Subang area guide

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

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If you cringe at the thought of Subang and the number of students swarming the area (by area, we mean SS15), just know that the small town offers more than its share of gimmicky dining establishments. Here’s a cheat sheet on what to do and places to eat.

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Best restaurants in Subang

Sumi-Ka
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Sumi-Ka

Sumika – what is one of the best yakitori restaurants in the Klang Valley – likes to play hard to get. Getting through their landline is a game of chance, aided by the challenge of scoring a reservation even on a weeknight. Unflinching and fearless, I call in early on a Sunday night but to no avail. I decide to drive to the restaurant, but the lights are shut, its inexplicit sign bearing no sign of life. The restaurant’s lack of an official online presence only thickens the air of mystery around it. A few nights later, post-reservation, I’m finally sitting in the smoky, low-ceilinged confines of Sumika. My dining partners and I sit past the sliding doors, where a grey view of an ever-shifting SS15 meets us. The shophouses below are taking a beating from the rain, which beckons us even more dangerously towards the prospect of sizzling meat on sticks. The waiters are keen and smiling, if slightly bumbling. We are recommended the chicken thigh muscle from the off-menu specials, as well as the baked rice ball with butter. We order both, on top of a smorgasbord of grilled meats ranging from pork to chicken. The beef tongue with ponzu arrives first. It’s cold, tangy and good enough to line the tummy, but not nearly as good as the meats that come after. The chicken thigh muscle is tender; the chicken breast with yuzu avoids the dry route by way of a wonderfully tangy marinade cast with a spike of heat; the beef ribs are salty with a gaminess that is partly shielded by miso; the p

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Kar Heong
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Kar Heong

Kar Heong is a likeable all rounder, offering not just excellent chicken and kai see hor fun, but also more than adequate pork balls, roast pork, bean sprouts and char siew.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Weiner
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Weiner

Sandwich specialists Sarnies have ventured into the business of frankfurters. If you’re up for some artisanal pimped out wieners, not only are the juicy home-made wieners sandwiched between buttery brioche buns (sourced from a neighbourhood bakery), the dogs are fully loaded – the Mac Daddy features pork sausage, mac ‘n’ cheese, crab meat, homemade bay seasoning and crushed Ritz crackers, while the beefed-up El Chapo includes chilli con carne, jalapeños, tortilla chips, cheese, mustard, ketchup and crispy onion rings in its topping line-up. Wash it all down with some ice cold beer.

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4 out of 5 stars
Gold Chilli
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Gold Chilli

There’s almost always a line at this popular SS15 eatery frequented mostly by students of the surrounding area. If you’re not sure what to order, go for the butter chicken.

Well Cook Gourmet
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Well Cook Gourmet

The fishy assam laksa takes an unusual route at Restoran Well Cook Gourmet. Penangite owner Chin Gok Ton fries thick laksa noodles with a spice paste of blue ginger, belacan and chilli, complete with onion and pineapple garnishing. The recognisable tang and piquancy of assam laksa remain, but combined with a clever smokiness from the wok-tossing, like a cross between Penang assam laksa and char kway teow. To amp up the novelty factor, also try the claypot curry laksa. As featured in Time Out KL's 101 things to do in KL.

Ooi Noodle House
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Ooi Noodle House

February 2012 I first stumbled across Ooi Noodle House on a search for weekend brunch in the maze of Subang Jaya Uptown. Amid closed shops and other cafes so quiet they might as well have closed, I was stunned by how packed Ooi Noodle House was. More stunning still was the waitress’s firm warning that it would take an hour for their signature pork noodles to be served. Looking around me, it seemed everybody else already knew this. Teenagers had brought playing cards, Chinese uncles were reading newspapers, families snacked on their own food. Clearly, they had come prepared to wait. KLites are not exactly known for their patience, so I had to wonder what was so special about these noodles. Ooi Noodle House itself is kitted out in simple kopitiam style, with enough tables to seat about 50 people. Just next to the main indoor shop, there’s an outdoor area where one man and his wife cook up all the noodles at a stall with a single stove (which explains the wait). The menu is simple: pork noodles large bowl pork noodles small bowl. You can choose your noodles from a mixture of mee, mee hoon and kuay teow, go for a straight portion of mianxian. An egg on top is optional. The first time I ate here, I admit I was too hungry to wait for the noodles. So I went to order from the only other vendor sharing the space, a barbecued pork and roast duck stall. This turned out be no consolatory meal, however: although not as popular as the noodles, the roasted meat here is outstanding. Succ

