Geographer Cafe knows the map to our hearts and stomachs. Flip through its guestbook and you’ll find that this venue’s appeal transcends borders: Fernand from Luxembourg praises the interior for being “very inviting, very charming.” Richard from New Zealand called the food “outstanding,” while Lisa of the United States described the nasi goreng as being especially “excellent.” Tom, Ben and Mel of London proclaimed that Geographer was “bang on … a quality way to spend our last night in KL.”
This restaurant might be popular among backpackers and bankers in the surroundings of Chinatown, but ironically, it remains something of a well-kept secret among locals. A spin-off from Malacca’s Geographer Cafe on Jonker Street, this KL chapter is similarly housed in a shop-house whose history stretches back to before the World Wars, sandwiched amid a heritage-rich community of tailors and traders, goldsmiths and guesthouses, money-changers and photocopy shops.
It’s a beautifully refurbished setting that’s clearly a labour of love; on the street level, centuries-old navigational charts line the brick wall. Upstairs, a black-and-white mural of the world, sketched out by Malaysian artists, fills the scene. Fernand was absolutely correct.