Once massive rubber estates, Mont Kiara and Sri Hartamas are now upscale neighbourhoods brimming with local shopping malls, gated and guarded living communities, shops, cafes, and restaurants. And that’s not all on the list — you can also find boutique gyms, medical practitioners, and some of the most renowned international schools.
All that combined, plus its lush real estate, make these two neighbourhoods some of the most premium and sought-after areas to live in Kuala Lumpur (KL). These two suburbs are heaven on Earth for the foodies too, because there is no shortage of cafes and restaurants to frequent. So, if you’re looking for an excuse to go on a food excursion, we’ve got eight cafes and tiny restaurants you should try.
With rave reviews on Google, it’s no surprise that Tray Cafe is a popular spot to chill in Sri Hartamas. From their main courses to the desserts and coffee, you’ll find yourself coming back for more. Everything is created from scratch using only high-quality ingredients, which explains its worthy price tag. If you’re the sweet-tooth type, delight yourself in one of their delicious selection of cakes.
Address: H-0-2 Block H, Plaza Damas, 60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2303 1742
Think of the words ‘rubber duck’, and images of a bathtub filled with yellow rubber ducks will probably conjure up in your mind. But it’s nothing to do with that. In fact, Rubberduck cafe gives off a beach-like vibe and definitely a laid-back one too.
This hidden cafe is a true gem in this posh suburb of KL and serves some incredibly nutritious grub. Customers who frequent this joint speak highly of their smoothies and poke bowls — give them a go if you don’t believe us.
Address: 60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Plaza Damas, Lot K-0-8B (Ground Floor), Dorchester Service Apartment, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 6412 7434
They say never to judge a book by its cover, and in the case of BreadFruits, one shouldn’t assume they only offer bread and fruits. This cute little nook of a cafe is probably one of the best spots for brunch in Sri Hartamas.
Though their selection isn’t wide, the quality of the dishes and beverages served indeed make up for it. Besides in-house baked goods, you can also grab some fresh fruits here, and it’s usually pretty crowded during lunch, so time your visit accordingly.
Address: No 17, Jalan 26/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 6211 4802
Mei by Fat Spoon
No stranger to the F&B scene is Mei by Fat Spoon. With two outlets in the Klang Valley, one in SS2, Petaling Jaya, and the second in Sri Hartamas, this restaurant offers its customers deliciously healthy meals that keep them coming back for more.
Their famous rice bowls are popular for a reason and are a tasty blend of Western and Japanese cuisines! So, if you’re in search of comfort food that’s healthy but doesn’t compromise on creativity, visit this place. We absolutely love their guac served with a side of papadam.
Address: 22-G, Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6013 6211 1219
Like Rubberduck, LUSHBOWL also advocates healthy meals that don’t compromise on taste – take your pick from their poke bowls, smoothies, and fresh juices. One of the fan favourites includes the Ponzu Bowl and Cacau Loco. They even have in-house granola called the Lushnola, which is made of organic oats and other whole ingredients.
Address: Plaza Damas, G-0-3, Block G, 60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 7890 2038
What’s On Tap
This contemporary, all-white cafe in Plaza Mont Kiara looks more like an Apple store than your average F&B venue. Parts of the traditional espresso machine, such as the portafilter and steam wand, are built into the counter, blurring the distinctions between the coffee machine and its outstanding interior, making this place a super chic eatery. You can enjoy a laid-back weekend over iced lattes and fabulous Instagram photo opportunities here.
Address: B-G-05, Plaza, 2, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 6419 6794
Searching for a nice area to relax during the weekends? Look no further, as Kopenhagen Coffee offers more than just beverages. They also provide delectable full-fledged brunches on the menu.
They have a special ‘create your own breakfast board’ where you can pick up to seven different choices for breakfast. Meatballs, bagels, and other options are among the famous picks for brunch. It goes without saying that you should order their famed caffeinated drinks while you’re there.
Address: Vista Kiara, Jalan Kiara 3, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 6211 6363
ALLO by The Owls Cafe
After its festive debut in December 2021, ALLO by The Owls Cafe quickly became a neighbourhood favourite thanks to its pastel-pretty interior and delicious gastronomic offerings. Their menu is diverse, and their dining space is spacious.
If you’re looking for a light nibble, try their pumpkin soup or truffle fries. Pasta lovers and those looking for a fuller meal can take their pick from Seabass Aglio Olio, Salmon Curry Pasta, and other Western and Asian dishes.
Address: Lot G3A, Ground Floor, Arte, Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6017 636 9953