15 GREAT SPOTS FOR HANGING AND CHILLING
Whether it’s ambiance, interior decor, drinks, or the food you’re after, these cafes, bars, and speakeasies are standouts that deserve a visit!
1 PS150, PETALING STREET
Travel back through three distinct eras in the history of Indochina and cocktails when you enter the doors of PS150 – that is if you can find it. Hidden behind a tiny, unassuming stationery shop under Merchant’s Lane cafe, the speakeasy extends deep into the pre-war shop lot, with intimate booths followed by an airy outdoor terrace that eventually culminates in a dramatic and atmospheric bar in the depths of the shop. Explore PS150’s extensive list of cocktails, which are divided into five distinct eras in history – Vintage, Prohibition, Tiki, Disco, and Contemporary. Some of these draw inspiration from bold Southeast Asian flavours. PS150 definitely belongs on the bucket list.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW. PS150. MY
2 BREAKFAST THIEVES, BANGSAR
From the Malaysian founders of the Breakfast Thieves neighbourhood cafe in Melbourne Australia comes KL’s very own Breakfast Thieves! Founders Brandon Chin, Kevin Foo, and Edwin Koh decided to bring the cafe back home, setting up shop in the heart of Bangsar. Breakfast Thieves provides patrons with an open space that is both relaxing and aesthetically pleasing, a must-visit for avid Instagrammers. Aesthetics aside, visitors can expect a wonderful selection of delicious modern Australian cuisine with slight Asian influences.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.BREAKFASTTHIEVES.COM
3 FISKEE DOUGH, PETALING JAYA
“I believe that dessert is another form of happiness,” says Wylie, founder of Fiskee Dough cafe. Inspired by a trip to Denmark, the interiors of Fiskee Dough are a reflection of Scandinavian culture, exuding a rustic and homely atmosphere. The cafe is famous for two desserts: Gela-Dough and The Legen-dough-ree, creative plays of the words ‘Gelato’ and ‘Legendary’. Overall, Fiskee Dough, as Wylie puts it ‘is all about sharing among friends and family and creating a better bond.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW. FACEBOOK.COM/FISKEEDOUGH
Five-HT is not a run of the mill cafe that serves typical brunch dishes; instead they offer unique Japanese rice bowls and specialty coffees. The interior is striking with an eye catching mural, black tile wall and an overall unique rendition of the industrial aesthetic. The name itself, Five-HT derives from the biochemical 5-hydroxytryptamine, also known as ‘serotonin’, a feel good neurotransmitter that is responsible for happiness. It’s fairly appropriate, given the atmosphere of the cafe and the special coffee concoctions that lull patrons into a state of comfort while injecting waves of smooth energy.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.FIVEHTCAFE.COM
5 JUNGLEBIRD, KL
The product of four friends’ desire to bring something truly fresh to Kuala Lumpur’s nightlife, JungleBird is a warm space that serves up delicious, well-crafted drinks complete with exceptional service. The name ‘JungleBird’ is derived from the classic cocktail of the same name, created at the old Hilton Hotel’s Aviary bar back in the 1970s. The interior is thoughtfully decorated with locally-sourced rattan furniture, bamboo, and lush tropical prints to create a setting that is both inviting and comfortable. Patrons can enjoy a variety of spirit categories with a heavy focus on rum. The selection is ever evolving which makes every visit interesting and enjoyable.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.JUNGLEBIRDKL.COM
6 PINCE & PINTS, KL
Looking for a place to indulge? Pince & Pints Restaurant and Bar is the place to go. With roots from Singapore, the establishment is a 55-seater restaurant that lies in the foodie precinct of Jalan Telawi, Bangsar. Featuring just five must-try dishes on the menu, the restaurant prides itself on its unpretentious approach to lobster Epicureanism. These dishes are offered at an affordable price, within reach of the general populous. They have also recently released their latest lobster burger which makes for a casual dinner with an extravagant touch.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.PINCEANDPINTS.COM
7 NAGABA, CHANGKAT
Nagaba charms with its multi-faceted space, which offers something for every individual. The ground floor is air conditioned with lounge-like aesthetics, boasting comfortable and stylish leather seating for optimal hanging-out. The level above is the club floor, featuring a variety of DJs each week for party goers. Further up is the roof area, which offers a cool al-fresco space that takes patrons away from the usual cacophony of the Changkat stretch. Known as the Mojito Rooftop Bar, it provides a laidback atmosphere with DIY-style furniture and colourful string lights overhead. This is a bar with something for everyone.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISITWWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NAGABA.KUALALUMPUR
8 PISCO BAR, KUALA LUMPUR
Located in the very heart of Kuala Lumpur, Pisco Bar is the place to celebrate and unwind. The interiors possess an eclectic urban chic atmosphere that is said to ‘attract yuppie expats, trendy locals and international travellers’ for social gatherings. Here, visitors can enjoy outstanding cocktails and live music performances, and dance along to some of the trendiest DJs in town. The bar also offers the best of Peruvian cuisine including the two icons, Ceviche and Pisco Sour. Pisco Bar has also recently opened a stylish new space on their top level, which is ideal for a variety of events.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.PISCOBARKL.COM
