• Ronn Tan

#RawrnNoms: 21 Cafes to visit in and around Bukit Bintang and Chinatown

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 — this time for Bukit Bintang and Chinatown.

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

1 | Yewyew

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This new cafe in Chinatown might be small in size but it sure packs a punch with its offerings — from specialty coffee to pastries such as the Snow Chiffon Rose Lychee Cake. The minimalistic cafe is situated on the Ground Floor of Bangunan Ka Yin.

Address: 63D, Bangunan Ka Yin, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur

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2 | Lim Kee Cafe

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Located in Tian Jing Hotel, Lim Kee Cafe offers a plethora of treats — from chee cheong fun to coffee. You will also be able to get a traditional Malaysian breakfast here, in the form of toast and eggs.

Address: 66, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur

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3 | Leaf & Co. Cafe

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At this Insta-worthy kopitiam cafe, you'll be able to feast on delights such as Salted Egg Chicken Chop, Nasi Lemak Fried Chicken, Lemongrass Chicken, and Ocean Catch Croissant.

Address: 53, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur

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4 | Vintage 1988

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Serving everything from coffee to burgers to gelato, this independent coffee shop has it all. Burgers here come with homemade beetroot buns and house-made patties.

Address: 34, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur

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5 | Kaffe 16

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Kaffe 16 is what you get when you pair a gorgeous and minimal interior with a menu filled with specialty coffee and desserts. Favourites include the Japanese Curry Rice, Grilled Steak On Toast, and Dark Chocolate Latte.

Address: 16, Jalan Panggong, Kuala Lumpur

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6 | Niko Neko 2.0

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Opening their second outlet with a whole new look in Chinatown, Niko Neko is the place to go for all things matcha — from drinks to desserts. Of course, it's the place for your Instagram shots.

Address: 181, Jalan Tun H S Lee, Kuala Lumpur

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7 | Merchant's Lane

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The cafe — a modern take on the heritage of Petaling Street — has been a staple in the area since its opening. Feast on Hongkie Beef Stew, Butter Chicken Pasta, Italian Chow Mein, and more.

Address: 150, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

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8 | Chocha Foodstore

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Local seasonal ingredients take centre stage here with a repertoire highlighting Asian small plates. Chef Mui helms the kitchen here and the menu changes often.

Address: 156, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

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9 | The Hungry Tapir

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This cafe in Chinatown isn't just known for its beautiful pink wall, but also for the vegan-friendly menu. Options include the likes of Tapir's Roti Canai and Pink Bombshell Burger.

Address: 135, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

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10 | Small Shifting Space

SSS in Petaling Street is a wine bar by night and a cosy cafe by day. The wine menu showcases natural and biodynamic wines whereas the cafe offers a plethora of delectable pastries. You will also be able to feast on a menu curated by Chef Chin Wong — including Crudo with longhead grunt and santan as well as Beef with market vegetables.

Address: 141, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur


11 | Wizards

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From the popular bao series to one-of-a-kind kombucha flavours, Wizards has them all — along with a stylish decor and ample natural light. Popular options include The Linguist, Foie Gras Brioche, and Unagi Bao.

Address: Ground Floor, Tribeca, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

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12 | Monroe

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This modern cafe/diner offers brunch fare in a beautiful setting — from Steak and Eggs to Seabass Provencal to House Sourdough Pancakes. Monroe is located just by the hotel pool.

Address: 227, Kloe Hotel, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

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13 | Lucky Coffee Bar

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Operated by the team behind Lokl Coffee, Lucky Coffe Bar in Kloe Hotel is the spot to check out for sandwiches, salad, nitro drinks, coffee, and more.

Address: 227, Kloe Hotel, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

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14 | Stellar

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Located right at the entrance of REXKL, you'll find a plethora of pastries and cakes as well as coffee. It's the ideal spot for some well-deserved down time.

Address: 80, REXKL, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur

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15 | Wildflowers

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Visit this restaurant in Chinatown (opposite Four Points by Sheraton KL) for everything from hot mains and cocktails to coffee and wine. Try the Creamy Butter Tauchu Sabak, Lamb Shoulder Irish Stew, Assam Unagi, and more.

Address: 153, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

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16 | Tapestry

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Tapestry offers Australian-inspired brunch with Malaysian flavours. The menu consists of options such as Rise & Shine Eggs Benedict, Bangers & Squeak, Avocado Toast, and Horchata Smoothie.

Address: 28, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur

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17 | VCR

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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: 2, Jalan Galloway, Kuala Lumpur

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18 | Feeka Coffee Roasters

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Feeka is the spot to check out to savour everything from house-made mille crepes and pastries to pies and tarts as well as a range of coffees brewed from beans sourced from local roasters.

Address: 19, Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur

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19 | Bean Brothers

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Bean Brothers KL is an amalgamation of a copious amount of natural light, modern interior, and elevated brunch fare. The Scrambled Egg Croissant, Chicken Confit, and Grilled Three Cheese Sandwich are popular favourites.

Address: G-1, The Linc, No, 360, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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20 | Light Capture Cafe

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One of the newest additions to the cafe scene in KL has cemented quite a reputation for itself — especially for its Instaworthy interior. Come here for pastries, coffee, and more.

Address: 81, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Kuala Lumpur

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21 | Three Years Old

Three Years Old is one of the more popular additions to the cafe scene in KL — combining a beautifully curated Instagrammable space with a delectable menu. Options include Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pesto Penne, Smashed Avocado Toast, Tiramisu Latte, Kuk Fa Earl Grey Iced Tea, cookies, and canele.

Address: 1, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur


There you go! Bukit Bintang and Chinatown are 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.