The 13 Best Shisha Bars in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Sam Bedford

Chilling out while enjoying a drink and hubbly-bubbly is a favourite pastime around the world. Malaysia hosts several hookah bars from Halal-friendly cafés and Arabian-themed restaurants to rooftop bars serving beer and cocktails. Discover Culture Trip’s favourite places to get shisha in Kuala Lumpur.

1. Shisha Lounge

Cafe, Malaysian

Since opening in 2010, Shisha Lounge always rates among the best Middle Eastern and Persian-style restaurants in Malaysia’s capital. For a night of good food, an exotic ambience and shisha, this restaurant in Soho comes highly recommended.

2. Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine

Cafe, Malaysian

Al-Amar located in Pavilion Mall
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On the top floor of Pavilion in Bukit Bintang, shisha lovers can enjoy authentic Middle Eastern cuisine with an extensive hookah menu. Not only does Al-Amar provide excellent shisha and food but customers can lounge and unwind on cushions in the outdoor terrace. Prices are slightly higher, but customers usually say it’s good value for money.

3. Canopy Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Cafe, Restaurant, Malaysian

The rooftop bar provides a menu of more than 80 flavours of shisha and a variety of cocktails. Expect an excellent standard of service while lounging on cushions overlooking Petronas Towers. According to many visitors, Canopy Rooftop boasts a laid-back atmosphere, incredible views of the skyline and some of the best shisha in Kuala Lumpur.

4. Marosh Restaurant

Restaurant, Malaysian

Marosh Restaurant always rates well for good Arabic food and top-notch shisha in Kuala Lumpur. Located along Jalan Bukit Bintang, prices start at just RM 10 ($2.60) and a further RM 5 ($1.30) for flavours including apple, blueberry, orange, rose and cherry. Customers can sit on the outdoor terrace or inside the air-conditioned interior.

5. Naab Iranian Restaurant

Restaurant, Malaysian

Traditional Iranian kebab
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Naab in Bukit Bintang serves up some of Kuala Lumpur’s tastiest Middle Eastern cuisine. Highlights apart from shisha include the delicious and affordably priced kebabs and lamb shanks. Holding the title as the largest Iranian restaurant in Malaysia, expect Naab to deliver high quality.

6. Geo’s Street Café

Cafe, Malaysian

Located a short distance from the National Palace in Hartamas, this café offers some of the best food and shisha in Kuala Lumpur. With more of a Western fusion style and a range of drinks, Geo’s Street Café provides the perfect setting for relaxation. Live sport and EPL football matches are shown on weekends.

7. Al-Halabi Lounge (JW Marriot Hotel)

Cafe, Malaysian

Al-Halabi on the JW Marriot’s lower ground floor offers a wide selection of shisha inside a very exclusive setting. The luxurious Arabian-themed lounge resembles an exotic Middle Eastern palace more than a restaurant and shisha bar. Expect exquisite Arabian cuisine and some of the best shisha in Kuala Lumpur.

8. The Castle Restaurant (Al-Kalaa)

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Malaysian

Within a short drive from KLCC, customers can enjoy some of the capital’s finest Middle Eastern cuisine. Expect higher prices for this shisha in Kuala Lumpur, but the comprehensive menu including some of the more unusual flavours is excellent value for connoisseurs.

9. Caffeinees

Cafe, Malaysian

Enjoy some of their signature cocktails
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For excellent shisha with live music, head to Caffeinees on Kampung Pandan. Once a simple coffee shop and now a sprawling venue, the outdoor garden creates a nice spot to relax for a few hours. The menu today serves coffee, fine wine and hookah with the extra-mint shisha coming recommended.

10. Bilique Bar & Lounge

Bar, Malaysian

For a more Western experience, head to Bilique Bar in Bangsar Baru. Featuring a wide variety of shisha flavours along with a selection of beer, wine and cocktails, customers can enjoy smoking with an alcoholic drink. Customers can play darts and pool inside this expats bar.

11. Syrian House Restaurants

Restaurant, Malaysian

A typical Syrian meal
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Located in an upscale restaurant and serving some of the best Syrian dishes, this spot also doubles up as a hookah bar. Syrian House offers a selection of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean meals and a long list of shisha flavours with a partial view of Petronas Towers.

12. Alibaba In The Cloud Shisha

Cafe, Malaysian

Alibaba provides a different type of shisha in Kuala Lumpur. The defining characteristic of this hookah bar is the use of liquor bottles and fruit to make the bong. Customers often rate this spot for the experience and recommend the rainbow shisha.

13. Foret 33

Bar, Malaysian

The biggest appeal about Foret 33 is the creative use of fruits transformed into smoking utensils. Pumpkins and pineapples are just two, which in turns adds to the flavour.

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