5 Of Kuala Lumpur’s Most Photogenic Cafes In Chinatown

Housed in pre-war shophouses, these atmospheric cafes in Petaling Street dish up good coffees, cakes and hot food along with Instagram-friendly interiors that will have you snapping away at every corner.

Merchant’s Lane

This former brothel has been remodelled to highlight the charms of Petaling Street. Bathed in plenty of natural light, the airy space is highlighted by a wall of floral murals and real trees growing on them, and interesting wooden and rattan furniture. The decor provides elements of whimsy and serenity that translates into gorgeous photos.

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Instagram: @merchantslane

Address: 150, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603 2022 1736

Operating hours: 10.30am-8pm daily


Einstein Cafe

Have a fascination with everything pre-war? Head to this rustic cafe, which relives the days gone by with rickety furniture and unfinished walls to create a peaceful ambience that will put you in a melancholic mood. Peruse local art that hangs on the walls, and check out the inventive checkerboard staircase.

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Instagram: @einsteincafe

Address: 58 Jalan Sultan

Tel: +6012 363 6004

Operating hours: 11am-8pm; closed on Mondays


Aku Cafe & Gallery

A creative space for creative minds, this café cum gallery and exhibition space is cosy and exudes an old-world charm that encourages the mind to wander while traipsing through art-works and interesting items of note.

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Address: No 8, 1st floor, Jalan Panggong

Tel: +603 2857 6887

Operating hours: 11am-8pm; closed on Mondays


Cafe Amo

Rustic and quaint, the café itself provides great photo opportunities for avid Instagrammers but that’s not all that gets visitors click-happy; their 3D coffee art is another major focus point.

Where hearts, ferns and swans have become the norm for coffee art, Café Amo takes it one step further with cute and inventive animal-shaped foam art. Altogether now, aww…

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Address: 54 Jalan Sultan

Tel: +603 2857 2677

Operating hours: 10.30am-9pm daily


Lucy in the Sky Cafe

With exposed bricks and a cool grey cement finish, this is a showcase of cosy minimalism at its best. Its open ceilings allow natural light to stream in along with a cacophony of sounds from the streets to make for a charming cafe experience. Conversations and photo opportunities are in abundance.

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Address: 167 Jalan Tun H S Lee

Tel: +603 2022 1526

Operating hours: 11am-9pm daily


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Michelle is a writer and aid worker on hiatus. In her free time, she loves trying out new food, drinks, music, and taking photos of all the new places she goes to for work and for leisure. Most of all, she loves exploring her home city Kuala Lumpur.

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