Need some new spots in town to go cafe hopping? Why not explore Bangsar, a place where the Zafigo team calls home! Besides being our home turf, Bangsar is well known as a lepak (hang out) spot amongst avid brunch lovers to sip their mimosas or as a late-night hideout for drinks with your best buds. The neighbourhood-like atmosphere in Bangsar only gets livelier as more trendy shops and cafes set up shop in the near vicinity. So, let’s look at a few that are worth checking out.

1. Burrow KL

Located inside Bangsar Shopping Centre, this small cafe offers quick bites that can pair with a hot (or cold) cup of coffee. Get your daily cup of joe in the form of a sweet treat with the Espresso Canelé, or try their bestselling Salted Caramel Mini Banana Bundt. If you’re here early, there’s also nasi lemak available for a more filling meal. You can even have it delivered to your home!

Address: Lot GK12 Ground Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8am to 7pm

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2. Lisette’s Cafe and Bakery

Lisette’s Café and Bakery is a household name amongst the Bangsar brunch crowd for their weekend buffets, which is temporarily discontinued due to the current pandemic. Nevertheless, this spot still serves tantalising a la carte meals. We especially love the Baked Eggs Shakshuka and the Mumbai Eggs Kejriwal, which are vegetarian friendly! It can get pretty crowded, so be sure to make reservations before heading there.

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Address: 8 Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Daily, 8am to 10pm

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3. Kooky Cream

At Kooky Cream, you’ll find that it’s cakes galore! Located just a few steps away from Lisette’s Café and Bakery, this bright and airy cafe has an impressive selection of cakes to choose from. One of their bestsellers on the menu is Eve’s Cake, which is reminiscent of the taste of apple pie minus the heaviness from the pie crust.

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Address: 8 Jalan Bangsar, Jalan Abdullah, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Daily, 11am to 7pm

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4. Planter Chin

Dine amongst foliage at this new hidden cafe, Planter Chin! For your daily dose of prebiotics, try their Apple Kombucha served in a wine glass. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s a menu filled with brunch bites too! We love the Breakfast Muffintop as well.

There’s also a secret menu available, so don’t be shy to approach the friendly staff. Plant lovers will be thrilled to know that there are plants that you can adopt and add to your growing collection.

Address: 6A Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm

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5. VCR

Coffee fanatics and early birds flock at VCR Bangsar for a taste of speciality coffees. Their food menu doesn’t disappoint either, with a healthy selection of Melbourne cafe-inspired eats with a twist of local flavour. If you want to pay this cafe a visit during the weekends, come early as the brunch crowds start to trickle in from 10am. Alternatively, you can have whatever you are craving delivered to your home.

Address: 31 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Daily, 8am to 7pm

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6. Urban Daybreak

This Aussie-inspired cafe along Jalan Telawi has made a name as a staple brunch spot for open-faced sandwiches! Their Avocado Smash is probably one of the best you can find in Bangsar, while the Stout Pulled Pork with Poached Eggs is a unique combination that we recommend trying out.

Going cafe hopping isn’t complete without a sweet treat, and we think you ought to try Jeremy’s Slippery Hotcakes, which consists of chocolate hotcakes, salted caramel ice cream, and drizzled with bacon jam.

Address: 11 Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Daily, 8am to 7:30pm

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7. Hani Eatery

This relatively new hole-in-a-wall cafe, literally, has holes in its walls as doorways, but that’s part of its industrial aesthetic! This cosy spot offers both small bites and coffee beans as fuel, catering to savoury and sweet palates. Start your meal with a cup of Kuro no Kohi (black coffee), and try their Salmon Dashi Don as a main. For a sweet delight to complete your meal, taste their Dark Houjicha Roll Wake that is laden with Nama chocolate!

Address: 20A Lorong Ara Kiri 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Thursday to Tuesday, 9am to 6pm

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8. Kopenhagen Coffee

Kopenhagen Coffee promises a Scandinavian bar coffee experience, and they do deliver with their Nordic food delights, coffee selections, and the architecture at their newest outlet at Kapas Condominium! The vegan-friendly cafe takes inspiration from the Nordic Food Movement and ensures that its menu’s ingredients are sourced locally and that its production models are self-sustaining. It’s a win for everyone — delicious food with a reduced food carbon footprint!

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Address: 3 Kapas Condominium, Jalan Kapas, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Weekdays from 7 am – 4 pm, weekends from 8 am – 5 pm

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9. Peep Coffee

Nestled inside Vernakular Store, Peep Coffee serves a mean cup of joe alongside delectable pastries of innovative flavours. You can opt to dine-in with a hand-brewed coffee to pair with their bestselling banana croissant or just swing by on your way to work with their convenient curbside pickup service. Just make sure to order ahead on WhatsApp!

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Address: Located inside Vernakular, 33 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Daily, 8am to 8pm

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10. Niko Neko Matcha

Suppose you’d rather skip the queue at Niko Neko Matcha’s bustling Chinatown outlet, head over to their Bangsar branch for a more relaxing sip of their famous matcha lattes. The newly-renovated outlet has a calming vibe with its sleek white interior and serves as a contrasting background when you take snaps of your matcha drinks!

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Address: 82A Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating hours: Thursday to Tuesday, 11am to 5:30pm

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11. SWÔL

Setting itself apart from other cafes on this list with its spaceship-like interior is SWÔL. Tucked away on the first floor of Jalan Telawi 2, this cafe is more than meets the eye –– it’s also an event space and a stylish one at that.

Like many coffee shops in Bangsar, their caffeinated beverages will hit the spot, and their pastries will leave you wanting to bring some home. Their cakes and imported macarons are also worth indulging in, despite the calorie splurge.

Address: 34-1, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6011 6161 0606

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12. Bask.

If you’re a cheesecake enthusiast, especially when it comes to burnt matcha cheesecakes, there’s no reason to delay your visit to Bask. Presented by The Tokyo Restaurant, this cafe exudes chicness with its moody wooden tones complemented by cool-toned tiles.

The jungle green walls, even though quite contrasting, effectively establish the ambience of this area. Coffee lovers will find joy in their smooth coffee selection, sourced from Curate Coffee Roasters.

Address: Bask. Malaysia, APW, 29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 678 2360

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13. Take A Bow

If you’re seeking a lush little retreat amid the urban sprawl, look no further than Take A Bow. Since opening in June 2022, this cafe in Bangsar South has been catering to loyal customers with a diverse menu influenced by international flavours. Craving Swedish meatballs? They’ve got you covered. In the mood for Turkish Eggs? They’re featured on the menu.

The laid-back ambience attracts the city’s cafe-hopping enthusiasts, and with ample natural sunlight, you can certainly snap some photos for your Instagram feed. Before leaving, sample one of their signature beverages, the Einspanner –– coffee served with whipped cream. Yum!

Address: UG-5, The Sphere, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2242 0599

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 10 January 2022 and has been updated to include more locations.