9 cafes to drink coffee in Kuala Lumpur right now
Coffee drinking has always been part of Malaysian culture. This beverage is traditionally dispensed by local warung (stall) or kopitiam (Hainanese coffee shop). Nowadays, to enjoy coffee Malaysians not only go to these warungs and kopitiams but also the trendy hipster cafes, indicating Malaysians’ progress and affluence. People these days are becoming pickier than before regarding their coffee. When we asked several in-the-know KLites and the #AboutKL community members where to get the best coffee in town, we managed to put together an interesting list that we are sure will interest travellers when they are in KL.
1- Pulp by Papa Palheta (Bangsar)
Singapore’s renowned Papa Palheta specialty coffee has made its way into KL! Set within what was previously a printing press factory storage facility, first-timers are bound to be blown away when they discover this café that serves top-tier single origins coffee and blends, topped up with mouth-watering baked cheese cake (are you salivating already?). This café is a must-visit for coffee enthusiasts.
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2- The Glass House (Damansara Perdana)
The Glass House serves up a well-curated list of beans (think Canberra brand Ona, Taiwan-based Simon Hsieh, Tanamera from Jakarta) and expert brews. The place has ample natural light and greenery, making the ambience look inviting – a remarkably fitting venue to enjoy a cuppa or two.
3. The Hub (OUG)
What distinguishes The Hub from the other cafes is the fact that it roasts its own beans. This is the place where Coffee connoisseurs are able to try over 40 types of beans from around the world such as Thailand, Indonesia, Congo, Tanzania, Colombia and Yemen and more. However, casual coffee drinkers should not be intimidated because there are also the usual coffee staples.
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4. The League of Captains (Jalan Doraisamy)
Located at one of the famous strip in KL, Jalan Doraisamy this is a great little chill out spot among the hectic city centre or run and hide to during lunch breaks when things get too overwhelming at the office. Their drinks selections is broad: espresso, long black, macchiato, cappuccino, flat white, mocha, adffogato, matcha latte, hot chocolate and a wide selection of homemade teas.
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5. VCR (Pudu)
VCR uses two types of beans: Coffex and Artisan. Coffex is used for milk-based drinks such as flat white and latte to give them a chocolatey, smoother finish, making them popular. Don’t forget to also experience their breakfast menu that will definitely kick start your senses.
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6) LOKL Coffee (Raja Chulan)
The cafe culture experience in KL is not only about coffee but also about your experience drinking at the place and how friendly the staff members are. LOKL Coffee has among the most welcoming staff, and its interior has lovely portraits on its walls that reflects the Malaysian vibes, lending the place with nostalgia and old school charm. The kopi susu (coffee with milk) is so thick and intense. In place of sugar, opt for the gula Melaka (palm sugar) syrup for your drink to give it a distinct zing.
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7) Coffee Amo (Jalan Sultan)
Costarica Hand Drip is one of the café’s speciality that avid coffee drinkers should try if they prefer their drink full bodied, earthy, fruity with mild acidity. The coffee beans are from Ethiopia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Jamaican Blue Mountain and more, brewed using siphon or hand drip techniques and served at varying prices. Don’t forget to Instagram the café’s adorable three-dimensional coffee foam art like no other.
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8) Dr. Inc (Bangsar)
Pronounced as ‘drink’ (I thought it was Doctor Inc too), this café is an oasis of calm and caffeine where coffee lovers can savour a wide variety of odd but good tasting beverages like Presso Bomb (a mixture of espresso and traditional ice cream soda from Malacca) and Che Guevara (Cuban-inflected concoction of two espressos over ice with a lemon wedge and a touch of sugar).
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9) Eight Ounce Coffee Co. (KLCC)
Want a break from shopping or quick catch up at KLCC? Eight Ounce Coffee Co. is definitely the place since it serves the mix of Arabica beans from Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Indonesia in coming up with the house blend. The baristas are very attentive and able to follow your order even though it is not on the menu.
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Happy KL café-hopping!