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Things to do in KL this weekend
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Things to do in KL this weekend

Get your weekend sorted with our pick of the best things to do including gigs, film screenings, exhibitions and markets.

Best dessert dishes in KL
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Best dessert dishes in KL

From the classic cendol done right to delicate fancy vanilla soufflés, this list has something for everyone with a sweet tooth.

Guide to Le French Festival
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Guide to Le French Festival

Oui, Le French Festival is back for the 17th time in KL. From April 12 to May 6, catch an extensive range of French films at GSC Pavilion KL, GSC 1 Utama and GSC Mid Valley Megamall that include ‘C'est la vie!’, ‘Corniche Kennedy’, ‘Back to Burgundy’ and more. It's not just limited to the silver screen; look forward to performances and exhibitions by French artists happening around KL over the course of the festival, with multi-course French meals, mixology workshops, as well as champagne and cognac tastings on the calendar too. For showtimes and additional info, visit www.lefrenchfestival.com.my.

Battle of the Dirty Buns
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Battle of the Dirty Buns

The past few weeks have seen KLites making googly eyes at zang zang bao, or ‘dirty, dirty buns’, a messy-to-eat trifecta of a chocolate-filled Danish, coated with molten chocolate sauce and covered in cocoa powder.

Kohi Yatta
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Kohi Yatta

Stumbling onto Kohi Yatta, you might think that its owners might have missed a class or two about real estate investment. Located next to a Mazda showroom, surrounded by steel factories and auto repair shops, this pretty eatery isn’t located in an area you’d come to find floral-tasting pour-over coffees and have slow brunches with family and friends. However, its owners, Ethan Ng and Carol Wong, beg to differ. What they sacrifice in location, they gain in space: the showroom-large restaurant has space to host over 60 diners, while having enough space for a kids’ play area, baby changing room and an area for private parties. The restaurant keeps it simple with large glass panels and well-spaced tables to maintain its bright and breezy vibe, while at the centre, a coffee bar allows aficionados to chat with the barista about the latest beans that have just arrived from Ethiopia or Brazil. With a name that literally translates to ‘Coffee, Yay!’ in Japanese, this place isn’t shy about its enthusiasm in delivering food that’s fun and lively, while keeping their prices affordable. A glance at their menu says as much, with an impressive array of 60-plus Japanese-inspired dishes divided into starters, mains, all-day breakfasts and desserts.  Not surprisingly, many of their favourites combine comforting carbs with moreish Japanese ingredients like the Salmon Steak Pasta (RM25) – a block of golden pan-fried salmon sits atop fettucine smothered in a Kewpie-like sesame seed sauce. Thos

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Rainforest Eco Fest Asia
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Rainforest Eco Fest Asia

Happening in conjunction with World Earth Day, Rainforest Eco Fest celebrates the environment with a host of activities all happening across three days at Taman Botani in Shah Alam. There'll be street markets, exhibitions, live performances, poetry competitions, traditional games and more. No festival is complete without music, so expect to hear tunes from An Honest Mistake, Ramayan, Pitahati, The Endleaves and more.

Lot 10 Pasar Sari
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Lot 10 Pasar Sari

Skip the malls and swing by Pasar Sari, Lot 10's first artisan market featuring quality all-Malaysian brands. Expect The Apothecary Malaysia, Kapten.batik, Buih.Co, Hutong Heritage Food Village, Rococo Café Restaurant, Langit, ZáHuoHang and more.

MAP Fest
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MAP Fest

This year's MAP Fest is an eco-themed one, focusing on health, wellness and the environment, so expect MNS Selangor Photogroup's exhibition showcasing images of nature, circus performances set to fascinate both you and the kids, Fergana Art's 'Rupa-Rupa(nya...) art exhibition, an indie rock festival featuring Kugiran Masdo, Couple, The Fridays and more.

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New restaurants and bars in KL

Urban Artisan
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Urban Artisan

More than two years after it first opened in George Town, Penang, homegrown soft serve brand Urban Artisan have finally arrived in KL.

8haus
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8haus

Seemingly untouched by modern development, this small residential area tucked between Jalan Sin Chew Kee and Jalan Galloway is now home to 8haus – a café offering Western-Asian fusion fare in cosy surrounds.

Wizards
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Wizards

‘Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Imbi anymore.’ You’ll echo that sentiment upon stepping into the sleek Wizards at Tribeca with its well-designed light-filled space accented with marble counters and jet black fittings, and bustling with prim waitstaff dishing out fancier-than-usual brunch food – a far cry from down-to-earth kopitiam-filled Imbi.

Beta KL
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Beta KL

Just when we were worried that the year’s F&B scene will be little more than a succession of safe-betting brunch cafés and comfort-food restaurants, up comes Beta KL with their bold venture into modern Malaysian cuisine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Damansara Utama
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Damansara Utama

Damansara Utama is home to Damansara Uptown, the land of hard-to-find parking spots and more cafés than you can shake a stick at. We say park in the new Starling Mall and walk about the area before you eventually step in to an eatery. 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.

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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100 best local dishes and drinks in KL
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100 best local dishes and drinks in KL

We are a food city. One that caters to the food-obsessed; one that alternates between street and traditional dining, at any budget and time of the day. Here are the 100 best dishes and drinks that truly defines us, from the contentious nasi leamk to the humble roti canai. Loosen your belt – you've got much eating to do. 

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.

Best banana leaf restaurants in KL
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Best banana leaf restaurants in KL

Tired of the usual suspects when it comes to banana leaf rice? We bury our fingers in rice and curry to track down some of Klang Valley’s lesser-known banana leaf restaurants, plus a few old favourites. 

Best nasi lemak in KL
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Best nasi lemak in KL

We pick the best places in town for a satisfying plate of the country's pride and joy – the mighty nasi lemak. Hunt down these nasi lemak joints for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper, because our national dish doesn't restrict itself to a certain meal time – which is why we love it so much. 

KL's best cafés for desserts
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KL's best cafés for desserts

If your sweet tooth is what some would call 'legendary', we've picked out the best dessert cafés in town for cake, pastries and everything else to keep you happy.RECOMMENDED: The best coffee shops in KL

The best cheap eats in KL
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The best cheap eats in KL

Eating well doesn’t mean you have to pay more. We’ve got you covered for the best cheap meals under RM15 our city has to offer.

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