• Ronn Tan

#RawrnNoms: 32 Cafes to visit in and around Petaling Jaya

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 — continuing with Petaling Jaya (and its surrounding).

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

1 | Flakes

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Since opening in 2019, Flakes has garnered quite a following for themselves. Located in the an oasis known as The Hub, Flakes offer a wide range of delights — from fluffy croissants to decadent rice bowls.

Address: B-G-06 (B), The Hub SS2, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya

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2 | Half & Hāfu

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Part hair salon and part cafe, Half & Hāfu has seen a welcome rise in popularity recently — and rightfully so. The cafe offers everything from unique coffee concoctions (Mocha with dry bitter orange) to divine desserts (such as the Burnt Butter Carrot Cake).

Address: B-1-05, First Floor, The Hub SS2, Jalan Harapan, Petaling Jaya

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3 | Slow Coffee

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Situated right beside Café Du Jour is Slow Coffee; a sanctuary for fans of all things minimal. The cafe is known for their fluffy souffle pancakes but you'll also be able to munch on hearty dishes such as Jerked Barramundi and Confit Chicken.

Address: B-G-3, The Hub SS2, Jalan Harapan, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya

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4 | Café Du Jour

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Looking for a twist on classic Malaysian flavours? This cafe might just do the trick with dishes such as Chicken Cutlet Rice with scallion salsa and Nasi Lemak Supremo.

Address: B-G-01 and B-M-01, The Hub SS2, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya

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5 | Kooky Cream

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If you're down for all things cakes and coffee, definitely consider Kooky Cream at The Hub. They also have an in-house bakery — with treat made fresh daily.

Address: A-G-02, The Hub SS2, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya

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6 | Strangers At 47

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Well, don't be a stranger and check this cafe out when you can. Here, you will be able to savour specialty coffee, cakes, crepes, and more. Popular options include Korean Chicken Burger, A Hen's Crush, and Miss Dory.

Address: 47, Jalan 17/45, Petaling Jaya

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7 | Tujoh

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Promising a great time, expect all kinds of fun at Tujoh — from toothsome pasta creations to one-of-a-kind waffle concoctions.

Address: 617, Jalan 17/10, Section 17, Petaling Jaya

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8 | Wild Sheep Home

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Here, you'll find freshly roasted coffee bean by Bear Coffee Roaster and small batch ice cream made with natural ingredients.

Address: 605, Jalan 17/12, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya

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9 | Kings Hall by Cafe In A Box

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Savour specialty coffee or munch on treats such as the Yeasted Waffle with Banana Choc at Kings Hall. It's also the ideal place to unwind over a book or to get some work done.

Address: 5, Jalan 13/2, Petaling Jaya

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10 | Pokok

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Local delights and brunch fare take centre stage here at Pokok — while lush greenery elevate this already-enticing glass cafe. Signatures include Nasi Lemak Bomb, Auntie Aileen's Nyonya Laksa, and Classic Pokok's Fish and Chips.

Address: MAHSA Avenue, Block B, Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya

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11 | Daun

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Situated in KEDAI, Daun is a cosy plant-filled cafe and the little sister to Pokok. Indulge in a plethora of pastries and liquid creations — such as cottage chicken pie and Pink Latte.

Address: MAHSA Avenue, Level 2, Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya

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12 | Muse Eatery

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This cafe offers a menu comprising of locally-inspired creations; evident in the food and drinks. Options here include Mala Katsu Rice Bowl, Terikyaki Beef Rice Bowl, Pan Seared Smoke Duck Breast, and Unagi Pesto.

Address: BG-7, Block B, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Petaling Jaya

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13 | Gaga Cakes

This new spot in Seventeen Mall offers a wide variety of pastries and cakes — alongside a vivid and colourful interior. Popular options at the new dessert destination include Earl Grey chiffon cake with lychee floral cream, chocolate and caramel mousse tarts, as well as Paris-Brests with pistachio. GaGa Cakes is located right beside Superfine.

Address: L1-05, Seventeen Mall, Section 17, Petaling Jaya

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14 | Hideaway

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Hideaway in Happy Mansion is known for butter cakes and here, you'll able to feast on a myriad of different concoctions. They include Classic, Lemon Orange Poppyseed, Pandan Gula Melaka, and Orange. You might also recognise the store front — a staple on Instagram.

Address: AG-7, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Section 17, Petaling Jaya

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15 | Therefore

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I think, therefore I am. Any chance I get to insert a little Bille Eilish, I take it. Therefore is a unique amalgamation of decadent treats and beautiful Insta-worthy aesthetics. Described as a contemporary casual cafe, the menu here includes dishes such as Nacho Regular Jack, Sataylor Swift, Smooth Cream-inal, and Sistem Buttermilk.

Address: Lot 02-G, Menara Symphony, Jalan Professor Khoo Kay Kim, Petaling Jaya

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16 | Provisions

Established by the same team behind Li, Provisions is a bakery, coffee shop, and supply store. Inspired by Cali bakeries and Melbourne markets, Provisions offer a multitude of sweet and savoury options — from slow scrambled eggs on sourdough with tomato jam and smoked salmon to iced latte with a dash for honey.

