Welcome to Ampang, a vibrant district within both Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, where culinary adventures await at every corner. Beyond its famous attractions like Zoo Negara and the unique Korean neighbourhood, you may be surprised that Ampang is also a food lover’s paradise, offering a kaleidoscope of flavours that have captured the hearts of locals and visitors alike.

If you’re searching for exciting new cafes and restaurants to tantalise your taste buds, Ampang has a delightful array of options waiting to be explored. Come along with us as we explore its culinary delights.

For the cafe connoisseurs

Who you are: You love checking out different cafes and getting lost in their unique vibes, specialty coffee, and artisanal desserts.

1. Fine Coffee & Flowers

Fine Coffee & Flowers is a must-visit cafe in Ampang’s Little Korea neighbourhood, offering a fusion of Korean aesthetics and floral charm. Founded by a family of florists, this cosy spot serves as a cafe and a florist, providing visitors with delicious cakes and stunning bouquets.

Step into a world of minimalist furnishings, light woods, and pastel florals, where you can indulge in a small but lovely menu featuring mouthwatering main courses like grilled cheese sandwiches and curry pasta.

There as are also tempting desserts like taro cake and pavlova. Quench your thirst with a dreamy selection of drinks, including strawberry milk (author’s favourite!) and soothing Earl Grey tea.

Ampang Utama Branch: C2-1, Jalan Ampang Utama 1/1, Ampang
Great Eastern Mall Branch: Lot 17, Ground Floor, Great Eastern Mall, 303, Jalan Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, 50450 Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2300 0793

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2. The Butter Pantry

Welcome to the Butter Pantry, where soothing vibes and expansive window views make it perfect for people-watching lovers. As you immerse yourself in the serene ambience, time disappears, providing peace of mind. It’s your chance to indulge in tranquillity at The Butter Pantry, where the blend of industrial charm and floral elegance creates a charming setting to relax and enjoy delightful treats.

The Butter Pantry serves up an array of yummy dishes and treats, including the refreshing Yuzu Matcha, the comforting Houjicha Latte, the indulgent Butter Matcha Loaf, and the irresistible Seasalt Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Whether you’re in the mood for a citrusy and earthy blend in Yuzu Matcha or a soothing cup of Houjicha Latte, The Butter Patnry satisfies every craving!

Address: C6-M & C7-M, Jalan Ampang Utama 1/1, One Ampang Avenue, 68000 Selangor
Contact: +603 4266 5502

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3. Peaches and Cream

Check out Peaches and Cream, a new restaurant that takes you on a nostalgic culinary journey across Europe. The contemporary brasserie celebrates the continent’s rich heritage, offering loved classic recipes and hidden dishes from France, Italy, Spain, and the British Isles.

Indulge in delightful dishes like Almon a La Planc, featuring grilled Norwegian salmon with zesty salsa verde, or transport yourself to the regal breakfast traditions of Britain with their Eggs Royale.

Try the Cacio E Pepe with a burst of orange zest and crispy Pangrattato Italian breadcrumbs for a modern twist. Dine at Peaches and Cream for an unforgettable culinary adventure, where European warmth and charm await with every delectable bite!

Address: Lot L1.08 & L1.09, First Floor, The Grange @ Ampwalk, 218 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 4815 9408

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4. Creem Artisan Dessert Bar

Led by a pastry chef with over a decade of experience, Creem Artisan Dessert Bar craft artisanal cakes, desserts, and hot food. Patrons of this cafe love their Berry Chocolate Pavlova Cakes and Nutella Cheese.

Their best-seller, the 7 Heaven Chocolate Forest, is a heavenly combination of mousse, cake, cookies, chocolate chips, and more, served with vanilla ice cream. Try their Very Berry Cheese Ice Cream Phyllo Pastry for a delightful fusion.

But it doesn’t stop at desserts – Creem Artisan Dessert Bar offers intriguing beverages like the torched Creme Brulee Coffee, the vibrant Butterfly Pea Ball drink with Yakult, and the easy-to-drink Creem Chai, a twist on masala chai.

