9 best kopitiams in KL and Selangor to visit today
Bored of Ya Kun and Toast Box? The kopitiam isn’t just a Singaporean thing; they’re just as beloved a cultural institution in Malaysia, and one of the best ways to experience the country’s rich history and diverse culinary traditions is by making a stop at these popular spots in KL and PJ. These coffee shops in Kuala Lumpur can be found in almost every corner of the country, serving up a variety of traditional Malaysian dishes alongside hot beverages like kopi and teh.
Despite the rise of trendy cafes and international restaurant chains, kopitiams continue to hold a special place in the hearts of many Malaysians, even in a cosmopolitan city like KL. These humble eateries are often associated with slow conversations, leisurely moments, delicious food, and a sense of community that is hard to find elsewhere.
In the country’s bustling capital city, there are still plenty of traditional kopitiams to be found. Some of these coffee shops have been around for generations, while others have adapted to the changing times by offering more modern amenities and Instagram-worthy decor.
Read on as we introduce you to some of the best modern kopitiams in KL and Selangor to visit. Whether you’re a local looking to rediscover your city’s culinary gems or a curious travelling foodie eager for a taste of authentic Malaysian cuisine, these homely coffee shops and eateries are sure to make your mornings better and leave you with fond memories of Malaysia’s food culture.
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9 best kopitiams in KL and Selangor for authentic local Malaysian food:
Guan’s is a unique and contemporary kopitiam situated in Taman Rasa Sayang, Petaling Jaya. The friendly team here serves up an array of mouth-watering delights, including Kaya Butter Sourdough, Fettuccine Lemak with Crispy Squid, Hainan Chicken Chop, and Curry Laksa.
Another highlight of Guan’s is its coffee menu, which boasts traditional kopitiam-style white coffee and long blacks. The coffee here is spearheaded by the Klang Valley’s Brew & Bread, while the pastries come from Petiteserie by Janice Siew.
The cozy and inviting kopitiam is a popular spot on social media, and it’s easy to see why. Guan’s is not just about its food and coffee, but also about its beautiful neighbourhood space. The blend of classic and modern dishes, friendly staff, and beautiful ambiance makes it an excellent choice for anyone looking to experience modern Malaysian cuisine.
Operating hours: 8am – 5pm
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31-G, Jalan Bandar 18, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47610 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
+60 11-5556 6139
BoiBoi is a restaurant in KL’s Bukit Bintang which specialises in serving Southeast Asian kopitiam favourites, such as the classic half-boiled egg and toast combo, Nasi Lemak, Sarawak Laksa, and more. The design of the restaurant is beautifully crafted with a raw yet natural feel to it. You can choose to dine indoors, but we recommend you take a seat in the alfresco area, which gives you the chance to experience the beauty of the outdoors while enjoying your meal.
Operating hours: 10am – 10pm (closed on Wednesdays)
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14 Jalan Inai, off, Jln Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 17-278 6383
Sin Tong Hong Kopitiam
Sin Tong Hong Kopitiam is a well-known coffee shop that originated in Sitiawan in 1999, and quickly became a favourite amongst the northern Perak town’s residents. The founding family has since relocated the kopitiam to the Klang Valley in search of new opportunities. The two generations of the Tan family operate the kopitiam in KL, which is spread across two levels in a space that seamlessly blends the timeless with the timely.
The menu at Sin Tong Hong Kopitiam features classic fare, and includes handmade noodles, nasi lemak, popiah, cucur udang, and kaya toast. The kopitiam is also lauded for its well-balanced and flavorful coffee and tea. Visitors can expect a wide range of dishes that combine traditional Malaysian flavors with modern twists, all prepared with the freshest ingredients.
Operating hours: 7.30am – 9.30pm (closed on Mondays)
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No.105&105A, Jalan 20/7, Taman Paramount, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
+60 11-2616 1006
Ho Kow Hainam Kopitiam is one of the best known kopitiams in KL that has been serving traditional Hainanese food since 1928. It started as a humble stall along Lorong Panggung before moving to Jalan Balai Polis and eventually settling into its current location opposite Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur in Chinatown. The shop has modern comforts but retains its vintage charm. Despite the long queues that form outside, the owner can often be seen clearing tables and chatting with diners. The menu here includes traditional Nanyang coffee beverages, toast and soft-boiled eggs, local delicacies, Malaysian-style noodles and rice dishes, Nyonya kuih, and even Hainanese bakes.
