Petaling Street in Chinatown is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic areas. Due to its historical value, it is regarded as a heritage site. A number of pre-war buildings have been restored and converted into vintage, quirky cafés. Besides its unique menu and delicacies, these eateries certainly deserve a feature on your Instagram feed.
Check out our list of Instagram-worthy cafés on Petaling Street:
One of the trendiest for-the-gram cafés in Petaling Street is Luckin Kopi, a traditional Kopitiam that operates in a 150-year-old pre-war building with a charm that brings you back to the past. It offers a homey, old-meets-modern vibe with vintage ornaments. On its menu, it serves local, old-school cuisine with a twist. Not to forget, the free flow of Luckin Kopi is totally worth it!
Address: 14, Jalan Panggong, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Contact: +603-2856 2811
Opening Hours: Daily, 7.00 am – 9.00 pm
Merchant’s Lane offers a peaceful spot in the heart of the bustling Chinatown. Though finding the place can be quite tricky, its picture-perfect interior is unmissable and definitely Instagram-worthy. It spans across indoor and semi-outdoor seating with rustic decorations and beautifully painted murals, perfect for candid photoshoots. Menu offerings include fusion-style dishes and desserts as well as hand-crafted teas and coffees.
Address: 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Contact: +603-2022 1736
Weekdays: 11.30 am – 9.30 pm
Weekends: 9.30 am – 9.30 pm
Closed on Wednesdays
Vintage 1988 is probably the most eye-catching café along the row of shops in the area. With a simple yet classy façade, the café is already Instagram-worthy even from the outside. Meanwhile, the interior is decked with a touch of retro; a typewriter and a piano under the neon lights. Aside from the picture-perfect ambience, you should check out their menu as well, which looks like a work of art.
Address: 34, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Contact: +603-2022 1102
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 11.00 pm
Just a few doors away from Merchant’s Lane, Chocha Foodstore is another charming café on Petaling Street. From the outside, it looks nothing like a café. Once you step inside, its unvarnished brick walls and retro floor tiles offer a rustic heritage setting for dining. Just like what its impressive interior suggests, it serves modern Asian cuisine with a creative fusion touch.
Address: 156, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Contact: +603-2022 1100
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
With tin cans filled with snacks displayed at the counter, Mingle Café brings back your childhood memories. Old-fashioned recycled furniture and classic memorabilia adorn the place. It gives off a nostalgic vibe while you dine here. Apart from its rustic ambience, the food is equally impressive. It offers really good hipster food from breakfast to dinner.
Address: 55, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Contact: +6018-200 0262
Sunday to Thursday, 7.30 am – 10.00 pm
Friday & Saturday, 7.30 am – 11.00 pm
Closed on Mondays
Leaf & Co.
Similar to its neighbours, Leaf & Co. has that rustic look that is totally Instagram-worthy. Adorned with rugged unpolished walls and cement bricks that serve as backdrop, it features a unique charm. ‘70’s music also plays in the background. As for the food, it offers a bunch of good items on its menu. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken is one of the most sought after dishes by diners.
Address: 53, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Contact: +603-2020 2220
Weekdays: 10.30 am – 10.00 pm
Weekends: 8.30 am – 10.00 pm
Jao Tim, which also means ‘hotel’ in Cantonese, is located on the top floor of a pre-war colonial building that used to be a hotel in the 19th century. High ceilings, plenty of wooden elements, and colonial-style arched windows give off a vintage vibe. It is certainly worth a spot in your photo gallery. Other than good food to enjoy while hanging out with friends, this place also features live performances for diners.
Address: 61, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Contact: +603-2022 3897
Sunday – Thursday: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Closed on Monday
Lim Kee Café
Located on the ground floor of Tian Jing Hotel, Lim Kee Café lures pedestrians with its elegant door and antique rattan chairs along the shop front. It has that old-school vibe that reminds you of the old Chinese Kopitiam. This cozy café doesn’t serve main meals, but it offers cakes, ice cakes and coffee at an affordable price.
Address: 66, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Contact: +603-2022 1131
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.30 am – 6.00 pm
Bubble Bee Café
An escape from the bustling Chinatown, Bubble Bee Café is a small laid-back coffee shop. With its pretty interiors with a splash of greenery, it is among the picture-worthy places you can find in the area. As for the food, it offers all-day brunch, dessert and coffee. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t forget to try its signature bubble wrap egg waffle that comes with mouth-watering toppings.
Address: 139, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Contact: +6016-228 9881
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
Ho Kow Hainam Kopitiam
Since 1965, Ho Kow Hainam Kopitiam has been renowned as a go-to breakfast spot. Even though its current location has been converted into a café, the personality is retained–resembling an antique trading shop. No wonder why the place started trending on Instagram. In the menu, it features extensive yet affordable Malaysian Chinese dishes.
Address: 1, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Contact: +603-2856 8287
Opening Hours: Daily, 7.30 am – 3.30 pm (Closed on Monday)
Petaling Street is a lively area with heavy traffic. Driving here is not recommended as parking might be an issue. Worry not, this area is easily accessible through the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus. Hop on the bus and explore the city with convenience! Get your ticket here.
Words by Fatihah MSabri
Featured image from Luckin’ Kopi & Merchant’s Lane on Facebook