battle of the brunch: where to find the best brunch in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

While I said in previous posts that Kuala Lumpur wasn't full of friendly faces during my visit, it got one thing very right-- coffee. It holds its own with the Asian big boys, I promise you. I had the best french toast of my life in Kuala Lumpur, and I'm somewhat of a connoisseur. Over my first stay in Kuala Lumpur with Touk back in 2016, I got to stuff myself silly with delicious breakfast treats and drink my fill of some of the best black coffee I've had anywhere in the world. 

Here's a quick guide to the two best brunch spots I found on my first trip to Kuala Lumpur and which one takes the cake for best brunch!

LOKL coffee co. 

Our AirBnB was conveniently located next to the Putra train station, so Touk and I grabbed the train to Bank Negara station and walked a few blocks to LOKL. LOKL is a pork-free cafe that served us the best black, cold brew, iced coffee I have had anywhere in the world.

Kopi O served at LOKL is made of beans grown and roasted in Malaysia. I also had a bagel with cream cheese which was served in a very stylized way. Touk had the scrambled eggs and cheeseburger and a Kopi Susu {iced coffee with milk}. It looked amazing!

You can pick between indoor seating accompanied with exposed brick {a Tara favourite} and subway tile for a chilly day or outdoor seating in a courtyard overgrown with florals. Basically, LOKL is dreamy. 

POINTS FOR: 

  • easy location to find
  • beautiful interior
  • proper coffee fix
  • locally sourced coffee beans

Second Sunday

Second Sunday is out of the way and hard to find as a first-timer. You can take the train, then hop on a bus, then walk 21 minutes. Or you can take my advice and hire yourself a taxi. Our taxi costs us about USD$5 a piece {split between Touk and myself} and it was well worth spending the cash.

Hint: tell your taxi driver you are going to the Atria Shopping Center and then walk around the complex next door, past all the Chinese restaurants until you see a white sign with black letters. 

Second Sunday has a more extensive food menu than LOKL, but a more traditionally Western coffee menu. The place is very trendy and the food is once again stylized. The coffee was served at the right temperature and tasted like actual perfection, but it was not the Malaysian coffee we had the day before. Just your run of the mill latte. Great tasting, but nothing especially Malaysian. 

But for the first time ever, the coffee was upstaged by the food-- the french toast to be exact. Yeah, This is the cafe that ruined french toast for me forever. Thick french toast, fresh strawberries, caramel-coated green apples, coffee and chocolate chips, muesli served with homemade vanilla ice cream. I don't even have a sweet tooth, but I almost cried. 

POINTS FOR: 

  • adorable interior details
  • good coffee
  • low cost, big portions

AND THE WINNER IS...

second sunday!

For once, I have to put aside the fact that I could actually live on coffee to provide the most well-rounded decision. Second Sunday has more food on offer and, based on what Touk and I experienced, it was fantastic value for money. My belly way full, but I wanted to eat more-- a true sign that you've found an out-of-this-world brunch. 

There you go, guys! Your winner for best brunch in Kuala Lumpur. I'm off to bed with sweet dreams of french toast and Kopi O. I cannot wait to go back to Kuala Lumpur to explore the city in greater depth over the coming months. 

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