The Modern Day defines food as not just mere sustenance for the howling stomach or hungering cells—it is flourishing grounds for a pastime of chilling, aesthetics and atmospheric relief. Accompanying the growth of hipster culture and this brand-new ethos of dining is a recent mushrooming of chic, good-vibe restaurants and cafes throughout Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s ever-thriving cityscape. Now hubs for foodies with a taste for quirky aesthetics and feel-good decor, they are simply taking the metropolis by storm.
Naturally, we’ve handpicked some of the best restaurants out of this charming lot for your consideration!
VCR Cafe @ Telawi, Bangsar
Situated in Telawi, Bangsar, VCR Cafe not only promises a superb range of sweet-and-savoury delights on its menu (burgers, breakfast spreads, hotcakes—you name it); it’s also sleekly decorated with glossy wood-and-steel furnishings, each one contrasted against the subtle grunge of its concrete floor. On top of beautifully dark and chic fittings, yellow-hued lights serve to mellow out the atmosphere—making it an ideal haven for curling-up-with-coffee.
League of Captains @ The Row, Doraisamy
A positively hipster den with a range of quirky-yet-homely selections on the menu. Founded upon a promising partnership between Pestle & Mortar and devoted barista Danial Maim, League of Captains brims with aspiration within its cozy walls and charmingly minimal interior. The cafe’s welcoming vibes pair beautifully with its equally heart-warming cakes — go either lemon-and-sweet-pea or rum-and-raisin for a delectable-dance of flavoured nuances!
Artisan Roast Coffee @ TTDI, Damansara
A treasure trove of darling knick-knacks, Artisan Roast Coffee promises art with a satisfaction of the lusting belly. Expect to bask in the tailored echoes of a rustic spirit—one that emanates modestly from its indie, coffee-themed chalk murals and country-esque brick furnishings. This droll haven abides staunchly by a principle of quality coffee — using Mirage Triplette, courtesy of Kees van der Westen, they deal out idyllic brews to eager patrons by the day.
Merchant’s Lane Cafe @ Petaling Jaya
Cloaked in a sweet, oriental charm, Merchant’s Lane proves ruthlessly scenic and demurely evocative of the defining aesthetic of vintage Malacca. It offers a beguiling mix of west and east not merely in decor alone, but also in the lavish dishes and ravishing platters served on their menu. From portly servings of Western fare to handcrafted teas, Merchant’s Lane will have you rapt — in-spirit and in-appetite.
SOULed Out @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail
“As good as a hug.” — so promises SOULed Out, and the best news is: they deliver. Lowlights and a calming atmosphere ease you right into the prospect of a feast. Specializing in four different cuisines (i.e. Western, Asian, Northern Indian, and SO Pizza), SOULed Out promises both refined relish and generous helpings.