An Essential Guide To Eating Your Way Through Kuala Lumpur

With a week in hand and a list of cafes and restaurants longer than the legs of a Victoria’s Secret model, I arrived in Kuala Lumpur with a mission. My mission was this: to eat my way through the city. Because what better way to get acquainted with a place than through one’s stomach?

When my family decided that Kuala Lumpur would be our holiday destination of choice, I was a little disappointed. I’d visited the city several times in the past and was always a little let down by the food scene. However, this time, I was determined to find the best of the best. So weeks before leaving for our holiday, I begun an intense research process.

As I dug through every crevice of the internet and social media, I was shocked by how many places I found. I couldn’t believe how many hidden gems Kuala Lumpur had to offer! Scandinavian-esque cafes, drool-wrothy brunch spots, and dessert cafes galore, you name it, Kuala Lumpur had it.

Perhaps my ignorance roots from the fact that every other time I’d visited KL, I hadn’t left the downtown vicinity. While upscale restaurants are located downtown, every cafe and brunch spot I visited was located outside the downtown core. It gave me the opportunity to see different parts of KL that I hadn’t even heard of! Although the public transportation system in Kuala Lumpur is practically non-existent, Ubers are ridiculously cheap. I never paid over $5!

So, without further ado, here is my guide:

VCR

VCR was the first cafe I visited, and undoubtedly the best. I was blown away by everything we ordered. If I could recommend one dish, it would be the scrambled egg, which is topped off with parmesan and truffle oil. Consider it the Beyonce of all brunch dishes.

Merchant’s Lane

If you’re looking for a photogenic cafe with great dessert and local cuisine, look no further. Tucked away in an unassuming little corner in Chinatown, Merchant’s Lane was a pleasant surprise. You cannot leave without getting their very simple milk and honey drink (photographed here) which is equal parts delicious and pretty. I was skeptical at first, but believe me, I couldn’t believe such a simple drink could be so delicious.

Breakfast Thieves

My brother and I loved this spot. It’s located in a little plot which houses several different cafes and restaurants, so it’s great for cafe hopping! The food here was phenomenal too.

Pulp by Papa Palhetta

After Breakfast Thieves, we headed over to Pulp, which was highly recommended to me. Their interior is a minimalist’s dream and the coffee could get even the pickiest coffee connoisseur’s stamp of approval.

A Pie Thing

I’m going to make a very bold statement and say that A Pie Thing had the best pies I’ve ever had. We ordered the double chocolate and S’mores pies. You know the feeling of being full but continuing to eat because the food is so good? That’s the best way to describe my experience. Go with an empty stomach and and stretchy pants. The pies here are rich and sinfully good.

Frisson

Here, we ordered the Spicy Korean Chicken and Waffles. The only complaint I have is that I didn’t like the cut of chicken they gave me – there wasn’t enough meat. But nonetheless, if you’re a fan of spicy food, you shouldn’t pass up on this dish.

Soft Srve

I never thought I’d be recommending soft serve ice-cream, but here I am doing just that. They have several locations, all of which have different flavours. My favourite was the Cookie Monster flavour, which is available at their Pavilion location. In fact, I loved this flavour so much, that I ate it every single day I was in Kuala Lumpur.

Neighbourhood

Although Neighbourhood is a good 25 minute drive from the downtown core, the journey is definitely worth it. Their fuwa fuwa cake is the softest, fluffiest cake, most cloud-like thing I’ve ever tasted. The only thing comparable to this is Uncle Tetsu cheesecakes.

Littlepeople

A great little spot for coffee.

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28 Comments

  1. July 6, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    you are KILLING me with those food pics :p

    Honestly, whenever i travel my conscious about eating well goes out the window. Gimme everything – I want to try it all!!!
    Love this post – super envious of your gorgeous travels

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    Caitlin

  2. July 6, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Every single thing looks so delicious -made my mouth water!
    Seriously you just gave me the biggest cravings, babe.

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  3. July 6, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    Everything looks so delicious! THank you for sharing:)

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  4. July 7, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I’m dying over these food photos! How delicious do these dishes look! I’ve never been to the area, but I might just have to go. Thanks so much for sharing girl.

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  5. July 8, 2017 / 12:40 am

    I have never been to Malaysia and have never quite thought about going but this has definitely changed my mind. This seems like an extraordinary city to visit!!

    xox,
    Hannah
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  6. July 8, 2017 / 2:48 am

    I didn’t know there is such a wide selection of foodie spots in KL. Your photos are all so gorgeous!

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  7. July 8, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Oh wow, you found really good places to eat in KL. While I only had a couple nights when I visited last, I mostly ate at our hotel (because they had amazing restaurants!). Though we did a local food tour and that was really interesting. I liked some of those dishes and it was certainly more memorable trying some places being shown around by a local. I wouldn’t have found them myself!
    I will have to book mark your post if I get to go again. The coffee looks so good!
    xx Jenelle
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  8. Yiota
    July 8, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    All this food is making me hungry and how cute is the colour of the ice cream? (can I call an ice cream cute? don’t know haha but I have never seen a light blue ice cream before) xx

    Yiota
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  9. July 8, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Holy Crap, that is some amazing food babe! Eating to my heart’s content is always the first thing on my mind whilst travelling !! Didn’t know KL had such a great foodie scene (only hear about Penang in Malaysia and all the authentic food there)

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  10. July 9, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    The food looks amazing, especially that ice cream, yum! 🙂

    I’m glad you made the most of your trip and really enjoyed researching beforehand and eating at all these wonderful places! 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

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  11. July 9, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Beautiful photos! Everything looks so yummy! 🙂 xx

  12. Filipa
    July 10, 2017 / 1:14 am

    Oh my everything looks so delish, you have me wanting to book my flight right now

    Filipa xxx
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  13. July 10, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    It makes me so hungry !By the way I am a food addict !

  14. July 12, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Ahh you looked like you had such an amazing trip. These photos are fantastic, but I bet they don’t do the food full justice. I’ve always wanted Kuala Lumpur. I didn’t know they had such a fantastic food scene. That ice cream looks heavenly!
    Lyndi xo

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  15. July 13, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Love your photography!