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Cor Blimey British Fish and Chips
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Cor Blimey British Fish and Chips

You no longer have to go to Changkat (or to one of those British pubs) for a plate of fish and chips; in fact, you can have the quintessentially English dish minus the pub crowd right in the heart of Subang's SS15 at Cor Blimey (that's its actual name).

FIQ's Gastronomy
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FIQ's Gastronomy

One of 2014’s more promising restaurants so far steers clear of café clichés – no sub-par sandwiches, carbonara or heaven forbid, red velvet cake. Owner and chef Syafiq Zane introduces dishes like spinach risotto with sous vide chicken, roasted potato gnocchi with mushrooms, and five-hour braised short ribs. (All pastas are made fresh on-site.) Syafiq spent six years in the US – he worked in the food industry to hone French cooking techniques and even squeezed in an internship at three-Michelin starred Jean Georges in New York City. Chances are, he’s going places.

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Best cafés in Subang

Analog
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Analog

Tucked away in a quiet corner of SS17, Analog KL is one of Subang’s best-kept secrets. The menu at this cosy neighbourhood café is stripped down, but it works – toasties (with house-made sourdough), waffles (served with honey and French butter) and bagels, all which go well with their filtered coffee and cold brews. At the coffee counter, Afiq (formerly of Whisk and Thursdvys) experiments with a selection of small batch coffee from boutique roasters (Tokyo-based Fuglen, Dukes Coffee from Melbourne, The Roast Things) on rotation.

Haikara-Style Café
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Haikara-Style Café

Run by husband-and-wife team Kato-san and Yuko-san, this cosy café has been keeping Japanese expats in Subang Jaya well caffeinated since 2008. You’ll see him brewing potent cups of coffee from a siphon brewer behind the wide bar counter (ask for their signature iced coffee). From roasting beans over charcoal to organic breads (the honey toast by Yuko-san is a game changer) baked in the tiny kitchen, this Japanese café definitely merits a trip to Subang Jaya. For brunch, we love the comforting home-style curry rice at Haikara. Pair it with a juicy beef hamburg (also known as hambagu), pick the level of spiciness (on a scale of one to ten), and top it off with a creamy cheese omelette. For sides, Haikara also does Nagoya-style chicken wings, roasted edamame, fluffy toast with matcha jam and chicken katsu sandwiches. While the food here may not be artfully plated on wooden boards, it more than makes up for it with taste. On weekdays, if you buy a cup of coffee, get free toast and scrambled eggs for free.

WhupWhup
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WhupWhup

Once a factory churning out industrial yarn seals for more than three decades, the 10,000sq ft place in Subang is now WhupWhup, the spiffy restaurant-cum-event venue with a spiffier name. Finding WhupWhup is a little tricky; it’s tucked away at the end of an industrial street and Waze brought us to the back of the restaurant. A quick drive and you’ll be brought to the front (look out for the signboard) where free but limited parking is available. On busy days, you might have to dash out from the restaurant to move your car for others to exit. Step inside and you’ll see the interior has many pretty corners; there’s a phonograph and a potted plant plopped on a table, two rather barren-but-pleasing-to-the-eye trees, a grand piano belonging to the chef and a retail space at the back peddling artsy goods like jewellery and painted canvases. Little touches such as the ‘Safety First’ and ‘No Smoking’ signs shed light on the premises' previous stint as a factory. Pretty interior aside, the menu spans French-inspired tastes that include dishes such as fresh scallops with salted egg yolk puree and shaved parmesan, and the Duck 3 Ways: spaghetti or fettuccine with duck breast, duck bacon bits and salted duck egg yolk. Also available are sandwiches, pasta, appetisers, all-day breakfasts and house-made desserts, tacked with witty names such as the ‘Salmon Hayek’ and ‘The Cowpenters’. Coffee gets the droll treatment too: a cup of flat white is ‘The Brains’ and a long black is ‘The Dark

