If you visit just one lifestyle shop in Kuala Lumpur, make it Snackfood. It’s the sort of place that makes add-to-cart addicts believe in brick-and-mortar stores. Owner Adeline Chong, a former brand strategist for the Japanese ad agency Dental, has impeccable taste, stocking the shelves of her Bangsar boutique with small-batch condiments from Real Sambal, artisanal teas by The Seventh Dutchess and Niko Neko Matcha, quirky cookbooks and cool indie magazines (Musotrees, Made In, Future Perfect), sculptural paper purses by Repleat, premium soy candles from Hush and Sanctuary, lush green terrariums, and an in-house collection of handsome wooden kitchenware.
Mixed in with the new, mostly made-in-Malaysia goods are stylish vintage pieces such as rotary phones and typewriters, 1980s pencil cases, and post-colonialist textbooks. While the inventory here is unmatched, we also love this store for its staff—so welcoming, so helpful, and so generous with the travel tips. On a recent visit, employee Zafran Aqil not only explained the back stories behind some of the boutique’s more unusual finds, he wrote out a long list of places for us to check out in KL and beyond. If you’re lucky enough to stop in when he’s working, ask him to show you his yo-yo skills. Dude is a two-time national champion in Malaysia, with the documentary to prove it.
17, Jalan Telawi 3, 1st Fl., Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; +60-3-2201-7513.