The 9 Best Cafes For Study or Work in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

© Bean Brothers
© Bean Brothers
Photo of Michelle Leong
16 April 2018

If you enjoy the low rumble of espresso machines and background chatter while working, you and your laptop will fit right in at these trendy cafes.


Bistro, Cafe, Gastropub, Australian, Contemporary, Healthy, Vegetarian, $$$

Do you like stewing up ideas in a grungy, rustic setting? If so, VCR is the spot to hit. Featuring all-black interiors with high ceilings and cosy lighting, you’ll get to enjoy succulent grub and smooth, strong coffees while typing up your latest business plan.

Bean Brothers

Cafe, American, $$$
Interior of Bean Brothers
© Bean Brothers

Never too crowded, Bean Brothers features an industrial-style layout with open ceilings, pendant lights, and long wooden tables — perfect for plugging in. Their passion for coffee is infectious, so if you need your caffeine-induced work-out (get it?), go for the beans here.

Ojo Coffee

Cafe, Fusion, $$$
Interior of Ojo Coffee
© Ojo Coffee

With drinks like Green Tea Horchata and Chocolate Creme Brûlée, every self-respecting freelancer has to check out Ojo Coffee at least once. Clean, spacious, and with easily accessible power sockets, you’re getting a co-working space for the price of a coffee, really.


Cafe, British, $$$
Interior of Greyskymorning
© Greyskymorning

If KL has one thing in common with London, it’s the grey sky — and Greyskymorning knows it. Could this be why they decided on glass-panelled walls and golden chandeliers? Natural light filters in though the glass, while the chandelier substitutes for the sun. We approve.

Pulp by Papa Palheta

Cafe, American, British, Dessert, $$$
Interior of PULP by Papa Palheta | © PULP by Papa Palheta

Featuring high ceilings and no-fuss furniture, this Singaporean-run cafe is the perfect minimalist space to stew up your next masterpiece. Don’t forget to try their cold-brewed coffees while you’re typing away.


Cafe, Italian, American, British, $$$
Interior of LOKL

Go “local” at LOKL, because this space is all about the historic neighborhood in Masjid Jamek. From rattan-weaving furniture shops and old spice merchant trades, the staff will be able to give you quick pointers on the locality while delivering your food within 20 minutes (it’s a promise!).

Feeka Coffee Roasters

Cafe, American, $$$
© FEEKA Coffee Roasters
© FEEKA Coffee Roasters

Need your buzz? Here’s one of the few places that knows what a Ristretto is and actually gets it right. The spacious, urban interior design also means that you’ll get much work done, with intervals in the outdoor terrace, of course.

Merchant's Lane

Cafe, Asian, Fusion, $$$
Interior of Merchant's Lane
© Merchant's Lane

This pretty little cafe is a mix of old, new, and eccentric. The decor will make you think you’re back in a George Town-style colonial shophouse, with air wells, trees built into walls (or is it the way round?), and eclectic selected furniture. Grub’s tasty, too.

Sudo Brew

Cafe, Asian, Fusion, European, $$$
Sudo Brew cubicles
© Sudo Brew

Nothing pseudo about Sudo Brew — this place is the real deal for digital nomads. The casual design with brick elements blends together the best of work and chill time. And if you’re the anti-social kind of nomad, there are individual work stations with adjustable lamps.

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