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Ardent foodies and social media junkies have one thing in common — the pure love for a beautifully designed cafe that makes for picture-perfect moments on the gram. While most would stand tall for the eye-catching flat lays, some prefer a plain painted wall to juxtapose their photo composition. Whether you’re shooting the food, your cup of latte (with a heart on it) or your best #OOTD shots, we’ve got the best places covered. Here are our top ten of the most Instagrammable cafes in KL that opened this year.


The newest picture-perfect cafe to hit town is Flakes, brought to you by the folks behind Table & Apron. Get your caffeine fix here while indulging in flaky and buttery croissants. There’s a wide variety of them including cinnamon, almond and pistachio variants. Have it on its own or with its specialty fluffy crabmeat scrambled eggs.

Muse Eatery

Muse Eatery continues to be a crowd favourite when it comes to hanging out in Happy Mansion. Easily recognisable through its dark moss green facade and interiors, the highly IG-worthy cafe serves its signature har cheong gai burger (juicy chicken thigh marinated in an unmistakable fermented shrimp paste in between fluffy buns) as well as a menu of western dishes and coffee.


Decked in a solid shade of terracotta, it is hard to miss Provisions in Damansara Jaya. It is a bakery, coffee shop and supply store combined. Here, you’ll be delighted to find a slew of freshly baked pastries and decadent cakes including the house specialty Chocolate Espresso Cake.


The latest entry in the list of cafes in Chinatown is Wildflowers that’s beautifully designed by design studio pow ideas. Brought to you by the muscles behind Merchant’s Lane, the food takes on a modern Asian-inspired touch with bright bold flavours. Try the nachos with mapo tofu, salmon sashimi with coconut milk and green Thai-inspired salsa verde, as well as the coconut panda cotta for dessert. If you’re there at night, enjoy a drink or two as the cafe turns into a vibrant bar setting. Check out our review here.


Located in the heart of Chow Kit, Rise & Shine by Tapestry is where you can find classic brunch dishes inspired by Malaysian flavours. Its breakfast rendition of includes locally-sourced ingredients, homemade bread and passionately brewed coffee. The exterior is chic — emulating European bakeries — while the interiors are exceptionally Instagrammable. Find a seat at the courtyard where you get the best ambience (and lighting) for the perfect flat lay.


Therefore is the third F&B outpost by FourbyFORE group, the brains behind Forbidden and Foremula Cafe (both in Ara Damansara). The interiors are plush with feminine touches of coral pink and green hues. Enjoy a good mix of crowd-pleasing recipes comprising Asian and Malaysian flavours that are sure to hit you at the right spot. Therefore is also perfect for large parties and gathering thanks to its expansive IG-friendly space.


Another hidden gem in Section 17’s Happy Mansion is Hideaway where you can enjoy a cosy environment paired with delicious old-school homemade cakes and crowd-pleasing classics like butter cake, marble cake and its signature banana cake. Pair that with a cup of latte and you’ll have the perfect tea time fix.

Nourish by Kenny Hills Bakers

Nourish is opened by the people behind Kenny Hills Bakers, and focuses on a menu centring organic produce, fresh vegetables and gluten-free ingredients. Enjoy sweet and savoury items that are almost guilt-free including a lineup of vibrant salads, the delectable pecan pie and orange polenta cake.

Urban Daybreak Cafe

Originally from Penang, the Bangsar outpost serves its signature Australian breakfast and brunch dishes including the fried chicken waffle, baked eggs, French toast and more. It is a popular place to hang out, especially if you’re craving for a caffeine fix during the midday. Desserts are also aplenty.


Opened by a group of fun people, Timothy is a quaint cafe that will bring smiles to your face and tummy. Comfort food such as chicken rice, butter chicken, eggs on toasts and lei cha are served here but with a contemporary twist. The old school decor also reignites memories especially with drinks served in steel enamel mugs.

Martin Teo
Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.