Old China Cafe

Restaurant 11, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Published on: 19-04-2016

11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Casual Dining
15.00 - 50.00 USD

Old China Cafe is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Old China Cafe, one of Kuala Lumpur's most atmospheric restaurants, serves Southeast Asian cuisine that is a combination of Straits Chinese and Malay delicacies.

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Why Old China Cafe is special ?

Old China Cafe was formerly the guild hall of the Selangor & Federal Territory Laundry Association. The guild was set up at the turn of the century and moved to this part of Chinatown in the 1920s. Old China Café tries to maintain a semblance of the Chinese community’s old social life is fading into history. The patina of age contributes to the ambience.

Must try dishes:

Pai Tee (crisp pastry shells filled with vegetables and proteins, RM7.80 for four pieces) and

Ju Hu Char (shredded cuttlefish salad eaten wrapped in lettuce, RM12.80)

Kari Kapitan chicken (RM15.90)

Lemak Nenas Prawns (prawns and pineapples cooked in coconut cream, RM31.80)

Babi Masak Asam (pork cubes in tamarind gravy, RM15.90)

How to get to Old China Cafe?

Old China Cafe is just a walk from the nearest LRT Station, Pasar Seni. From the station, alight east to Jalan Sultan towards Jalan Hang Kasturi and turn right onto Jalan Panggong. Turn left onto Lorong Panggung, and the cafe will be on your left.

Selling points

  • Tastefully furnished with antique furniture
  • A typical nyonya restaurant with cosy atmosphere
  • Lovely sweet spot in Chinatown
  • Great service, lovely cheap food
  • A hidden gem but well known with travelers


  • Noise level Normal
  • Budget Medium
  • Alcohol NO
  • Air condition YES
  • Had kid menu NO
  • Accept credit card NO
  • Serve breakfast NO
  • Serve halal NO
  • Serve vegeterian NO
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11, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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  • Be warned: this place gets packed for dinner, so you should come here early.


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If you want a lovely tasty value for money meal then visit Old China Cafe. Food is always excellent and consistent. Make sure you try the traditional Pie Tee and the noodle and rice dishes are all worth a try. The fresh lime juice is the best around as they offer the sugar syrup on the side so you can adjust to your preference. If you are planning on shopping around China Town or Central Markets then combine with lunch and dinner here to top you day off. If you want a cold beer then that is also available here.

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Love the environment here, food is good but the dishes portion is rather small... Service wise, certainly can improve... Must try is their local Melaka coffee, superb!

I would recommend this place if you are a newbie to Malaysian food. This quaint cafe has a very classical styled decor, so, there are plenty of photo ops. The food choices are decent, however, I believe that the level of spiciness is kept at a minimum as most of their clientele are foreign tourists. I spotted a few locals requesting for chilli (my table included). I was very delighted with the dessert! The sago gula melaka was very good for the price of RM6.90. Their tiny bowl of Santan Durian set us back RM13.90, however, the seedless and sweet flesh mixed with santan gives the dessert an enhanced smooth texture. Very enjoyable though kinda pricey for something so small.

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