Sri Petaling area guide

Discover the best restaurants, cafés, shops and things to do in Sri Petaling

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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. 

Restaurants in Sri Petaling

Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Alison
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Kedai Makanan dan Minuman Alison

This hawker centre sells a variety of classic favourites including nasi lemak Nyonya, beef noodle soup, pan mee, yong tau foo and chicken rice. The restaurant staff are helpful enough to shout out ‘Saman! Saman!’ when they see the traffic police making their rounds – in case you need it.

Users say
1 out of 5 stars
Restoran 126
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Restoran 126

Restoran 126 is a zhap fan establishment frequented by many, even if the mostly empty tables tend to prove otherwise (most people come here to takeaway their lunch). Choices are varied from braised pork to steamed egg and plenty of vegetables in between.

Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun stall
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Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun stall

At the Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun stall in Restaurant New Lucky, Mrs Gan and her husband work as a dream team: steaming, chopping and plating a serving of Hong Kong-style chee cheong fun in less than two minutes.

Ming Kee Teluk Intan Zhu Chang Fen stall
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Ming Kee Teluk Intan Zhu Chang Fen stall

Commonly known as Anson (Teluk Intan was also known as Teluk Anson) chee cheong fun, this particular variety has a brownish mottled appearance due to the pickled sweet turnip and dried shrimp in it. Don’t be fooled by its appearance though. This humble chee cheong fun is soft and slightly chewier than its counterparts, all thanks to the choi pou and shrimp, which add flavour and texture. According to Alvin, who mans the Ming Kee Teluk Intan Zhu Chang Fen stall at the Sri Petaling night market, the pickled sweet turnips and chee cheong fun here are all homemade. Rice flour batter is steamed twice: First for it to set slightly, and then again after choi pou and dried shrimp are generously distributed on to it, before being rolled into plump chee cheong fun rolls. The original version in Teluk Intan is usually served with light soy sauce and pickled green chillies, but this version at the Sri Petaling night market is served with homemade sambal belacan and sesame seeds.

Users say
1 out of 5 stars

Cafés in Sri Petaling

The Shire Café
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The Shire Café

There aren't any hobbits asking for second breakfasts here, but you might have a double helping of the Fallen Tower waffles at this 'Lord of the Rings'-themed cafe. The walls sport a Tolkien-esque map, Howard Shore's soundtrack for the movie plays everywhere and for your Instagram shot, there's a mural of the interior of Bag End.

103 Coffee Workshop
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103 Coffee Workshop

The advent of cafés is often assumed as the earliest sign of a neighbourhood change. 103 bears all the unmistakable trademarks of an artisanal café but it’s not hipster (there was no sign of beards). 103 currently uses a house blend by ‘M’ Espresso Sporting Club Coffee Roaster, which produces cuppas imbued with chocolaty and nutty notes. And unlike other cafés that capitalise on the hype of say, the Chemex or V60, the respect for hand-brewed coffee at 103 runs deep – baristas prepare a pour over using Kenya AA or Ethiopian Yirgacheffe single origins with utmost precision, like they’re overseeing a science experiment. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
5.1 Café Gallery
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5.1 Café Gallery

For coffee, café meals and some peace and quiet, head here. The dimly-lit café is good for small and private discussions. It's also good as a working space if you’re doing work out of the office.

Neighbourhood Coffee
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Neighbourhood Coffee

Make this your weekend brunch spot in Sri Petaling. The café serves open-faced toasts, big breakfasts, homemade cheesecakes, churros and more.

Places for dessert in Sri Petaling

Softsrve
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Softsrve

The minimalist Japanese-inspired ice cream parlour has soft serve flavours the likes of cereal milk and deep chocolate, which you can top with popcorn, honeycomb, cotton candy, chocolate chips and truffles. After ice cream, have tea from Gryphon and house-mixed sodas. Softsrve has another outlet at Damansara Utama.

