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Great coffee and eats for when you need more space—literally

1. Secret Of Louisiana @ The Lake

This Cajun eatery with a lakefront setting in Kelana Jaya makes for a great date in the evening, though it's also a favourite of families in the neighbourhood. For added privacy (and social distancing), the spacious outdoor areas even have mini 'glasshouses' where diners can enjoy a romantic white tablecloth setup against views of the sunset over the lake.   

Secret of Louisiana @ The Lake | D01-01, Jalan SS7/13A, Plaza Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya | +6012-803 3230

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2. Sis & Co Café & Restaurant

To call this warehouse-inspired restaurant along Jalan Jenjarum a fish out of water would be an understatement. A corner lot surrounded by auto-repair shops and crowded backstreets, Sis & Co serves up delicious comfort food, desserts and coffee within its ultra-spacious interiors—there's even a stylish mezzanine floor with seating that overlooks the whole eatery.

Floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick walls, pendant lights and concrete floors here only serve to accentuate the restaurant's charm. Sis & Co's pork dishes are sinfully good: my comfort food favourites include the bacon carbonara pasta (the 'Baconara') and Pork Bacon Steak with hollandaise mustard sauce. If you're planning on catching dinner and drinks here after work, take note that the restaurant closes on Mondays.    

Sis & Co | Lot 1077, Jalan Jenjarum, Kampung Kayu Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya | +6012-679 3476

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3. Instea Tea & Coffee Bar

A cosy, happy and Instagram-worthy spot in SS2 to chill with friends over a variety of dainty bubble tea drinks and other curiously colourful concoctions, Instea is uncomplicated in its mission to offer a creative spot for the tea-loving, cafe-hopping crowd. This corner lot cafe is beautifully designed with spacious interiors; plus it's just added an outdoor seating option for those who prefer not to dine inside. 

Tip: The Mozzarella Cheese Sticks here are highly recommended, as are the highly popular 'Instea Perfumes' drinks. 

Instea | 2, Jalan SS 2/66, SS 2, Petaling Jaya, Selangor | +603-7865 1271

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4. Bean Brothers PJ

With its high ceilings, open spaces and industrial aesthetic, Bean Brothers' Sunway Damansara outlet is a haven for coffee lovers in this neck of the woods. Even before the pandemic, it was a popular place for university students and young creatives to hunker down with their laptops to get some work done undisturbed—all with the added advantage of having ample space from the neighbouring tables. Fun fact: This café is a three-minute walk from the events space, The Raw Studio by Metal Bees.    

Bean Brothers PJ | 1, Jalan PJU 3/50, Sunway Damansara, Petaling Jaya | +603-7733 5418

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Although it's located in one of the most bustling malls in Petaling Jaya, ANTE is filled with plenty of laidback and comfy nooks to enjoy a good steak and a glass of wine in a small group or at an intimate table for two. The restaurant is known for its juicy pork steaks, lamb chops, desserts and impressive wine list. Happily, ANTE is still going strong despite the unfortunate closure of its Publika outlet earlier this year.       

ANTE | Lot F346, First Floor, Rainforest, New Wing, One Utama Shopping Centre, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya | +6011-5625 5389

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