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Malaysia’s Top 5 Cafés Bringing the Great Outdoors Indoors

As Valentine’s Day approaches, discover charming new cafes perfect for a romantic date with your special someone. Where skyscrapers reach for the clouds and the pace of life can feel relentless, there’s a growing trend that’s bringing the great outdoors indoors. Say hello to Malaysia’s top five cafes that are infusing urban spaces with a touch of wilderness and a whole lot of charm.

1. Basecamp, KL

Outdoors indoors
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Outdoors indoors
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Located in The Row, Basecamp KL is a rooftop coffee spot with a camping-inspired design. It’s an oasis in downtown KL. The café offers comfort meals like Karaage rice bowls and Sawadee Tom Yum pasta in a cozy campground atmosphere. Indulge in their watermelon cake and tiramisu, or try the refreshing Watermelon Cooler. Basecamp KL welcomes pets, so furry companions can join their owners for an urban camping experience. Founder John Kweh’s adventurous spirit shines through in this unique café, inviting customers to be part of the adventure.

Outdoors indoors
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Outdoors indoors
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Address: second floor, 62, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Hours: Wednesday to Monday 12pm-10 pm, Tuesday Closed

Phone: 03-2602 3152

(Pork-free, Serve Alcohol)

2. Wild Man Chairing Club, KL

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credit photo @sin4food

Wild Man Chairing Club, now in Gasket Alley, PJ, offers croffles and homemade cakes worth tasting. They also sell camping gear. Plus, they have an online store for convenient shopping. At Wild Man Chairing Club, customers can even bring their own chairs.

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credit photo @sin4food

Address: 52-1 Jalan 1/14, PJ Old Town, Seksyen 1, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Hours: Friday to Monday from 11am – 8pm, Tuesday to Thursday Closed

Phone: 019-541 1186

(Pork-free, Serve Alcohol)

3. Merchant’s Lane, KL

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Credit photo @merchantslane

Located in an upper floor of an old shophouse, Merchant’s Lane is a beloved café with rustic charm. Ascend wooden stairs to discover a cozy space adorned with unique decor. It’s ideal for brunch, but arrive early to avoid crowds. Enjoy Western dishes with local flair like the South China Sea and Italian Chow Mien.

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Credit photo @merchantslane

Address: 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: Closed on Monday, Tues – Fri 11.30am – 9.30pm, Sat & Sun 9.30am – 9.30pm

Phone: +60 3‑2022 1736‬ (Reservation thru WhatsApp)

4. Coffee Camp 612 Cafe, Perak

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Entering this Muslim-friendly café, you’re welcomed by lush plants and exotic reptiles. Seating includes foldable camping chairs, echoing outdoor ambiance.

Despite the rustic décor, this café offers diverse beverage options. From coffee to hojicha, don’t miss their signature osmanthus latte.

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credit photo @coffecamp612 (Instagram)

Address: Lot A-25, No. A-9, Kinta River Walk, Lebuhraya Istana, Taman Istana, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Hours: 4pm – 10pm (Tuesday – Sunday) Closed on Monday

5. The Glasshopper Cafe, Putrajaya

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credit photo @hajidazhar (Instagram)

Glasshopper, a charming glasshouse café near Putrajaya’s botanical garden, offers indoor-outdoor dining amidst lush greenery. Expect crowds, especially on weekends, with up to an hour wait time for food. Consider visiting during weekday mornings for a quieter experience.

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credit photo @hajidazhar (Instagram)

Address: The Glasshopper cafe, Taman Botani Putrajaya, Presint 1, Putrajaya

Hour: Tues – Sun, 8am-8pm

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Written by Joe Jerimi

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