Kuala Lumpur is home to an endless list of cafes that share 2 characteristics in common: gorgeously plated food and an Instagrammable friendly backdrop. I mean, good food and a nice environment for a moment of relaxation, is that too much to ask for? Plus, we could all do with a change of scenery, right? So whether you’re looking for cafes filled with greenery, flowers, or even friendly furry felines, I’ve got you covered.
I’m breaking down the 10 most Instagrammable cafes in KL, so you can have your pastries and photos in a picturesque backdrop. You can thank me later!
1. Kenny Hills Baker
What started off as a small coffee shop at Bukit Tunku has now expanded to 7 outlets across the Klang Valley— Kenny Hills Baker is the ultimate go-to spot for brunch (and Instagram-worthy photos) for many locals. Not only that, they even have a sister brand, Kenny Hills Coffee (which has 4 outlets). I highly recommend visiting the Jalan Ampang branch where all the pastries are freshly made and the coffee beans are roasted daily, which they deliver to all their outlets.
Start your day right with the Big Breakfast (RM38) featuring sauteed mushrooms, chicken sausage, homemade baked beans, homemade hashbrowns, your choice of eggs and protein, and organic toast and butter.
But if you arrive after 12pm, I suggest ordering from the selection of sourdough pizza — specifically the Sicilian (RM32 for 8 inches, RM44 for 12 inches). This wood-fired pizza is topped with anchovies, roasted peppers, mozzarella and spiced tomato sauce.
Don’t forget to sample some pastries and cakes as well. Some fan favourites include the Peach Strudel (RM18), Tiramisu (RM16), Pavlova (RM16), and the Chocolate Truffle Torte (RM16). You can order your choice of pastry or cake from the bakery counter (make sure to tell them your table number!) or order from the server from the comfort of your table.
2. The Lemon Tree
“And all that I can see is just another yellow lemon tree”. The lyrics to Fool’s Garden Lemon Tree are all that came to mind when I came across The Lemon Tree cafe in Tropicana Avenue.
Every corner here is Instagram-worthy, spanning across 1,700-square feet with high glass windows, a dome ceiling, and a huge artificial lemon tree that is placed as the centrepiece of the sun-bathed, bright space. The Lemon Tree menu covers a lovely list of sweet & savoury pastries to substantial meals such as Egg-Ceptional Organic Omelette with Truffle and Portobello Mushroom (RM28).
Petaling Jaya Branch
Ground Floor, Menara Lien Hoe, 8, Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
+6011 5763 0433
Daily: 8am – 6pm
Kuala Lumpur Branch
Jln Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50250 Wilayah Persekutuan, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
+6011 5881 5974
Daily: 8am – 6pm
3. Dough By Meg
Who doesn’t love a big, fluffy bomboloni? At Dough by Meg, you can indulge in a wide variety of bomboloni made by scratch using the real, finest ingredients in small batches. This cosy cafe is located in Bukit Ceylon, away from the bustle of the city centre and is surrounded by greenery, perfect to hit pause, relax, and take a bunch of photos.
If you’re anything like me and are easily spoiled for choice, I recommend sampling the Baby Bombs Set (RM58). These fun-sized bombolonis come in a set with 7 different flavours — French Earl Grey, Classic Pistachio 2.0, Sesame Garlic Cream Cheese, Lemon Vanilla Sugar Glazed, Lime Cheese Meringue, Valrhona Dark Chocolate and Dulce de Leche, and Thai Milk Tea. Each bite-sized bomboloni is jam-packed with flavour.
Are you in the mood for a light snack? Try the Sourdough Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Tomato Soup (RM25) — a crispy sourdough bread with a melty blend of cheeses, perfectly complemented by the creamy and tangy notes of the tomato soup. It’s the perfect comfort meal, especially on a rainy day. Pair the soup and bread with a glass of Iced Caramel Macchiato with Whipped Cream (RM16) to complete your meal.
