Best cafés for brunch

Start your weekend with a leisurely brunch meal at one of these top cafés in Kuala Lumpur

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By Time Out KL editors |
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Brunch has become Kuala Lumpur’s favourite weekend pastime. Cafés across town are filling their menus with breakfast and lunch hybrids, featuring sweet and savoury waffles, big English fry-ups and eggs every which way. So let us guide you to the best cafés in town to kick start your weekend.

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Wild Honey

icon-location-pin Bukit Bintang

Wild Honey offers up a huge menu with all the brunch staples, but all very well executed and kept interesting – their Levant baked eggs come with grilled Halloumi, and the Greek open-faced omelettes feature fragrant lamb moussaka, Japanese eggplant and Greek cheese. More standouts include wild mocha dolce sweetened with royal honey, a New York bagel platter available on weekends, and fluffy Belgian waffles with grilled mango.

Restaurants, Cafés

Breakfast Thieves Kuala Lumpur

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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 feta cheese, beef chorizo meatballs and sweet corn; and even eggs Benedict is given an upgrade with braised beef cheeks and tom yum infused hollandaise. 

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Table & Apron

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Table & Apron (formerly known as The Kitchen Table) by restaurateur Marcus Low draws inspiration from world-renowned bakeries and restaurants to serve up modern comfort food that showcase local produce. Known for its sharing platters, this bustling restaurant in Damansara Kim focuses on robust, rustic flavours best exemplified in dishes like pulled pork with apple sourdough and cilantro salsa, Sanbanto pork chops with charred charleston pepper puree, ulam herbed crab rice, and earl grey crème brûlée with shortbread and grapefruit.

VCR
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Restaurants, Coffeeshops

VCR

icon-location-pin Pudu

One of KL's most good-looking cafés is perched on Jalan Galloway, a curiously unusual option for a contemporary coffee spot. The café is remodeled from a building on-site, while much of its original charm and old-world feel are retained. On the ground floor is a dim, narrow seating area where coffee machines whiz, baristas chatter and tempting cakes parade. Climb up the steep stairs to the first floor for an airy, breezy, rattan-chaired setup. Coffee wise, the folks here don't believe in house blends. Instead, single origins rotate fortnightly, save for the Valrhona hot chocolate that retains a permanent slot on the menu. Cakes here are bang on form with the most indulgent being The King Cake, banana cake layered with peanut butter frosting, banana slices and chocolate.

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Knowhere

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Located just outside the chaotic Telawi streets of Bangsar is Knowhere, where fairy lights and colourful murals combine to create a great spot to have brunch on the weekends. Take your pick from the recently revamped pork-free brunch menu at this Asian Western fusion eatery, which offers an impressive selection ranging from pasta and rice dishes to burgers and salads. Standouts include the nasi ulam ayam bakar; ulam salad with peach vinaigrette; French toast with roasted tomatoes and house-made onion chilli jam; vegetarian pasta bake and smoked duck breast.

Kenny Hills Bakers
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Kenny Hills Bakers

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The space is so tight you can’t even do a cartwheel, but that’s because it’s lined with shelves of croissants, cinnamon Danish pastries and pies. Get a freshly baked sourdough, inhale the scent and tear off an end – it’s easily one of life’s greatest pleasures. Kenny Hills Bakers was designed for takeaways, but there’s no stopping the crowd from hunkering down for a quick brunch – toasty croque-monsieur, baked eggs flamenco and quiche – at the limited tables outside.

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Common Man Coffee Roasters

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Common Man Coffee Roasters (of our neighbours down south) has landed in KL with a swish new brunch space; this café and roaster from Singapore that started out as a pop-up in October serving espresso-based brews and mini pastries is now a full-fledged operation. Design-wise, there’s a distinct modernised vibe going on: Peranakan print upholstery, rattan-woven walls, gold accents, ambient pendant lights, CMCR merchandise and coffee paraphernalia lining the shelves.  In terms of food and drinks, there will be about ten brunch dishes from CMCR Singapore as well as a dedicated brew bar for coffee (beans will be roasted in Singapore only).

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Strangers at 47

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If you're hankering for crepes, be sure to drop by Strangers at 47. Here you'll find a selection of savoury crepes like the mushroom-stuffed Lethal Shrooms, and Shore To Please, which is stuffed with tiger prawns, deep fried squid, roasted cherry tomato and salted egg yolk sauce. Sweet tooths will also find pleasure in sweet crepes like the apple pie-inspired Adam's Sin, and Kayaman, a pandan coconut crepe filled with kaya, gula Melaka and banana fritters.  

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Huckleberry Food & Fare

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Huckleberry’s breads are made the old fashioned way, using sourdough starters, and the loaves are left to rise longer than usual to produce a lighter texture while letting the flavours develop. Their signature is the Miche Sourdough range, but they also have the classic multigrain, organic meteil, farmer’s bread, and flaky, buttery croissants, just to name a few. There are brunch classics such as eggs Benedict, shakshuka, banana French toast, and the punchy chilli cheese toast with fried eggs (a Mumbai breakfast staple). There are also salads, pastas, pies and sandwiches.

Rubberduck
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Rubberduck

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Finding this pâtisserie-café can be a chore as it’s hidden in a less trodden corner of the confusing labyrinth that is Plaza Damas. But it’s worth the effort. The alfresco space, though small, permeates with the smell of freshly baked cakes and pastries, with highlights such as the Felchlin Chocolate Mousse, lemon tart and perfectly formed macarons. Rubberduck also serves savoury meals for lunch. The roast chicken with salad is simple yet hearty, while there are also burgers, Vietnamese spring rolls and more.

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Roast FactorGlee

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Roast Factor Glee wins on account of being a specialty micro-roastery – a feature that enables owner Shyue Chin to control the signature roast of the café; a medium roast with slight acidity, sweetness and a smooth finish. Alternatively, you can opt for their cold brews: Black No Regrets and milk-based Like a Virgin.

Not only everything here is MSG- and preservative-free, it's also made from scratch; from the levain-based bread used for the hot food, to the gluten-free pastries, right down to artisanal jams. Even the pork sausages were specially ordered from the meat supplier for the just-right taste and texture. You’ll also find Scandinavian inspired dishes on the menu inspired by Shyue Chin's husband. As a gourmet eatery, their artisanal ice creams run the gamut of the alcoholic variety such as red wine and beer, along with bold flavours such as matcha with toasted rice and Belgian chocolate with sea salt.

Restaurants, Bistros

The Red Beanbag

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The Red Beanbag is a modern Australian inspired café serving up hearty portions of eggs Benedicts, burgers and French toasts among other brunch delights. If you're in for a full meal, steaks, pastas and the like are also on the menu. Coffee is a specialty here but non-caffeine consumers can try out their chocolate drinks, smoothies and juices. Cakes and other creamy treats are available for afters.

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