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The best egg dishes in KL
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The best egg dishes in KL

Whether you like fluffy omelettes, hollandaise-drenched poached eggs or roti canai banjir special, we’ve compiled the best egg dishes in town. Time to get cracking.

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10 things to do in KL this week
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10 things to do in KL this week

Looking for things to do? Read on for our guide to the week's best events. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our homepage for daily updates on the best restaurants, events and whatever else KL has to offer before our next hot list is published on Monday. RECOMMENDED: The best gigs in KL this week

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Pokémon Go: Where to catch rare and powerful Pokémon in KL
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Pokémon Go: Where to catch rare and powerful Pokémon in KL

Not sure why or where you should catch rare Pokémon? We give you the lowdown on elusive Pokémon such as Aerodactyl, Rapidash, Lapras, Snorlax and more, with tips on where to find them and how to maximise your PokéHunt.

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Malaysia’s best moments at the Rio 2016 Olympics
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Malaysia’s best moments at the Rio 2016 Olympics

This morning, words of support for our national athletes who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics are still flooding the news and social media. It’s Malaysia’s best Olympic year yet, having garnered four silver and one bronze medal. The Olympics this year arrived at a crucial time, especially when the country has come under intense international scrutiny: The Games demonstrated how all racial and ethnic particularity collapsed and merged into a greater national whole for a solitary purpose. Our national athletes did the very one thing everyone else has struggled to do: bring the nation together. We didn’t win gold, but in the end, it isn’t about Malaysia having dominated and championed a single sport, it’s about us having fought our very best. The sportsmanship, or even the joy of pure competition, kindled anew the national spirit that was heard – loud and clear – from every mamak stall. It was this genuine, unyielding patriotism from our athletes that inspired us to also deliver our full measure of national devotion. We may not consciously realise this, but every time we witness our athletes in action, we’re also witnessing their years of hardship, their burden of shouldering a massive national responsibility, their battle scars and injuries, their steadfastness in upholding the reputation that Malaysians do not quit, and their pain of being denied another chance at singing ‘Negaraku’ on the medal podium. Our athletes – reminding us that great stories come with even greater s

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What’s on this week in KL

Publika Jazz
Music

Publika Jazz

Jazz once again takes the spotlight at Publika. Enter Publika Jazz 2016, Malaysia's largest free jazz festival. To commemorate Publika's fifth year anniversary and to celebrate jazz music, the festival returns this year for a two-day weekend at four different venues within Publika – and it's a doozy lineup.

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We Don't Care market
Shopping

We Don't Care market

For trends veering from the mainstream, this market showcases independent brands and vintage goods for the alt-look you want. Check out jewellery from Verstyle Vintage and The Straits Finery (pictured), Yoke & Theam sandals, clothes from Seesaw_kl and CommiStyle, Medium Rare eyewear, handmade canvas and leather bags from fourjei and others.

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Sébastien Léger live in KL
Nightlife

Sébastien Léger live in KL

French house DJ and producer Sébastien Léger brings the grooves to end the week with a bang. He’ll be supported by Matt Smallwood. The party starts at 11pm.

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The Day We Call It A Day
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The Day We Call It A Day

Spend your Saturday at Minut Init with music performances, DJ sets and an art market. Lineup includes Speakzodiac, Francis Wolf, Vmprmyth and visual artists Rico, Chin Yew, Amy Hamdan and more. There will also be a book launch party for ‘Diheret Kekeliruan’ by B58 Publication.

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New restaurants and bars in KL

Chocha Foodstore
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Chocha Foodstore

While it’s easy to mourn the gentrification of Petaling Street and the proliferation of ‘hipster’ cafés in Old KL, we’re glad to see Chocha Foodstore setting up shop in the abandoned Mah Lian Hotel. Meaning ‘sit and drink tea’ in the Hakka dialect, Chocha is a space where you can do just that – sit down with friends over a pot of specialty tea or two. It’s also a tribute of sorts to the Malaysian yum cha culture. Located a couple of doors away from Merchant’s Lane and PS150, Chocha Foodstore is one of the most visually stunning cafés we’ve seen this year: classic pastel tiles galore which vary from room to room, a sun-drenched central courtyard lined with potted herbs, clusters of vintage glass lamps dangling over a long wooden tables in a corner. Architect and owner Shin Chang of MentahMatter Design (the second floor of the building houses the office and a co-working area) has transformed the space while keeping the structure (raw concrete walls and all) intact. Fun fact: the colourful tiles and grilles at Chocha are all original fittings from Mah Lian Hotel. According to Shin Chang, they hope this project of theirs will set an example and help in the effort to stop unnecessary demolition of old buildings in KL. Hear, hear.   As a tribute to Chinatown, the two-page menu (by Shin Chang’s partners Penny Ng and Youn Chang) is dedicated to Malaysian-inspired dishes with local ingredients. There’s kerabu mango slaw, there’s cincalok fried chicken, there’s charred eggplant belad

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Botanica+Co
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Botanica+Co

With a light-filled space dominated by two Ficus trees and with plants dotted around, Botanica + Co restaurant and bar can be best described as lush. It reminds us of a glass house in a botanical garden; it’s a beautiful space, one that’s made for a leisurely meal. And the diverse menu plays into that theme very well.Helmed by Sam Neoh, the chef behind the popular PS.Café in Singapore, the crowd-pleasing menu features a balanced mix of cuisines. The pizza list is long, and it’s complemented by Asian and Western comfort food the likes of rotisserie chicken, duck rendang, seafood bisque linguine, Hokkien mee, fish and chips, burgers and more. If you prefer something light, there are a few choices for salads and sandwiches as well.On the bar side, Botanica + Co serves cocktails featuring Asian ingredients – think yuzu, papaya and mango. Selected cocktails are available in carafes as well, perfect for sharing between two and four people.