4. Lisette’s Café & Bakery
Looking for the perfect brunch aesthetic? Head over to Lisette’s Cafe & Bakery in Bangsar, Subang or 163 Retail Park, Mont Kiara. This restaurant exudes a chilled atmosphere surrounded by various flora and an interior that reminds me of my grandmother (in a good way).
You can never go wrong with a plate of Lisette’s Omelette (RM36) which is served with sausage, beef bacon, feta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, mushrooms and truffle cream sauce on your choice of toast. Or opt for the Baked Eggs Shakshuka (RM28), Chicken Waffles (RM32), or Black Rice Nasi Lemak (RM30).
It’s a sin if you don’t try Lisette’s Shepherd’s Pie (RM30). Featuring minced lamb with carrots and peas topped with cheese sauce and mashed potatoes, this pie is oven-baked to order and will transport you into pie heaven.
But that’s not all, Lisette’s selections of cakes and pastries are endless. Try the Chicken Curry Puff (RM15), Pain Suisse (RM13), Peach Brioche Crumble (RM10), or the Cherry Frangipane Tart (RM12). The restaurant’s selection of cakes includes Pandan Gula Melaka (RM17/slice, RM150/whole), Victoria Cake (RM17/slice, RM150/whole), Tiramisu (RM18/slice), amongst others.
No. 8, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
+603 2201 7772
Daily: 8am – 10pm
163 Retail Park Branch
GF-18, Ground Floor 163 Retail Park, 8, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
+603 9775 1727
Daily: 8am – 10pm
GK09 G Floor, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
+603 8604 1762
Daily: 8am – 10pm
5. Poppy Kat
Poppy Kat is a neighbourhood cafe where you can enjoy a hearty brunch, or a sweet snack, surrounded by 9 furry companions. Nestled in Cheras, this eatery has retro-style furnishing, complete with framed portraits of all the adopted cats.
The speciality here is the croffle, both the sweet and savoury kind. I highly recommend sampling the Japanese Curry with Fried Chicken Croffle (RM31) featuring 2 crunchy croffles, a juicy Poppy fried chicken chop, wasabi mayo, tobiko, and Japanese curry gravy with diced potatoes and carrots, served with a side of house salad.
If you have a sweet tooth, I recommend the Very Berry Croffle (RM17) — a croffle topped with raspberry whipped mascarpone, blueberry glaze, blueberries, sliced strawberries and dried cranberries. Don’t forget to quench your thirst with a glass of Bubu ChaCha (RM13) consisting of sweet purple potato, coconut milk, pandan, and dehydrated purple potato.
You can also bring along your cat while you chill out with Batman, Grey, Luna, Artemis, Spooky, Pudding, Peanut, Tweety, and Casper. How cute!
6. Fly Me To @ KL
Nothing is more perfect than a cafe overlooking the KL skyline. At Fly Me To, you get to sip on freshly brewed coffee while taking in an aerial view of KL. Located at Jalan Sultan Ismail, this Moroccan and Bohemian-inspired cafe will transport you to an entirely different world.
Have a taste of the picturesque Berries Yogurt Dreams (RM32) or the alluring Pandan Gula Melaka Chiffon (RM28). If you’re with friends, sample the Nacho Dips (RM23) featuring avocado puree, tomato salsa, chicken cube and cheese sauce, or the Sweet Potato Fries (RM22).
For drinks, sip Fly Me To’s signature Sunset Orange (RM22) — a specially curated coffee with the flavour fusion of zesty orange and chocolate. Or if you’re feeling cheeky, choose from the selection of cocktails. There’s the classic Gin and Tonic (RM39), Tequila Sunrise (RM39), French 75 (RM39), and How Matcha (RM45).
7. Slow Wood Coffee
Take a step back and enjoy the simple things in life. Slow Wood Coffee in Mont Kiara is a simple yet elegant coffee shop, perfect for the clean aesthetic for your Instagram post. Surround yourself with serenity and a sun-kissed ambience, and bring along your fur babies to join you on your coffee break.
