• Ronn Tan

#RawrnNoms: 25 Cafes to visit in and around Bangsar



Hello there, it's Ronn!


Cafe-hopping might be one of the most popular things to do but there's always that one problem; the head-scratching dilemma called a decision. To make your cafe adventures easier, I've compiled a list of places to visit — starting with Bangsar (and its surrounding).


From decadent pastries and top-notch coffee to Instaworthy aesthetics and brilliant food, you'll find them in these cafes in Bangsar. Go on... take a look and start hopping.




1 | Transparent Coffee



Look, it's Hannah Montana — cafe by day, and cocktail bar by night (Coley). Transparent Coffee offers everything from coffee to pastries. The cafe is operated by Joey Mah of Three Little Birds.


Address: 6-G, Jalan Abdullah, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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2 | Lisette's


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Known for its pink flower-filled wall that's perfect for photos, Lisette's in Jalan Kemuja serves everything from desserts to brunch options. The cafe is a great spot to unwind over a cup of tea with friends and family.


Address: 8, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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3 | Planter Chin



Described as a cafe in a jungle, this is the place to check out for coffee, pastries, cakes, and kombucha while immersing yourself among a lush sea of plants.


Address: 6A, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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4 | Vernakular


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Part coffee bar and part concept store for watches, Vernakular offers treats such as Stores Brownies and Sakura Matcha Loaf alongside a sleek and minimal interior. Naturally, it's also an ideal spot for your #OOTD shots.


Address: 33, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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5 | VCR Bangsar


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Here's a cafe that needs no introduction. VCR has been a staple since the opening of its first outlet in Jalan Galloway — serving brunch delights, exquisite coffee, desserts, and kombucha.


Address: 31, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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6 | Fittie Sense


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Led by Victor Yap of Tray Cafe, Fittie Sense's menu consists of whole, natural foods — bolstered by fresh seasonal produce. Whether you're craving for a smoothie or a fitness enthusiast, this health-conscious haven is the spot for you.


Address: 23A, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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7 | Dew


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Dew in Bangsar is both a patisserie and a florist. You'll find options such as Blueberry and Camembert Cheesecake, Lavender and Lemon Curd Mousse, as well as 100% Chocolate Cake.


Address: 7, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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8 | Jaslyn Cakes


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Jaslyn Cakes has been a go-to establishment for all things cakes and pastries since its opening. All treats are made fresh daily, including popular options such as Victoria Sponge, Red Velvet, and Peanut Butter Chocolate.


Address: 7A, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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9 | Urban Daybreak



If you're for all day brunch, consider Urban Daybreak. The Australian-inspired cafe (with its first outlet in Penang) offers options such as BBQ Glazed Meatloaf, Fried Chicken Waffle, and Avocado Smash.


Address: 11, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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10 | Pulp


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The cafe — by Papa Palheta — houses a Cupping Room, a C-Platform, and a Workshop in addition to its coffee and food offerings. Popular options include Nitro Black Matter and Papa's Breakfast.


Address: 29-01, Jalan Riong, APW, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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11 | Breakfast Thieves


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This cafe from Melbourne made waves when it first landed here in APW. Still going strong, indulge in modern Australian cuisine with a touch of Asian influence, with options such as Danny Ocean, Terry Benedict, Samurai Bowl, and Godfather Gotti.


Address: 29-5, Jalan Riong, APW, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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12 | Alta Cafe


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Inspired by cafe culture in Paris and Copenhagen, Alta Cafe is an amalgamation of unfussy plates and a relaxing environment. Check out the Open Omelettes with Salmon Roes and Sourdough Tartine with Beef Sausage.


Address: J59-1, Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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13 | Naj & Belle


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Specialising in Melbournian food culture with a local twist, Naj & Belle has outlets in both Bangsar and Subang Jaya. Known for the Watermelon Cake, you'll also find delights such as Ms Geisha (Panko salmon belly cake), Benny The Bull (Pulled Beef Brisket), and Ras El Hanout Braised Lamb Shank.