Inside Scoop x Three Little Birds
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Inside Scoop x Three Little Birds

Inside Scoop churns out some of the best ice cream in the city. Owner and in-house ice cream churner Shiew Li uses gelato techniques to achieve full-bodied consistency and concentration of flavour, best sampled in a scoop of the Valrhona chocolate, durian or the naturally green pistachio. Whether you have your ice cream on a freshly baked waffle cone or slightly melted on a warm, buttery waffle, Inside Scoop provides momentary joy for the restless and the overworked. If you're looking for coffee to pair your ice cream with, you're in luck; the Sri Petaling outlet shares the same space with coffee shop Three Little Birds. Inside Scoop has other outlets in Bangsar, Cheras, Damansara Jaya and USJ Taipan.

Tiny Temptress
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Tiny Temptress

What started as an online macaron shop is now a full-fledged patisserie. The shop has also branched out from macarons and added items such as bear-shaped cakes and crème brulee to their menu. Come here for teatime gatherings with a dose of cute.

Things to do in Sri Petaling

Yorokobi Art
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Yorokobi Art

This café and art jam venue is where you should be if you need a cuppa after channelling your inner Picasso. They also host art classes for both children and adults.

EVO Hair Gallery
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EVO Hair Gallery

Whether you want a completely new look or just a simple trim, wash and blow, EVO has you covered. While your usual salon features the odd poster or two advertising hair products and the latest styles, EVO instead chooses to adorn its walls with a random mix of framed photos and prints, so you'll have plenty to observe during your pampering session. 

Endah Parade
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Endah Parade

You can almost always count on small shopping centres like these to have odd shops offering all kinds of products and services. Endah Parade is no exception with its pet grooming academy, fortune telling outlet and rent-a-book store next to the very commonplace (in comparison) Carrefour.

Users say
3 out of 5 stars
Thai Odyssey
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Thai Odyssey

The warm soothing décor of Thai Odyssey, coupled with soft Thai music and the scent of aromatic herbs in the air, is a haven for those seeking an escape from urban lifestyles. Well-trained spa therapists from Thailand provide a variety of massage services such as the traditional Thai massage, Aroma-Oil massage, herbal therapy and sports massage specially catered for athletes.

Shops in Sri Petaling

The Store
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The Store

For all your basic retail needs, this old department store has it covered. The Store does look like it hasn’t gone out of the ‘90s, so for throwback-ish feels, head right this way.

Cite Book Garden
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Cite Book Garden

The book garden features actual plants by way of hanging potted ferns by the window, a few chairs where readers can sit and read, a wall displaying the magazines they publish (ranging from fashion glossies like Vivi to the Chinese edition of National Geographic), a wide selection of titles from Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, and even a small café (they once offered coffee workshops partnering with Exhibit Café from TTDI). The second floor houses an event space for readings, talks, activities for kids, and more.

Jorya Weekend
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Jorya Weekend

Korean fashion has never been so big in KL, and you don’t need to rely on shoddily photographed blog shops to get hold of it. Jorya Weekend carries feminine, whimsical womenswear flown straight in from Korea, with an emphasis on lace, floral prints and ribbons. Prices are not cheap, but the quality is generally excellent, and the styles slightly more sophisticated than your average frilly dress.

Daily Choize
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Daily Choize

Daily Choize sells fresh and organic products. Besides that, they also have a little eating area where you can sample some of their offerings or order from a small test menu.

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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.

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.

Petaling Jaya
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Petaling Jaya

To say that Petaling Jaya (aka PJ) is huge is an understatement. Divided into several areas and neighbourhoods (better known as 'seksyen'), there are your oldies like Jalan Gasing and PJ Old Town to newer, flashier areas like Damansara and Aman Suria. For non-PJ folks, wrapping your head around the many sections can be a bit of a nightmare, so to help you out, we explored the area to come up with this cheat sheet to some of the best restaurants, cafés, shops, bars and things to do in PJ. Got a favourite PJ spot not listed here? Let us know in the comments.

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