Choose between Slow Wood’s signature house blends — Turkish Delight & Cranberry Jam for your coffee. Among the top choices of coffee include Beachy Sunrise (RM18), Iced Matcha Latte (RM15), Espresso Tonic (RM15), and Honey Buzz (RM18). For non-coffee options, there’s the Sparkling Passion (RM14), On Cloud Nine (RM12), and Purple Haze (RM12).
For light bites, there’s a choice of bagels. Try Slow Wood’s bestseller — Poppy Seed Bagel with Truffle Kombu Butter (RM18) or Chocolate Bagel with Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese (RM18). There’s also the Matcha Bagel with Cranberry Cream Cheese (RM17), Tomato Spring Onion (RM15) and Black Sesame with Sesame and Peanuts Cream Cheese (RM17).
8. Oui Bakehouse & Cafe
Situated near the always jammed-up Old Klang Road is Oui Bakehouse & Cafe. This cafe opened its doors in Feb 2023, offering an array of pastries and main meals and most importantly, is Instagram-worthy.
Choose from the brunch menu or opt for their selection of pastas and pizzas. There’s The Big D (RM38) consisting of a choice of scrambled eggs or sunny side up, mushrooms, caramelised banana, croissant, chicken sausages, chicken ham and wild salad, Croque Madame (RM36), and even Nasi Lemak Chicken Rendang (RM28). If you’re with friends, I recommend sharing the Oui’s Chilli Crab and Seafood Pizza (RM43).
Don’t forget to sample Oui’s vibrant pastries from the display case and pair it with a cup of coffee. Opt for an Espresso Macchiato (RM10), Barista Breakfast (RM18), Lychee Rose Macchiato (RM15), or Mocha (RM15 for hot, RM16 for iced).
9. Kooky Plate
Whoever claimed that blue and orange aren’t a good combination must not have seen Kooky Plate at Jalan Yap Ah Shak, where these colours are impossible to overlook. This eatery serves a fusion of Western and Asian cuisine as well as homemade desserts that will elevate your Instagram feed.
Some of the highly recommended main dishes include the Grilled Unagi Rice Bowl (RM32), Classic Fish and Chips (RM32), Classic Ramen (RM24), and Chicken “Char Siew” Rice Bowl (RM27). There’s also a selection of pasta like Fresh Tiger Prawns Aglio Olio (RM32), Truffle Shrooms Pasta (RM35), and Spicy Shredded Chicken Mala Pappa (RM34).
For homemade desserts, try the Tiramisu (RM19), Berry Pavlova (RM18), or Caramel Pudding (RM14). If you wish to see what else Kooky Plate has to offer, check out their chiller counter for more treats.
10. Lilian’s Cake House
As the name suggests, Lilian’s Cake House specialises in all things cake and coffee. This eatery will give you a sense of nostalgia with its interior that’s filled with pastel colours and old-school furniture. Did I mention it’s perfect for your Instagram, too?
Indulge in Lilian’s chiffon cakes as a whole or by the slice, but one thing that’s guaranteed — they’re picture perfect. The signature cakes are the Houjicha Chiffon, Belgium Dark Chocolate Cake, and Dark Roast Houjicha. There are also some unique flavours like Genmaicha Chiffon Cake with Adzuki Beans, Pandan Taro, and Black Sesame Chiffon.
Let’s not forget the drinks! Choose between the selection of coffee, matcha speciality, refreshing drinks, and tea. For coffee, there’s Americano (RM10), Latte (RM13), Cappuccino (RM13) and Mocha (RM14), and you can substitute fresh milk with oat milk for RM3. As for the matcha speciality, choose between Matcha Yakult Strawberry (RM18), Matcha Lemonade (RM14), and Matcha Jasmine (RM14).