9 SKYBAR, KUALA LUMPUR
Perched on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel, the award winning SkyBar is an extravagant cocktail lounge that is a perennial favourite of KL’s party people. The centrepiece of attraction is the pool; it is flanked by ‘cabanas’ on one side, while the other is taken up with a bar area and a sofa with woven rattan high tables. Take up your choice seating and sip on the establishment’s signature cocktails as you enjoy the gentle breeze from the open windows. The view of the glittering KL skyline, dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers also adds to the experience. It is said that “You’ve never been to KL unless you’ve been to SkyBar!”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.SHANGRI- LA.COM
10 THE OTHER HALF, TTDI
The Other Half features a tall ceiling and glass walls that let in plenty of natural light. The end result is a cafe that exudes a warm and welcoming vibe. Following that vibrant outlook is a contemporary interior that blends simple lines with minimalist furniture. The Other Half also serves up brunch dishes that founder Eugene Lee describes as ‘a combination of comfort food with a twist using the finest and freshest ingredients’. To go with those dishes are a selection of coffees brewed from the finest beans that are carefully selected to suit local palates.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/THEOTHERHALFCAFE
11 FEEKA COFFEE ROASTERS, BUKIT BINTANG
Housed in converted twin town houses in Jalan Mesui in central KL, Feeka Coffee Roasters provides an oasis of calm with its warm wood-laden interior and soft lighting. The establishment derives its name from the Swedish word Fika, which means ‘to take a break’. The atmosphere encourages patrons to relax and get comfortable. Enjoy a perfect pairing of food and coffee at Feeka, and top it off with their wide selection of mille crepes, pastries, tarts, or pies, all made in-house.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.ASIANAGEGROUP.COM/FEEKA-COFFEE
12 BUCKET B,JAYA ONE
Bucket B Cafe is a neighbourhood baby-friendly cafe located at The School Mall by Jaya One. This cafe is a stand out as it is specially designed for parents who want their ‘me’ time. A colourful play area, board games, Lego bricks, books, and colouring tools are ready on hand to keep children of all ages occupied while the adults relax with a good cup of gourmet coffee. The food selection is also healthy and kid-friendly with a variety of homemade cakes and macarons, baby food, sandwiches, hot hearty meals, and air-fryer cooked snacks. Patrons will feel right at home in the spacious, yet cosy cafe. They’ll find snug corners for chats and bright breezy areas for their children to craft and play in. Here, ‘it’s always bucketful of bliss’.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ BUCKETBCAFE
13 THE GOOD CO,BANGSAR
The Good Co. is a strong advocate for healthy living through mindful eating and honest food. Situated on the ground floor of the Bon Estate Gallery, the cafe is modern with metallic accents; wooden furnishings abound. It is understated and comfortable. As for the food selection, every dish served at The Good Co. is organic with no preservatives, artificial colouring, or refined sugar. All ingredients are sourced from the freshest suppliers in town. The establishment is also meat free, perfect for those looking to detox from ‘meat overload’. There is also a selection of coldpressed juices and special house brewed coffee to choose from.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISITWWW.THEGOODCO.MY
14 P.S. TOKYO, SS2
Unlike the many booming cafes around Klang Valley, P.S. Tokyo focuses on providing a unique Japanese experience on top of serving quality Japanese desserts and drinks. To make the experience more authentic, the owners created an interior resembling a cosy and quiet minimalist cafe facing the busy traffic of Omotesando. P.S. Tokyo is currently operating with a very simple menu consisting of Japanese flavoured Matcha, Hojicha, and Milk Softserve; four types of cakes with Japanese elements such as Tofu Cheesecake and Sesame Tofu Cheesecake, Matcha Milk Chocolate Cake, and Soft Cheesecake, and three major types of Japanese tea; Matcha, Hojicha, and Genmaicha. They also serve unique Japanese filter coffee of light, medium, and strong bodies, and soft drinks such as Banana Milk, Lemon Drink, and more. All drinks are imports of authentic Japanese quality, which are not easily found locally.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PSTOKYOCAFE
15 WILD SHEEP CHASE, OLD KLANG ROAD
Bright and natural: those are the two words best used to sum up the interiors of Wild Sheep Chase cafe. The space is designed with its perimeter-side windows in mind to maximise the flood of natural light into the interior. It also offers up a great view of the swaying tree leaves outside for patrons who prefer to wander off in their minds as they relax. The colour scheme of the space is also a soothing white, punctuated with the natural colour tones of the furniture. The cafe owners hope the white and open space will help their customers to feel warm, calm, and happy while enjoying Wild Sheep Chase’s signature dessert: made to order soufflé.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/WILDSHEEPCHASECAFE