Your 2019 Guide To The Best Halal Cafes in KL


Iyesha Maria •  May 03, 2019

[Updated 1 October 2019]

One thing we know all Malaysians love is trying out new food ? Between weekend brunches, street food, steakhouses and supper places, food is the one thing that unites us all. Thankfully, there are plenty of eateries popping up all the time for us to satisfy our food adventure! And that includes stunning and delicious cafes ?

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Between some old-time favourites and new amazing places, here are some to satisfy your food adventure!

1. Merchant’s Lane

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Located right beside Petaling Stree (or also known as KL's Chinatown), this picturesque place is made for the photographer in mind. Its rustic old school decor and amazing natural lighting makes it one of the best places in town to grab a shot for your social media feed ?

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Not to mention their interesting menu serving a fusion of Malaysian and western taste!

Food status: Pork free. Uses halal certified suppliers.

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

Opening hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 11.30am - 9.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9.30am - 9.30pm, Closed on Wednesdays,

Contact: 03-2022 1736

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 2. Rimba & Rusa by Wondermilk

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Rimba & Rusa's stunning contemporary decor will make your jaw drop ? It's clean and light-coloured aesthetics makes it one of the most beautiful cafes around.

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Foodwise, Rimba & Rusa's menu showcases a hipster-esque version of traditional Malay food presented elegantly to every customer ?

Food status: Halal certified

Address:  D-GF-01, Ground Floor, 2, Jalan PJU 5/14, Sunway Nexis, 47810, Kota Damansara, Selangor, 47810 Kota Damansara

Opening hours: Monday to Thursdays 12pm - 10pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am - 10pm, Closed on Fridays,

Contact: 03-6151 4022

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3. PODGY Kurau

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One of the best coffee places in KL, PODGY Kurau is the new home of what used to be known as PODGY & The Banker that was located in Sri Hartamas. And this new location in the hipster part of Bangsar complements PODGY well too.

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Enjoy a large menu selection from pasta, salad and sandwiches. And you must try their smooth coffees. Coffee lovers will love this place, for sure ?

Food status: Uses halal certified ingredients. No alcohol.

Address:  5, Lorong Kurau, Lucky Garden, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday 9am - 8pm, Closed on Tuesdays

Contact: 03-2202 0024

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4. Wizards At Tribeca

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You won't find wizard or fantasy-themed decors here. Instead, find yourself in an exquisitely designed eatery fit for a king.

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Savour their delicious all-day dining from big breakfasts, pizzas, pasta, and burgers. The place also boasts a few award-winning baristas so you can't leave without trying a signature cup of coffee ☕️

Food status: Uses halal certified ingredients. Serves alcohol on premise.

Address:  215, Jalan Imbi, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 10am - 10pm daily

Contact: 03-2715 5308

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5. Jao Tim

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Jao Tim isn't just a cafe, the place also doubles as an event space and hosts quite a number of activities regularly. Stepping into this  Jao Tim, you'll feel as if you've walked into a New York establishment in the 70s.

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Enjoy a good brunch here with their awesome menu too. Take a big bite out of their grilled cheese sandwich, or savour a chicken pie. Better yet, have a go at some of their sweet offerings like their pan au chocolat ?

Food status: Uses halal certified ingredients. Serves alcohol on premise.

Address:  61, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11am - 7pm, Friday and Saturday 11am - 9pm, Closed on Mondays

Contact: 03-2022 3897

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One of the newest and hippest cafes in town. POKOK does not disappoint with its gorgeous glass and wooden decor within a scenic green garden! It's no surprise that this place is a hit with Instagrammers ?

And if you're looking for more insta-worthy cafes, we have them compiled here just for you!

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Their food selection is just as gorgeous as their decorations! Enjoy a variety of food like their breakfast platter, pasta, nasi lemak, dessert and oh-so-delicious pastries.

Food status: Muslim-friendly, according to staff

Address:  MAHSA Avenue, Block B, Jalan Elmu, off, Jalan Universiti, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Open daily; 9AM-9PM (the kitchen closes at 7PM)

Contact: 03-8408 1811

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7. Sugar Rush

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Cake lovers, this is the place for you! Tucked in the middle of a PJ's cosy neighbourhood, you might miss this place at first glance since it resembles a residence house from the outside. But it's a whole different atmosphere once you walk inside.