Address: 49, Jalan SS22/23, Petaling Jaya

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17 | Universal Bakehouse

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This neighbourhood bakehouse — located right beside Table & Apron — is the go-to spot for all things bread. In fact, the establishment is also helmed by the team behind the popular restaurant. Universal Bakehouse sourdough varieties rotate on a daily basis.

Address: 21, Jalan SS20/11, Petaling Jaya

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18 | One Half x Ilaika

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Part concept store and part cafe, this is where you go for top-notch coffee and brilliant pastries. Favourites here include the canele, croissants, cold brew tea, and coffee lemonade. In addition to treats, you can also browse a selection of goods — from skincare to crafts.

Address: 17, Jalan 20/13, Petaling Jaya

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19 | Hide and Seek

This cafe in Taman Paramount takes mismatch to a whole new level — and they sure do it well. Hide and Seek's charm lies in its colourful yet rustic interior. Here, you can savour rice bowls or sip on coffee while spending time with the house meow leader.

Address: 33-A, Jalan 20/16, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya

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20 | Fluffed Cafe & Dessert Bar

Here's a spot that needs no introduction. Fluffed has been a mainstay since its inception. The cafe is known for cloud cakes, waffles, ice cream, and more.

Address: 55, Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya

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21 | Coffeeboy

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This spot in The Gasket Alley might be small in size but there's more to it than meets the eye. Check out BLAT (wholemeal sourdough, honey glazed beef brisket strips, lettuce, avocado, tomato, torched cheese, fried egg, and fries); Buttermilk Chicken Pasta; and the Botol Series of coffee — among others.

Address: The Gasket Alley, Lot 15, Jalan 13/6, Seksyen 13, Petaling Jaya

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22 | Bean Brothers

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

Address: Jalan PJU 3/50, Sunway Damansara, Petaling Jaya

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23 | Wú

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This new cafe in Kota Damansara is the ideal spot for your Instagram needs. Its aesthetics can best be described as raw, grey, and minimal. In addition to the Dirty Latte and Gula Melaka Latte, you will also find options such as Chashu Shoe Ramen and Chashu Don.

Address: 38-2, Jalan PJU 5/11, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya

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24 | 270 SQFT

There's a new cafe in Sea Park and it goes by the name of 270 SQFT. While you're here, check out their Yuzu Tonic, Rum Cheesecake, and Salmon Bagel. If you're up for more #OOTD shots, 270 SQFT will do the trick.

Address: 27, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, Petaling Jaya

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25 | Gure Cafe

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This cafe in Ara Damansara is an amalgamation of Instagrammable aesthetics as well as pastries and specialty coffee. Its both a sanctuary for serenity and treats.

Address: K-G-06, Jalan PJU 1A/41B, Pusat Dagangan NZX, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya

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26 | Superfine

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This spacious cafe in Seventeen Mall offers everything from Hash Eggs Benny with streaky bacon and Nashville Hot Chicken Burger to Three Cheese Grilled Sandwich and Ziggy Stardust Granola.

Address: Seventeen Mall, L01-L02, Jalan 17/38, Petaling Jaya

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27 | Wild Man Camping Club

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Mainly a place for outdoor and camping enthusiasts, there is also a micro cafe here — helmed by Queeny from Kok Far. Try the tofu cheesecake, Aged Lemon Hai, Matcha Cream Croissant Waffle, and salami croissant waffle. Here's a gentle reminder to make an appointment before heading over.

Address: 03-09, The Hub SS2, Jalan Harapan, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya

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28 | Sipping Corner

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If you're looking for a green oasis, Sipping Corner is the right spot for you. Serving artisan coffee and homemade cakes, you will find Sipping Corner inside Plant & Pot Studio.

Address: 78, Jalan Puteri 5/5, Bandar Puteri, Puchong

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29 | Atap by Pagi Coffee Co.

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Hidden inside Wayang Kulit Tatu, this little cafe specialises in both coffee and grilled cheese sandwich. A popular option here is Tenderloin Blue — one of founder Fauzan Ruslan's signature creations.

Address: 28-2, Jalan SS15/4, SS15, Subang Jaya

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30 | Tono Soymilk

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In addition to its gorgeous and photo-worthy design, Tono offers soypresso — a concentrated form of soymilk — that's described as creamier and fuller than traditional soya.

Address: 86G, Jalan SS 21/39, Petaling Jaya

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31 | Creme De La Creme (CDLC)

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This dessert bar in Damansara Uptown offers a multitude of artisanal ice cream flavours and Petits Gâteaux. Flavours include Limau Assam, Dragon Rose, Musang King, Chocolavocado, and Beauty Elixir.

Address: 35G, Ground Floor, Jalan SS21/60, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya

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32 | Dou Dou Bake

Here's another cafe that needs no introduction. The designer bakery offers freshly baked and brewed pastries and coffee alongside a modern interior reminiscent of a zen garden.

Address: 38, Jalan SS 4c/5, Taman Rasa Sayang, Petaling Jaya

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There you go! Petaling Jaya 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.