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!

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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

4 FIVE-HT

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

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