There is no denying that it’s been hot as hell, which is why we’re all finding solace in lush greenery whenever we can –– a trend also embraced by many restaurants and cafes. In recent years, especially since the world slowly opened up after the pandemic and domestic travel restarted its engines, escaping the city’s bustle seems to be everyone’s go-to move on weekends.
An understandable move; we yearn for a tranquil setting to relish a scrumptious meal as we recharge our minds and bodies. And what better way to do this than checking out any of these relaxing eateries within a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur (KL)? So, buckle up and let’s dive into it.
1. Tanah Aina Fareena Cafe
Nature enthusiasts, you’ll love this one –– Tanah Aina Fareena offers everything a nature lover could dream of. We are talking a cosy hotel, a must-visit durian orchard, a quaint little cafe, and outdoor packages that promises an adventure-filled weekend.
With simple wooden chairs and an open dining area, this eating spot lets you soak in the serene whispers of the nearby river. Looking for an exciting way to spend your day? Why not give their hiking package a go? Picture yourself hiking through picturesque trails and eating a delectable meal afterwards — a truly fulfilling weekend escape you won’t want to miss!
Address: Lot 6073, 54.3km, Lebuhraya Karak, Kampung Lentang, 28600 Bentong, Pahang
2. Pinto Coffe
Janda Baik, Pahang
Pinto Coffee has taken the town of Janda Baik by storm thanks to its farm-to-table concept. Since opening its doors to customers, it’s become the go-to spot for coffee enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Many find themselves coming back not just for the fresh brew but also for the vibrant community.
But they’re more than just coffee; after all, they’re known for their unique dining concept. Their menu boasts an array of delectable dishes, from mouthwatering pasta and hearty mee aceh to flavourful nasi goreng. They often have weekend specials, so keep an eye out for that!
Address: Kampung Janda Baik, 28750 Bentong, Pahang
Contact: +6019 390 7875
Janda Baik, Pahang
Another popular spot to feast at in Janda Baik is none other than Pineyard, where an open-plan structure allows for an unobstructed view of the peaceful surroundings. From the bar seats to the presence of pine trees, a pond, and a generously-sized green space for gatherings, Pineyard offers plenty of visually appealing spots that are perfect for the ‘gram! Their menu comprises all sorts of Asian and Western favourites and includes all-day breakfast options.
Address: C1, Jalan Tanarimba Pine, Kampung Janda Baik, 28750 Bentong, Pahang
Contact: +603 233 0340
4. Lemuni Cafe
Janda Baik, Pahang
Lemuni Cafe is another gem in Janda Baik, where Western and traditional Malay dishes coexist deliciously. Step into this one-of-a-kind eatery and transport yourself to an old Malay village surrounded by traditional homes, paddy fields, and rivers — a rare sight in the bustling city. Satiate your tastebuds with asam pedas, ulam, nasi lemuni, nasi lemak, sambal belacan, and more amidst an immersive experience celebrating Malaysia’s rich heritage.
Address: Lot 9756, Kg Chemperoh, Kampung Janda Baik, 28750 Bentong, Pahang
Contact: +6012 326 5966
5. Veg Fish Farm Thai Restaurant
Hulu Langat, Selangor
For a unique dining experience, check out Veg Fish Farm Thai Restaurant. Having been around for over 13 years, these guys know a thing or two about serving up some delicious meals. Nestled on a pond and surrounded by lush greenery, the food served will be brought to you by a waiter on a speedboat. We weren’t kidding when we said it’s a unique dining experience!
All vegetables come from the restaurant’s garden, so you can eat in peace knowing they’re safe and pesticide-free. And don’t get us started on how fresh their seafood is! Come in a group and with empty stomachs.
Address: KM4, Jalan Hulu Langat, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Contact: +6016 398 6493
6. Hay Cafe
Known as one of the popular go-to scenic destinations that isn’t too far away from the city, Sekinchan has plenty to offer. And if you’re in the area, one cafe you simply must check out is Hay Cafe. This place has it all — river and forest escapes, and of course, breathtaking paddy field views that go on for miles!
