Coffee culture in Malaysia is not just about traditional Kopi-o at the hawker centre, but also stylish cafes, which are a growing trend in the country.
The township of Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, is filled with hippy java joints where you can satisfy your coffee cravings. If you’re not a PJ or KL resident, these seven cafes where you can chill out with a cuppa are worth that flight to Kuala Lumpur!
1. The Good Batch Cafe + Bar
The Good Batch Cafe + Bar does both coffee and brunch – with lots and lots of eggs. Lunch is always a crowd here, with throngs of people queuing to get a seat. Outside of brunch, the cafe also serves full meals, including all-day breakfast, and it transforms into a functioning coffee bar in the night.
Address: 53, Jalan SS21/1A, Damansara Utama
Opening Hours: Tuesday–Friday 11am to 12am, Saturday 9am to 12am; Sunday 9am to 10pm; Closed on Mondays
2. Garage 51 Sunway
If you’re missing the Melbourne coffee scene, come straight up to Garage 51 for an experience! Its combination of psychedelic wall art and cheerful energy, as well as its delicious Australian menu which includes bagel sandwiches, smoked salmon with avocado and capsicum-infused eggs is sure to pamper your taste buds! Although it’s slightly pricier than its counterparts, Garage 51 is definitely worth every cent.
Address: 51, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway
Opening Hours: Sunday–Friday 11am to 11pm; Saturday 10am to 11pm
3. Butter + Beans at Seventeen
A cosy coffee bar with plenty of small delightful treats and great latte art, Butter & Beans is a perfect escapade from the bustle of city life. They serve good coffee at reasonable prices, and the treats on the menu are made by their very own in-house pastry chef. Yummy!
Address: BG-1a, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17
Opening Hours: Daily from 8:30am to 8:30pm
4. Coffee Good Golly Miss Golly
Using only Artisan brand beans served by experienced barristers in a funky, bare-brick-walled den, a trip to Coffee Good Golly Miss Golly can make you feel as if you have stepped into San Francisco or Seattle. These guys specialise in the art of coffee and a few pastry options. There’s also a selection of Western dishes like burger and spaghetti.
Address: G-005 Ground Floor, Millennium Square, Jalan 14/1, Seksyen 14,
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
5. Jam and Kaya Cafe
Cafes in PJ tend to either focus on coffee, or savoury foods like sandwiches, salads and the like. However, Jam and Kaya Cafe serves just what it advertises – and more. Their breakfast menu runs toward French toast and huge stacks of pancakes, including the classic Jam & Kaya’s Pancake. On top of pastries and sweet treats, they serve decent coffee too.
Address: PJ Palms Sports Centre, No 1, Lorong Sultan
Opening Hours: Tuesday–Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday–Sunday 9am to 6pm; Closed on Mondays
6. dal.komm COFFEE
Forget about Starbucks. This South Korean chain’s Damansara branch combines coffee and desserts with a pop music decor theme. The outlet’s interiors feature old stack speakers and vinyl so that you can pass the time telling your younger colleagues just what these artifacts are. Their menu of treats such as chocolate lava cakes and tangy fruit tarts sit alongside a menu of music from borrowable iPads with speakers and a wide-ranging music selection.
Address: 61, Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama
Opening Hours: Monday–Thursday 8am to 12am; Friday 9am to 1am; Saturday 10am to 1am; Sunday 10am to 12am
7. Coffea Coffee
Another Korean chain breaking its way into the KL java market, Coffea Coffee feels more upscale and has a varied menu of hot and cold coffees, teas and assorted fruit beverages including smoothies. The food ranges from light snacks to sandwiches and tempting desserts. Try the banana cake and tuck in at the alfresco area.
Address: The Curve, LBG 1 Ground Level, 6, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8am to 12am; Friday–Saturday 9am to 1am.
Originally published in July 2015 and updated in May 2019.