Written by Batrisya
When it comes to Instagrammable cafes, nothing is more important than location, location, location! Such as which spots can add some colours and likes to your feed. Your outfit of the day also needs to match the aesthetics of the places you’re at so your photos turn out a solid 10/10!
And when you think of vibrant photo-worthy cafe scenes in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya often comes to mind. But what’s often the case is that these IG-worthy places usually come with not-so-great food and that sometimes kills the mood.
We want to avoid those and we’re sure you do too, so here’s our recommendations on the newest and most Instagrammable cafes in PJ that come with both great food and excellent photo ops, so you can make the most of your chill-out weekend with your BFFs!
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1. Glasshouse for the inner art geek in you – BUNCH
Update: BUNCH is now rebranded to B.LAND and is currently closed for redevelopment. Stay tuned for updates!
Now here’s a cafe for the artsy lovers out there! Designed with a gabled glass roof, furnished with groovy velvet chairs and big windows, this cafe will excite the inner art geek in you as its concept is very different from the rest.
This cafe was actually a high-end bungalow that was turned into a cafe back in 2019. Now it functions as both a cafe and event space where they hold exhibitions, media launches and many more.
Inside and outside, you’ll never find yourself running out of ideas on photo ops. And they also offer a variety of dishes ranging from Western to local cuisines!2. The little glass house – Pokok KL
Having good lighting is great and all, but having natural lighting that shines on every flawless corner of the cafe and YOU is amazing!
Built with a gabled glass roof and a cascading flow of water on top, when hit with the right amount of sunlight, this cafe glows like a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Not too small but not too empty either, this cosy cafe sits on MAHSA Avenue where you’ll find students and working people alike, peacefully sipping a cup of tea as they tap away on their laptops.
Surrounded by greenery and accompanied with soft acoustic music, this spot is a perfect brunch catch-up session for you and your besties. And for food, try out the chef’s recommendation – Baked Farm (RM 25) which is not only pretty in pictures, but it’s yummy as well!
3. Divine intervention for the day – Divine Fusion
In the mood for that cool Mediterranean-inspired type of vibe? Divine fusion has just that.
As you step in, you’ll be captivated by their fuschia-lit white-coloured walls, arched entryways, a few travelling banana plants here and there, and most notably their neon-lit wall corner. With its chic interior, it’s no wonder this cafe is an IG attraction to most fashionistas out there.
Located in SS2, this charming cafe offers a delicious variety of modern fusion food with an interesting gourmet spin. Their signature dish? Try their Mixed Seafood with Garlic Bread that can feed up to 2 to 3 pax. Tasty and stylish, this place lives up to its name – truly divine!
4. Enjoy an elegant brunch with your besties – White Sand Cafe
Heading for brunch with your girlfriends? White Sand Cafe is the ideal place if you’re looking for a place that’s elegant, charming and has an all-around good natural lighting.
Designed with outdoor brick walls featuring a few green plants and a sweet all-white traditional contemporary style for indoor setting, this cafe makes every corner an Instagrammable moment for visitors.
The name itself signifies elegance, purity and positivity in providing a stage for every artisan and cafe enthusiast to gather. So if you’re around the Empire Damansara area, why not pop by to visit? The all-day breakfast is tasty and generously proportioned too!
5. Have a latte in the jungle – Roti & Kopi House
Craving for some traditional Malaysian cuisine? I know I am! Established in 2019, this restaurant has already caught the attention of a few Instagram hipsters especially with the colourful jungle mural displayed around their cafe.
Inside, the cafe is furnished with a safari-themed look with a minimalistic touch to it. High glass windows help to light up the place making it more welcoming to visitors. Many customers have raved about the comfort and design of the space as well as their tasty selection of food.
Here, you can also find most of the iconic traditional Malaysian delicacies such as handmade Hainan bread, chicken rendang puff, nasi lemak and many more.
6. Plug in and jam out – Stars Picker Audio Cafe
If you’re a music lover and love cafe hopping, here’s a cafe that’s right up your alley.
For some of us, we can get our work done easily with some music in the background, while some just love listening either way. At Stars Picker Audio Cafe, you can chill out with your music and sip on some nice coffee in their bohemian-inspired cafe that’s not only musically-themed but vegetarian as well!
And don’t worry if you forgot to bring your headphones, the seats comes with a free headset for you to plug in and play as you wish. The cafe also features a ray of display of headphones, speakers, amplifiers and microphones on the upper floor, where it introduces a unique concept about audio recording from the analog era to the digital era.
Need something to sink your teeth into? Try out their vegetarian Zinger Bon, it’s healthy and delicious!
7. A cafe that bares bears – The Teddy Cafe
Are you heading to the Kelana Jaya area? Make sure to stop by at this super kawaii cafe that’s all about bears, bears, BEARS!
This Teddy-bear themed cafe has been around for quite some time, but it’s still considered one of the hidden gems of PJ. Here, everything is themed after a teddy bear, from dishes to drinks, and the entire cafe is filled with many care bears lying around and walls are plastered with murals of these fluffy friends!
This makes for a perfect family-friendly space to host birthday parties, celebrations and many more! On top of that, their food is reasonably priced and well-portioned as well! Don’t forget to check out their popular bear-themed chicken burger that goes for only RM 14.90 served with a side of salad and fries!
8. Catch a glimpse of the 70s – Cafe Tujoh
As you step into Cafe Tujoh, you’ll instantly be hit with nostalgia of the 70s.
With its well-decorated pile of retro CRT televisions and street lights surrounded by wall plants and tall banana trees, this street urban designed cafe has coffee hipsters going crazy for their vintage aesthetics. Not to mention it also has a high glass ceiling for when you need that good natural lighting for your IG feed!
Aside from its cool interior, the food isn’t too bad either. However, to enter the cafe, you would need a minimum order of one drink, and it is also a self-service venue.
9. Let’s go somewhere only we know – Hideaway
Need a place to hide away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Come over to Hideaway cafe where you’ll find yourself cosied up in an English-styled home cafe sipping coffee and enjoying some of their infamous butter cakes served on decorative ceramic plates.
Owned and operated by a Peranakan from Melaka named Doreen, Hideaway boasts warm delicious cakes baked fresh by her and her partner every day. It’s no wonder their butter cakes are a hit as freshly baked goods will always be that go-to comfort food on a rainy day.
This cafe is located at Happy Mansion, where you may come across other IG-worthy cafes as well, each with its own unique concept.
10. Have a sip of tea in a retro home – Jam & Kaya Cafe
Located just 3 minutes’ walk from Taman Jaya LRT Station, this cafe has been nestled along the streets of Lorong Sultan for a few years now, but it never ceases to amaze visitors with their artistic interior as well as their delicious food.
This minimalist cafe is set in a small retro house, kind of like those you see in those classic movies like Edward Scissorhands. A green yard, cobblestone flooring, and a cute mini palm tree, this cafe will have you chilling all day!
11. Come sit by the enchanted arch – Flakes
There’s no way you can flake on this cafe once you take a look inside.
Blending a delicate mix of green serene and modern urban interior design, Flakes’ key attraction is their green-covered imperfectly perfect arched wall that you’ll instantly notice when you look up from the cashier on the first floor.
Not only is their indoor setting intriguing, they also have an outdoor sitting as well, and in both, you can enjoy a good meal and get an Insta-worthy shot around the corner!
Now you can’t say you don’t know the latest and trendiest Instagrammable cafes in town! Tag your cafe-hopping BFFs now and make your plans this weekend!