I’m a coffee addict so, every trip I make to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a happy event as there are so many coffee shops in the city. The great thing about Kuala Lumpur (KL) is that there are the typical chain coffee shops but then there’s also a great selection of independent and Malay coffee shops too. For the best coffee shops/cafes in Kuala Lumpur read the following list. Some may be to your taste and some may not but, in my opinion, there’s pretty much something for ever coffee lover in Kuala Lumpur.
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – Having been a long-time resident of Los Angeles, California, I was thrilled the first time I went to Kuala Lumpur to find they have several branches of the LA coffee shop, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. This coffee shop was always my favorite one in LA, so it was such a nice surprise to see it in KL too. The Coffee Bean sells the same drinks as they do in LA and they also serve sandwiches, pastries and cooked food – which is absolutely delicious. The next time you’re in Kuala Lumpur, try one of the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf branches – order a Latte or one of their famous Ice Blended drinks, and then get one of the breakfast sandwiches, which come with a side salad – absolutely delicious.
The Dome Cafe – Another of, what I think is the best coffee shops in Kuala Lumpur, is The Dome Cafe. The Dome is another chain cafe that serves the usual coffee drinks but why The Dome is so special to me is the beautiful design of the cafes and the expansive and delicious menu. Try the pancakes, the chicken pesto or one of their lovely cakes. I also adore their White Coffee. My favorite The Dome location is at Suria KLCC mall. It has inside and outside seating and overlooks the very pretty park. The food’s great too!
San Francisco Coffee – San Francisco Coffee has a few branches throughout Kuala Lumpur. It’s another chain coffee shop but serves great sandwiches and pastries. I’m not actually too thrilled with their coffee drinks (too strong and bitter for my taste) but, if you like strong coffee you’ll probably enjoy San Francisco Coffee. They also sell some cool coffee mugs and t shirts and they’re a fun place to people watch from. I tend to eat breakfast here and get a large latte but ask them to add more milk to make it less strong.
The Corona Coffee House – One typically Malaysian coffee house and another of the city’s best is the Corona Coffee House, which is part of the Corona Hotel at Bukit Bintang. A nice place to hang out, the coffee is good and they make excellent Malay and continental food. The seating is also very comfy, so you can relax here for hours and just watch the world go by.
Old Town White Coffee – White Coffee is a Malaysian specialty and Old Town White Coffee serves some of the best. There are several locations all with an old world charm, marble top tables and old fashioned tableware. They not only sell coffee though they also have a great menu with items like curry noodles, nasi lemak, and French toast (their breakfast menu is big). My favorite drink here is the Old Town Coffee Lava. My favorite location of Old Town White Coffee is at Berjaya Times Square mall but, with 121 locations throughout Malaysia, it’s not too difficult to find one near you.
Yut Kee – Yut Kee is a true old fashioned cafe and restaurant that serves amazing food at cheap prices. It’s old looking, with winding stairs and old shutters, and with staff that rush around serving the standing-room-only lunch crowd. The best time to go to Yut Kee is in the later afternoon, when you miss the crowds and, once there, don’t miss the Kopi Kau (strong coffee) to drink and either the stewed beef on noodles or the roti babi. Follow up with a slice of their famous butter cake and you’ve had the perfect Malaysian experience.
Kuala Lumpur is a wonderful city for coffee shops and cafes. I recommend you try a couple of the chain coffee shops (Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for sure!) and then one of the many more traditional Malaysian cafes. The atmosphere in these is wonderful and the food’s not half bad either.