(L-R: Planter Chin | Tono Soy Milk)

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Let’s admit it, we all go weak in the knees for pretty things. If there’s one thing that catches every Malaysian’s attention, it’s an aesthetically-pleasing space. Even more so on when we’re looking for the next best place to shoot our #OOTDs! In short, we’re always on the hunt for the newest pretty space to fill our ‘gram with. 

It also goes without saying that indulging ourselves in food is one of our favourite things to do. So, when you put together a beautiful space with delicious food and a great atmosphere, what more can we ask for? 

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1. Dou Dou Bake


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This has got to be one of the most talked-about cafes in the Klang Valley right now. Tucked away in a neighbourhood in Petaling Jaya, Dou Dou Bake is a real gem. The space has a clean, minimalist, and industrial vibe that will leave you feeling serene. Their speciality? The sourdough bread that’s baked fresh daily. One thing to note is that on busier days, the wait for a table can be up to two hours long. 

Address 38, Jalan SS 4c/5, Taman Rasa Sayang, 47301 Petaling Jaya
Opening hours Open daily, 7am to 11pm
Phone 011-6963 5817
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2. Daun KL


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You can never go wrong with rattan, and Daun KL does it so well. Just like its sister cafe, Pokok KL, Daun is simple and places focus on making their industrial interiors feel lush with greenery. However, in terms of offerings, Daun is a desserts-centric offshoot that offers a wide array of cakes and pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. We especially love the Sirap Bandung Cake with jelly layers. 

Address Level 2, MAHSA Avenue, Block B, Jalan Elmu, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays. 10am  to 6pm
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3. Apollo Dining


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Apollo is the contemporary restaurant of our dreams! This stunning restaurant’s structure is carried by beautiful tall arches and punctuated with pastel hues and metallic accents throughout, giving the dining hall so much character. You can bet that every corner has something unique about it, and more importantly, they’re picturesque. In line with its contemporary interior, Apollo serves fusion food that will impress (and look pretty on your timeline). 

Address 28, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, 59000, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays. 11:30am to 3:30pm and 6pm to 11pm
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4. Lucky Coffee Bar


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Located off Bukit Bintang in the hip new KLoe Hotel, Lucky Coffee Bar is a laidback cafe that’ll make you feel like you’re hanging out at a friend’s place. And as tempting as it is to tuck into every delicious morsel on display in their pastry and cake stands, don’t pass on the coffee. One of our favourites is their Cereal Milk Latte. Yup, cereal milk. After you’re done with your cuppa, you should also take the opportunity to explore KLoe Hotel (which will provide you with even more ‘gram-worthy photo ops). 

Address KLoe Hotel. 227, Bukit Bintang, 55100, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours Open daily, 7am-5pm
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5. Plant & Pot Studio


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Aching to be surrounded by thriving foliage while you feast on delicious food? Head over to Plant & Pot Studio – where they’ve successfully brought the outdoors indoors – and dine in the space that they dub the ‘jungle cafe’.  A fitting name, as the studio is teeming with an endless array of plants. Suffice to say, this plant boutique cum cafe will leave any urban dweller feeling rejuvenated and satisfied. 

Address 78, Jalan Puteri 5/5, Bandar Puteri, 47100, Puchong
Opening hours Open daily, 9am to 6pm
Phone 018-919 6311
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6. Nippori Bistro


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This fusion cafe in Petaling Jaya features Japanese-style floor seating in a space with European-style high ceilings. The menu is fusion – Japanese-French – and cleverly combines the best of both cuisines to give diners some pretty great eats. Our recommendation? The Expensive One pizza (aptly named because it’s RM65 per pie). It’s a rich sweet-savoury combo of flavours thanks to the foie gras, cubed unary, wagyu beef, black tobiko, and house-made teriyaki sauce. Don’t knock it before you try it.

Address Lot 2&3, B Land Lot 2, Jalan 51A/225, Section 51A, 46100, Petaling Jaya
Opening hours Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 10pm
Phone 011-5992 0379
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7. The Curiosity Iron River


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In addition to being super Insta-worthy, it’s a restaurant in the daytime, and a hidden bar at night. What’s not to love right? This spot is a lush, green oasis overflowing with plants both wild and potted. The decor and furniture takes you back in time with marble-top tables and vintage rubber string shell chairs. Every nook and cranny makes for a great photo-op so you may want to bring along a couple of spare outfits to make the best of your visit.

Address 138, Jalan Sungai Besi, Chan Sow Lin, 57100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours Monday, 5pm to 12am, Tuesday, 10am to 11pm, Wednesday to Sunday, 9am-11pm
Phone 03-9222 6660 / 9226 1380

8. Tono Soy Milk


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Everything – and we mean everything – on the menu here is soy based, so everyone (we’re looking at you, vegans) rejoice! Not only are the offerings here healthy, they’re also pretty darn… umm… pretty! Tono prides itself in serving high-quality soy milk products made from soybeans imported from Canada. The milk is extracted using a special Japanese machine which helps preserve the nutrients of the milk. Their best seller is the black sesame soy milk – one of six available flavours.

Address 86G, Jalan SS21/39, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya
Opening hours Open daily, 12pm to 10pm
Phone 018-966 8693
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9. Planter Chin


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As the plant craze takes over KL, Planter Chin has made itself the place to be to buy a new potted friend and enjoy a delicious steaming cuppa at the same time. The airy first-floor space gets all the day light making it a bright and airy space where you can relax and enjoy the fantastic flora and fauna (Jenny, Se7en, and Biggie are the three in-house cats). Plant yourself in one of the rattan chairs and while the afternoon away with a book or a buddy, and don’t forget to snap photos to your heart’s content. This green haven with its retro knickknacks is ever-changing due to the myriad plants, so it definitely warrants multiple visits.

Address 6A, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Phone 019-388 0808
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Originally published on 9 September 2020

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