Street photography in Kuala Lumpur is Hot Work

One of my favourite street photography breakouts from the heat and chaos of Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur is Coffee Amo. The cafe is not on street level (and perhaps a little difficult to find) if you’re not a regular.

It is well signposted once you’ve reached the address. You climb a small flight of dimly lit creaky stairs, the coffee aroma and the fun illustrations greet you at the top of the stairway and entice you to enter the cafe.

Coffee Amo
Coffee Amo signage directing you to a very good coffee 🙂

Creative Space

The cafe’s a creative space with illustrations and hand written notes on card and I imagine guests are encouraged to draw and leave their works behind.

Enhancing the decor are comfortable seating options which you sink into and forget the outside chaos as you relax with your own thoughts. It’s been quiet on the days I’ve visited.

This last week I explored their book case, and to my delight found at least three photography magazine titles, including one of my favourite Rangefinder. They’re older editions but nonetheless a fun find.

Great Coffee

My coffee is always top notch, and on the occasions I’ve indulged in a cake it’s been delicious. The staff are friendly and look after you. The aircon is adequate and I’m nice and cool with a warm coffee buzz to give me energy to head back out to the busy streets for some more street photography.

Coffee Amo barista
Supercrew barista at Coffee Amo
Coffee Amo ambience
One space to sit and enjoy your coffee at Coffee Amo
coffee amo camera
Coffee and camera date at Coffee Amo
Coffee Amo lighting
This is the vacant space beside Coffee Amo

Coffee Amo is definitely on my recommend list and with a 4.4 average review on their Facebook page.

I’m not their only fan.


Unfortunately Coffee Amo has closed down.

Coffee Amo bean
Selfie on the stairway to Coffee Amo

COFFEE AMO’S address:

1st Floor,

54, Jalan Sultan,

City Centre,

50000 Kuala Lumpur

Drink Coffee: Do stupid thing faster with more energy!

About Tahnia Roberts

Tahnia is a Kuala Lumpur based photographer, and she loves telling stories with photography. She contributes to several platforms for photography and arts, and has received acknowledgement from FWA Photo and other publications on several occasions.

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