[Updated 21 February 2019]

Whether it’s the food or the ambience, KL is teeming with gorgeous cafes and eateries that are begging to be photographed and posted up on your Instagram gallery!


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We know you can’t resist taking photos before you eat, while you’re eating, and after you eat, so here’s our pick of 9 cafes and restaurants that will inspire worthy additions to your Instagram feed 😉

We’ve also got you covered if you prefer a more formal setting, head over to our list of 6 picture perfect restaurants in Malaysia!

1. Merchant’s Lane

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There’s plenty of natural lighting in this beautiful rustic café that’s hidden in the heart of Petaling Street, perfect for capturing 172985 photos! Housed in a heritage shop-house, the cafe serves up Asian inspired comfort dishes and distinctive beverages like rose honey milk and jasmine infused black coffee. Stop by if you’re exploring the surrounds of Petaling Street and want to relax in a calming oasis in the middle of the city.


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#HHWT Tip: 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: Pork-free and suppliers are Halal certified

Opening Hours:

Monday and Tuesday – 11.30am to 9.30pm

Thursday and Friday – 11.30am to 9.30pm

Saturday and Sunday – 9.30am to 9.30pm

Address: No. 150 Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

Contact number: +603 2022 1736

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2. Rimba & Rusa by Wondermilk

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This light, airy space by long time cafepreneurs and purveyors of delicious cupcakes Wondermilk is not only a stylish space for a cosy get together, it’s also kid-friendly (big plus point for all new parents out there)! Rimba & Rusa focuses more on all day dining offerings instead of Wondermilk’s signature cupcakes and light food.

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With great looking food like this and an ‘instagrammable’ corner everywhere you look, Rimba & Rusa might just be the place for your next get together with friends.

#HHWT Tip: They’ve got a terrarium mousse that looks pretty awesome, and  we’ve heard good things about their Laksa Rimba with Soft Shell Crab too 😋

Halal status: Halal certified

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday – 12pm to 10pm

Saturday and Sunday – 9am to 10pm

Closed on Fridays

Address: D-GF-01, Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Contact Number: +603 6151 4022

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3. Peter & Mawar (Closed)

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Peter & Mawar’s name was inspired by the interracial love story of the owner’s friend – how sweet! This gorgeously designed cafe serves reasonably priced food, and has both Asian and Western fare on its menu. Definitely looks like a place where sparks will fly 😍 The churros look pretty good too!

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Opening Hours:

Sunday to Thursday – 12pm to 11pm

Friday – 3pm to 12am

Sunday – 12pm o 12am

Closed on Tuesdays

Address: C-01-GF, Block C, Jalan PJU 5/10, Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya

Contact Number: +03 6150 4400

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4. Grind 22 (closed)

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If you’re looking for a cosy little hideaway in the city, Grind 22 might just be the spot for you to grab a great cup of coffee and desserts (the Nona latte is yummy!). They’ve also got noodle aficionados Wok It at their premise every Friday night (soon to be permanently) for a quick stir fry fix, and regularly have different promotions or food trucks down at the cafe.

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#HHWT Tip: Grind 22 is connected to Twenty2 boutique so you can also do a spot of shopping after coffee, or shop first and have coffee after…both sounds pretty good to us!

Opening Hours:

Sunday to Thursday – 12pm to 10pm

Friday and Saturday – 12pm to am

Address: 22, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

Contact Number: 03-2202 0422

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5. LOKL Coffee Co

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LOKL (a play off the word ‘local’), is tucked in Jalan Tun H.S. Lee at the heart of old Kuala Lumpur and is just a short walk away from the iconic Masjid Jamek. The cafe is owned by Cheryl Samad, a well known emcee, tv presenter and actress. In spite of its famous owner, the cafe has a comfortable and relaxed vibe, perfect for a quiet afternoon with a book, serving comforting fare and an assortment of cakes sourced from local bakers.

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#HHWT Tip: Check out their weekly specials of soup, salad, main, pasta and dessert!

Note: While the cafe does not serve alcohol, they do share the same courtyard as the neighbouring hostel and guests are allowed to bring their own alcoholic beverages. Do also check their menu as one of our readers has pointed out that their cakes contain rum.

