20 Places to Eat in Kuala Lumpur: Your Ultimate Food Guide

Written by Katherine

January 3, 2024
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

What is the most important thing when travelling overseas? You got it, food! Kuala Lumpur is a big city, and you can try many cuisines there. From local eateries to street food, let me share 20 places to eat that you can consider for your next visit to Kuala Lumpur! ⸜(*ˊᗜˋ*)⸝

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Food Spot in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Brickfields is the Little India of Kuala Lumpur, so you will expect a lot of Indian restaurants in this area. But interestingly, other non-Indian foods in this area are also quite popular. Hubs and I checked out a famous South Indian restaurant for our lunch. After our meal, we wanted snacks and dessert, but our bellies were too full to have more. So, I shall leave the names of these places below for you to check out yourselves! (´• ω •`)ノ

1. MTR 1924

MTR 1924 is a famous South Indian restaurant that has been around since, you guessed it, 1924! With its history and raving reviews on Google, hubs and I decided to visit it for lunch. We ordered some of its recommended items, and I loved its Uddi Vada. I am drooling right now while thinking about it. So, if you are exploring Brickfields, consider visiting MTR 1924 for light snacks and drinks! (っ˘ڡ˘ς)

📌 For more details, check out our experience at MTR 1924! (・ω<)☆

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Uddi Vada (2pcs): RM8.50 (~2.40 SGD) | Mango Lassi: RM12 (~3.40 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 8 AM – 10.30 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +60 3 2276 4924

2. Brickfields Pisang Goreng

By looking at the name, you should know what this place is known for. Yes, pisang goreng or fried banana! We didn’t try this while we were at Brickfields, but we did order their stuff on GrabFood as I wanted to try them! (ᵔ◡ᵔ) We got the Pisang Goreng, Bola Bijan (sesame ball) and Buih Bakul (nian gao/sticky rice cake). My favourite has got to be the pisang goreng. It was fried to the right crisp, and the banana was really sweet. All three items are delicious as snacks. But if you can only order one item, definitely get the pisang goreng! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

Right: The insides of each item!
MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Pisang Goreng: RM1.60 (~0.50 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE STALL

⏰ Opening Hours: 12 PM – 5 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +60 12 617 2511

3. Ah Keong’s ABC & Ice Cendol Stall

If you need to cool down from the hot Kuala Lumpur weather, check out this dessert stall near Brickfields Goreng Pisang! People were recommending its Cendol on Google, and I thought I should try it if we came here for the goreng pisang. In case you don’t know what cendol is, it is an iced dessert that contains green jelly, coconut milk and ice with palm sugar syrup drizzled on it. I am a big lover of cendol and wouldn’t want to miss a chance to try some nice cendol overseas. Since I haven’t had a chance to taste it, maybe you can check it out in this area! ( ´ ω ` )

PEOPLE’S RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Ais Cendol (Regular): RM3 (~0.90 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE STALL

⏰ Opening Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM (Tues-Sun), Closed on Mondays
☎️ Phone Number: +60 12 319 6656

Food Spots near Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang is known as the heart of Kuala Lumpur. During our first visit to Kuala Lumpur, we chose to stay in this area due to the access to all the malls, which we thought would be ideal for my parents to walk around. Walking further down, we spotted a lot of shawarma restaurants and made a note to check them out for our next visit. So, let me share our shawarma experience and this Japanese restaurant we visited in Bukit Bintang.

4. Damascus Bukit Bintang

When looking for local food, you definitely have to try shawarma! I am not sure about you, but I first heard about shawarma in The Avengers. I have been curious to know what it tastes like. And knowing that there are a lot of shawarma restaurants in Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Bintang, I told myself that we must try it! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

There are two popular shawarma restaurants in Bukit Bintang, so hubs and I ordered the Chicken Shawarma from both stalls to make a comparison. Damascus sauce has a lighter consistency and is less sour. The chicken was average, in our opinion. But generally, both of us thought that the sauce was a bit too much and too heavy in taste for our liking.

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Chicken Shawarma (Regular): RM12.90 (~3.70 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 8 AM – 4.30 AM
☎️ Phone Number: +60 11 3717 2122
🔎 Website | Facebook | Instagram

5. Halab Gate Shawarma

Halab Gate is the other famous shawarma stall in Bukit Bintang. Since the restaurant is not along the main road, we didn’t notice a crowd around Halab Gate compared to the long queue outside Damascus. That said, Halab Gate’s shawarma won our hearts more than Damascus.

