K uala Lumpur's cafe scene and I get along pretty well... we've spent lots of time together. . Awesome coffee, yummy breakkies, and amazing aesthetics - converted shop houses, tropical gardens, warehouses, shipping containers, or just really well done cafes in shopping malls.
I've compiled a list of my favourite cafe spots in KL, and pinned them all on the map at the bottom of this post, for you to explore yourself. While I love ALL of these cafes for different reasons, my all time top 5 brunch cafes in Kuala Lumpur are listed specifically below.
Let me know if you've ever visited one of these spots, I'd love to hear what you thought!
The first on my list is my absolute fave. Chocha Foodstore is housed in an old Chinese shophouse in Sri Petaling (China Town). The shophouse has multiple private tables inside as well as an open courtyard outside with shared tables.
The cafe is quiet and calm, with lots of plants and raw materials (think cement / exposed brick / pebbles). The service is excellent, the crowd is great, and it's never too busy or too quiet.
Second on the list is Breakfast Thieves - Bangsar. Bangsar is a really 'hip' residential area that has tons of my favourite cafes, restaurants, bars etc. Breakfast Thieves Bangsar is within the APW Bangsar complex, an old commercial printing factory, now a creative hub of collaborative workspaces, cafes, restaurants, bars, event venues and parks. It is the sister cafe to the award winning Breakfast Thieves in Melbourne, Australia. And rightly so, this cafe does what it does, really well.
Within the Tun HS Lee area sits LOKL Coffee Co. LOKL Coffee Co aims to be the neighbourhood 'go-to', it's warm, friendly, hospitable and most importantly, has a damn good brunch menu and coffee! The menu is perfect to nurse you back to health after a rowdy KL night out - trust us.
If you're looking for yum cha in Kuala Lumpur, go no further than Dolly Dim Sum. There are now a few Dolly Dim Sums in KL, but my favourite is in AK Avenue K.
Dolly Dim Sum interiors are a modern interpretation of a traditional Chinese tea house. The dim sum menu is really good, as is the selection of chinese teas. It's also Halal!
The final of my top 5 cafes in KL for brunch, is VCR Bangsar. Back in one of my favourite KL suburbs, VCR Bangsar serves up some of the best breakfast in KL, in an edgy, industrial space full of blacks, dark timbers and pops of luscious green tropical plants. Do yourself a huge favour and get the VCR French Toast - yum!
New cafes and brunch spots are popping up all the time, but my top 5 brunch spots in KL are still standing the test of time! All of my favourires are pinned on this map to the right... they are: