5 Of Our Favourite New Cafés For Catching Up With Friends After Lockdown
1/5 Christine Bakery (Publika)
While bakeries in Southeast Asia can somewhat be divided into two categories—Western and Asian—Christine's Bakery nicely straddles the fence. Sure, they offer sweet and soft buns that mums buy by the dozen, but there are also sturdy bagels and sourdough loaves preferred by expatriates and a younger, Westernised generation. Speaking of bagels, which happens to be the house speciality, no other bakery in the Klang Valley offers more varieties of bagel sandwiches than Christine's—there are a whopping 23 in total, from a meat-free version with roasted mushrooms to a truffle and unagi bagel for intrepid diners. Because each sandwich is sliced down the middle, why not swap halves with your mate or date?
A millennial's dream space decked out in rose gold and white marble accents, Christine's new branch in Publika follows the success of their first in Sunway Geo Avenue.
Did news of Delifrance's revival made you feel a pang of nostalgia? If the answer is yes, you may have just given your age away. Providing many '80s and '90s babies with their first taste of French-style breads and pastries, Delifrance has secured a fantastic corner lot in Publika, one overlooking the Wilayah Mosque and its robin egg blue dome. Not only do the wait staff sport berets in mimicry of les Français, but the free Wi-Fi also boasts a strong signal.
Delifrance | Publika Shopping Gallery, Block C5, Level G3, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur | +6019-233 6880 | Daily, 8am - 10pm
3/5 Fox Paradox
Residents of Ampang, Kuala Lumpur (not to be confused with Ampang Jaya, Selangor) are in luck; there seems to be no end in sight for the sprawling district's lifestyle developments, as evidenced by the restoration of The Grange at Ampwalk. The new office and retail space is where a certain fox has built its den.
While we're fans of Fox Paradox's deep and progressive house playlist, a welcome difference from the pop songs radio stations plays on repeat, we wish the concrete seats against the walls weren't quite so high—or is it the tables that are too low?
What the food menu lacks in breadth, it makes up for in quality. Try the refreshing but filling soba salad tossed in a moreish dressing and served with ample beef strips—now here's a salad that even protein-obsessed men will happily scarf down.
Fox Paradox | G02-G03 The Grange KL, Jalan Ampang, 55000 Kuala Lumpur | Wed - Mon, 8.30am - 5.30pm
4/5 Henry & Camille
There's something about the lighting at Henry & Camille that makes one want to linger. Light and shadows dance across the first floor café, which peers out onto a leafy avenue in Plaza Damansara.
"We knew what look and feel we wanted, a blend between an English country home and a Cape Cod getaway," shared the owners. "People who knows us will tell you that the café looks like our home, and they’re right!"
Come here for coffees priced under RM10, dishes that lean on the light side and different desserts on rotation. Albeit receiving requests for more hot dishes, Henry & Camille prefer to support their suppliers: "In view of the challenges Covid-19 inflicted upon our community, part of our company's mission is to assist and to encourage budding entrepreneurs who draw an income from doing what they love, including baking, cooking, juicing and more."
TATLER TIP: Contrary to popular belief, Henry and Camille aren't the owners' names, but their idealised French alter egos.
Henry & Camille | 54-M, Jalan Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur | +6011-2308 1186 | Tue - Sun, 8am - 8pm
5/5 Kooky Cream (Bangsar)
Congratulations to Kooky Cream on opening a second branch in Kuala Lumpur! After solidifying its presence in Selangor (The Hub SS2, to be specific) the sweets specialist now rubs shoulders with Coley and Lisette's Café & Bakery on Jalan Abdullah.
Popular for their Rose Lychee, Nutella Crunch and Mille Crêpe cakes, Kooky Cream now places heavy emphasis on merchandise; think grab-and-go goods (bottled beverages and prepackaged cookies), pantry staples (homemade sauces and chocolate bars), wearables (tote bags and iron-on patches) and other practical items (birthday cake candles and toppers).
Kooky Cream | 8, Jalan Abdullah, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur | +6016-773 7358 | Daily, 8.30am - 5pm