Pasar Seni in KL is not just an artsy hangout— it’s a food lover’s dream, too! They’ve got everything from street food stalls to chill cafes and hidden gems. You can chow down on a mix of flavours while enjoying the colourful vibes around you.
It’s not just about the grub, though; you can shop for cool local stuff and have an awesome outdoor meal. So, if you’re up for some arts, crafts, and seriously good eats, Pasar Seni’s got you covered!
For your next Pasar Seni stroll, bookmark this article of the top 10 food spots in Pasar Seni.
I stumbled upon Petaling Street Pork Noodles at Pasar Seni, which has been dishing out authentic babi guling for years. For those craving a slice of Bali, their Babi Guling (RM18.90) stands out— a masterpiece of crackling pork, delicately salted and accompanied by a sambal that adds a fiery kick. The marriage of textures and flavours between the crispy outer layer and the tender pork meat is a sensation to savour. This dish embodies the quintessence of Balinese cuisine, transporting diners to the vibrant streets of Bali.
While the setting might not replicate Bali’s ambiance, the food undoubtedly captures its essence. Whether you long for Bali or are eager to explore Filipino culinary traditions, Petaling Street Pork Noodles delivers an enriching experience that satisfies both the taste buds and the soul.
54, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, 50000
Wed to Mon: 11.30am – 9pm
Closed on Tue
2. Precious Old China
Step into Precious Old China and you’ll find yourself immersed in a culinary journey that celebrates the intricate fusion of Chinese and Malay influences. Among the stars of the menu, the Nyonya Laksa (RM10) shines with its harmonious medley of flavours. This iconic dish boasts a rich, coconut-based broth infused with aromatic spices, providing a warm and comforting embrace.
And then there’s Ayam Pongteh (RM11), a beloved dish that epitomises Peranakan cuisine. The tender chicken is stewed in a delightful blend of soy sauce, fermented bean paste, and aromatic spices, resulting in a dish that’s both hearty and soul-satisfying. The restaurant’s ambiance effortlessly transports diners to a bygone era, with vintage decor and intricate furnishings that mirror the elegance of the past.
3. V88 Chinatown
Here’s presenting V88 CHINATOWN, formerly known as Vintage 1988— an enchanting hidden gem nestled within the vibrant heart of Petaling Street. From delectable pasta creations like their Balado Seafood Aglio (RM38) to the innovative allure of an Asam Pedas Red Snapper (RM25), every dish is a testament to their dedication to crafting memorable dining moments.
Complement your meal with fragrant coffee and indulge in their homemade desserts that will surely satisfy your sweet cravings. Beyond the culinary enchantment, the cafe boasts an interior that exudes vintage aesthetics, creating an atmosphere that transports you to another time.
4. Kafei Dian
Just a 2-minute walk from the Pasar Seni MRT station is Kafei Dian that was once an old post office. It boasts captivating Malay and Tudor architectural styles dating back to 1911.
Catering mainly to local tastes, the menu showcases Malaysian favourites ranging from classic breakfast options like soft-boiled eggs with kaya & butter toast to iconic dishes such as nasi lemak, Penang assam laksa, and chicken hor fun soup. An assortment of small dim sum delights like lotus paste buns and lao shar bao is also available.
For heartier meals, Indian curry seafood, sweet and sour chicken, sweet and sour fish, Hainanese chicken chop, and chicken curry can be savoured, providing quick and satisfying options starting from RM10.90.
16, Jalan Panggong, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Daily: 7.30am – 10pm
5. Happy Meal Bakery
A Pasar Seni institution, Happy Meal Bakery has been selling Asian baked goods for years. Based on reviews on Google, each bite is said to exude a sense of familiarity, a testament to their daily commitment to baking from scratch. The puffs, in particular, stand out – a harmonious blend of lightness and fluffiness. Equally notable is the seller’s amiable disposition, enhancing the overall experience.
