The term “Hipster Cafés” implies trendy cafés which are deemed favorite hangout spots for youngsters usually the Millennials. From a standpoint, Cafés largely serve as centres of social interaction, providing a place for people to gather, talk and chit-chat. However, today the bar to attract attention has been raised manifold. While good atmosphere of a café has become a pre-requisite, customers also expect a high level of creativity in the whole concept as well as quality in the food and drinks served. Though being unique is a factor, don’t forget, to balance it with simplicity is crucial too. So who are trending now? Let’s check this list out.
1) Brewyard Coffee
Within barely a year since its launch in May 2014, Brewyard Coffee managed to make it to the latest addition of the foodies’ and coffee addicts’ paradise in SS15, Subang Jaya. The café is run by a hospitable couple, David Lee and his fiancé Ai Lee, who are passionate in their coffee and home cooked food. The layout of the café is pretty quirky and fits nicely into this hip area for youngsters to have a spot to chill with a nice cuppa joe. Its menu spans from main courses such as pasta and pizza, all-day breakfast items to coffee and smoothie beverages.
Rekindle joined the hubbub of shops, kopitiams and mamak stalls in SS2 late 2013. This café has a rustic charm and a cosy interior. The beanie bag corner is the best spot in the café—perfect to sit down, chit-chat with friends, have a good cup of coffee and map out your day. Apart from good coffee, the café also serves tea and juices that go well with its cakes, croissants, sandwiches and toasts. If you are a cake lover, you will definitely fall in love with their wide selection of cakes: carrot, red velvet, peanut butter chocolate, Nutella hazelnut, Tiramisu, and more.
3) Cat in the Box
Amber Wong and Muzhir Yusuf are coffee lovers who started Cat in The Box by providing mobile coffee services, and gradually built their brand through event appearances. And now, the “little cat” has moved from a “mobile box” to a physical café, to continue the mission of serving good food and coffee to their customers. They serve coffee brewed from East Timor beans and even have talented coffee artists who can make 3D coffee art. As for light food, you may not want to miss out the #TheRoyCohn Sandwich, created specially for the theatre production “Angels in America” by theatrethreesixty.
4) The Grumpy Cyclist
The Grumpy Cyclist was inspired by the close relation between cycling and coffee in countries like America, Australia and Europe. Other than a place for you to get your caffeine fix, it also provides a space for events, such as club meetings and a bicycle workshop where people can work on their bikes or even have their bicycles assembled with a local mountain biker (by appointment only). They serve a wide selection of food, such as the all-day breakfast set, pancakes, spaghetti or the spiced chicken and beef bacon wrap. If you are a cycling enthusiast, this is definitely a place to hang out!
5) Miss Ellie Tea House
Miss Ellie Tea House is a favourite stop for moist desserts, homemade scones, and delicate pastries, as well as a range of healthy and hearty dishes which are served all day. Spending 10 years in Australia doing pastry, Justin makes the best English scones in KL which are buttery, tender, come in various flavours, and served either with freshly whipped cream, butter, homemade marmalade or a strawberry-thyme jam. Their crème brûlée is made with real vanilla pods instead of vanilla essence, for luxurious flavour and fragrance. They also offer a simple menu with bangers and mash, beef casserole and chicken parmigiana, as well as pastas.
6) Frisky Goat
Delicious breakfast and brunch selections stand out at this hipster bakery café that has a modern European vibe! Frisky Goat’s baked eggs is the most popular item in the brunch menu as it is perfectly prepared, beautifully balanced in both flavour and texture, mixed with slices of spiced sausage, cherry tomatoes and beef bacon. Brunch aside, Frisky Goat also serves a lunch/dinner menu which include pasta, soups and salads, and some mains like slow roasted chicken confit, Bouef Bouguignon, and black angus ribeye steak with truffled mashed potatoes. As for desserts, their red opera cake is a must-try!
7) Bixie Blonde
Owned by a mother-and-son team Liz and Eidrix, Bixie Blonde is a café bar housed inside a two-level shipping container. A highlight of the café in terms of its interior design is a large, winged yellow sculpture by local artist Nizam Abdullah made of recycled materials. The menu isn’t extensive, but that is reasonable, considering the limited kitchen space. They serve light food such as tapas, sandwiches, pastas as well as desserts. Their house speciality, BxieBlonde Kontena Kaya Adventure, is a Pandan lamington served with gula Melaka whipped cream and sri kaya.
8) Caffeinated Cabin
A quirky little café “hidden in the woods”, Caffeinated Cabin is made to look like a cabin equipped with large windows to allow plenty of sunlight to come through. Caffeinated Cabin is beautifully decorated, peaceful and cosy, a place suitable for a quiet appointment or relaxing chit-chat with friends. This place is also perfect for photography with its blend of nature around the cabin. Serving an all-day brunch menu such as “I am from Italy” and “Smoke Duck Tartine” (which are unusual from common English breakfasts), Caffeinated Cabin also serves good coffee and pastries.
9) Otherwise Cafe
Otherwise Café is one mysterious venue. Imagine faceless bridal mannequins, black-and-white wedding portraits, vintage furniture, wheelchairs and skulls on counters. This combination styles Otherwise Café as a rather gothic venue—some say it’s quite spooky, especially at night. Otherwise Café is definitely distinctive and one of its kind! While Otherwise serves cakes, coffee and beer, they actually share a space with a wedding photography studio and hair salon by day. It is also conducive for those who work out of the office. Eerie or ghostly, one thing is for sure, we see creativity and boldness from the team of Otherwise Café.
10) QUAR/TET TTDI
QUAR/TET plays the card of vibrancy and liveliness. It has a tranquil and comfortable setting with music playing in the background, you can have your drinks the way you love it and complimented with QUAR/TET’s homemade pastries, desserts and bakeries with the all-day brunch menu as well. Expect a menu that has everything made from scratch with fresh ingredients and a variety of beverages to suit your needs. Do check out QUAR/TET’s vinyl collection too.