6 Best places to eat, drink and shop in Petaling Jaya


By Zoe Yang

6 Best places to eat, drink and shop in Petaling Jaya

Looking for things to do on a weekend or in search of never before ventured places? Peep our guide for fun things you can do in Petaling Jayayou might just go back to one of these hidden gems for more!

Universal Bakehouse

Highly praised for their heavenly pairing of country sourdough with sea salt French butter, many would vouch that it’s to die-for. Guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind cafe in PJ, the team prioritises heavily on their bread quality and is committed to serving you the freshest baked goods you can find here. A few best-selling items on the menu are their coffee (pick any), the ever light and fluffy scones, its signature sourdough with sea salt butter (obviously), apple sourdough, apple pie, chocolate brownies, calamansi cake, and Turkey Ham & Pistachio Tartine.

Seats can be an issue as the cafe is pretty tiny, but it’s all good doughthey make up for dishing out premium quality meals in town. Loaf around the cafe (bun intended) and get your carb cravings fixed!

Address: 21, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: Tuesday  Sunday, 8.30am  5pm | Closed on Mondays

Contact: 011 3332 7581

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Bistro à Table

How often do you see a French dining situated in the Petaling Jaya area and what’s more, one that won Malaysia Tatler Best Restaurants Guide consecutively four times in a row since 2012. Isadora Chai, founder and head chef of Bistro à Table, leads the award-winning French restaurant and produces some of the most raved-about dishes including Truffle Mushroom & Pistachio Risotto, Truffled Coddled Egg with Crouton Dust, and Pomelo Pavlova.

Their menu carries a la carte dishes as well as a slew of curated degustation courses, personalised with hints of modern twists and local flavours. Especially for those who usually drive down to Kuala Lumpur for quality French cuisine, save yourself from unnecessary traffic and visit this cosy nook for an exquisite French culinary experience.

Address: 6, Jalan 17/54, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: Tuesday  Sunday, 12pm  2.30pm & 6.30pm  11pm | Closed on Mondays

Contact: 03 7931 2831

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GRUB by Ah Hong & Friends

Previously a struggling chap fan store, restaurant owner Ah Hong gave a full revamp to his failing business, turning it into a modest (not fancy) steakhouse and now doing exceptionally well, better than ever. Over at GRUB, foodies can look forward to having a sinful, hearty feast and satiate gobsmackingly delicious meat servings of well-seasoned, juicy steaks including wagyu, New York striploin, T-bone steak, tomahawks, and more.

If you don’t want any beef, that’s fine tootheir grilled lamb, seafood bouillabaisse, and grilled chicken chop also received favourable reviews. Not only that, this eatery is commended for its affordable prices for the variety of steaks, which is the reason why the restaurant functions on a self-service basis, able to keep their food prices down. Although usually packed with large crowds, the ambiance of the restaurant still manages to ooze cosy vibes amongst the busy settingdefinitely a trendy spot to chill with your loved ones or old friends for a memorable night.

Don’t forget to read GRUB’s cheeky menu introduction for a good laugh before dinner.

P/S: It is advised that you make a reservation in advance to avoid disappointment.

Address: 608, Jalan 17/10, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: Tuesday  Friday, 6pm  11pm | Saturday  Sunday, 11am  2.30pm & 6pm  10pm | Closed on Mondays

Contact: 014-607 2983

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If you’re looking for places to get your sugar cravings fixed, this hidden gem can definitely cater upon your sweet tooth needs. Like its name, their waffles are known to be crispy on the outside, yet soft and fluffy when bite into it. Some of its house signatures (and crowd favourites) are Pooh Bear’s Favourite, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan meanwhile their best-selling cakes include Rose Lychee CloudcakeStrawberry Shortcake18 Layers Chocolate Cake, and Tiramisu Cake. From ice-creams to waffles to light and fluffy cakes, everything they serve here is made in-house and from scratchwhat more can one ask of? Don’t forget to pair your appetising treats with their must-try fragrant brewed coffee as well!

P/S: Visit earlier as space is quite limited here, especially on nights on weekends.

Address: 55, Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: Tuesday  Thursday, 12pm  10pm | Friday  Sunday, 12pm  11pm | Closed on Mondays

Contact: 03-7865 1833

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A joint lot with coffee shop One Half, you can opt for a visit to the cosy nook before or after a cup of joe and have a look around their store. The retail store offers an array of random (and beautiful) pieces, ranging from fashion pieces to interior furnishings to personal careall sourced from local designers and consignors. Spend your weekend here and you might come across interesting artisanal finds to treat yourself, or if you’re on a hunt for a unique gift for that special someone, this would be a decent spot to visit.

Address: 17, Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 11am  10pm daily

Contact: 016-353 4727

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NUDE The Zero Waste Store

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While adopting a zero-waste lifestyle can be quite costly, this store comes highly recommended for its reasonable pricing. Whether you’re interested or only a beginner in the habit, check out this store’s entirely package-free goods, featuring an assortment of everyday items from wet and dry foods to personal care to household liquids. Make sure to bring your very own trusty bottle or container to store your goodies!

Address: 11A, Jalan 19/29, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: Tuesday  Sunday, 11am  7pm | Closed on Mondays

Contact: 011-3773 9639

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