Beyond drinks and desserts, Creem caters to all cravings, serving gourmet sandwiches, Spanish tapas, and pasta dishes.

Address: 42 Jalan Memanda 9, Taman Dato Ahmad Razali, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Contact: +6011 3508 2997

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5. Chapter M

Nestled in the serene neighbourhood of Bukit Indah, Chapter M is a Muslim-friendly cafe that beckons with its charming and inviting ambience, offering a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Their delectable menu features mouthwatering dishes like the M Platter, comforting Mushroom Soup, delightful Matcha Brownies, and heavenly Burnt Cheesecake that leave you craving more. Whether you seek a leisurely brunch with family and friends or simply some ‘me time’, Chapter M promises a culinary journey in a tranquil environment.

Address: No 28G, Jalan Medan Bukit Indah 2, Taman Bukit Indah, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Contact: +603 4296 1224

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6. Terminal Coffee

If you think Ampang doesn’t have good coffee, think again. This coffee shop offers an extensive menu of espresso-based beverages, ranging from comforting hot coffees to refreshing iced and blended options, including frappes, smoothies, and sparkling sodas.

Whatever your coffee preference, Terminal Coffee caters to all tastes, ensuring you find the perfect cup of Joe. To elevate your coffee experience, pair your favourite brew with their mouthwatering homemade pastries.

Address: No 50 (Ground Floor), Jalan Sulaiman 1, Taman Putra Sulaiman, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Contact: +6012 347 8202

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7. RGB Coffee Roasters

Introducing RGB (Rather Good Beans) on Jalan Damai, a charming cafe celebrated for its delicious and wholesome meals. Embracing various choices, including vegetarian, vegan, and non-vegan options, this cafe caters to diverse palates.

Each dish is thoughtfully crafted from scratch, featuring freshly baked loaves of bread and homemade sauces, guaranteeing a delightful dining experience. RGB takes pride in offering healthier versions of beloved classics, incorporating parboiled basmati rice, brown rice, brown rice mee hoon, and unbleached whole wheat flour in their dishes.

RGB promises a memorable healthy culinary journey for cafe connoisseurs seeking delightful and nourishing meals.

Address: 35, Jalan Damai, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2181 1329

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8. Mori Kohi

Discover the enchanting world of Mori Kohi Cafe – a Japanese-inspired haven that serves a delightful array of Japanese cuisine, complemented by a selection of fresh Matcha tea, coffee, cafe latte, espresso, cold fruit juices, and a variety of light snacks and refreshments.

Indulge in a menu complete with savoury treats like Chicken Gyoza, refreshing delights like Cold Somen, and their signature creation, the Mori Signature Tendon. Whether you’re seeking authentic Japanese flavours or a cosy space to enjoy quality time, Mori Kohi Cafe promises an inviting and enjoyable experience for all.

Address: No 11 Jalan Aman Off Jalan Tun Razak, 55000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2300 1165

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For the Paw Parents

Who you are: You enjoy bringing your furry friends along to pet-friendly eateries for cherished moments and new memories.

Spend a purr-fect day at Dough Days in Ampang, where you not only get to play with the resident cats at the cat corner but are also more than welcome to bring your own cats! Amidst the playful antics of the resident cats, treat yourself to a delightful selection of pastries, from the classic croissant to the latest Crookie – a heavenly blend of croissant and cookie dough that’s been winning the hearts of many.

If you’re in the mood for something savoury, don’t miss out on their Ricotta Mushroom Danish or the mouth-watering Creamy Mushroom Croffle and Chilli Crab Sauce Pasta with Chicken. For dessert, indulge in the irresistible Pistachio Croffle. At Dough Days, every visit promises purrs and pastries aplenty!

Address: D7, Jalan Excella 2, Off Ampang Putra , Taman Ampang Hilir, 55100 Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 738 8371

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Nost Coffee in Ampang offers a delightful blend of traditional charm and modern flair, making it a haven for both coffee aficionados and pet lovers alike. This pet-friendly cafe warmly welcomes furry companions, including dogs, adding an extra layer of joy to your dining experience. Indulge in their speciality coffee, expertly brewed to perfection, accompanied by a tempting selection of home-baked desserts and comforting Japanese fusion cuisine.

