The term “Hipster Cafés” implies trendy cafés which are deemed favorite hangout spots for youngsters usually the Millennials, i.e. the Generation Y. From a standpoint, Cafés largely serve as centres of social interaction, providing a place for people to gather, talk and chit-chat. However, today the bar to attract attention has been raised manifold. While good atmosphere of a café has become a pre-requisite, customers also expect a high level of creativity in the whole concept as well as quality in the food and drinks served. Though being unique is a factor, don’t forget to balance it with simplicity is crucial too. So who are trending now? Let’s check out the Top 10 Most Voted Hipster Cafes in Klang Valley.
1. Brewyard Coffee
Within barely a year since its launch in May 2014, Brewyard Coffee managed to make it to the latest addition of the foodies’ and coffee addicts’ paradise in SS15, Subang Jaya. The café is run by a hospitable couple, David Lee and his fiancé Ai Lee, who are passionate in their coffee brewing and home cooked food. The owners wanted the café to have a “cottage kind of feeling” and “not too modern”, hence, the look-and-feel of the café is integrated with bare brick walls interior, steel chairs and wooden tables lit with dim lightings of exposed bulbs hanging from the ceiling, creating a simple contemporary style ambience. The layout of the cafe is pretty quirky but fun enough to have different types of seating styles. This definitely fit nicely into this young-and-hip infused area for youngsters to have a spot to chill with a nice cuppa joe – it really feels like home!
Its menu spans from main courses such as pasta and pizza, all day breakfast items to coffee and smoothie beverages. Not forgetting the must-try funky desserts namely Teh Tarik Cheesecake, Tofufah Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake, the new Blueberry Cheesecake, the B.Y. Waffle with a combination of Oreo and Nuttella ice creams, the famous signature chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream as well as GONE Mars Bar (fried mars bar). They are all creatively and heartily made! With its ambience and menu variety, it's not surprising that Brewyard has become one of the top preferred venues for hangout among youngsters, especially students.
42(Ground Floor) SS15/4, 47500 Subang Jaya.
Tues - Sun: 12:00–00:00
Rekindle, joined the hubbub of shops, kopitiams and mamak stalls in SS2 late 2013. This café has a rustic charm and a cosy interior. Upon entering, it gives you the instant feel that “this is my kinda place” with its wooden mismatched furniture, sewing machine transformed tables, exposed brick walls, vintage deco and friendly staff welcoming you. The beanie bag corner is the best spot in the café – perfect to sit down, chit-chat with friends, have a good cup of coffee and map out your day. This place is fully embracing its hipster charms!
Apart from good coffees, the café also serves tea and juices that go well with its cakes, croissants, sandwiches and toasts. If you are a cake lover, you will definitely fall in love with its wide selection of cakes - carrot, red velvet, peanut butter chocolate, Nuttela hazelnut, Tiramisu and etc. You can never believe how good they are until you taste them yourself!
Jalan SS2/64, 47300 Petaling Jaya
Tues – Thurs 12:00–00:00
Fri - Sat: 12:00–01:00
3. Cat in the Box
Amber Wong and Muzhir Yusuf are coffee lovers who are passionate about good coffee. They started off Cat in The Box by providing mobile coffee services, coupled with organisations and gradually built its brand through appearance in events. And now, the “little cat” has moved from a “mobile box” to a physical café, to continue its mission to serve good food and coffees to its customers. The café was recently relocated to Empire Damansara, on the first floor, right above Gravy Factory. It’s drenched in natural sunlight, bigger, and airier – perfect for photography when the calming view of Damansara Perdana's suburban foliage through the metres-high windows is at its most impressive. It’s definitely a cozy and warm place to throw a small group gathering with friends.
What is a must-try here? Coffee – brewed from the exclusively East Timor beans, farmed using traditionally organic methods, gives you a smooth, nutty, with mild acidity texture. If you like cold coffee, East Timor Cold Brew is a must-try – East Timor beans, cold-brewed for over 24 hours, and served as a latte or Americano. Rich, bold, and smooth. AWESOME! They even have very talented coffee artists who can make 3D coffee arts that will leave you impressed. Besides coffee beverages, Cat In The Box also offers visitors fruity teas, including lemon and ginger, chamomile and superfruit. As for light food, you may not want to miss out the #TheRoyCohn Sandwich, created specially for the theatre production “Angels in America” by theatrethreesixty.
