Part coffee bar and part concept store offering curated timepieces, Vernakular combines spectacular interior with airy spaciousness. You’ll find brands such as Olivia Burton, Timex, Bravur, and William L. 1985 alongside a selection of cakes and coffee.
Try the Sakura Matcha Butter Loaf, Carrot Cake with Pecans and Strawberries, as well as Smores Brownies while you’re there.
Address: 33, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: [email protected]
2. Kaffe 16
In addition to specialty coffee, chocolate drinks, pastries, and hot mains, Kaffe 16 is also the perfect spot to up the ante on your Instagram game. Expect a brilliant combination between the minimal yet alluring aesthetics and natural lighting.
Try their Dirty Latte, Elderflower Tonic Espresso, Bittersweet 62 Per Cent Chocolate, Japanese Katsu Chicken Curry Rice, and the Chocolate Truffle Cake.
Address: Lot 16, Jalan Panggong, Kuala Lumpur
3. Curio Coffee Roaster
The micro-roaster and a cozy neighborhood cafe might be small in size but Curio sure packs a punch in terms of its offerings. The selection of pastries here are on rotation but expect options such as Chilled Matcha Cheesecake, Salted Caramel Choco Cake, and Sourdough Croissant.
While you’re there, don’t forget to give their signature drinks a go—including Black Soda and Skyfall. Also, don’t miss out on the homemade rose jam that goes amazing with their cranberry scones.
Address: Rivercity, Lot 468, G26-A, Block G Rivercity Roof Top, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 012 290 2302
4. Japas by Jeff Ramsey
Meet the latest venture by Michelin-starred Chef Jeff Ramsey. This is his second restaurant in Kuala Lumpur— with Babe by Jeff Ramsey being his debut in the city. Alongside a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline and a greenery-filled environment, Japas is a restaurant that’s inspired from the quintessential Japanese izakaya. Hence, expect the menu here to offer a modern edge on traditional izakaya fare.
On the menu, you will find dishes such as Engawa Tsukudani (Simmered Flounder Fin with Mustard Seed); Grilled Pulpo al Ajillo (Spanish Smoked Paprika, Aioli, and Lemon); Japanese Wagyu Striploin Steak (A5 Kagoshima Beef with Assorted Yakumi); Charcoal Grilled Hamachi Kama (Nanami, Lemon, Chili Daikon, and Soy); as well as Toro Truffle (Fatty Tuna Belly with Tsukudani Jus).
Address: Level 11, [email protected], Changkat Semantan, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 013 209 1330
Using ingredients of the creme de la creme and baking fresh daily, Orito is the latest spot in town for all things bread and patisserie.
Options to try include Paris Brest (choux filled with hazelnut praline and hazelnut cream); matcha doughnut; and dark chocolate with hazelnuts brioche.
Address: B-0-5, Plaza Damas 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas, Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: [email protected]
6. Nippori Bistro
In addition to Japanese fusion French and Western dishes, Nippori Bistro also serves a variety of home-baked pastries and cakes. A spin-off of the popular Nippori that opened in 2016, this new eatery’s interior is as eclectic as its food—from the gigantic Mona Lisa portrait to its high-ceilinged space.
Treat yourself to Deep Sea Kombu Spaghetti, Salmon Mentai sushi roll, Smoked Duck Feta pizza, Wagyu Bolognese, and more.
Address: Lot 2 and 3, Jalan 51a/225, Seksyen 51a, Petaling Jaya
Contact: 011 5992 0379
7. VCR Stacks
Meet the latest ventures from the VCR you’ve come to know and adore. VCR Stacks is a sandwich bar utilising freshly baked bread (of course!). Pair your delicious sandwich with a cup of coffee and you’re all set for a great day ahead.
Some options include the Classic Chicken sandwich with sous-vide chicken, mash avo, arugula, and nuts; Egg Sando; as well as Zen Stacks with halloumi, pesto hummus, portobello, tomato, feta, and arugula. For something sweeter, opt for the Nut Butter Jelly or Strawberry Ricotta Tartine.
Address: Unit 15-0-5, Shoplex, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03 5880 4834
For last month’s list of new restaurants and cafes, click here.
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