Petaling Street cafes


Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Street is a cultural hub that combines the new and the old. With several decades-old businesses still operating alongside brand-new cafes, restaurants, and bars, the area is constantly abuzz with vibrant activity. 

For those wanting to go on a foodventure here, check out these 12 cafes in the Petaling Street area that have every type of cafe food and snack you can imagine, from revamped local delights to IG-worthy desserts. 


1. Da Bao Restobar – burger-like mantous


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Keeping true to its namesake, Da Bao Restobar is a 2-storey restaurant that specialises both in savoury baos and cocktails. The baos are mainly served on the ground floor, while the bar is located upstairs.

The burger-like baos are essentially meat fillings, each sandwiched in a fluffy, steamed mantou. Options for fillings include sake-braised pork belly, buttermilk fried chicken, buttermilk Korean fried chicken, slow-cooked mutton rendang, beer-battered perch fillet, or beer-battered soft shell crab (RM15 each).

Finish off the meal with yet another bao dessert – a scoop of matcha ice cream wedged between a fried mantou (RM14).

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You might think that these mantous are mere snacks, and wouldn’t be filling enough for a full meal, but you’d be surprised how satisfying wolfing 2 of them down is.

The mantous are generously stuffed with a serving of chunky meat and a handful of vegetables and fruit. The sides include cincalok mayo, caramelised jackfruit, mango slaw, pickled acar, and more.

Address: 145, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 12PM-3PM & 6PM-10PM (Closed on Mondays)

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2. Pandan Republic – unique fusion Malaysian desserts


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Pandan Republic makes Malaysian desserts with a twist while paying homage to Peranakan delicacies. Think intricately made nyonya kuihs served alongside gula melaka cheesecakes, kuih kapit soft serve, and the oldie but goldie pandan layer cake.

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Their signature item is the Pandan Soft Serve (RM13), a smooth and creamy ice cream with an aromatic pandan fragrance – a treat that’s rarely found elsewhere.

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Those who prefer a savoury meal before desserts can check out their main courses. The menu is simple but their Lei Cha (RM18), a traditional Hakka dish that’s made with various types of vegetables mixed together with ground tea, is highly recommended because of its thick and rich tea flavour.

Address: Lorong Panggung, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Thu – Tue 10.30AM-5.30PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Telephone: 010-221 7296

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3. Luckin Kopi – familiar and new renditions of Malaysian dishes 


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Located in a 150-year-old heritage building, Luckin Kopi retains its old-school kopitiam charm with its quaint ambience and rustic interior.

Malaysians will find their menu familiar – with local delights such as Roti Bakar, Nasi Lemak, Mee Siam, Rojak, Chee Cheong Fun (around RM7 each), and more. Patrons can also enjoy newer renditions such as Petai Pasta (RM20.90), Cheesy Indo Mee (RM14.90), and Chicken Rendang Mantou (RM11.90).

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Those who are attracted to novel items can order their Luckin Toast (RM12.90). It’s pretty much regular toasted Hainanese bread served with kaya, butter, peanut butter, and Nutella spread, complete with 2 mandatory half-boiled eggs. But what makes the dish special is the plating. 

Instead of the usual rectangular-cut bread with the spread already sandwiched between the toasts, Luckin Kopi arranges the separate ingredients like how you would a fine dining platter. Purists might roll their eyes at the over-the-top presentation, but it’s gratifying for the tummy, eyes, and camera, so it’s definitely worth an order.

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Address: 14, Jalan Panggong, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 8AM-6PM | Sat & Sun 8AM-8PM
Telephone: 012-610 8856

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4. The Soybean Factory – salty soya pudding served in aesthetic interiors 


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The Soybean Factory has several branches in the Klang Valley but their outlet in Kwai Chai Hong is hands down, the prettiest and most aesthetically pleasing one. Even if you’re not into taking pictures just for the ‘gram, you should pay a visit to enjoy brunch under the glass roof, surrounded by soft-hued furnishings, complete with charming rattan chairs. 

