The next time you wander down Chinatown, you might want to take a break at Lim Kee Café, which has given the traditional kopitiam concept a modern twist.
Tucked on the ground floor of Tian Jing Hotel, Lim Kee Café stops you at your track with its rattan blinds and old-school rattan chairs along the front. While it seems like a resting point for those checking in at the hotel, the café attracts its share of passers-by looking for a place to chill.
While the aesthetics incorporate heritage elements, the café is far from it.
Located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant district, the urbanite hangout brings tradition and trends together – basically, making it more like our generation’s cup of tea (or coffee).
Heritage meets Homely
You won’t find main meals here, but you get to satisfy your cravings for bite-sized local breakfasts, cakes, ice cakes and coffee. In the meantime, you get to enjoy the soothing ambience here as well.
Their Roti Kahwin with Soft Boiled Eggs is a classic. The bread is freshly toasted upon order before adding the butter and kaya. Best taken after dipping in soft boiled eggs, mixed with a dash of soya sauce. Hey, you’ve got to try it the traditional way!
They also have a drinks menu consisting of coffees, teas, soda-based mocktails and even craft beers. Unlike many other establishments, the coffees here are still priced under RM10 – even the flat white and cappuccino!
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Their latest drink is the Blood Moon, which is a smooth blend of espresso and grapefruit juice. It tastes invigorating with a nice citrus kick from the grapefruit juice, but also has a bittersweet note towards the end.
We like how the decor adds that old Chinese kopitiam feel from the yesteryears of Malaysia, yet still has a relaxing cafe atmosphere Malaysians have grown to love today. Worth a stop if you are looking for somewhere to chill in Chinatown.
Lim Kee Cafe
Address: 66-68, Jalan Sultan, 50000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 6pm (Daily)