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If you’ve been to Kuala Lumpur or are heading there soon, you would know that they have a thriving cafe scene going on. Most of them have their Instagram-worthy food game on, so it’s not surprising why cafe hopping has become a popular pastime when you touch down in KL.
Here are our top five picks of beautiful and slightly whimsical cafes in KL.
Who likes cotton candy, raise your hands. Now who lives for coffee, raise your hands. If you’ve risen both times then this place is for you. Whimsical Gelateria & Caffe is turning heads for its famed Cotton Candy Affogato. Cotton candy, gula melaka (palm sugar) at the bottom of the cup, espresso poured over the cotton candy and ice-cream. What’s not to like?
Ever stumbled into a coffee house by accident on a rainy day and realised you should have brought a book to keep you company while sipping on some java? Well, The Library is one such place. The ambience resembles a library with an extensive menu of waffles, cakes and pasta. Oh, by the way, they serve coffee cocktails. TGIF anyone?
Don’t we just love it when a café is named after a book just as whimsical as the characters themselves? Not just your run-of-the-mill pancakes. Expect some savoury delights that put your palette to the ultimate test. Creamy, curried butter chicken on a stack of pancakes or poached fruits with French toast topped with caramelised kaya (coconut jam) are some surprising dishes to be found.
Pronounced ‘local’, this vintage chic café sets itself apart by rotating its menu every week. So you probably would never get the same food twice in a week. A fusion of local and Western food styles, the café although intended to be quite and relaxing is really usually bustling with activity. So go there at the right time to have some get some much-needed downtime.
Sometimes, you just crave for a good ol’ fashioned, hearty breakfast. Thick toast, bacon and eggs with a side of coffee and fruits. You can get all that and more at BreadFruits with a healthy twist. Cooked healthily but still retaining flavour and taste, this is value-for-money, indulgent food without the loathing sins.
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