Their Salty Tau Foo Fa (RM11) is a peculiar but surprisingly appetising and flavourful dish that comes with porridge toppings such as chicken floss and dried shrimp, yao char kwai, salted veggie, spring onions, coriander, onion oil, and chilli oil. 

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You’ll also get to feast on a wide range of soya bean drinks (around RM9 each), soya milk shaved ice (around RM15), and different flavours of tau foo fa (around RM10).

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Address: 141, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 10AM-9PM, Daily

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5. Seniman Kakao – handcrafted chocolate confections 


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Unlike most Petaling Street cafes, Seniman Kakao is a dessert shop that makes their confections from cocoa beans – all grown, fermented, sorted, graded, and roasted in-house. Their handcrafted chocolate is completely free from artificial flavourings.

When you enter the shop, you’ll be greeted with a chocolate bar full of bite-sized chocolate pieces, with flavours ranging from pistachio mint, lemongrass pandan, earl grey, and more (around RM6.50 per piece).

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There are also other desserts and beverages such as eclairs, tarts, banana fritters with chocolate sauce, chocolate milk, and more (around RM10-RM12) available. 

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Address: 29, Jalan Pudu Lama, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 8.30AM-4.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 03-7490 7788

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6. LIPAO – cendol in a boba cup 


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A cold dessert is always welcomed by all Malaysians as it provides a cooling respite from the tropical heat. And LIPAO, flexing their creativity like many of these Petaling Street cafes do, has cleverly redesigned the cendol into a boba cup for convenience and easy transport so you can enjoy it on the go. 

Simply called The Iconic Cendol (RM12.50), this dessert-in-a-cup is made with gula melaka, fresh coconut milk, red bean, and green flour jelly, and has just the right balance of sweetness without being overbearing.

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They also serve a range of fruit cendol such as dragon fruit, mango, and papaya – blended together with fresh coconut milk (RM14.50 each).

LIPAO’s outlet is just a small nook for you to order and go, but it’s easy to spot with their pink and mint pastel hues.

Address: 50, Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 016-575 5286

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7. Mingle Cafe – a variety of cuisines in a rustic setting


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Stepping into Mingle Cafe is like a walk down memory lane for those who grew up in the 1970s. The cafe is adorned with rustic furniture, antique ornaments, and even old-school biscuits in large tin barrels that customers can buy back home in small bags.

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While millennials may not share the same sentimental memories, they can still be wowed by Mingle Cafe’s well-curated menu – from all-day breakfast, to Japanese and Western dishes, down to banana leaf rice and cakes, there’s bound to be something for everyone. 

They also have unique renditions of traditional dishes such as the Yee Sang Soba (RM35). It has all the ingredients you’d find in a yee sang – white radish, scallions, cucumber and carrot slices, and smoked salmon – thrown in together with cold soba noodles and shoyu sauce, perfect for a festive main course. 

Address: 55, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 019-222 0262

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8. Lim Kee Cafe – modern menu items served in an old-school Chinese kopitiam setting


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Operated by Tian Jing Hotel, Lim Kee Cafe has the allure of an old-school Chinese kopitiam with their rattan furniture and vintage decor, but their menu consisting of teatime bites boasts modern drinks, cakes, ice cream, and the customary Hainanese toast bread completed with half-boiled eggs.

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Peckish diners looking for a late-afternoon snack can try out their various ice creams, with flavours ranging from coconut, teh tarik, mascarpone, hazelnut, to yogurt raspberry, and more (RM8 per scoop).

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They also have a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cakes including mocha rum, tiramisu, cheesecake, and Black Forest (around RM13 each) for those who are craving something more substantial.

Address: 66-68, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 9.30AM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: 03-2022 1131

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9. Urban Artisan – extremely Insta-worthy soft serve 


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Hailing from Penang, Urban Artisan is an extremely Insta-worthy soft serve chain that has opened up its latest outlet in Kuala Lumpur, joining the company of Petaling Street cafes serving up cool desserts.