Halal status: Pork-free

Opening Hours:

Monday, Wednesday to Sunday – 8am to 5pm,

Tuesday – 8am to 3pm

Address: 30, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur.

Contact Number: +603 2072 1188
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6. Project B (Closed)

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Not only does Project B have an airy and welcoming interior (with board games to boot!), what better way to feel good than knowing that when you’re digging into that crispy fried chicken, you’re also supporting the skills training program of the Dignity for Children Foundation, which aims to empower underprivileged children to break the cycle of poverty by providing them with quality education. The eatery is a social enterprise staffed by the older students from Dignity for Children Foundation, as part of their work experience and skills education. Not only is their food good, it’s very reasonably priced as well!

Project B
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Opening Hours:

Daily 10.30am – 9:00pm

Address: 25-G Jalan 11/48A, Sentul Raya Boulevard, Kuala Lumpur

Contact Number: +603 4050 3387

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7. Dotty’s

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Not only is their display of pastries super pretty, with salted egg everything being the flavour craze of the year, you need to check out Dotty’s for their salted egg yolk cronut (which combines two food fads in one!). From what we hear, their speculoos éclair isn’t one to be missed as well 😋


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#HHWT Tip: Their salted egg cronuts are released in 3 batches daily, and can be pre-ordered with a minimum of 6 pieces per order. For walk-in customers, purchases are limited to 4 cronuts per person.

Halal status: Halal assurance by staff

Opening Hours:

Daily 8:00am – 10:00pm

Address: 20-G, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, 60000 WP Kuala Lumpur

Contact Number: +603 7733 4233

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8. The Picnic Table by Simply Sandwiches
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The lengths people go through to take a good photo…😅

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Want to have a picnic but it’s too hot outside or it’s raining cats and dogs? The Picnic Table by Simply Sandwiches is the perfect place to kickback and relax with healthy sandwiches, filling pastas (try their soft shell crab aglio olio!) or a cup of coffee and dessert. You can sit on their picnic tables or spread a mat on their indoor grass that’s complete with comfy pillows, books and boardgames for you to laze the day away.

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#HHWT Tip: They also do deliveries and catering for events! Contact them on Facebook or the numbers below to find out when they will deliver to your area. Perfect for a healthy lunch fix 😁

Halal status: Muslim owned, Halal certified suppliers

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Friday – 8:30am to 6pm

Saturday and Sunday – 9:00am to 6pm

Closed on Mondays

Address: 62A-G, Jalan PJU 5/21, The Strand Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Contact Number: 03-74974259

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9. Sugar Rush

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We think that any time is cake time, and at Sugar Rush, you can have your pick of pretty cakes and freshly baked bread that they have on display. Whether you’re gathering your girlfriends for a girly get together or looking for some alone time with their chocolate ganache cake with salted buttercream (we won’t judge, promise!), Sugar Rush will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Halal status: Pork-free, alcohol-free, and uses Halal ingredients

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday – 4pm to 12am

Saturday and Sunday – 11am to 12am

Address: 28, Jalan Dato Abu Bakar 16/1, Section 16, Petaling Jaya.

Contact Number: +603 7954 5271

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10. Fat Spoon Cafe (closed)


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Feeling peckish, and in the mood for some familiar comfort food? Perhaps a visit to Fat Spoon Cafe would help sort you out! 😚


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From the mismatched chairs and stools, to the vintage front door with the bits of blue glass that twinkle in the sunlight, the effortlessly cosy furnishing at Fat Spoon gives a homely vibe that makes you feel at ease.

