1. Cafe Lapis
Apart from comfortable and relaxing ambience, Lapis is a café every food lovers will want to visit, as they whip up some exceptionally great meals. One of them combines a tangy and savoury Mediterranean orange-dressed roasted chicken thigh and a bed of the much regal Basmati rice, a prime fusion dish right before your eyes. The mellow tanginess from the orange dressing and succulent chicken is nothing more than tantalizing for your taste buds; while the fragrance of the Basmati rice just makes your knee grow weak.
How to get there: No.3, Jalan Wangsa Delima 1A, Seksyen 5 , 53300, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12:00PM—11:00PM
2. Podgy & The Banker
The name itself feels as if it was made for a cartoon or a buddy comedy film. But the café itself is definitely not a joke. Located at the corner lot in Sri Hartamas, Podgy & The Banker (which has another branch at the Mont Kiara’s Verve Shops) looks like a cool and hip place to be. First of all, the signboard alone has that vintage retro feel of an old-fashioned standalone movie theatre often found in the US. Meanwhile, the minimalist décor may look simple but wonderful enough to give you a soothing sense for the eyes. Apart from the wood-based furniture, the overall colour choice (black, white and yellow) are brilliantly utilised to make the entire café a fuss-free hangout. Best of all, it has ample space of large glass walls that allows plenty of sunlight to brighten up the place. Die-hard Instagrammers and photographers are going to have a field day snapping beautiful pictures of the food and the décor. Speaking of food, the menu is limited in choice. Still, the café remains a good spot for egg-based breakfast / brunch as well as their worthy coffee range.
How to get there: 2, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8, 50480, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 09:00AM—09:30PM (Daily)
3. Wood & Steel
Just as the name suggests, this two-storey café takes pride in its decorative wood and steel furnishings. The interior design is downright eye-catching, especially with all the fancy mix of colourful murals, props and paintings dominated the wall space. Unlike most cafes in KL, the furniture is purposefully mismatched but still manage to evoke a different, yet unique ambience. Food and drink are decent but then again, what makes Wood & Steel such a must-visit café is its amazing concept alone.
How to get there: 52, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 10:00AM—12:00AM (Daily)
4. Feeka Coffee Roasters
The epitome of simplicity and a no-frills environment, Feeka is a good hangout place with ample floor space in the middle to walk around since the furniture arrangement is cleverly placed on both sides of the wall. And thanks to its spacious setting, the café feels cosy to sit through. For food and drinks, go for their aromatic variety of coffee and of course, their delectable selection of cakes.
How to get there: No. 19, Jalan Mesui , 50200, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 09:00AM—12:00AM (Daily)
5. Jeneris By Ahren
Strategically located near the entrance of Nu Sentral, Jeneris by Ahren isn’t just a mere café catering to the travellers and shoppers who pass by. One striking thing about this place is its cool industrial concept filled with bright coloured steel containers as wall placements. In terms of the menu offering, the unique range of signature coffees such as the fancy-named Speculous Café Latte, Rainforest Café Latte and Yin-Yong Café Latte are sure to amaze you.
How to get there: CC-14, Concourse Level, Nu Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 10:00AM—10:00PM (Daily)
6. Pulp By Papa Palheta
Located on a street populated by NSTP (New Straits Times Press) and China Press buildings in the nearby area, Pulp café is considered a hidden gem within the Bangsar location. Upon entering the premise, the café is surrounded with a massive glass wall all around (which also translates as: good enough for those who love to take photos of their favourite food since one doesn’t have to worry about the lack of lighting). In case you are wondering about the industrial-like setup in this café, it used to be an old printing company. At the front entrance, there’s a white-coloured tagline against the glass wall that reads “A City That Deserves Great Coffee”. True to their promise, their coffee range is top notch. But most of all, they also offer creative types of coffee such as Suke Quto (a medium-bodied coffee which has an aromatic hint of citrus and candy-like sweetness) and Nuts + Bolts (a fruity and nutty-rich coffee). Then there’s Cold Brew (love the cough syrup-like bottle), a refreshing coffee best consumed with ice and also an ideal drink to counter against the frequently hot weather in KL.
How to get there: 29-01, Jalan Riong, 59100, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 09:00AM—07:00PM & Saturday, Sunday 09:00AM—10:00PM
7. Bookmark Coffee
This petite-sized café in Taman Connaught proves that size isn’t everything. First and foremost is the barista’s passion for creating different kinds of coffee art on a cup of java beverage. Best of all, you can request the barista to draw anything – be it flowers, iconic landmarks such as KL Tower and Eiffel Tower, or cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Minions, making your cuppa Instagram-worthy. Fascinating coffee art aside, the coffee itself is also noteworthy especially the full-bodied flat white which is specially brewed with the robust taste of Sulawesi Kalosi Single Origin. The café also serves a delectable choice of hot meals and cakes for you to savour along with your cuppa.
How to get there: 43, Jalan Menara Gading 1, Taman Connaught, Cheras, 56000, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11:00AM—10:00PM
8. Le Lapin Cafe
Do you like rabbits? Then you should check out Le Lapin Café, which is situated in the residential area of Taman Danau Desa. The word “lapin” is actually a French word, which means “rabbit” in English. Here, you will experience nice and simple décor (mostly black-and-white colour scheme) filled with rabbit art on the wall as well as a cute display of rabbit figurines. The only thing missing is a real rabbit for you to pet, or maybe an employee dressed up in a white bunny costume. Despite the obvious love for bunnies in this café, don’t expect any rabbit food though. Instead, you have a selection of refreshing coffee drinks such as the Gula Melaka Iced Coffee and Le Lapin Coffee Iced Cube. If you need a coffee-based dessert, they have that too and you can’t go wrong with their Ice Cream Coffee – a flavourful blend of creamy vanilla ice cream and ice-cold coffee beverage.
How to get there: 31-1, Plaza Danau 2, Jalan 109F, Taman Danau Desa, 58100, Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 08:00AM—05:00PM & Saturday, Sunday 09:00AM—05:00PM
9. Mad About Coco
While most cafés place an emphasis on coffee, Mad About Coco is a heaven for chocolate-based drinks and desserts. The café is also known for its cute-looking logo – a cartoon character with big Afro hairstyle, blue-rimmed beach sunglasses and pink bowtie. In terms of décor, the mostly bright blue and pink setting is eye-catching enough that it deserves loads of attention. But let’s not forget its sinfully tempting selection of chocolate delights. They have chocolate cakes, drinks, waffles, sundaes, ice creams, frappes, pancakes, crepes and so much more that you’ll wonder whether there is such a thing as death by chocolate.
How to get there: A1-1-9, Solaris Dutamas, No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Every day 12:30PM—11:30PM
10. Caffe Crema
Locating a spot to escape the bustling city can sometimes be tough, especially with your hectic schedules. That’s where Caffé Crema comes in with a hideout that all you coffee connoisseurs and café lovers can hang out in. They also have some killer cakes that will send you into indulgence mode as well, forgetting everything that’s happening beyond the door. Equipped with warm lighting and warm decorations, you can rest assured that nothing will come in between you and your relaxing zone.
How to get there: E-01-02, Block E, Plaza Mont Kiara, 2 Jalan Kiara, 50480 , Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Every day 08:00AM—07:00PM