1. Pak Tai
An offshoot of the original Pak Tai at The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui, this restaurant serves delicious southern Thai cuisine. You can be assured of an authentic spread at the hands of Thai native chef Guk, who sources fresh local produce and ingredients. For a fiery appetiser, try the Phla Pla Meuk – squid salad with roasted chilli paste dressing, while for the main, we like the Massaman Nua – a cardamom-scented southern curry with slow-cooked beef cheek which falls apart on the first bite. Pair your meals with Thai-inspired cocktails for a distinct dining experience.
Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur; noon-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm; +60 3 2782 3814
2. Rawsome Bangsar
It always feels good to tuck into something healthy right after a good workout. Rawsome meets the bill with its latest cafe next to its equally new yoga and pilates studio. The space is bright, airy and full of greenery – even better, they offer bamboo straws.
7 Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur (look for The Flow - Yoga & Pilates); 9am-5pm (closed on Fri); +60 12 683 4943
3. Eatomo Bangsar
Just when you thought Telawi was out of new places to eat at, Eatomo has opened its third outlet there, making it even easier for everyone to get their poke bowl fix (among other tantalising offerings).
21 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur; Fri-Sun: noon-11pm/Mon, Wed, Thurs: noon-3pm & 6-10.30pm; +60 3 2202 3280
4. Alta Cafe
Venture a little further away from busy Telawi area and you’ll find yet another new cafe has sprouted up quietly in Bangsar. The menu is inspired by the European cafe scene and the brains behind it – the same as those behind Sitka, Feeka and Food Foundry – make Alta rather promising. Also, the many ways they cook their eggs is sure to be an instant crowd pleaser.
59-1 Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur; 8am-11pm (closed on Mon); +60 3 2201 0725
5. Maison Des Pains
If you love croissants, head to Publika’s new French boulangerie. From the red velvet croissant, to the Pandan baguette, and the Instagrammable shopfront, the experience will be #loafatfirstsight, as Maison Des Pains’s hashtag says.
UG-63A Publika Shopping Gallery, Kuala Lumpur; 10am-10pm; +60 3 6411 9197
This article originally appeared on Buro 24/7.