If you are wondering why there’s a lack of youngsters on Petaling Street, that’s probably because they are hanging out at Merchant’s Lane. Despite the name, Merchant’s Lane is not really a lane but a delightfully warm and atmospheric cafe that provides respite from this touristy side of the city.
If you haven’t been here before, it could be a challenge to look for the place. So I have included a simple illustration at the end of the post to help you find the cafe easier.
It’s not hard to understand the appeal of Merchant’s Lane. It’s filled with plenty of natural light perfect for photography (and Instagramming), friendly staff, menu is a bit different from the rest which gives it a touch of uniqueness, plus it’s not obscenely overpriced. What more can you ask for of a cafe? Air conditioning, maybe.
Oddly enough, there’s a sense of calm amidst the rustic look and chaotic decor. If you didn’t know, this stretch of street where Merchant’s Lane is situated is dotted with brothels. In fact, this space used to be one until Merchant’s Lane took over and reinvented it into a cafe.
Sweet and simple one page menu.
The Hongkie Beef Stew @ RM19 is one of the few signature dishes here. As you would have expected from the description, the beef is slow cooked for 12-hours in Cantonese style served on top of their housemade mash and gravy. Unless you don’t take beef, this would be highly recommended, perfect for sharing too.
Rose Honey Milk @ RM12 is exactly what it is – a honey sweetened milk infused with the aroma of rose petals. Simple but with a comforting and beautiful flavor. I like how it’s served in a classic tea cup too.
Coffee’s good – no complaints about that.
Merchant’s Lane is divided into a few parts: two separate dining areas connected by an outdoor courtyard. Each section has its own character and charm. Regardless, all of them are great spots to chill, read a book or enjoy conversation over a few cuppas.
To get here, simply head to ATC (Advance Tertiery College) and look for the stationery shop next to it. The entrance to the cafe is pointed with the arrow above.
If you are at the right place, you will see Merchant’s Lane signature teal entrance. Just follow the red staircase to the cafe above.
Merchant’s Lane 美真林
No, 150 Jalan Petaling
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: Daily 10.30am – 10pm
Tel: 03-2022 1736