This list of new hipster cafés will have all the coffee lovers in Malaysia jumping for joy.

KL's café culture does not seem to be slowing down, as new cafés have been popping up left, right and centre in Klang Valley all year. If you find yourself spoilt for choice on which café to visit next, worry not! SAYS has taken the liberty of compiling a list of the best cafés that have opened its doors in 2014.
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1. Metal Box Restaurant & Café @ Empire Damansara

  • Presumably named after the shipping container that’s housed inside, Damansara Perdana’s newest haunt has everything a café hopper will approve of: industrial style decor and fittings, strong WiFi, and a solid food menu that will please any brunch fan.

  • Metal Box Restaurant & Café is located at G12, Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

2. Thirdwave @ Nexus Bangsar South

  • The coffee enthusiasts at Thirdwave are so serious about their java they established a special coffee counter just to educate you about hand-brewed coffee. Thirdwave gets beans from a variety of sources including Three Little Birds, and the resulting brew is a full-bodied coffee that pairs well with the upside-down starfruit cake, the root beer float cupcake, and – if you can handle it – the papaya cheesecake.

  • Thirdwave is located at 1-11, Level 1, Nexus, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur.

3. Brewmen @ Solaris Mont Kiara

  • A specialty coffee café located in Solaris Mont Kiara, Brewmen strives to brew the best cup of coffee, incorporating a variety of brewing methods and techniques to extract the best characteristic from each coffee bean. Our rustic setting creates a relaxed ambience for coffee appreciation and our homemade waffles are sure to aroused nostalgia to walk you down memory lane.

  • Brewmen is located at No.6, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

4. Pulp by Papa Palheta @ Bangsar

  • A high ceiling, a blue paper-cutting machine repurposed into a coffee bar, and a space bathing in sunlight – this might just be the prettiest café in Bangsar yet. Although the stellar coffee and desserts here encourage lingering, the owners insist that Pulp be described as a coffee retailer and supplier, rather than as a café. Get serious in a cupping room where you learn from baristas who work their gear with topflight technique. Or marvel at the mementos of the warehouse over a Blue Batak brew.

  • Pulp by Papa Palheta is located at 29-01, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

5. BEAM @ Bandar Sri Damansara

  • BEAM is an acronym for Bean Expedition At Manufactory. It only opened a week ago, joining the other cafés mushrooming around the Klang Valley. BEAM serves sandwiches, salads, kuihs, cakes and most importantly, coffee! From Western to local, 'kopi O' or latte, they have both of it.

  • The specialty café not only churns out quality brews but also sells raw green beans for roasters to purchase. Aesthetically, BEAM has got the exposed-brick look down pat; like the furniture at Wood & Steel, some of the pieces here are built from scratch and thoughtfully laid out to emerge as one of the year’s best-looking cafés.

  • Beam is located at No. 25, Jalan Gangsa SD5/3B, Bandar Sri Damansara 52200 Kuala Lumpur.

6. Caffeinated Cabin @ Jalan Gasing, PJ

  • Caffeinated Cabin proves that being in a confined area does not mean you cannot serve good food with its variety of all day brunch menu, including main ingredients such as poached eggs, omelettes, smoked ducks and smokes salmon. Cakes and pastries here comes in a rather huge variety, while espresso-based coffees are served using Coffex beans.

  • Caffeinated Cabin is located at 64, Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

7. The Soda Factory @ Taman Desa

  • At The Soda Factory in Taman Bukit Desa (located in the same row as the ever-popular Sanuki Udon), you can enjoy a bubbly soda straight from the tap or a velvety ice cream float. This Aussie-inspired diner also serves made-to-order sourdough pizzas and waffles for those seeking light bites.

  • The Soda Factory is located at 15, Jalan Bukit Desa 5, Taman Bukit Desa, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.

8. Jac's On The 8th @ Ara Damansara

  • This no-fuss café in Ara Damansara brews coffee using siphon, pour-over or ice drip techniques with the single-origin Grand Central Premium Roasters blend from Australia. The all-day breakfast menu features rice, noodles, pastas, sandwiches and the token granola serving. Cakes like carrot and cheese are personally baked by owner Jaclyn.

  • Jac's On The 8th is located at G-G-8, Jalan PJU1A/20E, Dataran Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

9. Chemistry Café + Lab @ Shah Alam

  • Being a themed cafe, Chemistry Cafe has lots of funky science apparatus placed around the cafe, such as graduated cylinders, retort stands, and test tubes. Baristas are all dressed in lab coats to enhance the cafe's theme.

  • Besides the espresso-based coffee, you would want to try Chemistry Café's ice blended beverages, they are all served in volumetric flasks, with white and brown sugar kept in syringes. They also serve a variety of cooked food, such as rice dishes, pastas, lasagnas, and pies. For desserts, cakes, muffins, and waffles are available for you to 'experiment' on.

  • Chemistry Café + Lab is located at 26, Jalan Kristal J7/J, Seksyen 7, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor.

