Let’s face it — studying for a test, mugging for an exam or finishing an assignment isn’t incredibly exciting. But what if you take your work outside the confines of your regular study spot and into a quiet little café?
While burning the midnight oil may not be anyone’s cup of tea, the scent of freshly baked croissants and brewing coffee wafting through the air is bound to make even the most mundane chapters bearable.
We’ve scoured the web for some of the best places in the Klang Valley to grab a cuppa and get to work. Check it out!
This chain bakery-café from Taiwan is a dream come true for all pastry-lovers and night owls as most of their outlets operate for 24 hours! So you can stay till late if you have to rush that last-minute assignment of yours. Besides the cosy ambient, their outlets are also equipped with WiFi and plug points too — making it ideal if you need to use the internet for research.
If you get hungry while studying, take your pick from the available assortment of delicious baked goodies such as croissants, doughnuts, sandwiches, buns and the usual coffee selections typically found in a café’, all of which are priced at an affordable range (RM3+ for bread and RM10+ for coffee).
Kuchai Lama: No. 2-G, Jalan 3/116B, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.
SS2: No.39, Jalan SS2/67, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Puchong: No.43, Jalan Kenari 17C, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Opening Hours: 24 hours, except SS2 that operates 6am-2am daily
This repurposed showroom maintains minimalist concrete floors and countertops, rustic wood furniture and black steel finishings — just the place for a low-key study date. Plug points are a-plenty and wifi is provided (unlike some establishments that withhold wifi privileges under the guise of encouraging face-to-face communication *cue eye roll*).
A regular cup of joe costs about RM11 and if you get hungry, hot food is available at about RM20 a dish. The place is open till midnight, so you don’t have to worry about being ushered out just as you’re finishing that impossible final year thesis.
Address: Jalan 13/2, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours: 8am-12am daily
Avid café-hoppers may already be acquainted with this regular haunt of students and workaholics alike. This underrated gem stands out in the café-saturated suburb of Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur for its ample seating and plug points that are present in almost every nook and cranny.
OJO offers a host of coffee selections that costs about RM12.50. If you find yourself craving some grub while you work, fresh salads and a unique array of Turkish-inspired pizzas are available at prices ranging from RM19 to RM27. You can also expect to clock in a full day of productivity as this café is open till 1am on Friday and Saturday.
Address: No. 23, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 9am-12am on Monday to Thursday, 9am-1am on Friday, 10am-1am on Saturday and 10am-12am on Sunday
Okay, we’re cheating. Herserlef isn’t really a café but a co-working space that allows anyone to come in to get some work done, hold meetings or just hang out. At this freelancer favourite, customers are charged 18 sen per minute, with a full-day rate capped at RM16.20.
You’ll be delighted to know that patrons have unlimited access to complimentary snacks, hot drinks and wifi. The inviting interior of this social space houses comfy couches as well as beanie bags to banish numb behinds after a full day of sitting.
Free food, bum-friendly furniture and no compulsion to spend on more coffees than you need just so you can stay an extra hour — all for the price of one Venti Starbucks frappuccino.
Address: 9-1, Jalan Radin Bagus 9, Sri Petaling, 57000, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 11am-11pm on Mondays, Wednesdays to Saturdays; 2pm-11pm on Sunday and closed on Tuesdays
Tucked away in the far reaches of PJU, Bean Brothers is a franchise hailing from South Korea. The café’s instagrammable interior features sprawling cement floors, big wooden tables and pretty light fixtures — befitting of a quintessentially millennial hangout spot.
The café is made up of two storeys with ample bar seating upstairs — perfect for some quality bonding with your laptop. Needless to say, wifi is provided with a good number of plug points placed along the café walls. However, don’t think of burning the midnight oil at this little nook as doors close at 8pm.
Bean Brothers takes pride in its exclusive selection of brews and offers a small selection of Western food at about RM20 per dish. Take note that the kitchen closes at 5pm!
Address: Jalan PJU 3/50, Sunway Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening Hours: 9am-8pm daily
Located at hipster hotspot The Row on Jalan Doraisamy, Common Grind is a quaint little coffee shop amongst a host of other trendy F&B outlets. As you step inside, you’ll see big polished wooden tables (great for laptops and strewn notes) and cushioned seats, providing much needed rear relief for those exceptionally long study sessions.
If you’re looking for somewhere to be productive in the heart of KL, this café is great for getting work done as wifi is fast and a number of plug points are available indoors.
Early birds will be happy to know that the café opens as early as 7.30am on weekdays and closes at 11pm daily.
Hot meals are served at an average of RM20 while a cup of joe costs about RM10.60.
Address: 42 Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur, 50300
Opening Hours: 7.30am-11pm on Monday to Friday and 9.30am-11pm on weekends
Despite being in the heart of the city centre, Feeka is a quiet haven for anyone keen to get their nose to the grindstone. The café’s exterior is made up of old white walls and lush green creepers that are just as unpretentious as the chipped walls and simple furniture on the inside.
Fitted with sturdy tables, free wifi and a wealth of natural light, it’s no wonder that this unassuming coffee house is popular amongst freelancers. When the weather is kind, it’s not uncommon to find a bookworm or two soaking in some vitamin D while flipping the pages of a good ol’ paperback.
In addition to a range of hot and cold coffees starting at RM7, you can find sandwiches to steaks at prices ranging from RM18 to RM32.
Address: 19, Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 8am-11pm daily
Bonus Tip: Fake it till you make it
If your wallet is looking grim and you can’t afford to fork out cash for that very delicious but painfully pricey ice-blended coffee, simulate the hustle and bustle of a café with this app!
Although you may need to leave the delightful smell of coffee and baked goods to your imagination, you’ll have the company of soft murmurs and clinking cutlery while you work, without the hassle of leaving your room!
There you have it — 7 places to be productive if you need a change of environment. Now go forth and smash some goals!