It’s a beautiful morning in Kuala Lumpur, and it’s the perfect time to play gastrotourist.
Our illustrated guide will take you on a journey around this sprawling metropolis that we call home, taking you on a Malaysian food adventure to the places that you should definitely experience (if you haven’t already), starting with breakfast at the largest pewter company in the world, and ending with a delicious vegetarian dinner just before a Bharatanatyam performance.
So pack an empty stomach, hop in the car, and let’s take a drive together.
1. Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
Apart from being the largest (and best) pewter company in the world with beautiful products and wonderful factory museum, the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre has a great cafe with a surprisingly generous selection of Malaysian food.
Bright and airy in design, the cafe serves good food with local daily specials. If lady luck is on your side, and you see either the Nasi Goreng Kampung or Curry Laksa as the daily special, you should definitely give it a go.
Royal Selangor is still a family company and every part of it is a reflection of the personal touch of a family member, including the cafe which kicked off with baked goodies by the wife of Royal Selangor’s own executive director.
It still serves great cakes today.
Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
4 Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya
53300 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4145 6186
Hours: 9am – 5pm
As you approach the vintage shoplots, you can almost smell the coffee wafting through the air.
Tucked between two vintage shoplots, DR.Inc is a whimsical space where you can buy cute products by Nala Design, (and clever furniture by Kedai Bikin), as well as get brilliant coffee-based drinks and very tasty food.
Whether it’s from the kitchen or off the shelves, DR.Inc reflects co-owners Lisette Scheers and Jeremy Chin’s passion for coffee and its memorabilia.
8 Jalan Kemuja
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2633 5059
3. Peter Hoe at the Row
Peter Hoe at the Row has long been a go to for great Malaysia-themed paraphernalia, clothing, as well as home and decor items.
If you take a leisurely browse through the boutique, you’d find a quirky mix of handmade gifts that will delight even the most seasoned tourist.
In 2016, the brand found a new home at the Row with an eatery that serves delightful, comfort food. Quiches in particular are yummy.
Peter Hoe at the Row
56-1, 1st Floor, The Row KL
50300 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-334 7123
4. Annalakshmi @ The Temple of Fine Arts
There’s no finer way to wind down a perfect day than a simple vegetarian dinner just before a Bharatanatyam performance.
As you walk into the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA), you will see women dressed in beautiful sarees in the company of equally well-dressed men having dinner at Annalakshmi just before the performance hall opens its doors.
The buffet is an excellent option if you want to sample the many delicious varieties of curries, rice and breads.
For a stress-free Indian Malaysian food experience, be sure to pre-book your tickets to the stage performances or musical dramas held almost every month at TFA, because the queue for the tickets can get pretty long.
Annalakshmi @ The Temple of Fine Arts
116, Jalan Berhala
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2274 0799
This article first appeared in butterkicap.com