Tired of working from home (WFH)? Working from home can be very difficult if the environment is not conducive. Adding on to that, it is hard to figure out the boundaries between home and work when everything is in the same space. That’s when we get burnt out easily. Now that we are allowed to go out and dine-in, working from a cafe is an option for those who need a more effective environment to do work in.
However, some cafes might have time restrictions on how long you can dine in. Rest assured, the 5 cafes on this list do not have time restrictions.
Located at Metropolitan Square in Damansara Perdana, The Glass House will immediately catch your eye because of how literal its name is – it is a two-story setting with glass from floor to ceiling.
As a freelancer who has been working from home, the sunlight beaming through the trees was a much-welcomed sight. It is not a very big place however (they have about 10-12 tables) but it was quiet when I was there on a weekday afternoon.
WiFi is provided along with power outlets at each table – necessities when it comes to doing work on our laptops. They also serve food such as sandwiches and poke bowls if you get hungry while working. A great coffee selection is available along with tea, non-coffee drinks and cakes if you’re looking for something sweet.
Take note that you must pay for parking but there is ample parking space outside and within the parking complex.
Address: Lot C109, Metropolitan Square, Jalan PJU 8/1, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: 11.15am to 7pm (Mon-Fri), 11.30am to 5pm (Sat), closed on Sundays
Located above Murni Discovery on the second floor in SS2, parking may be a little difficult to find. But if you go on a weekday, it might not be so bad. When you step in, you will see shelves of books lining their walls with little nooks where you can sit and do your work. The aesthetic was calm and comfortable – a pleasant surprise when I found out that M.laboori is opened by the same people who runs Murni.
Do not let the fact that it’s a vegetarian café deter you from visiting, the food has had great reviews. I did not manage to sample any of their mains, but I did order the corn fritters as a snack which I really enjoyed. I also ordered one of their in-house special drinks – love you 500 – which is a hand-whipped brown rice milk coffee.
WiFi is provided along with power outlets at each table. With acoustic Korean songs playing in the background, I really enjoyed working here.
Address: 55A, Jalan, Jalan SS 2/75, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm (daily)
Although there are quite a few of restaurants and cafes in Citta Mall, Union Roastery makes a great café to work from because of how spacious it is. It also has all the requirements – power points can be found across the café and WiFi is available. The environment is quiet and cosy with just a touch of that artsy vibe. I especially like that parking was easy to find because it is located inside a shopping mall.
For the coffee lovers, you will be happy to know that Union Roastery specialises in artisan and specialty coffee. They also serve a variety of food from local to Western choices that are delivered to your table via a robot waiter. When I was there in the afternoon, they were having a teatime promotion of a set of drink and pastry for RM15. I had the scone which was amazing – not a surprise because Union Roastery is also home to the Le Clairé patisserie.
Due to social distancing, there might not be as many tables available but if you’re there on a weekday, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Address: Lot G-11, Citta Mall, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: 9am to 10pm (daily)
Feeka is a well-known café and it’s also common to find people working here. Located in the heart of Bukit Bintang in a converted town house, the café has an outdoor sitting on the patio and larger tables inside. The inspiration behind its name – Fika which is the Swedish word for work – it does sound like the perfect place to work from.
Their menu consists of burgers, pasta, and mains for those who wants to get a bite. Coffee, cold brew and other drinks are a given on the menu. WiFi and power outlets are available for patrons to use.
Address: 19, Jln Mesui, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 8am to 11pm (daily)
Bean Brothers has two outlets, one in a two-level warehouse in Sunway Damansara and another located within The LINC KL. Both have spaces that are great to work in – the outlet in Sunway Damansara has a more rustic vibe while the outlet in KL is brighter and more open.
Along with amazing coffee, they also serve home-baked cakes and cookies. There is a limited selection of food if you do get hungry. WiFi and power outlets are offered, so you do not have to worry about working here.
Address (PJ): Jalan PJU 3/50, Sunway Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Address (KL): G-1, THE LINC No, 360, Jln Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 8.30am to 6pm (daily)