Book cafes in Klang Valley
For any bookworm who has had a long week, nothing sounds better than finding a quiet place to unwind with a good book and a cuppa.
If this perfectly describes you, this list of book cafes we’ve compiled is just for you. Coffee, food and books are available at these cafes, and the relaxed atmosphere will surely offer relief from the hustle and bustle of the week.
1. Bukku Cafe – modern European-style cafe in Klang
Klang is best known for bak kut teh, but the city has some non-BKT hidden gems like Bukku Cafe, a quaint European-style book cafe. It has a bookshelf filled with English and Chinese novels, Lonely Planet guides, and children’s books.
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Those who wish to donate books can swap them out on the bookshelves located on the first floor.
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Bukku Cafe mainly serves pastries and desserts, with the perfectly melty Salted Egg Yolk and Green Tea Croissants (both RM7.50) being the stars on the menu. It has a great selection of MSG-free Western dishes too, like the Gourmet Burger Patty (RM15) which comes with beef, chicken and vegetarian options.
The cafe’s outdoor dining area has Autumn vibes with fallen leaves
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With 2 levels and outdoor seating that feels like a cosy park, it’s easy to find a seat here. So get ready to plop down, read, and sip on a freshly-brewed Matcha Latte (RM12) or Ginger Milk Chocolate (RM13).
Address: Jalan Singgahsana 4A/KU5, Bandar Bukit Raja, 41050 Klang, Selangor
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:30AM-10PM; Sat 8:30AM-11PM (Closed Sundays)
Telephone: 012-567 7392
2. Kamilah’s Lifestyle & Book Cafe – a homey, local hideout
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Kamilah’s Lifestyle and Book Cafe is a country-living themed cafe with bright blue walls that gives a warm, inviting feeling. The shelves that line one side of the store are filled with Chinaware and knick knacks that add to the cafe’s relaxed vibe.
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The cafe serves healthy Malaysian and Western dishes without preservatives. Its Nasi Lemak With Egg (RM5.50) is cooked with low-fat santan, and the Meaty Burger With Fries (RM15.90) is said to have 5% less fat content than regular burgers.
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There is also a bookshelf in the back of the store with chick-lit titles from Sophie Kinsella and Cecelia Ahern, and thriller novels that are bound to go nicely with sweet accompaniments like Affogato-Espresso and Ice Cream (RM9.50) and Apple or Peach Tea (both RM4.50).
Address: 15-G, Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/7B, Pusat Bandar Putra Point, 47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10:30AM-6:30PM (Closed Sundays)
Telephone: 012-328 7807
3. Ink Library Cafe – container cafe in Sungai Buloh
The abundance of windows here makes the cafe feel open and spacious
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Ink Library Cafe is a container cafe hidden in Grandeur Labs in Eco Grandeur, a new development in Puncak Alam. It carries mainly indie English magazines from the US and UK, but it also has a good assortment of fiction and coffee-table books in English, Chinese, and Malay scattered around the aesthetically-pleasing bookshelves.
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The cafe has ample seating space indoors with conveniently located wall plugs for those who want to get work done. Or if you’re looking for some fresh air, there are sofas outside too.
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The menu has Western dishes that mainly comprise pastas, pizza, and burgers. You can go for an Aglio Olio Seafood Pasta (RM18.90) and Salted Egg Pasta with Smoked Duck Breast (RM25.90), or if you’re not too hungry, snack on light bites like Homey Popcorn Chicken (RM9.80).
If you’re craving bubble tea, the cafe has toppings like Pearl (RM2.90) and Jelly (RM2.90) you can add on to their regular drinks like Butterscotch Latte (RM13.90) and Mocha (RM15.50).
Address: Grandeur Labs @ Eco Grandeur, Lot 6232, Persiaran Mokhtar Dahari, Eco Grandeur, Puncak Alam
Hours: Mon-Tues 10AM-10PM; Thurs 10AM-10PM; Fri-Sun 10AM-11PM (Closed Wednesdays)
Telephone: 016-621 8171
4. First Step Coffee – Korean book cafe in Solaris Mont Kiara
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First Step Coffee is the perfect book cafe for those who want privacy and a Korean snack to go with your book. This spacious book cafe has Korean, English, and Chinese titles on its bookshelves.
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It also serves traditional Kimbab (RM10). Their menu comprises Western dishes like Ham & Cheese Toast (RM18) and Carbonara Spaghetti (RM23), and you can also request a plate of traditional Kimbab (RM10) from the staff.
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The star of the menu is coffee, with the Hand Brew Coffee (RM14) and Dutch Latte (RM15) being some of the baristas’ trusty recommendations. If you visit the cafe between 1PM-4PM, you can get a discount of RM3 for these beverages.
Address: L-01-06, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9AM-7PM (Closed Sundays)
Telephone: 03-6211 1769
5. Little Moments Cafe – rustic library with kampung vibes
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Occupying a kampung-style house, Little Giraffe Story House is an airy community library tucked away in New Village Settlement in Cheras. It is filled with Chinese children’s books to borrow and buy. But with the rustic Little Moments Cafe located inside the library, you can find both old and young folks here.
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The cafe has an all-day breakfast menu that includes Big Breakfast Set (RM14) and Waffles with Ice Cream (RM4.50). But people regularly flock here for the Rojak (RM6) and Taufu Bakar (RM4) from the Rojak Wan stall that used to be in Taman Tun. Pair these with a cool dessert of Cendol (RM4.50) or a cup of rich iced Vietnamese Coffee (RM6).
