Caffeine Chase: Kuala Lumpur
Yup, you read it right. Every time I visit a big town or city, one of my aims is to find a G O O D cup of coffee. I do a little bit of research online to have a starting point & see what's out there, but I do enjoy just getting out there & finding awesome gems myself. & I can simply say, there are some pretty good finds & G O O D coffee in KL.
Dr.Ink Cafe was a lovely hangout space to escape the busy main streets of KL. I could have stayed here all day if time allowed, however I did spend enough time to take in the atmosphere of the area, the design & feel of the interior, lunch and of course a cup of coffee. I ordered one of their specialties "Presso Bomb" which is a shot of coffee with cream soda. It was too sweet for my liking, but I enjoyed it in the garden nevertheless.
Leaf & Co Cafe is located in the heart of China Town district, underneath the Mingle Hostel. One of my friends suggested the hostel, & trusting her good taste I looked it up & loved the look of it, therefore I booked in. When I arrived to KL, I googled the address & "thought" I knew where I was going. For the first time ever, I learned that don't always trust google maps, but perhaps do more research before setting off. I'm thankful for the kindness of the locals, they helped me to locate the hostel & one kind man actually gave me a lift. As it turned out, it was on the other side of the city. Well, not all lost, at least, I managed to see the city from the train, in rush hour.
Once I got to the correct location, I walked into a cafe & then was kindly directed upstairs to my hostel. After checking in, I desperately needed my coffee fix & do some late minute planning of my KL tour. My plan was to spend an hour or two just chilling, but ended up watching the torrential rain in their outside area. I didn't complain at all, as I loved watching life passing by in the rain, chatting with one of the baristas about coffee, life & getting tips on KL. In the end, I ended up getting a pretty awesome Piccolo, exactly the way I like it. After 6pm, if you're in the area, go check out the rooftop bar at Mingle Hostel, it's pretty awesome too.
I was heading to VCR Cafe & yet again I was chasing another storm & making it just in time. It's in a nice quiet neighbourhood, at the end of block of houses with a black exterior, beautifully designed. All I wanted to do after getting soaked, was to have a hot cup of coffee & a piece of cake. The choice of cakes there was insane, so yeh I couldn't resist but get a piece. The food looked great & the coffee itself was spot on.
LOKL was my last stop before jetting off to Terengganu. I was super happy that it was open early, as just like many other Asian countries not much is open before 10/11am. I met up with two of my friends to say my goodbyes, & have a coffee. LOKL is a pretty trendy hangout with an outside area where many people were already on their laptops working away.
So, these are just the ones I visited & had the pleasure of enjoying coffee in. There are others such as Feeka Coffee Roasters (I visited but didn't have a coffee, as already had way too many earlier in the day), Three Little Birds, The Hub & Pulp by Papa Palpheta. I can't wait to come back to KL & explore this city more in terms of coffee, its culture & architecture. In Love!