Venturing beyond, a journey through their offerings led to the discovery of their Egg Tart (RM2.30) and Coconut Tart (RM3.20). The coconut tart, in particular, stands as a highlight, leaving a lasting impression. The tarts, generously sized, arrive warm and freshly baked, prompting an immediate revisit
43, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Daily: 8.30am – 5pm
6. Mee Tarik Restoran
You really thought we’d get through this list without mentioning the viral Mee Tarik Restaurant? This remarkable eatery offers an extensive selection of genuine Chinese Muslim cuisine. However, it’s the Mee Tarik (RM10.50) in beef broth and tender beef strips that draws patrons in.
However, besides their best seller, patrons also recommend their Dumplings (RM21.40) and Xian Bing (RM4.30). Despite the crowd, the restaurant boasts excellent and quick service with the waiters rarely missing a beat. Whether you’re after partying at RexKL or on an afternoon stroll at Central Market, make sure to check out the restaurant.
36, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Daily: 10.30am – 6am
7. The Hungry Tapir
Vegan friends, this is the place for you! Its menu is a delightful meeting of East and West cuisines. Treat yourself to an all-day breakfast, local favourites, and delectable plant-based sweets. Psst, The Hungry Tapir is the only vegan restaurant in KL that has a full-serviced bar!
Some of their signatures include their Smoken “Salmon” Avo Toast (RM32), Rainbow Brekkie Bagel (RM34) and their Ay-Am Geprek Burger (RM36). If you come in a big group, be sure to try out their Spicy Tempeh Fingers (RM12), Mama’s Satay (RM22) and their Local Heros Sharing Platter (RM80). They’ve even got an extensive drinks menu offering Lihing (RM60) and a variety of Kombuchas.
135, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tue, Wed & Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm to 12am
Closed on Mon & Thu
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8. Merchant’s Lane
This cafe situated at Petaling Street has gained popularity since its opening in July 2015. It’s known for its tranquil environment and creative transformation of the space. While there might not be prominent signage, Merchant’s Lane remains a hidden gem above an old shop next to the Advance Tertiary College building.
Some of their signatures include their Nasi Lemak Pancake (RM26), Char Siew Chicken Pasta (RM27) or even their Ramly Burger Wanton (RM25). Even their drinks are creative with the Iced Jasmine Black (RM16), Superfruit Lemon Tea (RM14) and Iced Niko Neko Matcha Latte (RM16).
9. Kim Lian Kee
Kim Lian Kee is a well-known establishment that specialises in Hokkien mee. It holds a reputation for serving authentic and traditional Hokkien mee in Kuala Lumpur. The original location of Kim Lian Kee is in Petaling Street, also known as Chinatown, in Kuala Lumpur. This eatery is renowned for its unique method of preparing Hokkien Mee (RM15), and it’s particularly famous for its old-fashioned cooking techniques that create a distinct flavour.
The dish itself is a fried noodle dish, and it’s important to note that Kim Lian Kee’s version of Hokkien mee is recognised for its delicious taste and longstanding culinary tradition. The restaurant’s history dates back quite a number of years, and it’s cherished by locals and visitors alike for its contribution to Malaysian cuisine. If you’re looking to experience genuine Hokkien mee with a touch of history and authenticity, Kim Lian Kee is definitely a destination worth considering.
92, Jalan Hang Lekir, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Thu to Tue: 11am – 11pm
Closed on Wed
10. Restoran Yusoof & Zakhir
Ah, no matter what happens, we’ll always have a mamak backing us up at Pasar Seni! Restoran Yusoof dan Zakhir takes the experience of being at your normal mamak to the next level inexplicably. Some say, it’s their roti canai that’s the best in KL or their juicy tandoori chicken.
Overall, Malaysians seem to flock for their freshly made breakfast food as well as customer service you only get at a mamak. In fact, one patron even said the staff is so friendly, they’d go as far as creating a custom plate of nasi kandar for you!
Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Daily: 6am – 9pm