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23 Must-Visit Cafes In KL & PJ To Add To Your Bucket List (2023 Guide)

New year, new resolutions, new food bucket list to complete. While we have our go-to favourite cafes to visit in the city, there are new (or old) and lesser known cafes to try for the year. So put on your good shoes and an empty stomach, because here are 23 best cafes in KL and PJ this year!

23 Best Cafes You Must Visit In KL & PJ 2023

1. Kenny Hills Bakers

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Starting the list is none other than this popular spot for great pastries, good selection of breakfast and brunch menu as well as strong coffees. Kenny Hills Bakers is no doubt the go-to spot for many during the weekends for fuss-free, feel-good meals. Their peach strudel is a popular choice but our favourite is easily their big breakfast.

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Kenny Hills Bakers

Locations

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

Status: Pork-free

2. Lola

First off the list is this beautiful glasshouse cafe surrounded by greenery, serving amazing brunch food is Lola cafe. A new kid on the block, it definitely doesn’t lacklustre with its Australian-style brunch with Middle Eastern touch to it. The carbonara is secretly our favourite thing here. Come by during the night for a whole different menu too!

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Lola

Address: 2A, Jalan Bukit Kiara 1, Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur

Hours: (Daily) 8:30am – 10pm

Link(s): Instagram

Status: Muslim-owned eatery

3. Sunbather Cafe

Transport yourself to Japan at Sunbather Coffee where you get to dine in a minimalist interior decorated by its vibrant food and desserts. Its latest outlet at Chinatown, KL is already buzzing with people. Expanding from its signature gigantic sandos, you can now enjoy wholesome yoshuko meals like breakfast plates and even sizzling hambagu or kuro beef curry rice.

Sunbather Cafe

Address: 6, Ground Floor, Jalan Panggong, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Hours: (Tue – Fri) 10:30am-9:30pm, (Sat – Sun) 9:30am-9pm, Closed on Mondays

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Status: Muslim-friendly, ingredients sourced from Halal suppliers

4. Bray

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Next up, Bray Bakery specialises in homemade sourdough breads and pastries that are a must-visit for pastry lovers. Apart from special in-house baked pastries, you can also find specially curated brunch menus like Fried Masala Chicken, sandwiches and Lamb & Potato Gratin Pie.

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Bray

Address: #G-02, Menara See Hoy Chan, 374, 50400 Kuala Lumpur

Hours: (Tue – Sun) 8am – 5pm, Closed on Mondays

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

Status: Pork-free & alcohol-free

5. Urban Artisan

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Moving down the list is this spot that combines both of your favourite food together – waffles and ice cream. Urban Artisan is definitely where you can get crunchy egg waffles topped with massive scoops of ice cream, then sprinkled with classic crowd-favourite toppings.

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Photo: @urbanartisan_official (IG)

Urban Artisan Desserts Cafe 

Address: 34, Jalan Penguasa U1/53B, Temasya Glenmarie, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor

Hours: (Daily) 12pm – 10pm

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Status: Muslim-friendly

6. VCR Stacks

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A homegrown brand for one of the best coffees in town, you must definitely try VCR Stack for their delicious sandwiches as well. Don’t miss out on their Sourdough Waffle too that’s crunchy on the outside but moist on the inside. It’s the perfect breakfast spot.

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VCR Stacks 

Address: Unit 15-0-5 Shoplex, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Hours: (Daily) 8am – 5pm

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Status: Pork-free & alcohol-free

7. BuTian Desserts Cafe

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Started as from an online business by 3 sisters during the lockdown, BuTian Desserts finally opened its own full fledged cafe last year serving their signature low sugar desserts that make it even more addictive. From beautifully baked sandwich cookies to moist cakes using your favourite matcha, hojicha and genmaicha.

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Bu Tian 

Address: 16-1, Jalan Indrahana 1, Taman Indrahana, 58200 Kuala Lumpur

Hours: (Thu – Tue) 11am – 7pm, Closed Wed

Link(s): Website | Instagram | Facebook

Status: Pork-free

8. Softcloud Dessert Cafe

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Who could say no to melt-in-your-mouth soufflé pancakes? Softcloud Dessert Cafe specialises in soufflé pancakes and they are probably one of the best in town. There are a huge variety of flavours to choose from, such as Matcha Adzuki Bean Soufflé Pancake, Mango Tango Soufflé Pancake and even Cocoa Tiramisu Soufflé Pancake.

