Kuala Lumpur’s cafe scene is booming and it does not seem to be slowing down. There are plenty of cafes around town, but if you’re like us, then you probably have a go-to cafe that you and your friends always hang out at. So why not visit a different place for a change of scenery?

Luckily for you, we’ve done the legwork and have come up with a list of new cafes in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya that you should explore this week.

Check ’em out 🙂

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1. Cafe Atas59

Source: TimeOut KL

Formerly known as Lorem Ipsum, Cafe Atas59 is situated above Dr. Chai’s Dental Clinic along Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar. Decorated with colourful paintings and exposed walls, half of the spacious hipster hideout is actually art space. Besides caffeinated drinks, teas, and juices, beer lovers would be delighted to know that Cafe Atas59 also offers a range of imported craft beers (i.e. pale ales).

Note: If you’re into art, the cafe also offers art jam sessions and various workshops.

  • Address: 59-1, Jalan Bangkung, Taman Bandaraya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
  • Business hours: 8am – 7pm (Monday – Friday); 10am – 7pm (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Tel: 03-2201 6969
  • Facebook

2. Zǎo: Breakfast Anytime

Source: Burpple

Zǎo: Breakfast Anytime in Petaling Jaya is a Taiwanese-style breakfast spot that specialises in toast sandwiches, homemade cold-pressed juices, and coffee. Aside from the typical egg and cheese sandwiches, Zǎo (which is also the pinyin for “morning” in Mandarin) is probably best known for its Korean Kimchi Porky sandwich. Spicy and tangy, the Korean-inspired sandwich is definitely a great option to kickstart your day 🙂

  • Address: 50, Jln 19/3, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya
  • Business hours: 6am – 3pm (Monday to Friday, closed on Wednesdays); 8am – 4pm (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Tel: 011-2828 9173
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3. Kind Kones

Source: Kind Kones

Made with coconut milk or nut-based milks (i.e. cashew nut, almonds), Kind Kones’ delicious range of ice creams are all free from dairy, refined sugar, and preservatives. As one of the first vegan ice cream makers in Malaysia, the new dessert joint is founded by Serina S. Bajaj, who also owns Raisin’ The Roof, a vegan restaurant. From dark chocolate to cinnamon toast, Kind Kones features over 20 ice cream flavours and other dairy-free snacks such as raw cakes as well as chocolate balls.

  • Address: LG-7, 1 Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
  • Business hours: 10am – 10pm
  • Tel: 03-2011 5313
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4. The Other Half

Inspired by Australia’s cafe culture, The Other Half is the perfect place for a Sunday brunch with family and friends. The newly-opened TTDI eatery is co-founded by Eugene Lee, who worked as a barista at Melbourne’s Operator25 cafe, and their vivid fusion menu is put together by Brazilian chef Guilherme Hayama. Be sure to snap a photo with their Instagram-worthy crossword-themed wall while you’re there! 

  • Address: 2-1 Greens Terrace, Jalan Wan Kadir 3, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
  • Business hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm (Monday to Friday); 9am – 5:30pm (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Tel: 03-2771 6221
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5. Whip Up 

Source: Buro 24/7

Known for their strong coffee and attractive sweet treats, Whip Up is a pastel pink gem located along Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah in Pudu. The cafe is probably one of the few dessert spots in town that allows patrons to build their own tiramisu. For those of you who are craving for something spicy, we hear that they serve a mean plate of nasi lemak with curry chicken!

  • Address: 258, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
  • Business hours: 9am – 10pm
  • Contact: [email protected]
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6. Craft Origin 

Source: Craft Origin

Let us welcome Craft Origin, one of the newest coffee places in Kuala Lumpur. Like their minimalistic logo, the cafe is decorated with simple yet stylish furnitures and ornaments. The coffee blends are created by co-founder Melson Lee (from The Curious Goat in Damansara Perdana) and they serve 2 types of coffee: pour-over and espresso-based. Despite coffee being their forte, Craft Origins also boasts a wide range of quality desserts.

  • Address: 9, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
  • Business hours: 9am – 12am (Monday to Friday, closed on Thursdays); 10am – 12am (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Tel: 03-2858 3721
  • Facebook

7. The Dark Gallery 

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“The Dark Gallery invites you to open your senses.”

Chocolate lovers, there’s a new artisanal chocolate-themed cafe in MyTOWN! From ice creams to drinks, to brownies, The Dark Gallery serves all things chocolate and they only use the finest grade single origin chocolate from Madagascar, Ecuador, Tanzania, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Venezuela. Although the Ice Cream Waffle and Chocolate Rhapsody are the shop’s best sellers, we can’t seem to get enough of their frozen S’mores 🙂

Note: The Dark Gallery recently opened an outlet at Millenia Walk, Singapore.

  • Address: Lot No. L1-023A & L1-K-007, MyTOWN Shopping Centre Level 1, No. 6, Jalan Cochrane Seksyen 90, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
  • Business hours: 11am – 10pm
  • Tel: 03-2715 7360
  • Facebook / Website

8. Mad Hatter Desserts 

Source: Campus Plus/Eat Drink KL

Founded by MasterChef Asia 2017 runner-up Marcus Low (aka Dessert King), Mad Hatter Desserts is a scrumptious retreat for all sweet tooths! True to its name, Low’s creations are described as playful and weirdly addictive. While the cafe serves classic desserts like Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Tart, expect wacky flavours such as Watermelon & Assam Tart, Passionfruit & Miso Tart, as well as Chocolate & Calamansi Cake.

  • Address: 19, Jalan SS 21/60, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya
  • Business hours: 12pm – 10pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
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9. Ra-Ft Cafe/Bistro

Source: Eat Drink KL

Ra-Ft Cafe/Bistro claims to be the go-to place for anyone looking for that “little extra”. The cozy Italian-style café roasts its coffee on site using green beans from various regions, including South America, Asia, Eastern Africa, and Central America. If you want something to fill your empty tummy, Ra-Ft also features all-day breakfast, old-school favourites (i.e. Fish & Chips, Burgers), and weekly specials.

  • Address: Unit G1, Ground Floor, Binjai 8 N.2 Lorong Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
  • Business hours: 7:30am – 10pm
  • Tel: 03-2181 1091
  • Facebook / Website

For more hangout options, check out our previous articles on cafes with unique names and pet-friendly brunch spots. If you’re travelling to Johor Bahru, here’s a list of must visit trendy cafes.

Sources: Lady Iron Chef, TimeOut KL, Buro 24/7, elle.my, Burpple / Featured image: Buro 24/7, Burpple, Craft Origin’s Instagram.

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Estee Ang
Love new experiences and the colour purple. Did I also mention that I am obsessed with K-pop as much as I am with food?