From hearty rice bowls featuring tantalising options like Nagoya Donburi and Curry Chicken Kaarage Donburi to mouth-watering Sandos, classic ochazuke and soba noodles, there’s something to satisfy every craving. Don’t forget to treat yourself to their sweet desserts, such as Daifuku and Strawberry Daifuku Danish, for a sweet ending to your visit!

Address: A-8-G, Jalan MPL 3, off, Jalan Merdeka, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Contact: +6014 633 0619

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For the gourmet gastronomes

Who you are: You enjoy indulging your taste buds with exquisite dining experiences, savouring the finest cuisines, and trying new and innovative dishes.

1. B.Station

What we love most about B.Station is the homey vibe that envelops you when you step inside. The restaurant oozes a warm and welcoming atmosphere, reminiscent of a cosy home kitchen where hearty meals are lovingly prepared. The friendly staff and comfortable setting create a sense of ease and familiarity, making you feel like you are dining at a close friend’s place.

The charm of B.Station lies in its focus on serving healthy and delicious home-style food prepared with care and attention to detail. The absence of MSG or preservatives ensures that every dish is flavourful and nourishing. As you savour their kimchi soup, seafood pancake, and tteokbokki, you can’t help but feel a sense of comfort and contentment.

Address: C14-1 Jalan Ampang Utama 1/1, Ampang Jaya, 68000 Selangor
Contact: +603 4251 0455

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2. VCR Ritchie

Nestled in the high-end neighbourhood of Ampang Hilir, VCR Ritchie stands as an oasis inspired by the casbahs of Morocco. This expansive venue, sprawled across 5,000 square feet, offers a fresh take on VCR’s renowned cafe experience, introducing new ideas and flavours while maintaining its familiar charm. The result is a fusion of classic and contemporary.

Menu highlights include the Nasi Kerabu, Classic Carbonara, VCR Pesto, Sambal Tiger Prawn Pappardelle, Pad Thai, Curry Laksa, Gochujang Roast Lamb, and the irresistible Shake Shack-inspired Smash Burger.

Each dish showcases VCR’s dedication to crafting unforgettable flavours and unique character, setting VCR Ritchie apart as a must-visit destination in Ampang for food enthusiasts seeking a classy dining experience.

Address: 319 Ritchie Pavilion, Persiaran Ritchie, Desa Pahlawan, 55000 Kuala Lumpur,
Contact: +603 4265 2008

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3. 28 Fireplace

With a vibrant and homely ambience, 28 Fireplace has become a must-visit spot for coffee enthusiasts and foodies alike. The cafe’s menu boasts an array of all-day breakfast options, gourmet sandwiches, pastas, and desserts catering to all tastebuds.

However, their true pride lies in their coffee selection, crafted with Australian beans, delivering robust and full-bodied flavours that keep patrons returning for more. Notably, 28 Fireplace is a coffee haven and a cat-friendly cafe, welcoming several resident cats that add to the cosy atmosphere.pe

While savouring your tasteful coffees or non-coffee beverages like the Caramel Macchiato and Genmaicha Latte, you can enjoy the company of friends and even the friendly feline residents.

Address: 28 Persiaran Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, 55000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6010 281 7328

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4. The Siam

The Siam Thai Cuisine’s highlight is its contemporary kitchen, visible from the seating area, where an experienced team of chefs, led by traditional Chef Nita and Michelin Star experienced Chef Narut, craft authentic Thai dishes from the four regions of Thailand. All dishes are prepared MSG-free and pork-free, using natural ingredients to achieve the perfect balance of salty, sour, spicy, and sweet flavours that will delight every customer’s taste buds.