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Big Mike Cafe
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Big Mike Cafe

This café has all the staples like salmon dishes and coffee but come here for the ice cream burgers. The buns even come in colourful shades – green for pandan, brown for caramel.

greyskymorning
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greyskymorning

The raw, rough aesthetic of greyskymorning – in its mix of modern minimalist materials, especially exposed bricks, glass doors and windows as well as metal and wood surfaces – is as much a draw to Instagrammers as the shafts of sunlight streaming down: light, we all know, is everything in pure photography. A chandelier hangs from the high ceilings, delicate flowers stand in bottles atop dark, dramatic wood and the big open space, coupled with the calm, is picture-perfect. Also picture-perfect are its coffee and cakes – the roast, by Three Little Birds, is different each day, and we recommend the chocolate chip and Nutella cake.

AM/PM Café
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AM/PM Café

Located right next to Main Place mall in USJ, cosy neighbourhood café AM/PM is where residents of USJ and Putra Heights go for coffee and cakes. The menu consists of mostly western dishes like pasta (try the angel hair in beef broth), waffles, sandwiches and more. Try the tau fu fah cheesecake, sourced from Project Cake Therapy.

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Best places for desserts and snacks in Subang

Fatbaby
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Fatbaby

Ice cream factory on weekdays, scoop shop on weekends. After nearly two years of supplying their cult favourite ice cream to cafés around town, Fatbaby finally has a place to call their own, a few steps away from Grafa in SS15. For now Fatbaby is open on weekends only, but founder Hui Ming assures us that they will eventually be open on weekdays. We visited them on a Saturday, dropping in just after they opened at 2pm. Cheery baby blue walls combined with efficient staff who offer you ice cream samples at every turn make a great recipe indeed. The ice cream menu rotates on a weekly basis, but we hope that the Madagascar vanilla bean, Earl Grey and salted caramel are here to stay. If you come with a group of friends, order Get Stuffed (RM38), where four scoops of ice cream are sandwiched between two waffles, and topped with banana slices and another scoop of ice cream. In a lavish final touch, it’s also drizzled with Fatbaby’s signature salted caramel sauce. Wash down the ice cream with juice by Smooshies. As the scoop shop only opens on weekends, you’ll find a mix of college kids, families, and the odd expat or two quickly filling up the place, so lingering for too long isn’t an option. Be sure to check Fatbaby’s Facebook page during the week to keep updated on the coming weekend’s flavours and new experiments (on our visit, it was the ice cream sandwich).

Vadai SS15
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Vadai SS15

Think of a savoury and slightly spicy doughnut, and you’ve got yourself a vadai. The vadai stall, sandwiched between the cendol and the rojak stalls, more than holds its own; the crunchier masala vadai and the softer uluntu vadai flies off the wok as fast as the vadai man fries them. Tip: have it with whole green cili padi.

Rojak and cendol SS15
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Rojak and cendol SS15

The cendol here is slithery green, and coconut milk, sweet corn, red beans and gula Melaka slosh around in a bowl of shaved ice as the stall owner churns out one after another to a long line of customers.

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4 out of 5 stars
OW:L Espresso
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OW:L Espresso

Located next to Inti College, this owl-themed café serves Korean shaved ice (bingsu) in a variety of flavours including daring ones such as the Yogurt and Fruits bingsu, topped with diced watermelon, strawberry, mango, pineapple, blueberry, grapes and house-made dragon fruit syrup. The café is also the stockist for Marley Coffee from Jamaica.

Aboong
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Aboong

Bungeoppang, the Korean carp-shaped waffle snack with red bean filling, is essentially South Korea’s answer to the Japanese taiyaki. South Korean chain Aboong (derived from ‘bungeoppang’) took things a step further by serving yoghurt soft serve in a fish-shaped waffle, which acts as a cone. If you’ve always wanted to have waffles with ice cream on the go, Aboong is your answer. The waffle (slightly crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside) is made to order, with a dollop of either red bean, custard cream or Nutella as the base, then filled with the yoghurt soft serve of your choice (we had red bean and the seasonal mango flavour) for a surprisingly delicious package. Toppings include Nestum flakes, chocolate drizzle and mixed fruit skewers dipped in chocolate fondue.

