Subang Jaya first started out as a quiet suburban neighbourhood, designed to be a satellite city for the working class in KL. Throughout the decades, the township grew exponentially in terms of development. While there are still no skyscrapers to speak of, Subang (as it is fondly called by its inhabitants) has essentially become its own functioning hub of growing amenities. Housing, education, entertainment, food, and beverage all have its place in this neighbourhood in Selangor.

There are neighbourhoods such as Bangsar and Damansara Heights, which are home to the more affluent with a healthy selection of swanky restaurants and bars. Then, there is Subang Jaya is where the indie scene reigns supreme. The neighbourhood is home to many third-wave coffee cafes, independent dessert places, and specialty shops including skate shops and record stores.

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Skate lovers will find “wheel” love at Wheel Love Skateshop Subang. (Image: Yelp)

But make no mistake — Subang Jaya is not just catered to hipsters. Sports lovers also have a comfortable place in this neighbourhood. Play a round of futsal or snooker at Sports Planet, channel your inner F1 driver at Speedway PLUS Go-Kart Circuit, or even go smaller at RC Planet where you can race your remote controlled cars. Did we mention that there’s a theme park here too? It’s no wonder that Subang denizens never want to leave this neighbourhood.

Where to stay

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Luxury hotels in Subang include the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa.

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is one of the best and upscale hotels in the neighbourhood. It’s also located in an extremely convenient spot: right beside the Sunway Pyramid shopping mall and Sunway Lagoon Theme Park. If that isn’t enough, we’re sure the grandeur of the facade is enough to entice you. Pick from a range of suites or villas to complete your stay.

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Want to stay in the quieter side of Subang Jaya? Try the Dorsett Grand Subang.

But should you prefer a part of the neighbourhood that’s slightly more distant from the hustle and bustle, check out (or in) the Dorsett Grand Subang located in the quieter parts of Subang Jaya. The older but still elegant hotel provides a nice respite with plush room settings.

Restaurants and cafes

Subang Jaya is home to many a great food outlets. One of them is Sumi-Ka, one of the Klang Valley’s best spots for yakitori. Don’t let its low ceilings and moody interior put you off, for you will be duly rewarded with some of the juiciest skewered meat in town.

If you’re in the mood to stay in the queue for up to an hour, then make your way to Ooi Noodle House in SS15 to have some famous pork noodles. The setting may just be in a simple coffee shop, but the power of popularity lies in the rich, savoury broth. Slurp that up together with noodles, pieces of pork, innards, and a single egg, and you will see for yourself why it warrants a long queue.

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Whup Whup cafe is set up in a former textile factory. (Image: Atap.co)

The cafe culture is strong in Subang. By the time you’re done with them all, you would have exhausted your caffeine quota for the year and filled your Instagram account with enough Insta-worthy pictures of cafes. Have your fair fill of brunch over coffee at cafes such as Whup Whup, Jibby & Co, and AM/PM Cafe. Whup Whup is located in Subang’s industrial area, and the cafe is fashioned out of a factory that formerly produced industrial yarn seals. Some of the factory’s old machinery is still in the cafe, used more as stylish furnishing props.

But if brunch is over and you’re just looking for a place (or several) to sip on coffee with some desserts, head on over to Analog Cafe, Good Ground Bakery, Souka, Haikara Style Cafe — just to name a few. Coffee lovers will appreciate Analog Cafe’s specialty coffee and Haikara Style Cafe’s Japanese-style coffee. Meanwhile, those with a sweet tooth will find respite in Good Ground Bakery and Souka with their great selection of cakes and pastries.

What to do

There’s a bit of something for everyone in Subang Jaya. Are you a collector of vinyl records and rare CDs? Head to Teenage Head Records, a cosy store with musical tastes leaning towards the alternative, grunge, and R&B. If you’re lucky, you might even be there when they host one of their rare in-store gigs. Fancy yourself a skater boy? Go to Wheel Love Skateshop Subang — they are wheely friendly with a nice selection of skateboards, bicycles, inline skates, and roller blades. They even have a little skate ramp in the alley beside their shop where you can test your purchases or hang around with skater dudes and chicks.

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Stock up on your vinyl collection at Teenage Head Records.

But if you’re looking for activities that ramp up the heart rate, Subang has got you covered too. Go on themed rides and get really wet at the water park in Sunway Lagoon Theme Park or g0-kart in the Speedway PLUS Go-Kart Circuit. Fly a plane (virtually) at Sim Flight KL, a virtual flight simulation centre located in the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.

Verdict

While some may protest that Subang Jaya is way too far to consider checking out (we hear you, Cheras and Ampang folks), trust us when we say that this little neighbourhood is more than meets the eye. Also, trust us when we say that there are more places to hang out than just Asia Cafe.

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.