If our TikTok algorithms are similar, then you’ve probably seen coffeeholics making reels about this spot in Kuala Lumpur. Jamboo Café is marketed as the first customized lei cha (traditional Chinese rice dish) concept store in Malaysia, but in the social media world, it’s KL’s famous hole-in-the-wall café, where you order, pay, and get your drinks through a tiny hole.
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Social media editing might make you think that the small hole is your only portal to the seemingly elusive café, but there’s an actual coffee shop—a cute one—named Jamboo located along Jalan Tun H.S. Lee in Kuala Lumpur’s city center.
It’s easy to find this ground-floor coffee shop, thanks to the pastel blue and yellow building that it’s part of. To get to the “hole,” you’ll have to walk to the alley side of the café. You can’t miss it. The hole is connected to the indoor café’s kitchen and cashier. We were there during Halloween week, so the wall was decorated with spooky things like spiders and cobwebs.
The menu is cleverly designed. There’s a rack of laminated cards with names and photos of their drinks. You grab a card from the hooks. You knock on the hole—or in our case during Halloween week, we rang an eyeball doorbell, and waited for the barista to open the hole. You give them your order (the cards), pay through the wall, and get handed a buzzer that lets you know if your coffee is ready.
I got a Halloween bonus in the form of a jump scare when the hole reopened to reveal an evil bunny (the barista in costume) handing me my order. We brought our takeaway orders back inside the café and got a table.