a, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-7733 2303


    The Red Beanbag

    An Aussie-inspired cafe in Petaling Jaya

    The Red Beanbag, situated within Menara Mudajaya in Petaling Jaya, 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 am 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 noon. Perfect for a brunch or dessert option, we highly recommend the Skyscraper, which consists of a stack of piping hot pancakes heavily drizzled with Canadian maple syrup and dark chocolate sauce, served with a side of caramelized fruits.

    Location: G-2, Menara Mudajaya, 12A, Jln PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)11-6457 6742


    Yeast Bistronomy

    French bistro dining in Bangsar

    Yeast Bistronomy, situated along Jalan Telawi in Bangsar, is a stylish French-themed bistro, boulangerie and wine bar that's well-patronized 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 broiled bamboo king prawn with saffron risotto and seared Hokkaido scallop, while the breakfast menu is a colorful array of croissants, Danish and pastries. Hailed as a favorite hangout spot amongst expats and local brunch lovers, the quality of food and beverages here certainly justifies its rather steep prices.

    Location: 24G, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2282 0118


    VCR Cafe

    Coffee and old-world vibes in Bukit Bintang

    VCR Cafe, located within a 15-minute drive from the bustling Kuala Lumpur city centre, is a great place for coffee and brunch. Remodelled from a corner-lot building, this attractive cafe retains much of its original charm and old-world feel, while an airy, breezy, rattan-chair 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, an indulgent banana cake layered with peanut butter frosting, banana slices, and chocolate.

    Location: 2, Jalan Galloway, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2110 2330



    An industrial-chic cafe in Bangsar

    Pulp is a specialty coffee bar located in a former printing factory in Bangsar. Originally from Singapore, the cafe's 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, savory pastries, a very welcoming vibe, and a team of friendly staff, Pulp draws a steady weekend crowd of coffee enthusiasts and trendy youths, both local and foreign alike.

    Location: 29-01, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 7.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2201 3650


    Feeka Coffee Roasters

    An easygoing spot for breakfasts and coffee in Bukit Bintang

    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. 

    Marvelously rich with a pleasantly lingering aftertaste, pair Feeka's award-winning El Salvador AeroPressed specialty coffee with the Feeka omelet (sautéed mushroom with herbs, sautéed cauliflower, tomato jelly, 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.

    Location: 19, Jln Mesui, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2110 4599


    Plan B Cafe

    Cool breakfasts at Bangsar Village

    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, a good location, tantalizing food, and unique style. 

    While Plan B Cafe specializes 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.

    Location: G5, Ground Floor, Bangsar Village, 1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)3-2287 2630


    Jelly & Kaya Cafe

    All-day breakfasts and delights in Petaling Jaya

    Jelly & Kaya Cafe is a charming venue in Petaling Jaya that offers simple yet tantalizing all-day breakfasts and delicious chocolate beverages. Its specialty, however, lies within its fluffy pancakes, namely the Jelly & Kaya's Pancake – a sinfully sweet dish consisting of stacked pancakes with jelly and kaya spread, fresh strawberries and blueberries, topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

    While Jelly & Kaya Cafe has a selection of espresso-based beverages that keep most coffee drinkers satisfied, we are more partial to its signature hot chocolate with choco balls. Richly flavored with a crunchy taste from the chocolate balls, it makes for a delightful complement to a slice of homemade cake during laid-back weekends.

    Location: PJ Palms Sport Center, 1, Lorong Sultan, Bandar Baru Petaling Jaya, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +6016 667 5078

    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveler

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