5 Halal Vintage Cafes In KL & Selangor For A Nostalgic Throwback


Ili •  Feb 24, 2021

From nature-themed halal cafes to minimalist-style halal cafes, there are plenty of amazing spots around KL and Selangor where you can enjoy a hearty meal with yummy pastries and creamy lattes. For those looking to add more places on their to-visit list, check out our roundup of halal vintage cafes that'll give you nostalgic throwbacks with rustic decor and unique local flavours ?

1. Timothy Lane

Located right on the outskirts of Chinatown, this hidden gem of a cafe is housed in a repurposed Chinatown shophouse. Now over 100 years old, the building continues to hold its own charm and since the cafe has kept most of its rustic appeal (with the exception of some minor furnishing), it makes for the perfect place to get a unique photo for your Insta feed. Whether you drop by in the early mornings or late evenings, you'll be able to get a snap that'll instantly elevate the aesthetics of your social feed.

Just as special as the building, the cafe's menu offers a wonderful variety of modern Malaysian and Western cuisine that includes dishes inspired from Bangkok, Jakarta and other region capitals in Southeast Asia. After your meal, don't forget to wander in the alleyway beside the cafe and spot cute cat murals skillfully painted by Jean Lynn, local painter and illustrator.

Read more about Timothy Lane and what other yummy things they have to offer!

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Open daily; 8AM-8PM

Address: 24, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Contact: +6018-200 0262

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2. Luckin Kopi

Housed in a 150-year old heritage building, find Luckin Kopi on Jalan Panggong - located just a 3-minute walk from the Pasar Seni station. It's a popular spot in the neighbourhood to get a fix of coffee and roti bakar. They open as early as 8am and tend to get crowded within the first half hour especially on the weekends. So if you prefer copping a table without waiting in line, make sure to come early!

What makes the cafe extra special is that you get the chance to taste coffees from five different states in Malaysia! That's right - served on a wooden platter with biscuits on the side, taste the uniqueness of each coffee from KL, Ipoh, Melaka, Johor and Penang. They're all marked accordingly, so you won't have to guess blindly. Unless, of course, you want to challenge yourself or your friends and see who's the coffee expert in the group ?

You can read more about Luckin Kopi in our article here.

Halal status: Uses halal ingredients. No alcohol, pork or lard is used or served.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 9AM-6PM, Sat-Sun; 9AM-6PM

Address: 14, Jalan Panggong, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan

Contact: +6014-263 6696

Order via: Beepit

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P.S. Can't get enough of coffee? Here's 10 halal cafes in KL & Selangor for your daily dose of coffee

3. Chi Fan

Situated in Taman Melawati, Chi Fan means 'eat' in Chinese which is nothing short of befitting. Owned by former lawyer now turned chef, Shurqi, you'll get to cosy up in a space that feels more like a home than a restaurant. And with dishes that have been adapted from her family recipes, all passed down through generations, it truly seals the deal of a unique and warm dining experience ?

Tuck into the cafe's classic favourites like nasi goreng kerabu, bubur lambuk and nasi kenduri set. Then pair them with a variety of traditional desserts - from pulut kapit and sago gula melaka to sticky dates toffee pudding and Victoria sandwich cake. Want something a little more special? Then the pandan lempeng awan (souffle pancakes) should be right up your alley! Perfectly fluffy and sweet, one bite is all it takes to fall in love ?

Click here to find out more about Chi Fan and their delicious eats.

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Mon-Sat; 8AM-5PM (closed on Sun)

Address: No.9, Jalan H3, Taman Melawati 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Contact: +6017-569 8522

Order via: WhatsApp at +6019-929 3885 or +6017-569 8522

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4. Merchant Lane

With plenty of natural lighting in its beautiful rustic space, say hello to Merchant Lane that's hidden in the heart of Petaling Street. Housed in a heritage shop-house, the cafe serves up Asian-inspired comfort dishes and unique beverages like rose honey milk and jasmine infused black coffee. Stop by if you're exploring the surrounds of Petaling Street and sink into a calm oasis in the middle of the city.

#HHWTTip: The cafe is a little hidden as it's on the first floor of the shop-house, so look out for Kiat Loong Stationery Supplier near Advance Tertiary College (ATC). Merchant Lane's entrance is right next to ATC.

Halal status: Uses ingredients from halal-certified suppliers

Opening hours: Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun; 11.30AM-10PM (last call 9PM, closed on Wed)

Address: 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Contact: +603-2022 1736

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5. Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock

The 1Malaysia concept that Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock brings is enough to lure you in. Located in Oasis Damansara, this vintage decor style that conceptualises the theme “KopiTalk” is popular for its fragrant nasi lemak. Get a taste of its famous nasi lemak ayam berempah that's nicely seasoned and fried to a crisp. Unlike other nasi lemak places that serve sweet aromatic sambal, Ali Muthu & Ah Hock prepares the sambal with many spices that will give your taste buds a nice kick.

#HHWTTip: Pair your meal with a cup of teh tarik and you're good to go!

Halal status: All ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers

Opening hours: Open daily; 8AM-5PM

Address: B-G-01 Block B, Oasis Square, Jalan PJU 1A/7, Oasis Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Contact: +603-7832 3138

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