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Bangsar area guide

Discover the best restaurants, shops, bars and cafés in Bangsar

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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.

Best restaurants in Bangsar

Proof Pizza + Wine

Proof Pizza + Wine

  • price 2 of 4

APW’s latest addition Proof Pizza + Wine serves up an artisanal array of pizzas and, well, wine. Although a two-storey space, the restaurant is fairly small,...

Sri Nirwana Maju Bangsar

Sri Nirwana Maju Bangsar

  • price 2 of 4

On a suburban strip packed with fine dining options and swanky European eateries, Sir Nirwana Maju’s livelier Bangsar outlet stands out as Jalan...

Ming Room

Ming Room

  • price 3 of 4

Opened in 2003, The Ming Room serves authentic Cantonese cuisine with a touch of creative liberty. Recently refurbished, be impressed with the historical and...

Ashley's by Living Food

Ashley's by Living Food

  • price 3 of 4

Living Food bistro’s maiden offshoot stays true to its health food roots without sacrificing panache and élan. Spruced-up comfort food like the quinoa salad as...

Fierce Curry House Bangsar

Fierce Curry House Bangsar

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

The biryani here is authentically prepared; unlike most other pilafs in KL disguised as biryani, the rice is first partially cooked in basic spice and later...

Botanica+Co

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...

Southern Rock Seafood

Southern Rock Seafood

  • price 3 of 4

With its beginnings as Shucked the oyster bar in Ben’s Independent Grocer’s and as a seafood supplier in Bangsar, it’s no surprise that the...

Knowhere

Knowhere

This fantastical eatery and bar serves up delicious food that combines local flavours with global cuisine, alongside enjoyable cocktails that are very easy to...

Bakar

Bakar

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

Bakar’s affiliation with charcoal fire is far from opportunistic – spend one night here and it’s easy to see that boundaries are meddled...

Breakfast Thieves Kuala Lumpur

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...

Chef Low

Chef Low

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 3 of 4

November 2012 Sandwiched between oleaginous car workshops in a grimy back alley of grimy Lucky Gardens, against all odds Chef Low has managed to survive the...

Nasi Lemak Famous

Nasi Lemak Famous

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

Like an angsty teenager, Bangsar has gone through many phases – unobtrusive residential area, clubbing haven, art and culture quarter, and now,...

Devi's Corner

Devi's Corner

  • price 2 of 4

Bangsar’s most treasured Indian restaurant is built on the foundation of rich curries and generously spicy condiments. While most of you may frequent...

The Ganga Deli and Café

The Ganga Deli and Café

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

In the tiny enclave of eateries on Jalan Kurau, Ganga Café is indubitably one of KL’s better-kept secrets.

Bocosan Izakaya

Bocosan Izakaya

Bangsar South’s latest Japanese restaurant carries much of the cool and casual vibe that made its elder sibling, Botanica & Co, a success in drawing diners to...

Yeast

Yeast

  • price 2 of 4

Yeast makes it possible for you to indulge in French food without having to bust your savings. The dinner menu is as exciting as classic French food goes....

Things to do in Bangsar

176 Avenue

176 Avenue

Located in a spacious two-storey building opposite Bangsar Shopping Centre, 176 Avenue is Bangsar’s latest all-in-one beauty hall. On the second floor is...

I Love Snackfood

I Love Snackfood

Snackfood specialises in fashion, home decor and general curiosities. They stock a small quantity of Kinfolk, Smith Journal and Uppercase magazines. For more...

Pink Tattoos

Pink Tattoos

Think of getting inked, think Pink Tattoos. Lynda Chean’s Pink Tattoos, which turns six in September, is on (needle) point – with its boutique-y,...

Merchant & Sisters

Merchant & Sisters

Those wandering into Merchant & Sisters might find it a bit hard to define what the store is all about: aside from its selection of casual outfits, denim...

Sebelas

Sebelas

The byword here is ‘stay for less’ but, boy, the three-storey Sebelas (also a co-working space) has many more perks up its sleeve: a swimming pool...

Shoes Shoes Shoes

Shoes Shoes Shoes

Seven years on and Shoes Shoes Shoes is still one of the best local shoe brands around. Owner Ung Yiu Lin is big news now – her shoes are worn by all the...

Silverfish Books

Silverfish Books

This neighbourhood book-boutique has been stocking more than a decade’s worth of rare titles. The independent store features a well-edited mix of literature,...

Urban Spring

Urban Spring

Not all Pilates leave you with burning thighs – Urban Spring is the first licensed gym in KL to introduce Xtend Barre, a new fitness regime that...

