Fresh bread and  pastries are baked with love at these 16 independent cafes:

1. The Midnight Baker at Mont Kiara

2. The Midnight Baker

Jason bakes bread, his wife Cheryl crafts cakes and pastries, and their buddy Neil makes coffee – The Midnight Baker is a fetching new stop for a fuss-free breakfast, lunch or tea, run by a small, self-reliant team with skill and soul. Curious about the cafe’s name? Jason has a separate day-job, so he oversees the oven only after most of us have headed to bed. The chicken sandwich is constructed with satisfying bread, fresh and flavoursome, dense but yielding, stuffed with a substantial balance of tender, well-marinated meat and wholesome vegetables. The pesto tomato quiche succeeds as a light, savoury meal, while the scones come crumbly-buttery, infused with real vanilla and served with kitchen-made cream. Cap off your visit with a caramel chocolate pecan bar, an indulgence worth the calories.

Read review: The Midnight Baker at Seni Mont Kiara

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2. The Bread Shop at Damansara Heights

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In a world of inexorable changes, The Bread Shop has remained comfortingly the same beloved neighbourhood bakery-cafe, bustling for weekday lunches and an oasis of calm for tea. You’ll still find the original Bananascotch pastry, plus lemony cupcakes, hot cross buns, croissants, scones, kouign-amann, various tarts and sandwiches (roast beef, smoked chicken, melted cheese and more, served with salads).

Find: Contact details and map for The Bread Shop

3, Simplicity Sandwiches at Cheras

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Making sandwiches might seem like a simple task, but the most satisfying ones are prepared with lots of heart and skilfulness; this modest bakery cafe – run by buddies Hong and Eric – does an admirable job in bringing customers bread they can believe in. Possible choices here include baguettes filled with chicken meat, sourdough slices topped with rib-eye steak and white bread stuffed with egg and tomatoes, each served nice and warm, with unmistakably fresh flavours. Our favourite is the crusty baguette, which provides a pleasant bite and an easy chew.

Read review: ‘Simplicite’ Simplicity Sandwiches at D’Alamanda Cheras

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4. Der Backmeister at TTDI

5. Der Backmeister

Cast a ‘rye’ look at TTDI’s German bakery-cafe, run by a two-nation collaboration that includes Oliver Rollar (who has lived in Malaysia since 2000), Bobby, Chris and Steve, with the help of Klaus and Monica, who helm their own bakeries in Cologne. Der Backmeister’s shelves should delight devotees of dense, dark breads, including some made with up to 80 percent rye, relying on traditional German recipes that emphasise honest, wholesome goodness. Specialities span the likes of ‘sesam semmel’ (sesame roll) and ‘bauern brot’ (farmer’s bread loaves), plus plenty of pretzels, pastries and almond cakes.

Read review: Der Backmeister at TTDI

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5. Chequers Bakery in TTDI

10. Chequers Bakery

Taking doughnuts to the next level, TTDI’s friendly neighbourhood cafe Chequers recently unveiled a first-floor bakery that specialises in imaginative savoury and sweet doughnuts worth devouring, alongside an array of house-baked bread and pastries.

Read review: Gourmet doughnuts at Chequers Bakery

Find: Contact details and map for Chequers Bakery

6. Kenny Hills Bakers at Bukit Tunku

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Step inside and the irresistible fragrance of fresh baking might sweep you off your feet. Hand-crafted sourdough loaves, ciabatta bread and baguettes made with stone-ground organic flour share the showcase with croissants, scones and tarts, supplying a sensational excuse to indulge in the most satisfying of carbs.

Read review: Kenny Hills Bakers at Bukit Tunku

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7. The Carpenter’s Daughter at USJ

Photo from The Carpenter's Daughter Facebook
Photo from The Carpenter’s Daughter Facebook

It’s encouraging to encounter a cheerful bakery-cafe that takes the craft of baking seriously, offering bread made daily with ingredients like organic flour, rock salt and olive oil.

Find: Contact details and map for The Carpenter’s Daughter

8. Brooklyn B at SS15, Subang

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Brooklyn B specialises in a bevy of bagels, freshly baked, supplying a distinctive chew that’s densely solid without being distressingly strenuous.

Read review: Brooklyn B Bagel Bakery at SS15 Subang

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9. Tommy Le Baker at Jalan Ipoh

Photo from Tommy Le Baker Facebook
Photo from Tommy Le Baker Facebook

Run by a Malaysian-born pastry chef who honed his craft in France, Tommy Le Baker’s specialties include baguettes, sourdough bread and tarts.