From the northern region, indulge in the rich and creamy Khao Soi, a comforting bowl of coconut curry sauce, wonton noodles, and crispy noodles perfected with tender chicken. In the Northeastern-inspired Crying Tiger Beef, relish the tenderness of Brazilian beef marinated with herbs and seasonings, seared to perfection, and served with a spicy dipping sauce.

Travel to the Central region and savour the classic Tom Ka Gai, a chicken soup with lemongrass and kefir lime leaves steeped in fresh coconut milk. For an exceptional experience from Southern Thailand, try the Phuket Crab Curry, a visually and gastronomically pleasing dish featuring freshly shelled crab atop curry with fresh vegetables and rice noodles. A word of warning though, it’s got some serious heat!

Additionally, the vegetarian Pad Thai offers a delicious choice for those seeking a delightful fried noodle dish with tofu, beansprouts, and peanuts. With an enticing and affordable set lunch menu available on weekdays and convenient delivery options, everyone can enjoy The Siam Thai Cuisine.

Address: M City, R 13-A1, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +601 231 39105

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5. Sapore

Located on the same row as 28 Fireplace, Sapore offers a delightful dining experience that brings people together through the authentic flavours of Italian and Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine, complemented by a carefully curated selection of fine wines.

True to its name, Sapore, which means flavours in Italian, serves a diverse range of dishes and cold cuts. Start your meal with the Mushroom Potato Croquette, a popular Spanish tapas featuring creamy mashed potatoes and portobello mushroom filling, deep-fried to a golden crisp.

For a taste of Northern Italy, try the Pork Tortellini with Mushroom Sauce Truffle Oil, homemade ring-shaped pasta filled with pork, served in a porcini mushroom sauce, and topped with generous shavings of parmesan cheese.

Among their other pasta options, the Grilled Pork Neck is a favourite – tender, juicy Iberico pork marinated with garlic, salt, pepper, and rosemary, served over smooth, truffle-infused mashed potatoes and pork juice.

Sapore Ampang also offers classic Italian desserts like Vanilla Creme Brûlée and other delectable treats such as Panna Cotta, Tiramisu with Coffee & Kahlua, and Cannoli with Ricotta Cheese & Chocolate. Whether you’re a fan of Italian or Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine, Sapore is the place to be!

Address: 18 Persiaran Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, 55000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 4266 6362

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6. Tamarind Springs

Inside Ampang’s natural forest reserve, Tamarind Springs offers a unique dining experience with its tranquil and rustic setting. This dining spot welcomes you with soothing sounds of flowing water and gentle rustling leaves, creating a sense of serenity for an unforgettable meal.

Specialising in Thai and Indochinese cuisine, Tamarind Springs combines traditional flavours with contemporary techniques to create authentic and innovative dishes. Among their highlights is the Tamarind King Prawns, succulent prawns in tamarind sauce, striking a perfect sweet and tangy balance.

The Pad Thai is elegantly prepared with wok-fried rice noodles, bean sprouts, and prawns, complemented by rich tamarind and palm sugar flavours. The Tom Yum Hot Pot offers an array of seafood and vegetables in a fragrant and spicy lemongrass broth. Tamarind Springs’ warm ambience and natural surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable dining experience in the heart of nature as you savour these exquisite dishes.

Address: Jalan 1, Taman Tun Abdul Razak, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Contact: +603 2716 2737

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7. Solh Restaurant & Bar

Step into Solh Restaurant & Bar, a serene sanctuary named after the Persian word for peace. This hidden gem offers a bright and inviting al fresco space with tall trees adorned in fairy lights and funky modern artwork peeking from behind lush greenery.

Each dish brings a delightful burst of flavour, from the Spanish Tomato Garlic Shrimp to the Farmer’s Cart Pizza, and more. Solh welcomes all, with vegan– and vegetarian-friendly offerings to ensure everyone’s taste buds are met. This is also a family-friendly place, with a small play area for the kids where they can entertain themselves as mum and her friends imbibe.

Address: Jalan Damai, Off, Jalan Ampang, 55000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 445 3601

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 10 August 2023 and has been updated to include more locations.