Best places for dessert in Bangsar

Dew

Dew

Telawi’s new kid on the block is a promising one. Opened by Jaslyn Rangson right next to her namesake bakery/café, this new patisserie/florist marks how far...

Cocodash by Cocoraw

Cocodash by Cocoraw

Run by Michael Woo and Lee See Pin, Cocoraw is an online store that sells a variety of nama-style chocolates made with a Malaysian twist. At this pop-up store...

Joy St

Joy St

Owned by Brian Jeevan and Tan Kuan Lian, a former engineer and medical student respectively who churned their love of desserts into a full-time vocation, this...

Inside Scoop

Inside Scoop

  • price 1 of 4

Bangsar’s unofficial ‘happy place’ churns out some of the best ice cream in the city. Owner and in-house ice cream churner Shiew Li uses gelato techniques to...

Jaslyn Cakes

Jaslyn Cakes

You may have stumbled upon Instagram photos of the decadent sweet rolls, pastries, cookies, chocolate truffles and cakes by Jaslyn (@jaslynr), who used to...

Morelli's Gelato

Morelli's Gelato

For a sundae that meets your childhood aspirations, Morelli’s Gelato fits the bill with gelatos that are made from scratch daily. Their sundaes are...

Om Shakti Chelo’s Appam Stall

Om Shakti Chelo’s Appam Stall

  • price 1 of 4

This modest 26-year-old stall in Bangsar churns out appam so good you’ll wonder why it hasn’t joined the ranks of Antipodean and Yeast at weekend brunch time....

Best coffee shops in Bangsar

DR.Inc

DR.Inc

At DR.Inc, the coffee menu is devised by barista Neil Liew. A highlight on the menu is the Presso Bomb featuring a shot of espresso in Malacca-sourced ice...

VCR Bangsar

VCR Bangsar

  • price 2 of 4

One of KL's most good-looking cafés has branched out into Bangsar's Telawi area, bringing with it the familiar industrial-chic aesthetic that...

Pulp

Pulp

  • price 2 of 4

Get serious in a cupping room where you learn from baristas who work their gear with topflight technique. Or marvel at the mementos of the warehouse over a...

Thirdwave

Thirdwave

  • price 2 of 4

The coffee enthusiasts at Thirdwave are so serious about their java they established a special coffee counter just to educate you about hand-brewed coffee....

Café Atas 59

Café Atas 59

  • price 2 of 4

What was previously Lorem Ipsum is now Café Atas59. The name change comes with a change in management; but fret not, many of the things we loved about...

OJO Coffee

OJO Coffee

Featuring a creative blend of drinks, OJO (pronounced ‘Oh Joe’) is definitely not for the coffee purist. From café Horchata, java chip latte...

Best bars in Bangsar

Shelley Yu's

Shelley Yu's

Shelley Yu’s has its design down pat, keeping to the restaurant and bar’s Nyonya theme but updated with modern aesthetics. It’s cool and...

La Cave

La Cave

Opened by fourth-generation winemaker Florian Paul Raymond, La Cave is a small but welcoming enclave where wine enthusiasts can find a range of labels that are...

Three X Co

Three X Co

Taking over the space Mr Brooks used to occupy in Bangsar Shopping Centre is another 'speakeasy'-style cocktail bar opened by three friends, Daniel,...

Gridiron

Gridiron

This bar is pretty much the ultimate sports bar because they cater to as many sports fans as they can. The story basically started when three guys were at a...

The Social Bangsar

The Social Bangsar

  • price 3 of 4

The Social is a great spot brim full of buzzing atmosphere. It features a fine selection of Bacardi and sky infusions are available. All in all, a nice place...

Ronnie Q

Ronnie Q

What constitutes a great small bar? Longevity is one criterion, and Ronnie Q has managed to outlast many a tenant in the Bangsar precinct. Like another...

The X

The X

Situated on the busy street of Jalan Telawi 3 in Bangsar, The X is a bar and restaurant with a Japanese flare. These Japanese influences can also be seen in...

Mercat

Mercat

This Catalan gastrobar in Bangsar is one of the area’s more stylish for a quick dash to Europe. Chef David Caral, formerly of Circus, has concocted a...

Knowhere

Knowhere

This fantastical eatery and bar serves up delicious food that combines local flavours with global cuisine, alongside enjoyable cocktails that are very easy to...

SIX

SIX

If you’re not sure what to order, try ‘Six Wrong Do Make it Right’, their signature cocktail. There's also the 'Guinness Tarik' – stout...

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Sunway

Sunway

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Sri Petaling

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...

Petaling Jaya

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