Offering both indoor and outdoor dining experiences, visitors can indulge in their nasi lemak, sandwiches, pasta, and a tempting selection of cakes. This location offers tasty food and breathtaking scenery, making it worthwhile. Your taste buds and camera will appreciate it.
Address: Jalan Tali Air 5, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor
Contact: +6011 1026 6965
7. N16 Sekinchan Bus Cafe
Get ready to experience something extraordinary at N16 Sekinchan Bus Cafe, where an old bus has been completely transformed into a cute cafe by a picturesque paddy field. In fact, this refurbished setup has become quite an icon in this town.
Take your pick from their extensive menu, from chicken wings and pasta to aromatic coffee and cakes, and soak in the view from a unique dining spot. This place draws quite a crowd on weekends, so be prepared to wait in line.
Address: Jalan Tali Air 4 Sekinchan, 45400 Tanjong Karang, Selangor
Contact: +6012 809 2216
8. Hilltop Cafe, Kota Warisan
If you’re looking for a perfect venue to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries with your loved ones, look no further than Hilltop Cafe. This place is a dream, thanks to the breathtaking views of stunning sunsets. While it’s an ideal spot for lovebirds, it’s also a beloved choice for families and even caters to private events. Big groups can indulge in their mouthwatering platters, but if you prefer something from their a la carte menu, give their succulent lamb shank or Chicken Cordon Bleu a go!
Address: Persiaran Warisan, Kota Warisan, 43900 Sepang, Selangor
Contact: +6011 2628 0321
9. The Florescence
Batang Kali, Selangor
A scenic 45-minute drive from KL will take you to the lovely Florescene Cafe in Batang Kali. This charming spot is adorned with a delightful array of lush plants, creating a cosy and airy atmosphere, so you’ll definitely feel at ease here.
Picture an evening straight out of the enchanting world of the Bridgerton series — romantic, elegant, and unlike anything you’ll find at other cafes. It’s the perfect setting to bring your favourite book and just switch off from life.
Address: 686, Lorong Kiambang, Kampung Sungai Kamin, 44300 Batang Kali, Selangor
Contact: +603 6075 3213
10. Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine
Tanjung Malim, Selangor
While many may not know of our serendipitous discovery, Ma-Ni Thai Cuisine is worth shouting about as they offer a peaceful dining setting in an open-air space. This allows you to immerse yourself in nature while you take your tastebuds on a culinary adventure. Don’t miss out on their Keli Mango Salad, a dish that won’t be available at any other Thai restaurant and is packed with flavour!
Address: No. 26, Bt 3/4 Jalan Changkat Asa, Hulu Bernam, 35900 Selangor
11. Bianglala Cafe
Pedas, Negeri Sembilan
Tucked away amidst lush greenery, this cafe is just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city—a true haven for the adventurous foodie. Picture this: sipping on a delicious cup of coffee, indulging in mouthwatering pasta, and treating yourself to irresistible pastries.
But there’s more! Connected to the cafe is Buana Kita, a glamping site that hosts various crafting and healing events. From poem readings, fun weekend markets brimming with pre-loved treasures, and even New Year’s celebrations, you’re bound to meet an eclectic mix of people here.
Address: Lot 64, Kampung Gaing, 71400 Pedas, Negeri Sembilan
Contact: +6017 292 4802
12. Terrace Cafe
Lenggeng, Negeri Sembilan
If slow living came in the form of a cafe, Terrace Cafe would be it. Surrounded by a picturesque meadow with blooming flowers, it’s hard not to feel relaxed here. Stepping inside the cafe will instantly transport you to a place where English charm meets the nostalgic ambience of your grandparents’ home.
Some fan favourites include fish and chips, combo rice with beef, and their freshly-baked scones. Their coffee is worth shouting about too! Terrace Cafe is definitely the place to be if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy your meal in a serene space.
Address: Lot 4065 Kampung Jelatok Mendom, 71750 Lenggeng, Negeri Sembilan
Contact: +6012 979 8114