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Softcloud Dessert Cafe

Address:  L1-03, VERVE SHOP, Jalan Kiara 5, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Hours: (Tue – Thu, Sun) 1pm – 10pm; (Fri & Sat) 1pm – 11pm, Closed Mon

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Status: Pork-free & alcohol-free

9. Christine’s Bakery

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Next up, this bagel heaven is no stranger to us. With 5 outlets in Klang Valley, indulge in all your favourite bagels of sweet, savoury or even both! These bigger than your mouth bagels are jam-packed with the best combo of flavours making each bite a sinful one. You can also find pastries, big breakfast, brunch menu and even pastas here.

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Christine’s Bakery

Locations

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

Status: Pork-free & alcohol-free

10. Superfine

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Superfine is ultimately what you would describe the food here. Nestled in PJ’s Seventeen Mall, you’ll be greeted to a wide array of Australian inspired dishes, like the Buttermilk Pancakes or even Three Cheese Grilled Sandwich. Drop by at night for some Neapolitan- style pizzas paired perfectly with craft beers.

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Superfine

Address: 5a, Jalan 17/1, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Hours: (Daily) 10am – 9pm

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Status: Non-Halal

11. Undisclosed Location

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Moving on, this next spot definitely takes the cake for being a hidden gem. Undisclosed Location (literally its name) is located on the corner lot of Taman Rasa Sayang, PJ and they serve mean plates of Mexican-Malaysian food perfect for sharing (yes, portions are huge!). Come after dark for some alcoholic cakes and margarita to kick start the night.

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Undisclosed Location

Address: 1, Jalan SS 4c/5, Taman Rasa Sayang, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Hours: (Mon – Thu) 11am – 6pm; (Fri – Sun) 11am – 11pm; Closed Tue

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

Status: Pork-free but serves alcohol

12. KLCG Confectionery & Bakery

Be prepared to have a strong whiff of freshly baked pastries and coffees as you walk into this 1898 colonial building in KL. What had started out as a go-to spot for cronuts, KLCG has now become the must-visit spot for baked goods. Their recent viral pastry – The Suprême is no doubt a hit amongst pastry lovers too!

KLCG Confectionery & Bakery

Address: 27, Jln Raja, Dataranf Merdeka, 50050 Kuala Lumpur.

Hours: (Wed – Mon) 9am – 6pm

Link(s): Website | Instagram

Status: Pork-free, alcohol-free. Using halal-certified ingredients

13. Story Of ONO

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Gaining traction the moment Story Of ONO opened its doors back in end of 2021, it’s no surprise as it is ‘The World’s First Specialty Coffee & Matcha Café’. Matcha lovers and coffee lovers can finally settle on which one’s the best by trying their Signature Matcha Espresso. Don’t forget to try their awesome sandos that matches perfectly with your drinks.

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Story Of ONO

Address: 47, Jalan SS 2/30, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Hours: (Thu – Tue) 8am – 5pm, Closed Wed

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Status: Pork-Free

14. Third Mile Rivercity

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Situated right in the heart of Sentul, Third Mile Rivercity offers a charming and a cozy environment accompanied by Asian fusion dishes. Have a go at their unique Kimchi Tuna Melt, Pulled Beef Pasta and various fusion rice bowls. There’s even their own take of ‘Cham’ using espresso, black tea and condensed milk.

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Photo: @thirdmilerivercity (IG)

Third Mile Rivercity

Address: Lot G-17 Block G, Rivercity, Jln Sultan Azlan Shah, 51200 Kuala Lumpur

Hours: (Mon – Wed, Sun) 9am – 5:30pm; (Thu – Sat) 9am – 9pm

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Status: Pork-free

15. Yellow Brick Road

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Been at the cafe scene for a long time? Then this next one wouldn’t be a stranger to you. Moving into a brand new space at The Five @ KPD, Yellow Brick Road breathes new life into its revamped menu whilst still maintaining its yumminess. Dig into crowd-favourites like Very Berry French Toast and Pulled Beef Pancake Taco. Then, end it with their signature Tiramisu – trust us, you won’t regret this.

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Yellow Brick Road

Address: Kompleks Pejabat Damansara, Lot A-GF-03, 5th Place @ The Five No.49, Kompleks Pejabat Damansara, Jalan Dungun, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur,

Hours: (Daily) 8am – 10pm, Kitchen closes from 5pm-6pm

Link(s): Website | Facebook | Instagram

Status: Pork-free but serves alcohol

16. Old Hands Cafeteria

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What had started out as an MCO baby, Old Hands Cafeteria has blossomed tremendously over the year with several kiosks opening in the city. Run by an old Japanese couple, this homey spot is where you’ll find trays after trays of freshly baked Japanese pastries – from fluffy breads to Taiyaki (fish-shaped pastry) overflowing with read bean.

