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Embrace a clutter-free coffee experience at these cool hangouts where less is indeed more

The buzzword these days for cafe hunters is minimalist. More functional than bombastic, the spaces are dominated by white or monochromatic walls, clean lines, and sensible furniture.

Here are some of the coolest spots that focus on the bare essentials to hang with friends.

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1. One Half x Ilaika

Located in the increasingly gentrified suburbia of Taman Paramount, this simple and no-frills café is just the place to get your caffeine fix—and they do it well. Packed with beans from around the world, you're more than welcome to converse with the baristas to learn more about the beans they procure. When the sun sets, trade coffee for cocktails. They have a fine selection of gin and wines.

The interior is simple, sleek and stylish with the walls painted black and a Crema Valencia marble countertop acting as the display unit and table for counter seating. Natural light fills the interior during the day. The rest of the space is embellished with items from lifestyle store Ilaika, which One Half is located in.

One Half x Ilaika | 17, Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount, 46300 Petaling Jaya | +6010 261 0588 | Monday-Sunday, 8am-10pm

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2. The Hub Coffee Roasters

The Hub Coffee Roasters prides itself on its Japanese minimalism concept but it is not cold. Rather, there's something quite comforting about the clean lines and natural tones. 

It roasts its own coffee and offers more than 30 choices of beans of different origins. More interestingly, it produces its own evaporated milk that adds a nice smoothness and sweetness to your drink. As far as we know, it is the only cafe in the country to offer this option. 

The Hub Coffee Roasters | Multiple locations

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3. Dou Dou Bake

This one’s for the sourdough and pastry lovers who can’t get enough of the sourdough croissants and country sourdough loaves. The interiors are decorated with neutral hues, mirrors and raw concrete elements for a chic industrial vibe. The cafe's beautifully landscaped garden has starred in many of its Insta posts, the perfect spot for a blissful afternoon cuppa. 

Dou Dou Bake | 38, Jalan SS 4c/5, Taman Rasa Sayang, 47301 Petaling Jaya | +6011 6963 5817 | Monday-Sunday, 7:30am-6pm

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4. Niko Neko Matcha

Niko Neko Matcha has become something of a household name in the matcha movement so much so that its matcha powder are now sold in supermarkets.

Aesthetically, its cafes opt for an all-white interior, stark and futuristic. Think clean edges, geometric logos, and artsy display units. The tasteful lack of colours draws attention to the brightly hued matcha drinks and desserts.

Niko Neko Matcha | Multiple locations 

5. Three Years Old

Previously featured in our Bukit Bintang guide, brown wood furniture juxtapose against its white walls for an elegant setting to sample classic Australian cafe fares such as Smashed Avocado Toast and Pumpkin Patch Salad. 

Three Years Old | 1, Jalan Sin Chew Kee, Bukit Bintang, 50150, Kuala Lumpur | +603 2110 6666 | Thursday-Tuesday, 9:30am-6:30pm


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6. Ōno

Ōno serves up clever cocktails of coffee and matcha in a tastefully designed space in Petaling Jaya. Food-wise, Ōno subscribes to a Japanese-inspired narrative, serving Japanese-style sandwiches sandos. The Ebi Katsu Taru Taru Sando and Tangy Chicken Katsu Sando come recommended. 

Ōno - Specialty Coffee & Matcha | 47, Jalan SS 2/30, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya | Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30am-5:30pm

7. Baker Next Door

The monochromatic, almost bare interior serves as the ideal backdrop to enjoy its small, colourful pies. Apart from pies, it also serves an elevated version of kaya toast.

Baker Next Door | FF-30, 1st Floor, Waterfront Desa ParkCity, 52200, Kuala Lumpur | Monday-Sunday, 8am-8pm

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8. Feeling +

Powered by pastries, toasties, and positivity, Feeling + is a comfy space founded by Trev Ng of Optimist Coffee. Motivational messages and doodles scribbled on the walls are not the only things to help elevate your mood; its Twice-Fried Chicken Sando and the Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower Karaage are almost certain to put a smile on your face.

Feeling + | A-1-01, 5th Place, The Five Block A, Kompleks Pejabat Damansara, Jalan Dungun, 50490 Kuala Lumpur | Tuesday-Sunday, 8:30am-5pm

9. Vernakular

Nestled amongst rows of watches and other timepieces lies Peep Coffee, the caffeinated part of Vernakular Store along Jalan Telawi 3. It has designated seating areas for those who need a break from perusing and have some time for a treat or two. The prime location has given them an advantage in building its brand and has been converting time-keepers into coffee-drinkers since October 2020. Pebbles take the place of tiles on the ground of the café's seating area and the natural wood and unfinished concrete simply build up the space's unrefined, yet charming aura.  

Vernakular Store | 33, Jln Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur | +6018 912 0733 | Monday - Sunday, 8am - 9pm

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10. Orito

Orito rose to fame on the back of its inventive and picture perfect handcrafted choux buns, filled with light and airy cremeux or curd. The minimalist industrial interior is anchored by a wavy bench that snakes through the centre of the cafe.

Orito | Plaza Damas, B-0-5, 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur | +6012 382 6878 | Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm

11. Curio Coffee Roaster

This charming cafe along bustling Jalan Ipoh is filled with natural light that makes your flat lay foodie shots look absolutely stunning without any additional filters. 

Curio Coffee Roaster | Rivercity, Lot 468, G26-A Block G Rivercity Rooftop, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 51200 Kuala Lumpur | +6012 290 2302 | Monday-Sunday, 10am-6pm

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