Operating hours: 7.30am – 3pm (closed on Mondays)
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1, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nestled within KL’s Chinatown near Petaling Street and within the confines of Tian Jing Hotel is Lim Kee Cafe, which sticks to the basics but does it right. The small menu only sees local breakfast favourites synonymous with kopitiams, such as kaya butter toast, half-boiled eggs, and curry puffs, but you can be guaranteed that they serve the best versions of all three. The drinks menu offers equally traditional options, but you’ll also find modern brews such as the flat white and cappuccino here. Although suitably contemporary, the establishment also incorporates touches from the yesteryears of Malaysia to recreate the old-school experience.
Operating hours: 9.30am – 6pm
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No. 66, 68, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Yi Feng Restaurant is a popular eatery that’s well-known for its delicious and satisfying curry mee. This dish is served with a choice of protein and springy wantan mee, which adds a delightful texture to the dish. The restaurant also offers wonton noodles with various protein options, including char siew, siew yoke, or poached chicken. In addition to noodles, Yi Feng Restaurant also serves various porridge dishes, including the all-time favourite salted egg and pork.
Apart from the food, Yi Feng Restaurant is also famous for its must-try drink, the Salted Cham Ping. This creamy coffee drink has a slight touch of saltiness and is topped with cheese foam, making it an excellent addition to any meal. With its delicious food and refreshing drinks, Yi Feng Restaurant is one of the best modern kopitiams in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor to bookmark.
Operating hours: 7.30am – 4pm
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2, Jalan Hujan Emas 4, Taman Overseas Union, 58200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 16-309 9899
Yut Kee Restaurant is a classic and well-established eatery, having been in operation since 1928. Located in the Chow Kit area of Kuala Lumpur, this traditional kopitiam is one of the best spots for those who want to experience the best of Hainanese cuisine in KL
Its menu offers a wide range of authentic dishes, including chops, noodles, and pork roasts. One dish that you definitely shouldn’t miss is their famous chicken chop, which features egg-battered chicken chop that’s smothered in their signature house gravy. Other proteins worth ordering include the more traditional pork version, as well as lamb or fish.
While Yut Kee is known for its hearty breakfast dishes, there are also sweets here that are worth trying. Their Marble Cake and Kaya Roll are tasty treats that go well with coffee.
Operating hours: 7.30am – 3pm (closed on Mondays)
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1, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 3-2698 8108
Woo Pin 45 Kamunting
Woo Pin 45 Kamunting is a small yet highly popular eatery located in Kuala Lumpur’s Chow Kit. Despite having a less extensive menu compared to some of the other kopitiams on this list, it has made a name for itself with its fish head noodles. The Fried Fish Noodles, which are served with generous portions of noodles and tender fish in a creamy and flavourful broth, is a highly popular order among patrons.
In addition, the eatery also offers freshly baked Portuguese Tarts that are a must-try for anyone visiting the restaurant. These tarts are made daily and are known for their flaky texture and buttery aroma that melt in your mouth with every bite.
Despite its small space, Woo Pin 45 Kamunting has become a beloved spot among locals and visitors alike, thanks to its delicious food and friendly atmosphere.
Operating hours: 8am – 4pm (closed on Sundays)
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45, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Petaling Street’s booming with cafes, but one that. you should make a stop at is Luckbros Kopi (formerly Luckin Kopi). Only one of the newest entrants at the popular street, it’s already buzzing with locals seeking over quality local food over the weekend. Popular eats here include the delectable nasi lemak, mee siam, and even Roti Bakar.
Operating hours: 10am – 10pm (Monday – Friday); 9am – 10pm (Friday – Sunday)
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14, Jalan Panggong, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
+60 12-610 8856
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