We’ve been scouring town for the best coffee spots and leading baristas that Kuala Lumpur has to offer, and this is what we found. Disclaimer: None of the editorial team was harmed in the process of writing this article — just heavily caffeinated.

While the taste of coffee is subjective, we’ve made sure that our curated recommendations are varied in terms of price, location, atmosphere, and of course — the beans they have to offer. We have the new kid on the block, Kopenhagen Coffee, which has been flooding our Instagram feeds as of late, thanks to its chic Scandinavian-inspired interiors. There’s also VCR, which at four years old isn’t a newbie to the scene, but recently opened another outlet in Bangsar. It also serves some pretty potent brews.

Here are our picks of the best 5 coffee spots in KL for a great cup of joe.

(Feature image: Kopenhagen Coffee)

1
Kopenhagen Coffee

Peace, quiet, and soul-warming coffee can be found in this Scandinavian-inspired cafe. The space is beautifully minimalist, but it’s worth more than just an Instagram snap — it serves single-origin coffee with beans from local roaster Sprezzatura (in dainty Royal Copenhagen cups), as well as refreshing bottles of cold brew for a hot day.

Kopenhagen Coffee, Vista Kiara, Jalan Kiara 3, Mont Kiara, +603 6211 6363
2
VCR

A household name in the café scene, VCR has opened another spot in Bangsar. For those who can’t decide what to get, we recommend giving its coffee flight a shot, which gives you a full tasting experience of beans from different countries. Still not sure what you’re after? No problems, VCR’s hashtag has always been #AsktheBarista, after all.

VCR Bangsar, 31, Jalan Telawi 3, 59100 Bangsar Baru, +603 2110 2330

3
Common Man Coffee Roasters KL

Coffee is a precise craft, and Common Man sees it through every step of the way. It trades directly with the farmers to ensure perfection in every bean. Your coffee is then prepared by baristas on a custom designed Synesso espresso machine. If you’re more inclined to make your own cuppa, join the Common Man Coffee Roasters academy, where you’ll be trained by its own baristas.

Common Man Coffee Roasters KL, A-G-1 New Podium, Plaza Vads No.1 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad. 60000, +603 6211 6363 

4
X Coffee The Japan Store

Get a taste of Japanese coffee at this relaxed oasis, which features leading Japanese roasters such as Maruyama Coffee, Nozy Coffee and Fuglen Coffee — to name a few. The coffee is hand-brewed with single-origin beans of your choice. Besides that, the café also offers coffee flower honey and coffee syrup.

X Coffee The Japan Store, Level 3, Isetan The Japan Store, Lot 10, No 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, +603 2147 7777
5
The Brew Culture

This cosy nook will warm your heart with its well-brewed coffee, sincere hospitality, and its baristas’ love for their craft. It’s the perfect spot if you’re looking for some quiet time, but also want a fuss-free, good cuppa. The Brew Culture serves a range of specialty single-origin coffee, and occasionally dabbles in creating its own blends with local roasters Artisan Roastery.

The Brew Culture, B-01-06 Plaza Damas 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, +603 2857 0181