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Parking is limited here because it is in a neighborhood, but you can park at the Chinese primary school just a 2 minute walk away. If you do have trouble finding this place, the Little Giraffe Story House has an over 20ft orange, metal giraffe on its porch.
An orange, metal giraffe stands as a landmark for the library in this quiet Cheras neighborhood.
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There are boxes at the front of the store filled with both adult and children’s books that are free to anyone to take. And if you happen to have any old children books to spare, feel free to bring them by.
Address: No. 114, Jalan 15, Batu 11 Cheras, 43200 Cheras, Selangor
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 12PM-10PM; Sun 12PM-7PM (Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)
Telephone: 012-632 2955
6. Me Time Book Cafe – cozy pods at manga cafe in PJ
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Me Time Book Cafe offers a cozy capsule experience for those who want to unwind and have some quiet time. It is meant to emulate famous manga cafes in Japan with its nap pods, and amenities such as paid showers, printers, and Wifi.
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This book cafe in PJ has 4 pods for you to use, an open-spaced upper deck, and Tatami mats and bean bags to laze on. It also has shelves filled with manga comic books, and books in Chinese and English, that you can read while you’re here. The owner of the store welcomes any donated books too.
And if you need a little pick-me-up, the store has Coffee or Tea (RM2/each) and a Shower Room (RM10). Entry fee costs RM25/2 hours, but first-timers can get a 2-hour trial for RM5/person with a free cup of coffee or tea. Sign up as a member and you’ll only need to pay RM18/2 hours, with a complimentary drink included.
Address: 1.010b The square, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: 10AM-12AM, Daily
Telephone: 014-343 4577
7. Book Barter Cafe – cafe surrounded by greenery
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With floor-to-ceiling glass windows that overlook the forest-like courtyards of Tamarind Square in Cyberjaya, Book Barter Cafe is the perfect place to unwind. The cafe has pastries, cakes and coffees, as well as books that are free to read.
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For something savoury, opt for the Chicken Ham Quiche (RM10), and for a sweet snack try the Lemon Tea Cake (RM8). It pairs nicely with beverages like iced Salted Caramel Macchiato (RM11) and Harney & Sons Tea (RM7).
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The store allows you to bring old books and trade it for another from its bookcase, all for free. You can usually find some English titles here from Sophie Kinsella and Dan Brown.
Address: GP 1-03 Pinnacles North Court Tamarind Square, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor
Opening hours: 9AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 019-499 1408
8. Pages Book Cafe – small cafe dominated by bookshelves
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Pages Book Cafe is a homey book cafe in Ara Damansara with just over 6 tables and a long wall of bookshelves. Its shelves are filled with a variety of books for sale – usually at low prices – with genres ranging from DIY and fiction, to children’s books. Look out for labels on the shelves that indicate which titles are buy-1-free-1 or 70% off.
Orange butter cake
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You can get a slice of fluffy Homemade Butter Cake (RM8) or Key Lime Cheese Slice (RM11). The average price for a cup of coffee or tea here is RM7, with nothing exceeding RM10.
Address: F-G-43, Taipan Damansara 2, Jalan PJU 1a/3, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00AM-6:00PM (Closed Sundays)
Telephone: 03-7832 6118
9. Lit Books – merch haven for literary fans
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With monochrome posters that bear quirky quotes from famed authors like Oscar Wilde and Virginia Wolfe, Lit Books is a haven for literary lovers. If that’s not enough, it has a great selection of imported novels on The New York Times’ Best-Sellers list that you can purchase.
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It also carries literary-themed pouches and tote bags, including the Penguin Books Classic Cover Tote Bag currently in blue, green, red and pink for RM78.
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While you’re here, you can get a cup of latte (RM11), or a Carlsberg Beer (RM10) and Somersby Cider (RM12) if you’re feeling a little lit.
It has limited seating, with two conference-style tables. But as the cafe only serve beverages, it doesn’t get crowded during peak hours. And with jazz music playing in the background and the smell of coffee in the air, it’s a perfect place to get some reading done.
Address: P-01-11 Level 1, Tropicana Avenue, 12 Jalan Persiaran Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 11AM-9PM; Tue & Sun 1PM-9PM (Closed Mondays)
Telephone: 03-7886 6988
10. Madeleine Bookstore Cafe – French pastries & discounted books
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Madeleine Bookstore Cafe is connected to BookXcess and JiuQiu Bookstore at The Starling Mall. It is the perfect place to order desserts and dive straight into your latest literary purchase after browsing through books. The cafe carries an assortment of French desserts, including Macarons (RM4/piece) that come in flavors like salted caramel and lemon.
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You can get a slice of Red Velvet Cake or Lemon Poppyseed (both RM12) with a cup of Latte (RM7) or Earl Grey or English Breakfast Tea (both RM5) as well. Head over from 3PM-6PM for its Special Combo (RM15.90) that comprises of a hot drink and a slice of cake.
Address: T-331B Third Floor The Starling Mall, 6, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 03-7662 5904
Klang Valley book cafes to unwind at
Hitting up a book cafe is the perfect way to take things slow after a busy week. You get the best of both worlds – indulging in good food while reading a book you’ve left on your shelf. It’s important to have these quiet moments to yourself, or share them with those close to you, to prepare you for another grinding week at school or work.
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