source: Cafenine

Over the past few months, JUICE has become a regular at the Ming Annexe, with many a night of revelry commencing at one of KL’s truly underground venues, Under9. If you were there boozing the night away and chin-stroking to the alt. electronic genres with us at any of those parties, you might have noticed a dinky café tucked into a nook space with Mulberry that’s usually not open come nightfall. We decided to take the liberty of finding out what Cafenine is like when the rest of the world is awake.

A delightful surprise that was in store for us was that Cafenine isn’t just another hipster coffee shop like all the cookie-cutter ones that have been shrooming up all over town. It was established on the basis of allowing the urban arts to flourish within the city in assorted manners, and to provide a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of mainstream mores. Local art adorns the walls, and you’ll be listening to Pitchfork­-approved music while having a bite or two to graze on.

The creativity around the cafe extends to their assortment of dishes on offer, such as their delectable gourmet hotodogus with seaweed-wrapped sausage, sauerkraut, corned beef, and wasabi mayo, as well as their slavishly addictive green chilli curry fettuccine. Additionally, if you do decide to head on over to Cafenine on one of Kuala Lumpur’s increasingly regular sweltering afternoons, the thyme soda isn’t a bad shout.

What we love about the place (and Under9 for that matter!) is that some form of creativity is perpetually in motion. Be it the ongoing recycled skateboard art project, performances every night from 6 to 8pm, their monthly Doodle Jampionships, there is always something fresh and expressive blossoming within the fertile premises.  In fact, they’re looking for oddball and nonconformist acts to fill up their slots right now. It just might be a great time to break out those crazy French horn skills of yours…

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