Cafes in Kuala Lumpur: Stop, rewind, and play at VCR


Hipster cafes in Kuala Lumpur have recently sprouted like mushrooms but there’s always the select few that keep people coming back for more. Great coffee that’s consistent, a distinctive and discerning menu – and a hipster ambience that just makes you want to burn the arvo away. VCR has got all of that, and more to offer with a location that’s only a stone’s throw from the bustling Bukit Bintang shopping belt.


Nestled in an old two-storey space painted black all round, this used to house wardens from a nearby penitentiary with architecture dating way back to 1927. The interior is largely industrial-inspired with bold, black iron frames across all their furniture and fixtures, with mahogany stained wood, and rattan as an earthy, warm contrast. Large, glass windows allow light to flood both the ground floor and especially the second floor where a floor to ceiling glass wall cuts the monotony of the black-stained exterior.


With a more than 15 different types of coffee-based beverages including the aeropress, filter coffee, and cold brews, VCR is serious in their specialty coffee. Other beverage options include The Tapping Tapir, a range of fruit sodas (MYR13) that boast natural ingredients sourced from within Malaysia itself. The grapefruit and chamomile was tangy and not overly sweet, with a tinge of bitterness from the pith of the citrus fruit – overall, a great balance. The cappuccino (MYR10) came dolled with an intricate heart and tasted creamy, rich and robust with a slight acidic aftertaste which sat quite alright with me. My favourite though, was the cold brew (MYR9) which was fragrant yet mellow, and iced to quench that relentless heat – a coffee drink I’ve come to enjoy ever since my encounter at Elephant Grounds in Hong Kong.

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Mainly interested in a good cuppa with desserts, we ordered a black velvet cake and the french toast (MYR19) – a crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside brioche drenched with berry compote, chocolate + cookie crumbles, toasted pumpkin nuts and an espresso ice cream to top it off. It was simply delicious with the different textures coming together as one. The black velvet cake was moist, with a layer of lemony cheese frosting that cuts across the richness of the chocolate perfectly.


VCR was a great find for us, particularly because it’s near Bukit Bintang, an area we come back frequently. And of course, all the more so with all it has to offer to the unsuspecting hipster coffee junkie.

VCR (Map)

2 Jalan Galloway
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 2110 2330
Hours: Daily from 8.30am to 11pm

If you are driving, there’s a parking offer at the nearby Swiss Garden Residence. You just need to get a stamp from VCR for MYR2 for the first 2 hours – a real steal.

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