Find: Contact details and map for Tommy Le Baker

10. Dotty’s at TTDI

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Get naughty at Dotty’s: Guilty indulgences gild the counters of this cafe-bakery, where sweet curiosities are conceived with fanciful aplomb, like a speculoos eclair, sprinkled with shortcrust cookie crumbs and stuffed with rich cream that hints of cardamom and cloves.

Read review: Dotty’s at TTDI

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11. Bakeology at Taman SEA

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Bakeology maintains a low profile in Taman SEA, but this friendly cafe, run by sisters Cheryl and Caryn, is well worth a visit. Be sure to pick up a beetroot-thyme loaf – lovely bread, enjoyable entirely on its own.

Read review: Bakeology at Taman SEA

Find: Contact details and map for Bakeology Bakery Cafe

12. Huckleberry Food & Fare at Plaza Damansara

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Master baker Christophe Gros of TTDI’s Pastry Institute Of St Honore oversees Huckleberry’s 120-square-foot oven, creating everything from almond croissants to kouign-amman to Valrhona pain au chocolat.

Read review: Huckleberry Food & Fare at Plaza Damansara

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13. Touche at Petaling Jaya

Photo from Touche Pastries & More Facebook
Photo from Touche Pastries & More Facebook

Scones, croissants, danishes and other archetypal bakery fare are available to satisfy the stomach.

Find: Contact details and map for Touche Pastries & More

14. Le Pont Boulangerie at Old Klang Road

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Shelves here brim with bread and pastries, popular for taking away among residents of Old Klang Road’s neighbourhoods.

Read review: Le Pont Boulangerie at Bedford Business Park

Find: Contact details and map for Le Pont Boulangerie & Cafe

15. Tedboy Bakery at Bangsar

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When parental pride and a passion for pastries collide, the offspring is Tedboy Bakery, owned by a bread-loving couple who named this Telawi cafe after their son.

Read review: At Tedboy, breads are baked with love

Find: Contact details and map for Tedboy Bakery

16. Watercolour at Mont Kiara

Photo from Watercolour Bakery Facebook
Photo from Watercolour Bakery Facebook

If we had to paint a mental picture of Watercolour, it’s one of those cafes that flies under the radar, quietly churning out good sandwiches and pastries for its fans.

Read review: Watercolour at Mont Kiara

Find: Contact details and map for Watercolour Gourmet Bakery & Cafe

23 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Norizan Mahmud March 21, 2016 Subscriber

    Muhammad Hafidz Bin Rahmat Ashikin Rahmat let check it out!!!

  2. Gregory Phua March 20, 2016 Subscriber

    Murnina Sujak Yeoh Mei Ling June Yap Caroline Tan Raysonick Tham Wendy Lee Lee Bin Soon Man Zac Carea Tan Clement Yew Cynthia Choo Julian Chow Ong Sei Yi Benny Mok Cheryl Chua

  3. Wey Choo March 20, 2016 Subscriber

    JSheng Chang

  4. Uva Shan March 20, 2016 Subscriber

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  5. Haida Tahir March 19, 2016 Subscriber

    Rino Syafari

  6. Janet Liew March 19, 2016 Subscriber

    Woon Teck Fui the reasons we are not skinny

  7. Cecilia Wong March 18, 2016 Subscriber

    Breu Wong

  8. Eileen Chua March 16, 2016 Subscriber

    Zia Zia quite a few in TTDI!

  9. Lanna Mmy March 15, 2016 Subscriber

    Dayang Siti Ruzita Ali Khatijah Hassan Rafidah Hassan

  10. Indra Jey March 15, 2016 Subscriber

    Khavenesh Devanandan…check these out..

  11. Nazmin Muhamed Nazeer March 14, 2016 Subscriber

    Mahfuz Khawarizmi

  12. Ethan Chan March 14, 2016 Subscriber

    Ee Lin

  13. Rhena Fernando March 12, 2016 Subscriber

    We will set a date for 1 of those ttdi places Faye Lim

  14. Mardhiyatun Nisa March 12, 2016 Subscriber

    Farah Pocoyo Pattinson Farhana

  15. Robeiro Adeleen March 11, 2016 Subscriber

    Atiqah Salami

  16. Aliya Zarei March 11, 2016 Subscriber

    Christophe Gros

  17. Anitathurasini Rajoo March 10, 2016 Subscriber

    Haminis Rajoo for the love of bread

  18. Ee-Wei Chong March 10, 2016 Subscriber

    Eunice Chan En-Xin Carina Chong

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