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Cakes, everywhere! Enjoy all sorts of cakes from chocolate ganache with salted buttercream, lemon poppyseed butter cake, butter cakes, and even pancakes ?

Food status: Not halal certified, but all menu items prepared according to halal standards

Address:  28, Jalan 16/1, Section 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 4pm - 12am, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 12pm

Contact: 03-7954 5271

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8. Pickle & Fig

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Tucked within TTDI's shop lots is Pickle & Fig. This place has been around for years and remains popular as it did upon opening, and it's no surprise why. Between its atmosphere and food, customers come back wanting more.

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Try their delicious beef panini, their drool-worthy chicken coronation sandwich, cubano panini and a selection of yummy salads!

There are plenty of other eateries in TTDI that deserve your attention too. The place is a haven for foodies ?

Food status: Uses halal certified ingredients. No alcohol.

Address:  26, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 9am - 11pm daily

Contact: 03-2858 9960

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9. Strangers At 47

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This cosy cafe has been a favourite for many in PJ. It's a simple cafe that provides a comfortable atmosphere with good food. What more can you ask for?

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Strangers At 47 is well known for their crepes that are so good you wouldn't mind having them for breakfast, lunch AND dinner! There are plenty of tasty savoury food too like their spicy cajun chicken and pasta!

Food status: Uses halal certified ingredients. No alcohol.

Address:  45, 47, 49, Jalan 17/45, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday 9am - 10.30pm, Closed on Tuesdays

Contact: 03-7498 1034

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10. Le Petit Dotty’s

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Dotty's Pastries and Coffee is a well-known establishment in TTDI, and they've recently opened a new outlet in Menara TH in KL city, Le Petit Dotty! The place boasts chic decor that will awe any customer.

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Besides tasty pastries, the one thing you must try is their iconic cronuts! But you have to head there by noon since they start selling at 12pm and tend to sell out FAST!

Food status: Muslim-owned

Address:  Lot 1.03, Ground Floor, Menara TH, Platinum Park, Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 7.30am - 7pm daily

Contact: 03-2181 1023

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11. Kopenhagen Coffee

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Inspired by cafes in Denmark, Kopenhagen Cofee in Mont Kiara has one of the most simplistic designs a cafe could have and yet remains a total stunner!

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The cafe serves simple home-baked bread and cakes, Danish tea and brownie cookies! Have a go at their Danish breakfast too - fresh bread served with banana, tomato, and avocado.

Food status: Uses halal certified ingredients. No alcohol.

Address:   Vista Kiara, 3, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am - 7pm

Contact: 03-6211 6363

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12. Little Rimba

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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 ?!

Food status: Halal certified

Address:  No1, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 7.30am - 6.30pm, Closed on Mondays

Contact: 03-7733 6177

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13. Soul Sacrifice

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If you were wondering why the name of this cafe sounds like a rock song, it’s because it isnamed 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 creamy leek sauce. A dash of sambal also occupies this soulful creation- definitely appealing to those who can’t do without their spice! ?

Food status: Muslim owned, pork-free

Address:  38, Jalan 4/76c, Desa Pandan, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 8am - 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am - 7pm, Closed on Mondays

Contact: 03-9201 3596

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14. 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, but you also 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.

Food status: Muslim-owned

Address:  20, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 8am - 10pm daily

Contact: 03-7733 4233

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15. Leaf & Co Cafe

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Located in one of the older buildings in KL city, the place boasts an old Malaysian charm. From its old 'kopitiam' tables and chairs to its bare walls, you'll feel like you have walked back in time when entering this place. Bring your parents or grandparents and they will surely feel the nostalgia.

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The place may feel old and traditional, but their mouthwatering food serves a twist to local Malaysian delicacies. Enjoy a hearty bowl of Malaysian spaghetti or buttermilk milk chicken chop. Make sure you stay back for a good cup of coffee too ☕️

Food status: Uses halal certified ingredients. Serves alcohol on premise.

Address:  53, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10.30am - 10pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 10pm

Contact: 03-2020 2220

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And there you have it, 15 amazing cafes to satisfy your food adventure! It's time you grab that foodie friend of yours for a weekend out trying delicious cakes and a satisfying cup of coffee ?