#RawrnNoms: 14 Cafes to visit in and around Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)
Hello, 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 TTDI (and its surrounding).
From decadent pastries and top-notch coffee to Instaworthy aesthetics and brilliant food, you'll find them in these cafes in TTDI. Go on... take a look and start hopping.
1 | Oh Cha Matcha (OCMC)
This popular specialty matcha cafe serves sugar-free and dairy-free matcha beverages — importing their matcha from Uji, Japan. In addition to drinks such as Ceremonial Matcha, Watermelon Matcha, and Rose Collagen Matcha, OCMC also offers treats like Matcha Burnt Cheesecake and Fries with Matcha Mayo. The team celebrated the cafe's one year anniversary on 16 March 2021.
130, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur (TTDI)
Level 1, Vipod Business Centre, Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur (KLCC)
2 | Little Bourke
This cafe in TTDI offers everything from smoothie bowls to brunch fare. Options include the likes of Salted egg linguine, Zucchini aglio olio, Apple pie, Barramundi fish wedges, and Nutella eclair.
Address: 124, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
3 | Dough & Dolce
This small bakery produces freshly baked sourdough loaves and other baked goods. Bestsellers include the likes of Chipotle Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup, Crabmeat Scramble with Chili Oil, BBQ Brisket Grilled Sandwich, Tuna Jalapeño Toastie, and Butter Cream Chili Clam with Sourdough Toast.
Address: 24A, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
4 | Thursdvys
At the cafe, you'll be able to find brunch options such as Omelette Cheese Soufflé, Lontong Rendang, Little Breakfast Bao, Meatball Sub, and Lemon Pepper Crispy Tenders. Fun fact: the colour orange accents were chosen to signify happiness.
Address: 22, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
5 | Cafe-Bistrot David
Helmed by Chef David Chin, the menu at this eatery in TTDI is an amalgamation of over three decades of culinary experience. You'll find wholesome and hearty dishes such as Wagyu Beef Cheek Bourguignon, Minute Steak & Frites, Shrimp & Crab Bisque, Pan Seared Duck Foie Gras, and a plethora of gourmet pies.
Address: 135, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
6 | Frisky Goat
If you're looking for a quirky cafe to relax in, Frisky Goat might do the trick. You'll find cakes, pastries, comfort food, and coffee here. The menu include options like Fried Chicken & Waffles, Beef Kofta Kebab, and Ayam Percik Platter.
Address: 72, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
7 | Foo Foo Fine Desserts
Fans of all things sweet will love Foo Foo's house-made ice cream and dessert creations. Some available concoctions include the likes of Apple Strudel with Black Pepper Mango Ice Cream, Strawberry Tart with Balsamic Vinegar Ice Cream, and Passion Berries Pavlova.
Address: 64A, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
8 | Dotty's Pastries & Coffee
With three outlets in KL at the moment, Dotty's — by Nadia Nasimuddin — has cemented quite a reputation for itself. You'll be able to find a combination of Asian and Western options here — from Signature Croti and Salted Egg Pasta to Chally's Cajun Chicken and Dotty's Cheeseburger. Dotty's is also known for the croissant doughnuts, with popular options like Salted Egg, Cream & Oreo, and Apam Balik.
Address: 20, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
9 | Pickle and Fig
This cafe is known for their creative handcrafted gourmet panini and sandwiches. The signature here is Rotkraut (served with beef pastrami, cheese, and Russian sauce). You can also get Protein Bowls here in the form of options like Greek Minty Beef and Thai Beef Ribeye.
Address: 26, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
10 | Common Man Coffee Roasters
First established in 2013 in Singapore, CMCR KL offers an all-day brunch menu — including signatures such as Common Man Full Breakfast, Common Man Fluffy Pancakes with caramelised banana, walnuts, berry coulis, and salted caramel sauce as well as Beef Cheek Eggs Benedict. CMCR also offers sustainably sourced coffees roasted by baristas trained in the CMCR Academy.
Address: Plaza Vads, A-G-1 New Podium, 1, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Kuala Lumpur
11 | Sweet Escape
Established by Inside Scoop, Sweet Escape offers a range of kurang manis ice cream with vegan-friendly and refined sugar-free options. Flavours include Valrhona Choc Zero, Caramel, and Very Berry Skinny.
Address: 16G, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
12 | Kenny Hills Bakers
This neighbourhood bakery (founded in 2015) is now in TTDI; offering the same favourites you can find in other outlets — from artisanal pastries, cakes, organic breads, and coffee to wood-Fired organic sourdough pizzas, salads, and gourmet sandwiches. You can see the full menu here.
Address: The Greens Terrace, Lot G-2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
13 | Neutrals
This quaint little spot by The Roast Things is an amalgamation of all the things one would love about a cafe — from the natural sunlight and the flora-filled space to a beautifully minimal decor and the range of delectables. The menu includes a variety of Sando options such as Maple Chicken Sando and Fish Katsu Sando, Bento options like Beef Chizu Hambagu Bento, as well as Scone Sando in the form of Matcha Scone and Lavender Yuzu Scone.
Address: 30A, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail
14 | Fēst
Fēst in TTDI offers a selection of hearty delights on its menu. You will find the popular Chicken Waffle, Duck Porridge, and Oriental Duck Salad as well as other options such as Chicken Leg, and Chilli Bean Chicken Ricebowl. You can also try Fēst's pastries and desserts.
Address: 55B, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail
There you go! TTDI 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.