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Rise & shine: The 10 best cafes for breakfast in KL

Now here are 10 delicious reasons to be a morning person! We’ve rounded up the 10 best cafes for breakfast in KL to make sure your day is off to a good start. Maybe you feel like a sharing platter at Fancy Breakfast Club, or just need a killer cup of caffeine at Common Man Coffee Roasters. For health buffs, we’ve also scouted out spots for refreshing chia seed smoothie bowls at Rubberduck, refreshing probiotic drinks, or even customise your own salads at Botanica + Co.

Nourishing breakfast food aside, these cafe spaces will boost your mood with their leafy surroundings, natural sunlight and creative interior to get you inspired for the day.

As the saying goes, “all happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast”. Here’s our guide to the best cafes for breakfasts that will put a smile on your face.

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Bask in sunlight amongst trees, relax with good company and get inspired by the surrounding art; that’s the life at Dr.Inc, where eating here is fuss-free at best: open faced avocado toasts, French desserts and traditional Italian dark roast coffee. 

Try This: Milo Dinosaur and Espresso for day, alcoholic soft serve for night.

8 Jalan Kemuja Bangsar. Open Monday 10am – 7pm, Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm. 011-2368 2537, www.facebook.com/drincbangsar

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Breakfast Thieves

Get a taste of Melbourne breakfasts right here in KL. Dishes are classic with a certain flair, like the cheekily named “Leprechaun”, beautifully plated zucchini-corn fritters, creamed mushrooms, pickled radish, avocado mousse and poached eggs. With natural sunlight streaming in and cosy spaces to sit by the window, this will be the perfect start to your day.

Try This: 24-hour braised beef cheeks and a killer eggs benedict with yuzu-hollandaise.

Jalan Riong, Bangsar. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm. +60 3-2788 3548, www.facebook.com/breakfastthieveskl

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Back in the day when coffee shops were a rarity, Whisk began as a humble espresso bar and bake shop. Fast forward to now where cafe concepts are abundant, Whisk is still serving one of the best cups of coffee to start your day, using single origin beans where flavours are diverse as new crops change with the seasons. 

Try This: Zucchini bread with butter.

LG 3A Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS 16/1 Petaling Jaya. Open Daily, 10am – 10pm. +603 0222060, www.instagram.com/whisk_kl

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We can almost hear the ocean breeze at Rubberduck, a colourful, pâtisserie café – now with their own spin studio. Get your health fix here with their Instagram worthy smoothie bowls and Hawaiian poke bowls. After that, work up a healthy glow at their spin classes that will be launching soon. 

Try This: Carrot cake and probiotic drinks. 

K-08 Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1. Open Monday – Friday, 8am-8pm, Weekends 8am – 6pm. +603 2110 2330, www.instagram.com/rubberduckquack

5 /10

Common Man Coffee Roasters

Creative and wholesome breakfasts that put a smile on your face is the best kind. Dig into the classic big breakfast with the full works (eggs, sausages, chorizo and artisanal sourdough), or satisfy that sweet tooth with fluffy brioche french toast.

Try This: Turkish Common Man Breakfast, with phyllo-wrapped soft-boiled egg, crispy feta, olives, hummus and pita bread

A-G-1 New Podium, Plaza Vads No.1 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad. Open Monday to Sunday, 7:30am to 11pm. +60 3 7731 7095, www.commonmancoffeeroasters.com/pages/cmcr-kuala-lumpur

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Botanica + Co Deli

Start your day in the mood-lifting, green space of Botanica + Co’s deli. They’re all about fuss-free and delicious food with a gourmet spin in their salads, soups and house-made sandwiches. They even have a healthy salad bar for you to make it the way you like it. Begone, unhealthy cereals!

Try This: Roast beef sandwiches.

G3A Podium, The Vertical, Bangsar South City, No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi. Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 7pm. +6016 9656 422, www.botanica.com.my

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ChoCha Food Store

“Chocha” means to “sit down and drink” in Hakka dialect, which is exactly what we feel compelled to do in this peaceful cafe in China Town. Sip on the variety of Chinese teas, alongside a menu that aims to bring soul food with a local twist. For a hearty breakfast, go for the pan-seared duck breast with barley, rice and homegrown ulam.

Try This:
Xiu Lin Wu Hao Raw Pu-erh, a fragrant tea with an aftertaste of honey.

NO 156, Jalan Petaling, City Centre. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 10pm. +60 3-2022 1100,  www.facebook.com/chocha.foodstore

8 /10

Fancy Breakfast Club

Get a touch of whimsy in your breakfast at this supper-club turned cafe/event playground. You can “make your own breakfast platter” for sharing, that includes freshly cut fruits, mashed avocado, grilled vegetables, homemade dips and more.

Try This: Homemade waffle stacks.

6, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm. +603 2202 2020, www.facebook.com/fancybreakfastclub

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Come to VCR for the award-winning baristas, and stay for the cosy environment. You might mistake this place for someone’s home, with couches for lounging, a breezy balcony and charming rattan furniture. As for the coffee, you know your espresso is in safe hands with a line-up of rotating single origins.

Try This: Hamachi Royale, with house-cured hamachi, 63 degree eggs, hollandaise, kale served on focaccia bread.

2 Jalan Galloway Pudu. Open Daily, 8.30am – 11pm. +603 2110 2330, www.vcr.my

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Table & Apron

Made with love” rings true in this friendly neighborhood restaurant, serving a fresh play of Western classics with local flavors. You’ll find that most things are homemade from scratch, including bread, cakes and desserts. Particularly noteworthy is their sourdough bread with apple.

Try This: Earl Grey infused creme brulee with grapefruit and shortbread.

23 Jalan SS 20/11, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11:30am – 5pm, 6pm – 10pm. +603 77 33 4000, www.tableandapron.my

Rise & shine: The 10 best cafes for breakfast in KL

Michelle Liu

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