“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one” – George R.R. Martin
The above quote clearly states how wondrous reading is in a person’s life as it not only provides vast knowledge but a wholesome experience. Of course, reading can be done anywhere, while waiting for the bus or on train ride to work. However, finding the perfect ambience can elevate your knowledge and heighten your motivation.
Now, not only you can read in a quiet library, but also find book cafés that serve food and beverages for you to enjoy and indulge in. If you are a bookworm who is already bored reading at home, come and check out these hang out spots that are super cosy and suitable for you to read. The list below are the top 6 best book cafés that you can chill out and read, in Selangor.
1) Kamilah’s Lifestyle & Book Café
For readers who are seeking for a homey and country-living ambience, this café is perfect for you. The calming blue walls and antique furniture will definitely make you feel at home, motivated to read while sipping down a cup of coffee.
Located in Subang Jaya, this café serves both Malaysian and Western cuisine and pastries at reasonable prices. Besides, there are plenty of books that you can choose, ranging from romance, mystery to thriller. Most of the books are in English. The café opens on Mondays to Saturdays, from 10.30am till 6.30pm.
2) Me Time Book Café
There are many book cafés in Malaysia, but what makes Me Time Book Café different is that it provides a sleeping pod where you can rest while you read. Located in Petaling Jaya, the café provides privacy to all readers to enjoy their reading time in a quiet atmosphere. Assuredly, manga readers like this café as its design was inspired by the famous manga cafés in Japan.
The choices of books you can select are undoubtedly the manga comic books, and a wide range of genres in Chinese and English. The good news is that first-time customers only pay RM5 for the first two hours and receive a complimentary cup of coffee or tea. Sign up as a member for a cheaper fee to read books daily from 10am till 12 midnight.
3) Book Barter Café
Reading books, eating cakes and gazing at the enchanting scenery of nature is such a great combo. This forest-like themed book café in Cyberjaya undeniably provides a serene environment for your reading session.
Here, at Book Barter Café, readers get to read and enjoy a variety of mouth-watering pastries and cakes, plus a range of coffee choices. The interesting feature about this book café is that customers can trade books free-of-charge from the shelves. Additionally, book lovers who want to share some of their collection of books are welcome to donate to this café. Most books that are available here are English fiction. The cafe opens daily from 9am to 9pm.
4) Bukku Café
This European-style book café in Klang definitely has its very own aesthetic appeal. It is Instagram worthy and provides a cool spot to chill out and read. Its ambience is also suitable for doing work and assignment.
This two-level book café with outdoor seating serves various desserts and pastries. However, many customers come here for their two top unique dishes which are the Salted Egg Yolk and Green Tea Croissant. Customers can read various books from the shelves in this book café and those who wish to donate their books, can do so on the first floor. The book café closes on Sunday.
5) The Little Giraffe Book Club
This book café is situated inside the community library in Cheras. The interior that replicates a kampong-style house exudes rustic vibe with aesthetic appeal. The public likes to patronise this place as there is a wide variety of books to choose.
The conducive environment indeed encourages you to read more. You are at liberty to take the books placed at the front of the store. You are also welcome to donate your books, if you wish. Apart from serving desserts, the café presents an all-day breakfast that you can choose from the menu. Most regular customers come here for their specials, which are the Rojak and Taufu Bakar. As the book café is located in a residential area, parking is limited. The book café is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
6) BookXcess’s Madeleine Café @ Starling Mall
BookXcess always amazes us with the unique design and architecture of its home-grown bookstore chain located in several states in Malaysia.
The latest outlet in Starling Mall, Petaling Jaya is the largest one thus far, and is the first to be interconnected to an eatery, the Madeleine Café, making it a lounge friendly space for you to read for hours and hours. Books are available for customers to read free-of-charge and to buy at affordable price. Plus, the interior of the café certainly avails content for your Instagram feed. So, do not forget to capture lots of pictures while you are there. This book café opens daily from 10 am till 10 pm.
There are scores of other appealing book cafés that you can chill out and enjoy your read. However, the aforementioned are clearly my top picks, in random order. Each of the listed book cafés has its own speciality. Therefore, to all readers, head over to these recommended book cafés and enjoy your read, accompanied by delectable food.