Lot 111 Heritage Lane, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana,, 47820 Petaling Jaya
Mon - Thurs: 11:00–22:00
Fri - Sat: 11:00–01:00
4. The Grumpy Cyclist
The Grumpy Cyclist was inspired by the close relation between cycling and coffee in countries like America, Australia and Europe, where cyclists would meet at the cafes, hang out and go off for their rides. The Grumpy Cyclist is no ordinary café. Why say so? It’s not just a place for you to get your caffeine fix, it also provides a space for events, such as club meetings and a bicycle workshop where people can work on their bikes or even have their bicycles assembled with a local mountain biker (by appointment only). The café exuding a simply comforting interior integrating simple wooden tables blending harmoniously well with black metal chairs and unfinished flooring.
Cycling element aside, its aim is also to deliver good and affordable coffee, ranging from RM5 to RM13. In terms of food, there’s a wide selection – all day breakfast set, pancakes, spaghetti or the spiced chicken and beef bacon wrap. Their weekend special comprises pasta, pancakes, onion rings and potato wedges. Oliver James is the best-loved breakie item here - bacons and cherry tomatoes and scrambled eggs blanketing pancakes, it sure is a well-balanced and all-round nutritious breakfast! Dessert lovers, be sure to try out the café’s famous desserts, the red velvet cake, Rouge. All in all, if you are a cycling enthusiast, this is definitely a place hang out!
36, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur,
Mon - Sun: 08:00–23:00
5. Miss Ellie Tea House
A cosy, quaint little place tucked away in scenic Taman Melawati, Miss Ellie Tea House is a favourite stop for moist desserts, homemade scones, and delicate pastries, as well as a range of healthy and hearty dishes which served all day. When you walk into the charming, family run tea house, it will amazed you with its setting, makes you feels like you stepped onto a Harry Potter film set! The space complete with a coat rack, wooden dressers, hard-bound books, ostentatiously old-fashioned lampshades and English tea-pots. This decoration idea came from Nancy, the mother of the café owner, Justin Wong.
Spending 10 years in Australia doing pastry and years perfecting the scone-making technique, we have no doubt that Justin makes the best English scones in KL. They were buttery, tender and full of flavours - chocolate, oatmeal, raisin, and plain. The scones come served either with freshly whipped cream, butter, home-made marmalade or a strawberry-thyme jam. Another KL best dessert you can find here is their Crème brûlée, made with real vanilla pods instead of essence, for luxurious flavour & fragrance. Desserts aside, they offer simple menu like Bangers & Mash, beef casserole & chicken parmigiana, as well as several pastas. This hidden gem is definitely becoming a hipster hangout place!
7 Jalan H3, Taman Melawati, 53100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tues - Sat: 10:00–19:00
6. Frisky Goat
Delicious breakfast and brunch selections stand out at this Taman Tun hipster bakery café! It gives a relaxing environment with a modern European vibe. The décor consists of wooden tables, iron chairs, brick walls and some humorous wall posters. This is a feel-good place that makes you want to stay for hours, listening to the French Top 40 playing around the clock, sharing a mouth-watering homemade cake with friends or just observing the goldfish in the aquarium in the outdoor lounge area.
Frisky Goat's baked eggs is the most popular item in the brunch menu. Perfectly prepared, beautifully balanced in both flavour and texture, mixed with slices of spiced sausage, cherry tomatoes and beef bacon that's surprisingly tastier than the norm, partnered with Frisky Goat's own-baked crusty toast. Absolutely delicious! Brunch aside, it's worth noting that Frisky Goat also serves full-fledged lunches and dinners too. Lunch/dinner menus include pasta, soups and salads, and some mains like Slow Roasted Chicken Confit, Bouef Bouguignon and Black Angus Rib Eye Steak with truffled mashed potatoes. The Asian Style Softshell Crab Linguine is something unique. It spoke of chilli, kaffir lime leaf, coriander and tomato sauce, topped with ebiko in the pasta. As for desserts, Red Opera Cake is a must-try!
72, Jalan Burhanudin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.
