If you’re a habitual creature like me, you’ll be hard-pressed to break your routine and what’s familiar, but sometimes, change is a good thing. Through trial and error, you’ll often discover some of the best things in life — and for most Malaysians, that usually revolves around food. And yes, I know you probably already have a favourite cafe, and I do too, but with so many new ones popping up like mushrooms, it’s hard to resist trying any one, if not all, of these new cafes.

Check out our curated list of places worth visiting if you need that caffeine, pastry, and whatever cafe-goodness fix you’re in the mood for.

1. Getting Morning Wood, Bukit Bintang

Tucked in Commons KL is a little coffee bar that serves a pretty extensive range of caffeinated beverages. At Getting Morning Wood, you can take your pick from a plain ol’ iced long black or try something fancier like their delicious Spanish Dirty. Customers can also choose their preferred blend from the assortment of beans offered, which includes Ethiopian, Guatemalan, and beans from Indonesia.

Address: Commons KL, 55, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

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2. SWÔL, Bangsar

A true interior gem, SWÔL is one of the latest in the Telawi area of Bangsar. With an all-white interior that is super minimalist and futuristic, you almost forget you’ve come here for a cuppa. If you love macarons, theirs are pretty well-known, and they come all the way from France. While you’re there, give their delicious pastries a go too, and if you can’t choose one or two, order their assorted box.

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

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3. BASK., Bangsar

Hankering for Tokyo Restaurant’s creamy burnt cheesecake? Well, you can skip the drive to Lot 10 in Bukit Bintang and visit BASK. at APW Bangsar instead. This friendly spin-off cafe specialises in smooth coffee and tasty desserts, and with such a modern-chic interior that boasts wood accents, it makes a perfect place to unwind with a side of sinful treats.

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

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4. All About Chew, Damansara Heights

What started as an online business satisfying many happy customers with soft and chewy cookies is now a full-blown cafe. All About Chew is run by a former tax professional and home baker, Yasmin JS, who makes some of the best cookies in town. We’re not kidding when we say this. Some must-tries are Big Ass Rasperry Softy, which seems to be a crowd favourite and the Chewibacca dark chocolate chip cookies.

Address: The Five @ KPD, Jalan Dungun, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6013 880 7334

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5. A Little Bud Cafe, TTDI

Tucked away on the second floor of a shoplot in TTDI’s bustling food scene, it’s pretty easy to miss A Little Bud Cafe, but once you step foot in this rustic cafe, you’ll never want to leave. Once a little floral store, it is now a delightful little cafe that hopes to foster a sense of community through its menu.

Offerings include home-baked pies, cakes, pastries from independent bakers, and there’s, of course, coffee and artisan fruit tea too. Fair warning, you may feel like you’ve been transported to Bali once you enter.

Address: 24, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 322 2703

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6. Piccadily Cafe, Masjid Jamek

The sister cafe to Picco Polo in Penang, Piccadily Cafe, makes its Kuala Lumpur debut and is situated near the bustling Masjid Jamek LRT station. Be prepared for a cafe that is so aesthetically pleasing that you can’t help but take pictures of every corner. Truly, it’s an interior delight! But don’t just go there for its appearance; give their matcha selections and different kinds of pasta a try too!

Address: 62 & 64 Jalan Tun Perak, City Centre, 50500 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2022 1102

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7. Momaku X Baristart Coffee, Bangsar

Looking for somewhere you can have delicious food, smooth coffee, and do some shopping? Then Momaku X Baristart Coffee is the place for you. Tucked in Bangsar Shopping Centre, this hybrid cafe and retail outlet offers food and artisanal homeware items — think cute water bottles and lunch boxes!

While they’re primarily known for their cream puffs and coffees, you should also take time to explore their food menu, especially the Hokkaido carbonara with duck prosciutto. If you’re a big meat eater, treat yourself to some juicy steak!

Address: Lot G133A, Ground Floor Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2011 8342

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