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It isn’t just the cafe that looks good. Here you can expect Asian comfort food that tastes as good as it looks too! You really mustn’t leave til you try their otak-otak made with salmon chunks wrapped in daun kaduk (betel leaves), and their Homemade Sago Pudding, which is served with a generous scoop of salted gula melaka ice-cream 😍

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday – 11am to 10pm

Closed on Mondays

Address: 73, Jalan SS21/1A Damansara Utama 47400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Contact Number: 603 7728 3323

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11. Soul Sacrifice


Credit: Soul Sacrifice on Facebook

If you were wondering why the name of this cafe sounds like a rock song, it’s because it is named after American rock legend Santana’s instrumental classic. But while you don’t need to part with your soul for a bite at this Desa Pandan joint, there is plenty of soul to be found in the menu offerings! 😌


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If you are feeling adventurous, make sure to try Cup of Nations! This amazing dish is a unique take on scotch eggs, which sit on a lovely purple bed of sweet potato mash, surrounded by a pool of cream leek sauce. A dash of sambal also occupies this soulful creation- definitely appealling to those who can’t do without their spice! 😋


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Every single dish is meticulously plated by the talented in-house chef, so you know you will definitely get a good crop of pictures for the ‘gram 😍

Halal status: Pork-free and Muslim-owned

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Friday – 8am to 11pm

Saturday and Sunday – 8am to 7pm

Closed on Mondays

Address: No.38, Jalan 4/76C, Desa Pandan 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Contact Number: +603 9201 3596

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12. Little Rimba

Tucked away in TTDI’s neighbourhood is Wondermilk’s new venture, Little Rimba. Its Malay name literally translates to Little Jungle in English, and you definitely want to be camera ready for this place 📸 💁‍♀️!

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Little Rimba’s main cuisine is hearty and scrumptious local Malaysian delights! But if you’re craving for some western meals, they also serve a variety of delicious pasta.

Find funky twists to naming local Malaysian dishes such as Laksa Nyonya Samba Rimba, Lontongku Sayang, and Nasi Lemak Cinta with Ayam Goreng Berempah. Enjoy nostalgic desserts such as Ais Kacang and Cendol Nangka too 🍧!

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Its stunning interior decor is jungle-inspired, with lots of wood, white, and greens. Large ceiling-to-floor windows allow plenty of natural light, perfect for your foodie photos! Outside, they have two feature walls (one with a giant tiger!) great for your Instagram feed!

P/S: If you love local Malaysian food, check out these 8 mouthwatering street food!

Halal status: Halal certified

Opening hours:

Tuesday to Sunday – 7.30am to 6.30pm

Closed on Mondays.

Address: No 1, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Contact Number: 03-7733 6177

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13. Chubbeecloud

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Add a splash of colour to your Instagram feed! Find unicorns 🦄, fluffy clouds ☁️ and bright rainbows 🌈 at Chubbeecloud! Take photos in a bathtub with bright neon lights, or pose in front of a whimsical dessert cart – this place was definitely designed with the Instagrammer in mind  📸.

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You can create your own bespoke marshmallows too! Use their designs or upload your own pictures on the marshmallows.

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The process itself will take around 30 minutes so while waiting, you can enjoy their other cutesy drinks! Try their Signature Hot Mallow Bath of Charcoal Chocolate, or Magical Merricorn Milkshake!

Halal status: Pork-free and Halal-certified ingredients

Opening hours:

Tuesday to Thursday 12pm – 10:30pm

Friday to Sunday 12pm – 11:30pm

Closed on Mondays

Address: 85-G, Jalan SS 21/1a, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

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We can’t possibly list down every picture-perfect place there is in KL, so do help us out by leaving a comment below with your favourite Instagram-worthy cafe!

And if you’re looking for places other than cafes to up your Instagram game, check out these 10 picture spots in Malaysia!

 

 

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    Hi, i enjoy reading your lovely posting however i don't think u should categorize LOKL as halal cafe, i visited the cafe once to find they do serve alcoholic beverages and even rum in their cakes (refer their menu). I even asked the waiter if other menu is halal but to my surprise they don't even know what Halal means! 
    • Hello Hanani, thanks for your feedback on this! We've actually checked with the cafe and they mentioned that no pork/lard is used in their dishes and all ingredients are from halal suppliers. Hence we included them in our list. We've relayed your feedback to the cafe and they are very apologetic about your experience. They also mentioned that they don't serve alcoholic beverages but these could have been brought in by guests who are staying at BackHome hostel as they share the same courtyard as the hostel. We'll include a note in our article on this :) Thanks again for taking the time to let us know!
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      Hi Neila! We've checked that the ingredients are from halal suppliers at the time of publishing, however we'd encourage you to check with the eatery before dining if you do have any doubts. :)