Hey, foodies! Think you’re missing out on the chance to visit the land of the rising sun this year? We’ve got something that’ll quench your thirst for some Japanese culture right here in Klang Valley without travelling all the way overseas. We’ve compiled a list of 10 Japanese-themed cafes you can visit in to make you feel like you’re in Japan! Read on to find out more:
10 Japanese Cafes You Can Visit Without Having To Fly To Japan
First off the list is this not-so-hidden gem in Empire Damansara that’s run by a Japanese family. Be greeted by tatami seats with round wooden tables that’ll elevate your Japanese dining experience. Nippori specialises soul-comforting home-style Japanese food. From full-on set meals to Western fusion delights, you’re spoilt for choices. One thing you should definitely get here is their irresistibly delicious cheesecake that you won’t be able to get enough of.
Address: 102 (First Floor), Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Operating hours: (DAILY) 12PM – 2:30PM ; 5:30PM – 9PM
With an exterior that reminds you of a quaint Japanese restaurants, Yamatatsu embodies just that. Dabbling into more fusion food, heartwarming Taiwanese-Japanese fusion food of Japanese rice bowls and steaming hot noodles are served here. When it comes to pickles, they do not joke about it! You’ll also find a wide selection of pickled sides to your liking. End it all on a sweet note by ordering their hand-crafted sake cocktails.
Address: 30, Jalan 2/131A Project Jaya Industrial Estate, Batu, 6, Jalan Klang Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: (FRI-WED) 12PM – 3PM ; 6PM – 10PM | Closed on Thursdays
Up next, is this cafe specialising in – as you’ve guessed it from the name – Japanese curry. This cute little spot located right behind Berjaya Times Square is where you satisfy your innate need for something sweet and spicy. Definitely try their Chicken Katsu with Japanese curry and Hokkaido-style Tomato Curry with all kinds of juicy vegetables in it.
Address: 40, Jalan 1/77A Off Jalan Imbi, Changkat Thambi Dollah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: (THU – TUE) 12PM – 10PM | Closed on Wednesdays
4. Rinjin’ Shokudo
Minimalist and cozy – that’s what your impression of Rinjin’ Shokudo will be like when you first step in here. Wooden furniture set against grey stone walls, you’ll definitely fall in love with the interior. Besides, they serve a variety of hearty quality Japanese cuisines fit for any mood you’re having. Go all out and get their Wagyu steak for the ultimate Japanese feast you won’t forget.
Address: C-7-G, The Link, 2, Jalan Jalil Perkasa 1, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: (TUE – SUN) 11AM – 9PM
This next one needs no further introduction because pretty sure you’ve tried it at least once since its inception. If you haven’t, then you’re missing out on one of the best kakigōri in town! Besides their signature fuwa fuwa shaved ice, be sure to check out their daifuku and melt-in-your-mouth mochi. Can’t be in Japan for the cherry blossoms? Kakiyuki is now serving their latest Sakura desserts that’s too pretty to eat!
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Next, this brightly lit cafe with even brighter colours is the perfect pick-me-up on weekends. Buranchi serves all-day Japanese-inspired brunch that will put a smile on your face no matter what. Opt for fluffy omelettes to sausage buns for a light breakfast. Or you’re craving for something heavier, try their chazuke (tea-filled rice) for an ‘out of this country’ experience (pun intended).
Address: 72A-G, Jalan Puteri 5/5, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Operating hours: (TUE – SUN) 8:30AM – 6PM | Closed on Mondays
7. Aka Café
Japan is known for their kawaii culture. There’s no better way to experience that than indulging in super kawaii food. Aka Café transports you to Japan with their pretty pastel decorations and meticulously made food. From panda bentos to cartoon cakes, you’d think twice before sinking your teeth into them. This place is perfect for a girls day out to catch up and take pretty pictures at.
Address: 21-1(first floor), Plaza Danau 2, Taman Danau Desa 58000 KL, Jalan 109F, Taman Danau Desa, 58000 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: (WEEKDAYS) 11AM – 7PM | (WEEKENDS) 11AM – 8PM | Closed on Wednedays
*MCO Period: (SAT & SUN) 11AM – 6:30PM – Prior booking needed*
8. Niko Neko Matcha
You can’t go to Japan without indulging in mass volume of matcha. This next one will fill that void in you that’s craving for all things matcha, and only matcha. Niko Neko is easily one of the biggest premium matcha supplier in Klang Valley’s cafe scene. Though their store is quite small but they carry tons of matcha goodies that’ll have you floored. Definitely give their matcha concoctions and decadent matcha pastries a go!
*Only open for takeaway, pick-up and delivery now*
Address: 82A, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: (TUE – SUN) 12PM – 7PM | Closed on Mondays
9. Sunbather Coffee
Being a sister cafe of Kakiyuki, this next one is no short of a Japanese affair. With an extensive dessert menu, Sunbather Coffee doesn’t joke when it comes to serving the perfect dessert. Satiate your sweet tooth cravings with their roll cakes, madeleines and parfaits using homemade ice cream. But before that, fill your tummy with their hearty sando-style sandwiches bursting with flavours (and ingredients).
Address: UG-12 Upper Ground The Sphere, 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: (DAILY) 10AM – 10PM
10. Kissa X Coffee
Last but not least, if you’re into minimalist cafes, then this will be your cup of coffee (tea). Specialising in Japanese-style filter coffee, Kissa X Coffee is the newest place to get your daily caffeine fix. As baristas brew away behind the long oak bar in the middle, you’re surrounded by the aroma of coffee. They serve a handful of decadent cakes to go with your black coffee too.
Address:86A, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: (THU – TUE) 9AM – 5PM | Closed on Wednesdays
Be Transported To Japan By Visiting These Japanese Cafes In Klang Valley
There you have it – 10 Japanese cafes in Klang Valley you can visit for the time being without flying all the way to Japan. Even though, it will not be the same as the actual experience of being in Japan, but this will do it for now. Let us know which Japanese cafe are you most excited to try and tag your cafe buddy in the comments too!
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