Their flavours are known to be very distinctive and fragrant as they taste exactly like what their names promise. Their menu changes weekly, but just to give you an idea, some of their bestsellers include Oceanic Sea Salt, Valrhona Chocolate, Pure Lychee, and Premium Green Tea. 

You can mix 2 flavours together, and because they come in pretty striking colours like turquoise, you’ll want to get your cameras ready to snap a shot before the ice cream melts. 

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Single-flavour soft serve is priced at RM11.90 for a cone, while a double-flavour one costs RM12.90. For an extra sinful and indulgent treat, go for their Bubble Series (from RM19.90) – 2 scoops of soft serve enveloped in a “bubble waffle”, topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and fruits, and best shared among 2 people.

Address: 149, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 12.30PM-7.30PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 017-577 0980

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10. Merchant’s Lane – Western and Asian cuisines in a pre-war shophouse that resembles Penang’s China House


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Merchant’s Lane is a long-time resident in Petaling Street but it’s still packed with people today and it’s not hard to see why. With an atmosphere that resembles Penang’s China House, Merchant’s Lane continues to attract a steady stream of customers who patronise them for both their food and ambience. 

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Tucked upstairs in one of Petaling Street’s pre-war shophouses, it has a nice and cosy environment that exudes heritage, lots of greenery for photo backdrops, and delish food that justifies its higher price point.

You’ll get specially crafted Western and Asian cuisines (priced around RM28 per dish) with dishes such as beef stew, stir-fried spaghetti, chicken rice, and more on the menu.

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Address: 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 11.30AM-10PM | Sat & Sun 9.30AM-10PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Telephone: 03-2022 1736

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11. Bunn Choon – century-old egg tart business  


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Established in 1893, Bunn Choon’s egg tart is a true historical gem that has withstood the test of time.

Originally housed in the now-demolished Imbi Wet Market, Bunn Choon relocated to Petaling Street where it continues to sell its legendary egg tarts and other traditional Chinese pastries.

Their egg tarts are known for their golden-brown crust, thick and smooth egg custard, and fragrant aroma that you can catch from shops away.

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You can opt for the original egg tart for RM1.90 a piece or the bamboo charcoal sesame egg tart for RM2 a piece.

Bunn Choon also doubles as a dim sum joint where you can get your standard dim sum staples such as siew mai, shrimp dumpling, glutinous rice, and more for around RM6 a plate.

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Address: No 8. Lorong Panggung, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 7.30AM-3.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 016-228 7625

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12. Ho Kow Hainam Kopitiam – Hainanese breakfast staples in a 60-year-old kopitiam


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Ho Kow Hainam Kopitiam is also one of the old boys of Petaling Street. They have been operating since 1956 and their cafe is still packed to the brim on most weekends.

The menu is pretty traditional. You will find the usual Hainanese breakfast staples of Butter And Kaya Toast (RM2.90), Curry Chee Cheong Fun (RM4.80), Nasi Lemak With Fried Chicken (RM12.90), and more.

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Coffee drinkers should definitely order their Kopi Cham (RM2.90), an authentic Hainanese drink that mixes coffee and tea together, hence the word “cham”, great for dipping the toasts into.

Address: 1, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 7.30AMM-3PM | Sat & Sun 7.30AMM-3.30PM
Telephone: 03-2856 8287

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Petaling Street cafes – in a heritage hub with lots of modern eats 


From old-school food joints, famous egg tarts, to new fusion desserts, Petaling Street cafes will keep your bellies happy and your eyes pleased with all its colourful murals and gorgeous interiors. 

Take a weekend to not just indulge in all the food, but to soak in the sights, sounds, and people as you stroll through Kuala Lumpur’s heritage scene. 

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Cover image adapted from: @hungrywolfgrams, @dabaomy and @jelajournal 

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