Even though the sauce from this stall is denser and slightly more sour, interestingly, it doesn’t taste as strong. The chicken also looked and tasted more smoky than in Damascus. Together with the sauce, the shawarma was perfect. So yes, Halab Gate, in our opinion, is the better shawarma between the two stalls. Nonetheless, try both stalls since you never know what your tastebud prefers! (@´ー`)ノ゙

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Chicken Shawarma (Regular): RM11 (~3.20 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 10.30 AM – 5 AM
☎️ Phone Number: +60 11 1111 4423
🔎 Website | Facebook | Instagram

6. Mitasu Japanese Restaurant

My birthday was approaching, and we wanted to find a Japanese restaurant near where we stayed in Bukit Bintang. And that was when we came across Mitasu Japanese Restaurant. This restaurant is known for being affordable and serving generally good Japanese food, so we decided to visit it.

Food, in general, was okay. Service was also quite good, with no complaints. But we encountered a pest almost at the end of our meal. So, it went from a great meal to a get-out-of-here-fast meal. Based on recent reviews, I don’t see people complaining about such a problem, so it might still be worth considering. But for me, it will forever be a no. Maybe we were just unlucky. (´-ω-`)

📌 For more details, check out our negative experience at Mitasu Japanese Restaurant! ٩(× ×)۶

Food Spots near Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Alor only comes alive at night! But do you know that there are also a lot of restaurants that are open around Jalan Alor during the daytime? Since we were staying at an apartment just opposite Jalan Alor, we visited some cafes and restaurants in the daytime. Time to go and check out where are these places where you can get food in the daytime as well as at night! (´• ω •`)

7. Kam Fatt Restaurant

Kam Fatt Restaurant is one of the places you can visit during the daytime in Jalan Alor for its local breakfast options! They used to have a stall along Jalan Alor before expanding into a restaurant. We were there around 9 AM, and the place looked quite packed. After a few days of Western breakfast, it was good to have some Asian breakfast to break the cycle. I highly recommend you come here for its signature Curry Laksa! ( ´ ω ` )

📌 For more details, check out our experience at Kam Fatt Restaurant! (・ω<)☆

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Curry Laksa (Signature): RM10.50 (~3 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 6 AM – 2 PM (Tues-Sun), Closed on Mondays
☎️ Phone Number: +60 17 252 6813

8. Three Years Old Cafe

If you are looking for an Instagram-worthy cafe, you definitely have to check out Three Years Old Cafe. I was in love with the interior design and even more impressed with how the cakes and pastries looked. Besides looking pretty, they tasted good too! And everything was made perfect with a good cup of coffee. This is not just a cafe for photos. They serve good food and drinks as well!

📌 For more details, check out our experience at Three Years Old Cafe! (・ω<)☆

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Flat White: RM12 (~3.40 SGD) – they don’t have the pastries we tried there anymore (´-ω-`)

🍴 ABOUT THE CAFE

⏰ Opening Hours: 9.30 AM – 6.30 PM (Thurs-Tues), Closed on Wednesdays
☎️ Phone Number: +60 3 2110 6666

9. VCR Cafe

This place does not have VCRs and is not as old school as you think. If you were not born in the ’80s or earlier, sorry if you have no idea what I am talking about. Haha! Compared to Three Years Old Cafe, this place feels more like the typical cafe in Bali: some healthy breakfast options and pastries. Nothing fanciful, but they got all the basics right. The coffee was great, and the croissant was exceptional. Okay, the croissant may be just me.

📌 For more details, check out our experience at VCR Cafe! (・ω<)☆

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Ham & Cheese Croissant: RM15 (~4.30 SGD) | Flat White: RM14 (~4 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE CAFE

⏰ Opening Hours: 8.30 AM – 8 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +60 3 2110 2330

10. Restoran Sai Woo

The first time I came to Jalan Alor with my family, we visited Restoran Sai Woo. I am not sure if it was the time or period we were there, but the crowd was bearable. We were also able to get a table quickly. The service was excellent, and the guy serving our table was friendly and accommodating to my parents.

