It’s no surprise that a city as cosmopolitan as Kuala Lumpur boasts an impressive café culture, perfect for hour-long coffees and all-day breakfasts. From fancy French food to Aussie-inspired eateries, you can find some brilliant brunches in KL. Here are five of the best.
This hipster hangout serves brunch staples and comfort food with an Asian twist, and the result is as magical as the name of the café suggests – the French toast with caramel kaya sauce and coconut mascarpone cheese is a prime example of the fusion of flavours available. For something more substantial, try the local pulled beef piled on top of an English muffin with Thai mayonnaise. The coffee is a perfect pick-me-up, a specially sourced blend of Colombian and Costa Rican beans by the co-founder Jason Loo, who happens to be a Malaysian Barista champion.
Upstairs, the Wicked Pancake Parlour serves the fluffiest, most deliciously decadent pancakes in town. Sweet or savoury, they’re worth destroying your diet for. It’s all positive vibes here, from the excellent staff to the cheery soundtrack. We’re not in Kansas anymore – we’re in Kuala Lumpur.
: 8-7, Plaza Batai, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Local Classics at
Li is a modern version of the old-school Malaysian ‘kopitiam’, serving up contemporary takes on traditional dishes, such as rice porridge with ikan bilis and egg.
There’s no avocado toast in sight, but the classic comfort food here more than makes up for it, the closest thing to home cooking you’ll find outside a homestay. The fluffy rice bowls are filling and delicious, and the tropical fruit desserts to die for.
: 47, Jalan SS 22/23, Ss 22, 47400 Petaling Jaya
Phone: +603 7733 7692
Superb Smoothie Bowls at Rubberduck
This cute café tucked away in Plaza Damas is an instant favourite for any Instagrammer, thanks to their vibrant superfood smoothie bowls, which taste as delicious as they look delightful. Fresh tropical fruits and healthy toppings such as chia and flax seeds never fail to impress.
The puddings are almost as famous, with some delicious desserts on offer. The carrot cake is particularly popular – get there early in the day before it disappears. Thankfully, a spin cycling studio has just opened in the back, so you can burn off those extra calories.
: 60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Plaza Damas, Lot K-0-8B (Ground Floor), Dorchester Service Apartment, Taman Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +60 3-6206 1832
Fancy French Cooking at
This French bistro and boulangerie in Bangsar brings a touch of class from the continent to Kuala Lumpur’s brunch scene. It’s elegant, but not intimidating, and boasts outstanding food and service.
The in-house bakery produces the most incredible artisan loaves, genuine French farmhouse style, as well as some unusual sweet and savoury combinations. Smoked salmon and continental cheeses are among the favourites on the classic French menu – if you’re feeling fancy, try the foie gras.
: 24G JALAN TELAWI 2, BANGSAR Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-2282 0118
Aussie Café Culture at
A Melbourne-meets-Mediterranean affair, this cosy café is credited as one of the first ‘proper’ brunch outlets in the city (and it’s only six years old). The all-day breakfast proved extremely popular (it still is) and the homely décor and family-friendly facilities (such as a tiny TV room for kids) made sure the first customers quickly became regulars.
Pets are welcome too. It’s the perfect pit-stop after some shopping in Bangsar, with generous helpings of brunch favourites, and some excellent coffee from specialist roasters in Indonesia.
Antipodean Cafe Bangsar : 20, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +603 2282 0411
Having lived, worked, travelled and studied across the world, Jacob Weber recently moved back to Malaysia where he spent several happy childhood years. He’s a copywriter by day and travel contributor by night.