Lucy in the Sky Café. Photo: Lyn Ong.

What is it?

A newish café in old KL. Just a stone’s throw away from the famed Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple along Jalan Tun HS Lee, Lucy in the Sky opened at the end of last year. Along with LOKL and Coffee Amo, it’s breathing a whiff of the modern coffee scene into a stretch normally devoted to hawker food and tourist joints.

As well as serving their own blend of coffee, there are sandwiches and pasta dishes. The bare, cemented walls and bricks inside give it an industrial, yet still cosy, appeal. The pre-war shop lot has minimal renovations, as the owners wanted to retain as much of the original façade as possible.

Who is it?

The café is owned by three friends, Chris, Shawn and Leong, whose careers are completely different: civil engineer, music speaker specialist and interior designer respectively; they also work alongside an experienced barista, Sima, who previously worked at Coffee Société and RAW.

Go for…

The Pesto Pasta, which is packed with a generous mix of pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, local spinach, chilli flakes and garnished with fresh cherry tomatoes. Also try their own house blend of coffee, Friday the 13th (a blend of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Brazil Yellow Bourbon and Sumatra Lintong) – but it’s not for the superstitious.

Eat with…

Friends, after going on a heritage trail of old KL (or braving Petaling Street for a bargain bag).


RM14.90++ for a pasta dish, RM8++ for a black coffee.

Lyn Ong

Lucy In The Sky Cafe, 167, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, 50000 Kuala Lumpur (03 2022 1526), Tues – Sun, 9am – 7pm.