Chocha Foodstore

Setting up shop in the abandoned Mah Lian Hotel, a crumbling industrial vibe sets the tone for Chocha Foodstore, a hipster café on Chinatown’s Petaling Street. Choca, meaning to “sit and drink tea”, is the sort of place you can do just that, not least for its extensive tea menu that also includes cold brews. If you’re feeling peckish, the food menu is a winner, with Malaysian-inspired dishes like the sticky bebek goreng, a slow-cooked, deep-fried half duck served with ginger-soy glaze and green sambal.

Jalan Alor

Not exactly a hidden gem, Jalan Alor is KL’s best-known food street. Lined with atmospheric air conditioned Chinese seafood restaurants, marked by bright fluorescent signage – and a jumble of haphazard hawker stalls with plastic tables and chairs that spill out onto the street – Jalan Alor is loud, vibrant and fragrant. Start from the top and work your way through dishes such as oyster omelettes or the smoky chicken satay, which go down a treat after a night of dancing.


  • Jalan Alor

Lot 10 Hutong

A convenient spot to get your Malaysian hawker food hit, Lot 10 Hutong houses over 30 of the country’s best hawker dishes under one roof. From Kim Lian Kee Hokkien Mee to Soong Kee Beef Noodles, each stall has a track record that dates back at least 40 years and has been handpicked as the best of the best. The only dilemma is choosing what to eat.

  • +603-2782 3500
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  • LG Floor, Lot 10 Shopping Centre
    50 Jalan Sultan Ismail
    Kuala Lumpur

Merchant’s Lane Café

Hidden behind an unassuming door up a flight of stairs, Merchant’s Lane Café offers a welcome respite from KL’s ever-bustling Chinatown. Set over the first floor of a series of traditional shophouses, the café’s crumbling interiors are a charming mix of exposed ceilings, custom-rattan furnishings and vintage knick-knacks that sets the tone for an eclectic menu with signature dishes like Italian chow mein – a stir-fried spaghetti concoction with traditional Malaysian chicken rendang.


For something a little more upscale, Nadodi pays tribute to South-Indian fare, taking diners on a journey from Tamil Nadu through Kerala to Sri Lanka, with a variety of menus of different journey lengths. For something in the middle, opt for “the nine-mile journey”, a nine-course tasting menu which serves up pretty plates such as “fishing the backwaters” – a curry dish, originally from Goa, served with pan-seared local snapper.


  • +6017 390 0792
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  • Lot 183, 1st Floor, Jalan Mayang
    Kampung Baru
    Kuala Lumpur

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