There’s just something romantic and refreshing when dining next to a body of water be it the sea, a lake, river, or swimming pool. It gives off a different vibe and transports you to a more relaxing and tranquil atmosphere while you are having a wonderful meal with your loved ones. Whether you’re looking to do some café hopping or looking for a unique experience with your date or family – here are 10 cafes and restaurants by the water (and even in the water) that you can find in the Klang Valley.
Thinking of going for a round of café hopping on the weekend in the city? You must include Timothy in your list! This hidden café located on the outskirts of Chinatown will surely delight with their nostalgic vibes and amazing food. Housed in a repurposed Chinatown shophouse, a lot of its rustic appeal is preserved, making it a great background for your Insta pictures. They have also recently launched a private seating area on their balcony where you can dine with your friends or family while overlooking a beautiful courtyard pool. Just take note that you will need to make reservations at least one day in advance as seats are limited and walk-ins for their balcony by the pool tables will not be accepted.
Address: 22, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10am – 7pm, Sat/Sun/PH: 8am – 10pm
Contact no: +6017-661 2414
Head up to the 11th floor of the boutique hotel The KL Journal after a tiring day in the city to catch some sunset vibes at their rooftop pool lounge. Decked out with a vibrant and eccentric interior, the rooftop bar serves signature cocktails such as Rooftop Cucumber Lemonade and bar bites like the Poolside Katsu Bun and Journal Burger. It’s the perfect place to unwind with your friends – imagine a cold drink in your hands, a rooftop pool reflecting the city lights and a fabulous KL view to boot. That sounds like a relaxing time to me!
Address: Rooftop Level 11, The Kuala Lumpur Journal, 30, Jalan Beremi, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Wed-Fri: 3pm – 10pm, Sat-Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Contact no: +603-2110 2211
Sporting a unique name that roughly translates to political corruption – Kafe Kleptorat certainly catches your attention not just with their name but also with their charming and vintage vibes. It is located next to Timothy; hence they share the same view of the beautiful courtyard pool. But for customers of Kafe Kleptorat, they will be able to seat next to the pool as they enjoy their meal. Serving a combination of local cuisines and some international food, enjoy a mini getaway with your friends and family when you are at Kafe Kleptorat. Take note that the weekends can get pretty busy for them, so do expect to spend some time queueing.
Address: 18, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10am – 9pm, Sat/Sun/PH: 8am – 10pm
Contact no: +6017-642 8052
Located in the middle of a concrete jungle, Paradize Poolside Coffeehouse is an urban oasis where you can tuck into a selection of delicious local and international favourites as you dine by the pool. Overall customer reviews have been positive with many praising their excellent food along with the poolside ambiance that is cozy and refreshing. They also serve a variety of authentic Thai dishes such as crowd favourites Green Curry and Tom Yam Soup. Other recommendations include their famed Teo Chew porridge and Penang char kuey teow. As they open until late, it is also an excellent place to catch supper if you find yourself in KL.
Address: 2 Jalan Tengah, Off, Jln Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Daily 6pm – 12am
Contact no: +603-2142 0122
Located within Sentul Park next to the KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC), you will find a friendly neighbourhood restaurant serving classic European cuisine for family-style dining or romantic dining. Bistro Richard is a great option if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Set in a lush, tropical garden setting, you can request for outdoor seating where you will be able to dine next to the lake. The restaurant is also a wonderful place for holding private parties or corporate functions with a tailor-made menu that can be catered to every occasion.
Address: Jalan Ipoh, Sentul, 51100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tues-Fri: 5pm – 11pm, Sat-Sun: 12pm – 11pm, Closed on Mondays
Contact no: +6012-225 8877
Another option for food at Sentul Park if you are craving for Asian food, head over to Samira by Asian Terrace for delicious authentic Thai-Indochinese and Asian Fusion food. The restaurant is housed in a gorgeous wooden bungalow with amazing views of the lake and koi fish pond. Enjoy a serene and peaceful environment while you and your loved ones dine in – just remember to make reservations to avoid any disappointments. A scroll through their social media also shows that they are a popular spot for romantic events such as Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and proposals. The restaurant will help to prepare decorations with photography and video services available on request!
Address: 268 Jalan Strachan, Off, Jln Ipoh, Sentul West, 51100 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Tues-Fri: 5pm – 11pm, Sat-Sun: 12pm – 11pm, Closed on Mondays
Contact no: +603 4042 3880
Located in the same compound as Tamarind Springs, The Terrace at Tamarind Springs is one of the dining concepts by Samadhi Retreats. Set amidst a lush rainforest, enjoy a one-of-a-kind steamboat experience that is rare to come by. Despite the open-air setting, the restaurant’s design is contemporary and elegant. With a swimming pool next to it, the ambiance cannot get any better. Serving Thai hot pot complemented with freshly grilled seafood and other Thai favourites, The Terrace at Tamarind Springs is the perfect place for a scenic and hearty meal with your loved ones.
Address: Tamarind Springs Jalan 1, Taman Tun Abdul Razak, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: Tues-Fri: 6pm – 10pm, Sat-Sun: 11.30am – 3.30pm, 6pm – 10pm, Closed on Mondays
Contact no: +603 4256 9300
A favourite for birthday celebrations, special events and romantic dinner dates, Subak is a Muslim-owned restaurant located in Bukit Lanjan. Did you know Subak’s name originated from the water irrigation system in the paddy fields of Bali? Not surprising then that they serve Balinese-inspired food along with Malay and Western dishes that are enjoyed and complimented by many. Dine with nature when you dine in Subak – you can choose to be seated in one of their three sections – within the restaurant, al-fresco at the wooden deck overlooking a man-made pond named Serambi or at Loteng which overlooks the thriving forest.
Address: Lot 3213, Jalan Penchala Indah, Bukit Lanjan, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Daily 5pm – 11pm
Contact no: +6019-798 1465 / +603-7729 9030/31
Dine by a pond of koi fishes when you are at the Secret Garden at Hulu Langat. Serving Asian and Western food, it is a beautiful place to bring your date or your family for a weekend adventure and yummy food. I say adventure because it can be quite far since it’s in Hulu Langat but it’s worth going if you are looking to change things up. With the theme of a secret garden, the restaurant is also decorated with fairy lights and flowers all over making it a nice place to take pictures and spend time with your loved ones.
Address: Lot 100 Jalan Sungai Sop, Batu 14 Hulu Langat, 43100 Selangor
Opening hours: Daily 4pm – 12am
Contact no: +6012-836 9388
Literally dine in a river when you head to BBQ Lamb KL Kamensah – with tables planted in the middle of a shallow stream, you can enjoy a wide selection of grilled food while cool water rush over your feet. Founded by a nature-loving couple who wanted to encourage locals to reconnect with Mother Nature, you can find this one-of-a-kind dining experience at the hills of Kampung Kemensah in Ampang. Go for their grilled set where you can try a variety of meat such as duck, chicken, lamb and beef if you have a group of people with you. Another weekend adventure for you and your friends or family, just remember that the seats are limited, so you may have to wait a while before you get to dip your toes into the refreshing river.
Address: Jalan Taman Zooview, Kampung Kemensah, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Opening hours: Daily 10am – 7pm
Contact no: +6012-211 4100
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