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Commoners Space
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Commoners Space

Looking just like another office in the sleepy suburbs of Section 13, Commoners Space is the newest addition to Shah Alam’s café scene. The interior is intentionally kept low-key – the white walls are clean and bare, save for a framed cover of Hypebeast and a portrait of Basquiat. The café’s love for minimalism is also reflected in their menu and, most importantly, the prices, most of which are under RM15. The café tries to incorporate local ingredients into their dishes, such as the pesto linguine topped with ulam. Besides baking their own sourdough bread for their sandwiches, the café also brews their own kombucha, a type fermented tea.

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Breakfast Thieves Kuala Lumpur
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Breakfast Thieves Kuala Lumpur

After Pulp, APW adds another café to its premises, and it’s a very handsome one. Already attracting brunch hunters and Instagrammers in droves, Breakfast Thieves (yes, it’s the sister of the one based in an old chocolate factory in Fitzroy, Melbourne) is a stunner: a glasshouse-like space with lots of pale wood, white tiles, pastel railings and concrete, punctuated by the occasional plant and exposed light bulb. Founded by a team of Malaysians (Brandon Chin, Kevin Foo and Edwin Koh), KL’s Breakfast Thieves features a minimal brunch menu of modern Australian dishes with Asian influences – think berry compote yoghurt with granola, ginger apple crumble and soft-boiled eggs; spicy baked eggs with beef salami, onion jam and okra; and even eggs Benedict is given an upgrade with braised beef cheeks, honey apple compote and yuzu hollandaise. What you can look forward to: an upcoming lunch menu with more Malaysian-centric dishes such as polenta soft-shell crab burger with lemongrass-chilli sauce and a side of kaffir lime salted chips, a nasi kerabu dish named 1MBT, popiah stuffed with shredded crab and honey herbed ricotta, and more.  Rounding out the deal is a simple coffee menu (sorry, no filter coffee for now) with the usual latte, double espresso and cappuccino. But the Magic is the one you have to try: it’s a double ristretto topped with steamed milk.

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Area guides

Bangsar
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Bangsar

Bangsar has gone through many phases – unobtrusive residential area, clubbing haven, arts and culture quarter, and now, café district. From the busy streets of Telawi to the more laidback Jalan Bangkung and Jalan Kemuja, we round up the best restaurants, bars, cafés and things to do in Bangsar.

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Hartamas
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Hartamas

Populated by expatriates and upper middle class families, Hartamas is fancy – even its name says so (‘harta’, treasure; ‘mas’, gold). This isn’t saying that the area is inaccessible for us 'mere mortals' – in fact, it’s quite the opposite now. With many cafés and eateries opening up around the 'hood, plenty of non-Hartamas residents flock here, and not just for the lineup of Japanese restaurants. By the way, we're also including the best places to eat and visit in neighbouring areas Mont Kiara and Solaris Dutamas.  Fun fact: The area was the premise of a local TV show titled (surprise, surprise) ‘Hartamas’ starring Ida Nerina and Rashidi Ishak.

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Damansara
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Damansara

The wide land that is Damansara has the privilege of being both KL and Selangor. It can be confusing – Bukit Damansara for example, is not exactly near the main Damansaras while Ara Damansara is somewhat Subang (and sometimes even Shah Alam). To make things easier for you, we've picked some of the best restaurants, cafés, bars and things to do in each Damansara area.

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Sunway
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Sunway

Let’s not mask the fact that Sunway is an area dominated by students, which isn’t saying that it’s a bad thing. If you need help getting around the area, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is making things better. It’s fast – not a concept Malaysians are accustomed to hearing and practising. Let’s not also forget about Sunway Pyramid and Sunway Lagoon, where there are plenty of things to do. If you don’t have plans in Sunway, you do now.

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KL City
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KL City

Your cheat sheet to all the best restaurants, shops and things to do in the main areas of the city centre including Bukit Bintang, Petaling Street and Pudu.

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Sri Petaling
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Sri Petaling

Sri Petaling is a mixed bag of old eating establishments, massage parlours and cafés. You can get around most of the Jalan Radins by foot, although ideally a bicycle would be nice. The 'hood is quiet but by no means dead. Here are our picks of restaurants, cafés, shops and things to do in the area. PS: If your favourite spot isn't featured here, let us know in the comments.

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The best of Kuala Lumpur

Top 40 restaurants and cafés
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Top 40 restaurants and cafés

The Time Out KL Food 40: Our monthly guide to the best places to eat in town, reviewed anonymously by critics.

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The best tourist attractions in KL
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The best tourist attractions in KL

Whether you're a first-time visitor looking for things to do (without resorting to too many clichés), or a local who just wants to play tourist for a day, here are ten ways to earn your tourist badge in KL.

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The 15 best dishes in KL
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The 15 best dishes in KL

This year, we look at the top entries that speak to our larger KL culinary scene, inspire our midnight cravings, and demonstrate real respect for flavour. Here are the dishes that best stood out in 2015.

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The best coffee shops in KL
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The best coffee shops in KL

KL's coffee culture is an expanding landscape of imported beans, state-of-the-art machines, hip baristas, and silky smooth pours. Here are the best coffee shops in KL that call the shots.

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Time Out KL Food Awards winners
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Time Out KL Food Awards winners

Every year, we ask you to put forward your nominations for the best cafés and restaurants that deserve the highest recognition in the Kuala Lumpur dining scene. You’ve voted, and here are the award results.

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Best cafés in KL
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Best cafés in KL

You’ve got to admit that a trip to a good café sets you in a cheery mood – the sun-soaked space, glorious sunny side ups and that tingling dose of caffeine. The Time Out KL team maps out the best cafés for every occasion, from Instagram eye candies to the brunch of champions.

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