APW Bangsar: Where dining and work converge

Many years ago, 29 Jalan Riong was alive with the sound of printing machines. Today, it’s dominated by lively chatter coupled with the clinking of glasses and cutlery.

Once a printing factory, now the printing workshop and its surrounding space hosts regular markets and festivals, as well as several beautifully-designed eateries and even a co-working space.

There are plenty of things to do here, including visiting weekend flea markets, free yoga classes, networking events, talks, and workshops.

Here are some to check out.

52 Barbers

Hair services range from RM60 for the bespoke gentlemen cut to a RM40 spruce-up for the kids. Beard trims and shaves cost RM20 upwards. As it only accommodates two people at a time, bookings are highly recommended although walk-ins are accepted here.

Uppercase Bangsar

Offices are available for rent at collaborative workspace Uppercase, which is located on the second floor of the main building. Basic monthly rates are priced at RM450, which grants you five days of desk usage, high-speed internet, as well as discounts for on-site dining venues.


Helmed by Singaporean coffee boutique Papa Palheta, the caffeine hub draws a steady weekend crowd of coffee enthusiasts and trendy youths. High ceilinged, with a paper-cutting machine repurposed into a coffee bar, and a vast space bathed in sunlight make Pulp one of the prettiest cafés in Bangsar.


Operating from a cosy space above 52 Barbers, Makirito is primarily a grab-and-go eatery that can accommodate only a handful of people at any one time, with a small al fresco dining area for smokers.

Breakfast Thieves

Founded by a team of Malaysians – Brandon Chin, Kevin Foo and Edwin Koh – KL’s Breakfast Thieves features a minimal brunch menu of modern Australian favourites with Asian influences — think berry compote yoghurt with granola, ginger-apple crumble and soft-boiled eggs; spicy baked eggs with beef salami, onion jam and okra. Even the Eggs Benedict is given an upgrade with braised beef cheeks, honey-apple compote, and yuzu hollandaise.


APW Bangsar’s latest addition is Proof Pizza + Wine, which serves up an artisanal array of pizzas and, well, wine. Although a two-storey space, the restaurant is fairly small, exuding an intimate atmosphere.

The first floor comprises of the seating area and the kitchen, while the loft upstairs holds a few booths for small groups.

The floor-to-ceiling wine shelf commands your view as you walk in, and there are piles of logs scattered around the restaurant – not just as props, but actually used to fuel their impressive wood-fire ovens.

As APW Bangsar is set within a residential area, it can be slightly challenging to make your way here if you’re relying on public transport — the closest LRT station in Bangsar is about 10 minutes away by foot.

APW Bangsar
29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2282 3233

This article first appeared in uppre.com