Petaling Street has been a part of the Malaysian lifestyle for decades. It may no longer be the same but this nostalgic place still holds a special place in our heart. If you haven’t been to Petaling Street for a long time, it’s time to do it again because there are so many picturesque cafes open around the area! You will fall in love with these retro cafes that will take you back to good old days.
10 Retro-Inspired Cafes Around Petaling Street
1. Vintage 1988
There is a lot going on at Vintage 1988. Not only is it a cafe, but also an accessories shop that offers a wide range of vintage charm collections. It is worth mentioning that the cafe is photo-worthy even from the outside, with the simple yet classy shopfront. While the interior is furnished with a touch of retro-ness like think wooden stools, antique furniture, and neon lights that will sweep you back to the past. That’s not all, every item on the menu is a work of art, do check them out.
📍 34, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
⏰ 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
2. Luckin Kopi
Operating in a 150-year building at Petaling Street, Luckin Kopi has become a go-to ‘gram spot due to its unique and modern-meet-old setting. They serve local cuisine with a twist and it is done perfectly. It’s worth mentioning that you can get even unlimited Luckin Kopi here, how cool is that! And when you’re done with your meal, the beautiful courtyard in the cafe makes a perfect background to mark your visit.
📍 14, Jalan Panggong, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
⏰ 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM (daily)
3. Merchant Lane
Located at the ever-bustling Chinatown, Merchant’s Lane offers a peaceful getaway from this touristy side of the city. This cafe’s picture-perfect interior has captivated many with its rustic decorations and a lush of greeneries. Unfinished concrete walls and custom-made rattan furnishing complete the look, making this cafe the go-to spot for photoshoots. Menu offerings include hand-crafted teas and coffees as well as fusion-style brunches and desserts.
📍 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
⏰ 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM (Weekdays); 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM (Weekends); Closed on Wednesday
4. Mingle Cafe
Mingle Cafe truly brings the past to the present with its rustic vibes. From its untouched interior to second-hand furniture to the classic memorabilia lining the store, it’s hard not to feel a sense of nostalgia when you dine here. Don’t miss out on the food, which is equally impressive. Highlights include Buttermilk Chicken Chop, Creamy Bacon Pasta, and Big Breakfast.
📍 55, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
⏰ 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM (Sun-Thurs); 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM (Fri-Sat)
5. Ho Kow Hainanese Kopitiam
Originally from Lorong Panggung, this famous Hainanese Kopitiam has been around for over 6 decades. Though the current location is furbished as a cafe, they have retained the personality of the past – partly due to its food which is infused with a distinct local character. Order a comforting plate of nasi lemak and kaya butter toast, and you’re bound to feel right at home in this charming cafe.
📍 1, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
⏰ 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM (Closed on Monday)
6. Jao Tim
Jao Tim, which also means ‘hotel’ in Cantonese is housed on the top floor of a pre-war colonial shop lot. In fact, this premise used to be a hotel in the early 19th century, hence its name. The cafe is furnished with exposed brick walls, colonial-style arched windows and high ceilings that probably haven’t been changed since. If you love that old London vibes, you’ll fall in love with Jao Tim.
📍 61, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
⏰ 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Sun-Thurs); 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Fri-Sat); Closed on Monday
7. Lim Kee Cafe
Tucked on the ground floor of Tian Jing Hotel, Lim Kee Café stops you at your track with its elegant door and old-school rattan chairs along the front. The cafe exudes that old school vibe upon entering that will remind you of the old Chinese Kopitiam, but without the heat! For food, you won’t find main meals here, but you get to satisfy your cravings for bite-sized local breakfasts, cakes, ice cakes, and coffee.
📍 66-68, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
⏰ 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM (daily)
8. LOKL Coffee Co
Centrally located in KL city, this is the place to be if you love the no-frills yet beautiful look. With the simple decor, awesome paintings and relaxing ambience, this quaint cafe will offer you a warm break from the energy of the city. Order yourself one hearty meal and coffee, and then recline and enjoy the atmosphere there. You will feel like home!
📍 30, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
⏰ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9. Bubble Bee Cafe
Another shady refuge from the daily hustle and bustle, Bubble Bee Cafe is both laid back and picture-worthy. Apart from the pretty decorations, the cafe offers up all-day brunch, panini, wrap, dessert, and coffee. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t leave without ordering their signature bubble wrap egg waffle that comes with mouth-watering toppings. It will surely leave your craving for more.
📍 139, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
⏰ 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
10. Chocha Foodstore
Chocha Foodstore is another quaint cafe in Chinatown that offers a rustic heritage setting for lunch or afternoon tea. With its unvarnished brick walls, vintage light fittings, and retro floor tiles, every corner looks so on point with a sense of nostalgia. In addition to that, the cafe features an open courtyard for you to take your perfect shot as well.
📍 No 156, Petaling Street, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
⏰ 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Sun-Thurs); 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM (Fri-Sat); Closed on Monday
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