Mon - Sun: 08:00–22:30
7. Bxie Blonde
Have you ever chilled in a shipping container before? Now you can! Owned by mother-and-son team Liz and Eidrix, Bixie Blonde is a café bar housed inside a two-level shipping container in The Square, Publika. It provides a great hangout spot in the evening for coffee lovers, along with delectable treats. If you would to climb the steps to an alfresco section, you will see a large, winged yellow sculpture by local artist Nizam Abdullah made of recycled materials – definitely a highlight of the café! The upstairs space, with a maximum capacity of 60 people, is also open to bookings for events or any other creative ideas you have up your sleeve. On a normal cool and calm evening, this place also makes for a pleasant setting for drinks and dinner.
The menu isn’t wide, but that is reasonable, considering the limited kitchen space. They serve light food such as Tapas, Sandwiches, pastas as well as desserts. Don’t forget to try their house speciality – BxieBlonde Kontena Kaya Adventure, a Pandan lamington served with Gula Melaka whipped cream and Sri Kaya. On the drinks side of things, apart from coffee, the bar serves win and classics like Mojito as well as Long Island iced tea. This trendy container has the potential to become a social media-worthy outlet and a new place for hipsters to hangout!
Jalan Dutamas 1, Hartamas Heights, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur,
Mon - Sun: 11:00–01:00
8. Caffeinated Cabin
A quirky little cafe “hidden in the woods”, Caffeinated Cabin is made to look like a cabin equipped with large windows to allow plenty of sunlight to come through. While it does not have a clear signage to indicate its existence, just spot the large saloon billboard along the Jalan Gasing road for the location. A café worthwhile paying a visit, Caffeinated Cabin is beautifully decorated, peaceful and cozy, a place suitable for quiet appointment or relaxing chit-chat with friends. This place is also perfect for photography with its blend of nature around the cabin.
lthough small in size, Caffeinated Cabin is no less in terms of the drinks and food served. Serving all day brunch menu such as “I am from Italy” and “Smoke Duck Tartine” (which are unusual from the common English breakfast), Caffeinated Cabin also serves up good coffee and pastries. For your information, Derry the café owner is not a beginner in Food & Beverage business as his father runs Touche Pastries at Section 17. This attractive little café surely has its charm despite the limited space, but hey, the feeling would not be the same anymore if Caffeinated Cabin is operated in a huge area right?
No.64, Jalan Gasing, 46000 Petaling Jaya.
Tues - Sun: 08:00–19:00
9. Otherwise Cafe
Looking for somewhere crazily unique? Get ready your camera as Otherwise Café is sure one mysterious venue. Imagine faceless bridal mannequins, black-&-white wedding portraits, vintage furniture, wheelchairs and skulls on counters. This combination styles Otherwise Café as a rather gothic venue, some say spooky especially at night time. Well, another way to look at it, Otherwise Café is definitely distinctive and one of its kind!
Otherwise's selling point lies with its unique atmosphere more than its items in the menu. While Otherwise serves up cakes (Yummy Tiramisu), coffee & beer, Otherwise Café actually shares a space with a wedding photography studio & hair salon by day. A good hangout spot for sure, Otherwise Café is also conducive for those who work away from office. Eerie, ghostly or whatever it is, one thing is for sure, we see creativity and boldness in the team of Otherwise Café . Do pay a visit when you are around at Kelana Jaya!
No 6, Jalan SS4D/14 (Kelana Jaya), 47301 Petaling Jaya.
Wed - Thurs: 17:00–22:00
10. QUAR/TET TTDI
In contrast with Otherwise Café, QUAR/TET TTDI plays the card of vibrancy and liveliness. An ideal hipster hangout for the neighbourhood in Taman Tun, QUAR/TET is the place where conversations are made, deals are sealed and the hub of gatherings where people from all walks of life sits and enjoy a warm, welcoming environment with their friends or loved ones.
A tranquil and comfortable setting with music playing in the background, you can have your drinks the way you love it and complimented with QUAR/TET’s homemade pastries, desserts and bakeries with the all day brunch menus as well. Expect a menu made everything from scratch to serve you the freshest ingredient and variety of beverages to suite your needs. Our TallyPress Team tried the Nicoise Salad, Eggs Hemingway, Crab Toastie and Chai Brulee and our stomach were pretty happy with what we got served. Oh, do check out Quartet's vinyl collection too.
No 21, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Monday - Sunday: 8am - 12 Midnight
The compilation of this list was made from the accumulation of public votes. To view the result of the Top 15, download Pollbook on App Store/Google Play. Thank you for reading.