10. BAD by Wood & Steel @ Desa Sri Hartamas

  • Another day, another new addition to the coffee scene, BAD by Wood & Steel makes its debut in the heart of Desa Sri Hartamas. If Kota Damansara Wood & Steel rocked your boat, you will love BAD equally as much with its loft-style cafe filled with beautifully made furniture from Wood & Steel set against little quirky design touches from wall art and windows adorned with custom stickers that feature celebrity greats from James Dean to Elvis.

  • BAD by Wood & Steel is located at Glomac Galleria, Galleria Hartamas, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

11. Strangers At 47 @ Section 17, PJ

  • One of 2014's most enjoyable new eateries, Strangers At 47 has stormed into PJ's Section 17 with a striking selection of fanciful & flamboyant crepes, some memorably savoury & others magically sweet.

  • Strangers At 47 is located at 47, Jalan 17/45, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

12. JENERIS by Ahren @ Nu Sentral

  • Here's one for the flustered among us. JENERIS by Ahren caters to the travellers and commuters on the go by packaging food in neat, easy-to-carry parcels. Even when dining in, cutlery and cups are disposable to adhere to the takeaway culture of the café. Basic sandwiches and pastas dot the menu, plumped up by the prospect of nasi lemak or a slice of coconut cake.

  • JENERIS by Ahren is located at Lot CC-14, Concourse Level, Nu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur.

13. Cultura @ Bangsar

  • Nestled along the now-bustling Lorong Kurau strip is Cultura, a cosy bakery-cum-café that offers a wide variety of breads, buns and pastries that are freshly baked without any preservatives. The straightforward menu here is dominated by all-day sets – opt for the ones with Cultura’s home-style sweet and savoury toasties.

  • Cultura is located at 1, Lorong Kurau Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

14. Wild Coffee & Tea @ Puchong

  • Wild Coffee & Tea serves premium coffees, teas and other beverages, and authentic dishes from Korea, China & Central Asia.

  • Wild Coffee & Tea is located at 27-1, First Floor, Jalan Puteri 1/6, Bandar Puteri Puchong, Selangor.

15. Abah & Sons Co. Motocafé @ Lake Fields, Sungai Besi

  • The Abah & Sons cafe is a labour of love by a married couple & their friends, filled with motorcycle paraphernalia that spans signboards to vintage photos of bikers dating back decades. Abah & Sons wheels out a crowd-pleasing menu that includes all-day breakfasts and coffee blends from Kota Damansara's Wood & Steel.

  • Abah & Sons Co. Motocafé is located at 62A, The Trillium, Lake Fields, Jalan Tasik Utama 7, Sungei Besi, Kuala Lumpur.

16. Sugar Rush @ Pusat Bandar Damansara

  • Sugar Rush is the brainchild of 25-year-old paediatric psychologist Yana & her mom, who've started supplying sugar therapy to the city's stressed-out customers in a setting where Ed Sheeran & The Script waft out of the speakers. Temptations, replenished at least twice everyday, include creamy-moist chocolate ganache cakes with salted buttercream, apple cinnamon cupcakes, and banana with salted caramel cakes.

  • Sugar Rush is located at A7-A8, Level 1, Block A, Pusat Bandar Damansara, Bukit Damansara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

17. Fuwa Fuwa Bakery Café @ Jaya One

  • With quirkily named buns like Durian Bomb, Butter Melty, and Rolly Polly, Fuwa Fuwa Bakery and Cafe is one of the more well-received openings in The School by Jaya One for the parents. There's plenty of light streaming in through the glass wall while minimalist blond wood furniture interpersed with potted plants all work together to lend relaxing vibes to the cafe. Fuwa Fuwa also offers brunch meals such as sandwiches and pasta. Parents can sign their kids up for baking and decor classes or better yet, baking parties.

  • Fuwa Fuwa Bakery Café is located at 100-1.37 & 41 Block J, The School @ Jaya One, 72A, Jalan Universiti, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

18. Hop Hop Rabbit Café @ SS18, Subang

  • If cats are too mainstream for you, Hop Hop allows you to mingle with carrot-chomping bunnies in a glass-sealed room. The café is separated into two sections – a typical café space and a grassy one overrun with rabbits. You can’t bring food and drinks into the rabbit section but feel free to dig into caramel peanut cakes and s’mores behind the glass.

  • Hop Hop Rabbit Café is located at 7, Jalan SS18/6, Subang, 47500 Selangor.

19. 103 Coffee Workshop @ Sri Petaling

  • A cozy and rustic café with a Japanese touch to its food and beverages, adding some Asian element to the coffee scene in Malaysia.

  • Besides Japanese-inspired cuisine, 103 Coffee Workshop serves everything from double-shot flat whites made with a Brazil-Colombia-Guatemala blend to hand-brewed coffee that relies on Kenyan & Ethiopian single-origin beans.

  • 103 Coffee Workshop is located at No.103, Jalan Radin Bagus, 57000 Kuala Lumpur.

20. Doiffee @ Taman Desa

  • Doiffee has a dark wine cellar ambience with plenty of wood and concrete employed in its interior design. There is even a faux fireplace at the entrance for that pseudo-European atmosphere. Espressos, flat whites and piccolo lattes rule here, with some truly stellar latte art for dedicated Instagrammers.

  • Doiffee is located at 10A, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur.


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