A hipster guide to Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s bustling capital is as breathtaking as it is exciting. The skyline is dotted with minarets and skyscrapers, the food scene is out of this world with a mix of different Asian heritage styles merged together, and the shopping and art scene is buzzing.
Kuala Lumpur is becoming increasingly hipster, with trendy, quirky bars, live music, and an emerging coffee scene. Whether you’re there for a quick stopover or as a destination visit, here’s where to get your hipster on next time you’re in KL…
Malays love to eat, so you’re in for a real treat when it comes to the foodie scene in Kuala Lumpur. For a delicious breakfast and award-winning coffee, head to the ultra-trendy Antipodean Cafe, which is a stylish space flooded with natural light and high ceilings. PULP by Papa Palheta is another top joint for coffee, something of a coffee-playground housed in an old paper factory, where your morning cup of coffee is guaranteed to be a hugely sensory experience. For a fabulous all day breakfast including a breakfast cereal bar, Amity Cafe really hits the spot, also serving up a delicious selection of cakes. Celebrate the Indian influence within Malaysia by heading out for a curry at one of KL’s fave curry houses, the award-winning Fierce Curry House, and be sure to try their speciality biryani.
A toast to the weekend! Pair the avocado egg toast with a @ninetypluscoffee Hachira N2 brew. #pulpbyppp #papapalheta #specialtycoffee #ninetyplus #hachiraN2 #pulp #bangsar #cafehopkl A photo posted by PULP by Papa Palheta (@pulpbyppp) on
There are some seriously cool bars and nightspots tucked away in KL. If you can find the entrance, you’ll be rewarded with a martini to remember at the uber-hip ‘Tate’, one of KL’s speak-easy style bars. Another place not to miss is 'Omaskase + Appreciate', one of KL’s coolest cocktail bars, owned by renowned mixologists who knock up bespoke cocktails to suit your taste. If you’d like to enjoy the Kuala Lumpur skyline over a drink or two, head to one of the city’s newest and most popular nightspots, Stratosphere is located on an infinity grassed helipad overlooking seriously spectacular views of the city. For live music, catch a gig at The Bee at Publika, where international and popular local musicians perform in this relaxed, buzzing environment. The Bee is also a great place for brunch if you’re looking for a hangover joint!
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Malays LOVE to shop. It’s their equal fave pastime along with eating! This is a city bursting with shopping malls and special interest shops. If you fancy some mall shopping then Publika is probably your best bet. This upmarket mall has a distinctly creative and artsy vibe about it, with lots of international fashion outlets, independent stores, and gourmet cafes. If you’re in the market for some inspiring artwork and gifts, head to the Islamic Arts Museum shop, which stocks a beautiful range of Islamic treasures from all over world, including carved jewellery, textiles, pottery and tiles.
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