Inside Scoop
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Inside Scoop

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.

Best shops in Subang

Teenage Head Records
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Teenage Head Records

Owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Radzi Jasni and Linda Hat, the cosy, small storefront leans towards more alternative, contemporary stuff: Lots of grunge, punk and rock’n’roll the likes of Haim, Suede and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, in addition to ambient and electronic, R&B as well as local and regional releases. Bonus: They throw the occasional in-store gig.

Wheel Love Skateshop
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Wheel Love Skateshop

Tricked out with all forms of inline skates, blades, bikes and skateboards, Wheel Love equips you with everything you need to survive KL’s harshest streets. You’ve got only one wheel? They love unicyclists too. If Subang's too far away from you, get your fix at their KL outlet at The Row.

Pott Glasses
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Pott Glasses

Two words: Asian fit. Friends and founders Hau and Hoong’s Pott Glasses have discovered that there is a real, practical need for glasses that fit Asian features better – we have higher cheekbones, lower nose bridges and wider faces than Caucasians, for whom most Western eyewear brands are designed for. The Malaysian-made label carries dozens of designs, in different colours and styles from RM265 a pair – including clubmasters, oxfords and wire-rim glasses. If you can’t come to Pott Glasses, Pott Glasses will come to you: the boys have a door-to-door try-on service, so you can select up to 16 pairs and they’ll bring the glasses to you to try on. As a bonus, for every pair of glasses sold, they donate one to those in need.

Amplitude
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Amplitude

Amplitude is first and foremost a music store, even before the existence of the small barbershop space decked with music paraphernalia. Started a few years ago by Jon Lim, the store first began selling musical instruments before expanding to a music academy and, just two months ago, a barbershop. The barbershop is headed by Lex Low, who was trained under Toni & Guy and has other female-oriented salons. For Amplitude however, he wanted a vibe that's chiefly rockabilly-inspired (like old American barbershops). For one thing, there's music. And the barbers here are stylish enough that you would feel at ease about letting them take care of your locks. But to dismiss Amplitude as just another hip barbershop would be wrong. They're quite serious about their craft – Lex and fellow barber Kevin Tan even make their own pomades. Lex's pomade is the water-based LeQuiff, while Kevin's is the newly-launched Mentega pomade.The combination of a music store, academy and barbershop might seem odd to some but all three sections have common goals – they all play their part in giving back to the community. The barbershop guys sometimes go on their own excursions around KL to give the underprivileged free haircuts. Lex also volunteers at Dignity for Children to teach kids the basics of hairdressing. As for Jon and the music side of things, they give out musical instruments and teach music to those in need, including orphanages and people from orang asli settlements. Jon is currently finalising t

Bookalicious!
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Bookalicious!

This independent bookstore in The Summit has a collection like no other as owner and merchandising manager, Leon Ngai, carefully selects the books himself. They are brand new, but the prices are marked down to encourage young adults to buy more books and cultivate a reading habit. The genres are vast, spanning poetry, adult romance, fantasy and more. For special editions and hardcovers, head to the shelf next to the cashier – we spotted Charles Bukowski.

I Am Lejen
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I Am Lejen

Lejen Press's bookshop – and boutique, as it carries hoodies and T-shirts – brims with Malay literature, fiction or otherwise, by local independent presses. Your afternoon book-browsing will include titles by Lejen Press (of ‘Awek Chuck Taylor’ fame and ‘Rosmoh: Perempuan Puaka’ controversy, as well as reprints of A Samad Said’s ‘Salina’ and ‘Langit Petang’), and also books by big names Buku Fixi, DuBook Press and Sang Freud Press, along with smaller publishers Obscura Malaysia and Poket Press.