The food was good, and my parents were happy with the quality. Based on our experience, I definitely recommend Restoran Sai Woo if you are lost on which restaurant to choose at Jalan Alor. But make sure to come by early! Hubs and I came here again, and the restaurant was so packed that the staff told us we might have to wait 1 – 1.5 hours. (╥_╥)

📌 For more details, check out our experience at Restoran Sai Woo! (・ω<)☆

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Chicken Wings & Sambal Stingray – I don’t remember the price (*/ω\)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 4 PM – 2 AM (Tues-Sun), Closed on Mondays
☎️ Phone Number: +60 12 398 8271

11. Wong Ah Wah Restaurant

The first time I came to Jalan Alor was for a work trip, and we visited Wong Ah Wah since it is one of the highly recommended restaurants there. It still is! And with more people visiting comes more negative reviews. That was why we chose to visit Restoran Sai Woo. Nevertheless, hubs and I decided to try our luck with Wong Ah Wah during our last visit.

As with Restoran Sai Woo, the place was packed. Since we didn’t want to wait too long, we asked if doing a takeaway would be faster. The guy who attended to us was really patient even though the whole place was bustling like crazy. He told us what items would cook faster, and we ordered those that took a shorter time to prepare.

The chicken wings were not as tender as Restoran Sai Woo’s, but the black pepper crab that we got was quite flavourful. This is not a fair comparison to Restoran Sai Woo since we didn’t have all the same items to compare. And it was a takeaway, so it might taste different than when they were freshly served. Putting food aside, I thought our experience was rather pleasant, although we heard someone complaining about waiting for 1 hour and food was not served yet. So, the same advice applies! Go early to avoid these delays and have a better dining experience! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Black Pepper Crab – I don’t remember the price (*/ω\)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 4 PM – 2 AM (Tues-Sun), Closed on Mondays
☎️ Phone Number: +60 32 144 2463

12. Sangkaya

If you are looking to have some dessert after a heavy meal at either of the restaurants I recommend, check out Sangkaya! While returning to our hotel, we came by this stall and were drawn to the coconut ice cream. The ice cream was smooth and of the right sweetness. It tasted even better when eaten with the toppings. I highly recommend it! (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

📌 For more details, check out our experience with Sangkaya’s ice cream! (・ω<)☆

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Black Pepper Crab – I don’t remember the price (*/ω\)

🍴 ABOUT THE STALL

⏰ Opening Hours: 4 PM – 11 PM (Mon-Sat), 10 AM – 12 AM (Sun)
☎️ Phone Number: +60 37 972 7798
🔎 Website

Food Spots at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur

It is time to share some of the restaurants and food stalls we visited at Petaling Street, also known as the Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur! Since we were here for only half a day, we had limited stomach space. Nevertheless, we still managed to try out some of the famous food spots in this area! (´• ω •`)ノ

13. Asam Laksa Petaling Street

If you are visiting Petaling Street, you definitely must visit this food spot! Its Asam Laksa and Curry Laksa were so good and came with a generous amount of ingredients! The only complaint I have is the dining area. Choose to sit outside for a less stuffy experience!

📌 For more details, check out our experience at Asam Laksa Petaling Street! (・ω<)☆

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Asam Laksa & Curry Laksa (Small): RM8 each (~2.30 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 12.30 PM – 7.30 PM (Wed-Mon), Closed on Tuesdays

14. Petaling Street Apek’s Apam

Are you looking to try some traditional Chinese desserts? Then you might want to consider getting the Peanut Pancakes at this stall! Not only will you get to taste the tasty pancakes, but you can also watch the stall owner making the peanut pancakes in style! I recommend getting the mini Coconut Pancakes as well! ( ´ ω ` )

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Coconut Pancakes – I don’t remember the price (*/ω\)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 11 AM – 6 PM

15. Malaya Garden

Walking to the end of Jalan Petaling, you might spot a crowd gathering outside a restaurant. But that is not the restaurant I am recommending here. Malaya Garden is just beside the crowded restaurant, and you should definitely give it a try for some local delights!

I feel like Malaya Garden is a hidden gem in Chinatown that has been overshadowed by the restaurant beside it. We were amazed by the presentation and how good the food was! If you are not hungry, you can also consider having its soft-serve ice cream to cool you down from the heat of Kuala Lumpur! (@´ー`)ノ゙

📌 For more details, check out our experience at Malaya Garden! (・ω<)☆

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Deep Fried Cempedak Fritters: RM13 (~3.70 SGD) | Iced Kopi Khawin Milo: RM8.90 (~2.50 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 8 AM – 8 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +60 16 912 1268

16. Ho Kow Hainam Kopitiam

I will be doing you a disservice if I don’t mention the crowded restaurant. It is none other than Ho Kow Hainam Kopitiam! I have no idea why it is so popular that people on Google were saying they had to wait at least 45 minutes to get seated?! Some were saying that it is an Instagram-worthy restaurant. This restaurant serves traditional breakfast items, so you might want to try them! Probably a good idea to come really early to avoid the crazy wait! (⊙_⊙)