Address: Jalan Tandok, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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14 | Podgy



Situated in Lorong Kurau, Podgy is a neighbourhood cafe — offering everything from hot mains to delectable coffee. Try the Marble Bundt Cake and Chocolate Mousse.


Address: 5, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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15 | Huckleberry


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The popular cafe now has an outlet in Bangsar Shopping Centre! Here, you'll find fresh pastries, wholesome breads, cakes, as well as a plethora of food and drinks.


Address:


G108, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


2G, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur


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16 | Birch


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Helmed by the team behind Huckleberry and Mezze, Birch is the go-to spot for comfort food and modern dining. What to try? Consider Birch Breakfast Burrito, Korean Fried Chicken Brioche, Four Cheese Pide, and Laksa Johor.


Address: Ground Floor, Damansara City Mall, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur


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17 | Daily Potion


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Known to be Malaysia's first hand press espresso, Daily Potion is a spot for no-frills coffee. You'll find a myriad of options here, including Signature Ice Coffee, Pandan Macchiato, and Multigrain Soy Latte.


Address: Lucky Garden, 17, Persiaran Ara Kiri, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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18 | Yellow Brick Road


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This cafe in Plaza Batai is no stranger to the cafe scene here in KL. Feast on Yellow Brick Yolk (pancakes with salted egg yolk custard, salted egg yolk crumble, mixed berries, chocolate shavings, and vanilla ice cream) or savour the Tamagotcha Bowl (rice with crispy chicken katsu and tamago).


Address: Plaza Batai, 8-7, Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur


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19 | Botanica+Co


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Available in both All Bangsar and Bangsar South, you'll find a menu filled with a variety of cuisines — from local delights to international treats. Must-haves include Truffle Fries, Crispy Big Chicken Nasi Lemak, and The Planet-Lover Burger.


Address:


Alila Bangsar, Jalan Ang Seng, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur


G5, 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur


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20 | Blonde



Located in Damansara Heights, Blonde — operated by Serai Group — fuses an alluring design with an enticing menu. Expect progressive Australian cuisine with a local twist in options such as Squid Ink Spaghetti with Hokkaido Scallops and Grain Fed Grilled Beef Burger.


Address: G.03A, Republik, Jalan Medan Setia, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur


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21 | Happy Stan


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Happy Stan by VCR offers a unique experience with coffee and cocktails. It's also a great, tranquil space for some well-deserved down time. If you're up for some cocktails at home, options include Coffee Rum Negroni and Stirred Espresso Martini.


Address: M.06, Republik, Jalan Medan Setia, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur


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22 | Croisserie


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It is pastries galore here at Croisserie. Since opening in 2015, the artisan bakery has been paying homage to the origins of French-style bakeries — especially with its signature croissants.


Address: 14, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur


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23 | Kopenhagen Coffee


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The Scandinavian cafe from Mont Kiara now has a new outlet in KL Eco City. Munch on hearty beef meatballs (The Hagen) on freshly baked sourdough bread or feast on poached chicken breast with spelt bread (Kopenhagen Chick).


Address: L1-05, The Hub, KL Eco City, Kuala Lumpur


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24 | Henry & Camille



Located right above Humble Chef is this spacious cafe filled with ample natural light. Treat yourself to a selection of coffee and pastries while revelling in the gorgeous shades of green that don the establishment.


Address: M-45, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur


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25 | The Hub @ Plaza Zurich



Fuse high quality coffee with a contemporary interior like no other and you get The Hub — a cafe by The Hub Coffee Roasters.


Address: Lot G01-01, Block A, Plaza Zurich, 12 Jalan Gelenggang, Kuala Lumpur


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There you go! Bangsar is filled with a multitude of amazing cafes and I hope this roundup will be of great help. Of course, the list will be updated whenever new spots open. If you have a suggestion or know a place that needs to be on this list, hit me up on Instagram.