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da:mén
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da:mén

You can’t miss da:mén – with a name that literally translates to ‘big doors’ in Mandarin, USJ’s da:mén boasts a big red gateway entrance, complete with cymbals and lanterns. Plus, it’s located along Jalan Kewajipan in Subang Jaya, one of the busiest main roads in the area. Some figures: six-storey, 280 retail outlets, 420,000 sq ft. Every floor offers a specific shopping experience – the 10,000 sq ft Beauty Queendom, for example, was designed for all your beauty needs and is anchored by SaSa Zensation in collaboration with A Cut Above and Oriental Spa, housing brands such as Beautime, Bloop, Hanna & Kent, Kasumi Beauty and Wunderbath. da:mén has some choice dining fare too. AM-PM has day-to-night dining, with outlets open from 10am until late at night (as in, beyond 10pm); AKIBA is a Japanese food street concept restaurant located on the fourth floor; and there’s also The Canteen, a cashless concept food hall with 12 food stalls and themed seating areas. Other dining options include Grand Harbour Restaurant, Grandmama’s, Morganfields, Tonkatsu, Sangkaya, Sukiya, Tea Press, and many more. Also, check out PasarBella, Singapore’s artisan concept marketplace. If not, there’s always the ever-reliable Jaya Grocer at the lower ground floor.

Subang Jaya Book Exchange
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Subang Jaya Book Exchange

The highly lauded initative by USJ residents hosts book exchanges on every first and third Sunday of the month, from 3pm to 5pm.

Meeples
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Meeples

Meeples is a small café with a cool concept. They stock over 900 European board games which customers can have a go at while sipping coffee, milkshakes or beers. Some of the games include Settlers of Catan, Blokus and Ticket to Ride.

Ruang
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Ruang

Located in Subang's SS18, RUANG is a new modern event space for rent where you can host just about anything from fashion shows and product launches to gigs, training sessions, meetings and more. There are two sections to RUANG – one is decked out in alternating white-washed and wood-panelled walls, parquet floor and black frame windows, while the other has a more rustic design of exposed brick walls, cement floor and hanging light bulbs. Depending on the ambience you prefer, tables and chairs and the catering service can be set up in one space, saving the other for fun and games.

Empire Shopping Gallery
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Empire Shopping Gallery

Having 600,000 sq ft of retail space, Empire has six floors worth of shops for mall-goers to explore under its clear domed roof and makes no false claims when it declares that it has something for everyone. Upscale department store Tangs offers tasteful selections of menswear, women’s fashion, streetwear, home accessories and travel necessities. Fitness First Platinum differs from its counterparts by a 22-inch infinity pool (the first of its kind in Malaysia) and is also equipped with a purpose built cycle studio with the latest gym bikes. LEX (Lifestyle Experiential Centre) is a holistic electronic retail centre that lets customers spiral down a five-storey high slide while experiencing a state-of-the-art audio system. There is also a 'capsulated acoustic space' called the CineBox and the Re:LeX Cafe, a high-speed broadband eatery. Elsewhere, shoppers can stock up their food shelves at the locally-owned Jaya Grocer. There is a whole floor dedicated to kids with children’s fashion, education and entertainment outlets such as Dance Space, My Favourite Art House, Plaster Fun House, and Toys R Us. Empire goes a step further by providing two nursing rooms complete with changing and feeding facilities and play area. There are also changing stations at the female restrooms and also baby strollers available upon entrance.

Sports Planet
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Sports Planet

Good futsal and one of the better snooker centres in the Klang Valley. Also the largest indoor futsal centre in Malaysia, if that makes a difference. You should be able to get a court at least.

Subang Parade
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Subang Parade

Subang Parade’s recent refurbishment earned a Silver Award from ICSC Asia Pacific in the category of Development and Design so hop on over to see what the fuss is all about. It also has a weekend bazaar called the Trinket Trail going on every Saturday (11am – 9pm) and Sunday (11am – 6pm) on the first floor. For parents looking to occupy the kids while they shop, there is TumbleTots, a UK-based centre for physical play programmes located on the same floor.

Main Place
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Main Place

From the ashes of an abandoned construction eyesore rises Main Place, the newest residence mall this side of Subang. Opened in early 2014, the management has procured a good mix of retail as well as food and beverage outlets. A neighbourhood mall with a manageable crowd, Jaya Grocer, Cotton On, Uniqlo and Sushi Zanmai make up some of the bigger names in the long list of retail tenants. Meanwhile, harried parents are able to drop off their kids at Kizsports & Gym, Blokspace and Molly Fantasy. The upcoming MRT line is purported to be linked to the mall.

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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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