When it comes to cafes in Kuala Lumpur… there are plenty. But when it comes to cafes, where you can get your full on “insta-famous” hat on, well that’s another story.
You know, I can remember years ago when the coffee and café scene was merely amateur in Kuala Lumpur. Today, it has erupted, with cafes opening left, right, and centre all over this cosmopolitan city. And each café promising to offer something ‘different.’
So while there are many, there are a few that really stand out. The few that not only make for a great lunch or afternoon tea date, but also offer a lot of excuses to take those Instagram worth shots and upload it for all your fans to enjoy.
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Instagram-worthy Cafes in Kuala Lumpur
If you find yourself in Kuala Lumpur, then its worth check out these cafes in Kuala Lumpur.
Contemporary, sleek, and minimal. This dessert café in Kuala Lumpur has a simple, yes elegant setting. But that’s not why we are here. We’re here for their dessert. For the food porn instagrammer, this dessert café makes some beautiful and quirky looking dessert.
From a bear shaped chocolate mousse cake to a tiramisu shaped as a chicken to cute looking macaroons, the Tiny Temptress makes dessert look beautiful and delicious. Plus the coffee is also not too bad.
Location: No. 6, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
- Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday (13:00pm-23:00pm)
- Friday – Saturday (13:00pm-00:00am)
- Closed on Mondays
If 3D Coffee Art is what you’re looking for, then Coffee Amo is the spot for you.
Wait, what?! 3D Coffee Art actually exists? Yup, you heard correctly.
Coffee Amo is located in Chinatown and is all about sharing the passion and love for a good cup of java. I mean heck, they’ve even included the word love (‘amo’) into their business name. And so this means that not only are you going to get some of the coolest cups of coffee art you’ll ever see, which mind you are super instagrammable…but you’re also getting a superbly delicious cup of joe.
Do try their signature coffees…my favorite is the ‘rum’ flavour, which tastes pretty yum!
Location: 1st Floor, 54 Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (10:00am-21:00pm)
If a salad is what you seek, then a salad is what you’ll get. And where else better to eat a delicious bowl of salad, then in a beautifully styled deli. Oh and did I mention that they also make sandwiches, using fresh bread that is baked in-house daily?
The design of Botanica Deli leans towards a more Scandanavian style with it’s use of light wood, a soft colour palette, greenery and a splash of hot pink. It’s a great spot to grab something a little bit healthier to eat (WHAAAT you mean Nasi Lemak is not healthy?!), and chill out while people watching…or even a great spot to get some work done.
Definitely the most instagrammable part of the deli has to be the wall of neon pink words, which acts as a backdrop for one of the sitting areas.
Hot tip – Their sister restaurant is just next door (Botanica + Co), and also provides a great theme for your Instagram. Sit amongst lush greenery in a greenhouse-like setting (with air conditioning), and snap away.
Location: The Vertical, Bangsar South City, No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (8:00am-7:00pm)
Pulp by Papa Palheta
“Stop & smell the coffee” says the sign leading into Pulp by Papa Palheta…and the gentle delicious whiff of freshly brewed coffee is exactly what you’ll get at Pulp.
Not only are you going to get some good coffee here, but you can also learn about all things coffee. Some coffee will even come with a small informative note about the coffee you’re drinking. This is also a great spot to pick up all your coffee making accessories.
Location: 29-01 Jalan Riong, Kuala Lumpur
- Monday – Friday (7:30am to 22:00pm)
- Saturday – Sunday (9:00am to 23:00pm)
This is a great cafe in Kuala Lumpur for the hipster instagrammer. Bright lighting, check. Funky decoration, check. Unique fusion dishes, check. It has all the makings for a great Instagram post. Plus, it helps that the coffee is pretty good here too.
To find this place is also a bit ‘speakeasy,’ because it is in a more lesser known part of Petaling Street (Jalan Petaling). It’s not easily spotted if you are not looking for it.
Hot tip – the café is located upstairs from a speakeasy bar called PS150, which is also worth checking out. Fun cocktails, using unique local ingredients. To find out more about PS150, check out my experience here.
Location: No. 150, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
- Monday-Friday (11:30am-22:00pm)
- Saturday-Sunday (9:30am-22:00pm)
- Closed on Wednesdays
The Other Half
The Other Half, located in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) is beautifully designed and is a spot that makes you want to stay a little bit longer. The cafe feels airy, offering high ceilings and a colour palette that is attractive to the eye. Combining a clean white palette with light wood and forest-green, this space is definitely one to check out.
The show-stopper is definitely their feature wall, which makes for an excellent spot to grab that Insta-worthy photo. The food and coffee here is also quite good, make it an excellent spot to brunch on the weekend with friends.
Location: 2-1 Greens Terrace, Jalan Wan Kadir 3, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
- Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm;
- Saturday & Sunday from 9am to 5:30pm
Facebook: The Other Half
While this is not actually a grocery store, the Chocha is a great little café located in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur that offers a rustic heritage setting for lunch or afternoon tea. It’s a charming little café that’s located in the same area as Merchant’s Lane (see above) and PS150.
Unbeknown to the regular passerby, behind the walls of the “Mah Lian Hotel” is Chocha Foodstore. A quaint little café that illuminates a sense of nostalgia through its unvarnished and exposed brick walls, and colourful retro style tiling.
The Chocha Foodstore is housed in a building that once upon a time was a brothel. But you would never know that when you are here. Imagine if the walls could talk…oh the stories it would tell!
Until then, this is a great spot to chill out while visiting Chinatown. Do try the cold brew tea!
Location: No 156, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun (11am – 6pm)
The Orchid Conservatory at the Majestic Hotel
While the Orchid Conservatory is not quite a ‘café,’ I had to mention it. An afternoon tea experience in the Orchid Conservatory is so unique, and makes for a great afternoon to Instagram your heart out.
Put on your favourite spring dress, and get ready for a traditional style British Afternoon Tea in a room filled with the most beautifully bright orchids. Plus the pastries are so delicious, the tea is great, and the service is fantastic.
An afternoon experience in the Orchid Conservatory is a popular affair, so make sure to book ahead of time.
Location: The Majestic Hotel, 5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur
You can read more about the experience here.
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