PEOPLE’S RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Curry Chee Cheong Fun: RM5.80 (~1.70 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 7.30 AM – 2.30 PM (Tues-Fri), 7.30 AM – 3 PM (Sat-Sun), Closed on Mondays
🔎 Facebook | Instagram

17. Sin Kiew Yee Shin Kee Beef Noodle

When in Kuala Lumpur, you MUST try beef noodles! There are two popular branches in Chinatown, one of which is Sin Kiew Yee Shin Kee Beef Noodle, which is also my favourite out of the two! The Dry Noodles were hands-down the best at this place. The sauce was flavourful yet not too heavy in taste. It went so well with those noodles that I wanted a second serving! (っ˘ڡ˘ς)

📌 For more details, check out our experience at Sin Kiew Yee Shin Kee Beef Noodle! (・ω<)☆

MY RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Dry Mee (Small): RM12 (~3.40 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 10.30 AM – 4.30 PM (Thurs-Tues), Closed on Wednesdays
☎️ Phone Number: +60 12 673 7318

18. Soong Kee Beef Noodles & Low Yau Kee Porridge

Soong Kee is the other popular branch in Chinatown that people were raving about for its beef noodles. To be fair, I only tried beef noodles at its Lot 10 Hutong branch, so the standard might differ. But as compared to Sin Kiew Yee Shin Kee, the sauce was way too salty for me. So much so I couldn’t even finish the noodles. So, be your own judge and try out both branches in Chinatown yourself! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

PEOPLE’S RECOMMENDATION 👍🏻

💲 Noodles with Beef Balls (Small): RM13 (~3.70 SGD)

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 11 AM – 9.30 PM (Mon-Sat), Closed on Sundays
☎️ Phone Number: +60 14 967 1945

Other Food Spots in Kuala Lumpur

19. Atmosphere 360 at KL Tower

Dining at Atmosphere 360 at KL Tower was the highlight of our trip. We got to enjoy a hi-tea buffet while enjoying a 360-view of Kuala Lumpur city. You will kill two birds with one stone since dining at Atmosphere 360 comes with tickets to KL Tower’s Observatory! ( ´ ω ` )

📌 For more details, check out our experience at Atmosphere 360! (・ω<)☆

🍴 ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

⏰ Opening Hours: 12 PM – 10 PM
☎️ Phone Number: +60 3 2020 2020

20. ICC Pudu

ICC Pudu is a highly recommended place to visit for breakfast options in Kuala Lumpur. This place is similar to Singapore’s hawker centres, so the concept should not be foreign to Singaporeans. Anyway, we failed to visit it as we wanted to sleep in for the day. Haha! We ended up ordering some food from Ah Weng Hainan Tea, one of the food stalls many recommended online.

The Curry Cheong Fun was really flavourful! It came with something similar to vegetarian goose meat and beancurd puff. When eaten together with the curry sauce, it was absolutely delicious. I am sure it would have tasted even better if eaten at ICC Pudu itself. Hubs, on the other hand, preferred the Kaya and Butter Bun. Even though the bun felt denser in consistency, hubs liked the overall texture and taste of the bun with the kaya and butter. We also got the Hainan Tea, but since I’m not too fond of Chinese tea, this was a no for me. Their coffee was not too bad, with a slight hint of bitterness. ( ´ ꒳ ` )

There are a lot of food stalls there, of which another one we are interested in is Ah Fook Chee Cheong Fun. It has a similar concept to Yong Tau Foo stalls, but you can have it with chee cheong fun instead. I thought this was unique since we don’t have it in Singapore. It’s worth trying if you visit ICC Pudu! ( ´ ▽ ` )

🍴 ABOUT ICC PUDU

⏰ Opening Hours: 7 AM – 3 PM (Tues-Sun), Closed on Mondays

Map of Food Spots in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is such a bustling city with so much delicious food to explore that it is practically impossible to taste everything! I hope my list of food spots will make your food discovery journey in Kuala Lumpur a teenie bit easier. Anyway, I have pinned all the food spots I have mentioned in this post on the map below. I have used different colours to group them into the areas that they are located. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a veteran, I hope this guide excites you for your next trip to this vibrant Malaysian city. Now, let’s grab your bag, pack your stuff and get ready to savour the flavours that Kuala Lumpur has to offer! ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

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