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Old Hands Cafeteria

Address: 1-13 Glomac Centro, Lorong Masjid 1, Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Hours: (Tue – Fri) 7:30am – 4pm; (Sat & Sun) 9am – 5pm; Closed Sun

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Status: Muslim-friendly, Using halal-certified ingredients

17. 103 Coffee

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How could we miss out a spot that gathers all the champion baristas under one roof? 103 Coffee is brewing more than just excellent coffees for all coffee enthusiasts. Definitely check out their food menu with a fusion of Korean-Japanese-Western, each exploding with flavours and dished out beautifully for the gram.

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Photo: @103coffee_official (IG)

103 Coffee (Chow Kit)

Address: 9, Jalan Yap Ah Shak, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur

Hours: (Daily) 8am – 5:30pm

Link(s): Website | Instagram

Status: Pork-free

18. Urban Daybreak

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Making into the list is none other than this oldie but still much popular spot for brunch. Urban Daybreak in Bangsar still dishes out one of the best Fried Chicken Waffle in town. While the Jeremy’s Slippery Hotcakes and Baked Eggs come close to second for some much needed soul-comforting food during the weekends.

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Photo: @urbandaybreak (IG)

Urban daybreak

Address: 1, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Hours: (Daily) 7:30am – 5:30pm

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Status: Non-halal

19. Sugirl Desserts

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The lockdown saw the rise of many home-bakers and online dessert shops, Sugirl Desserts is no doubt one of them. Serving local desserts with a modern twist, dessert lovers must certainly visit this spot for all your favourite desserts gathered under one roof. The Rainbow Pulut is undoubtedly a must-try here.

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Sugirl Desserts

Address: No 1-15, Glomac Centro, Lorong Masjid 1, Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Hours: (Daily) 12pm – 10pm

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Status: In process of halal cert

20. Beam Cafe

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Located in an industrial neighbourhood is this oldie but a goodie as BEAM continues to have a strong presence for good brunch food and even better coffee. Be welcomed by strong coffee bean aroma as they roast their own beans in the same space. No doubt, their coffees are a must-try here. Other than that, dig in to their fragrant Nasi Lemak or fuss-free cheese-filled grilled panini.

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Photo: @beamspecialty (IG)

Beam Cafe

Address: 25, Jalan Gangsa SD 5/3b, Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur

Hours: (Wed – Mon) 9:30am – 5pm, Closed Tue

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Status: Pork-free & alcohol-free

21. Spacegrey

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Moving to more futuristic setup is none other than Spacegrey at floralreef. Hidden inside of a florist, this spot boasts more than just an instagrammable modern Tokyo vibes, but also its lip-smacking food and beverages. Although their menu is pretty limited but rest assured, you’ll be coming back for their huge Daifuku, sea salt matcha cookies and matcha drinks.

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Spacegrey at floralreef

Address: 149a, Jalan SS 2/24, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Hours: (Wed – Mon) 10:30am – 5:30pm | Closed Tue

Link(s): Instagram

Status: Pork-free

22. Fox Paradox

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Besides that, you should definitely head on over to this cafe in Ampang, KL for some soul-comforting and hearty fusion brunch and breakfast food. The Venetian Slow Cooked Lamb Pasta and Prawn Brioche Roll are a must-try here. Hojicha lovers will like it here as they have a handful of hojicha desserts and even coffee!

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Address: G02-G03 The Grange, 218, Jln Ampang, 55000 Kuala Lumpur

Hours: (Daily) 8am – 6pm

Link(s): Facebook | Instagram

Status: Pork-free & alcohol-free

23. Dou Dou Bake

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Last but certainly not least, is this designer bakery cafe that is undoubtedly a crowd-favourite spot in PJ. A green oasis in the middle of old shoplots, Dou Dou Bake has proven that no one can resist handcrafted baked goods and amazing coffees.

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Dou Dou Bake

Address: 38, Jalan SS 4c/5, Taman Rasa Sayang, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Hours: (Daily) 7:30am – 6pm | (Fri – Sun) 6pm – 11pm for Dinner, Desserts & Wine

Link(s): Website | Instagram

Status: Pork-free

How Many Cafes In KL & PJ Have You Visited In This List?

Go on and tag your foodie friends in the comments down below! Cafe hopping just got a whole lot more fun and interesting. Also let us know which other cafes should we try out too and are a must-visit! Have fun and happy new year foodies.

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