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Makan Marathon: Bukit Damansara in a Day

This vibrant enclave goes by many names — Damansara Heights, Bukit Damansara, and rising foodie town, thanks to its countless gems. Here’s our guide to help you eat your way through the neighbourhood, from a cosy bakery to a snazzy Sri Lankan restaurant.

9am: Break bread in the morning at The Bread Shop

Bukit Damansara - The Bread Shop

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Set along Jalan Setiakasih 5, this bustling bakery rakes in the crowds all day for their pastries and sandwiches. Begin your morning with the Croissant with Scrambled Eggs (RM8.80) that’s a guaranteed tummy filler. For something sweet, try the Salted Caramel Cruffin (RM7.80) for its flaky pastry and sweet-smoky caramel glaze. Don't forget your morning cuppa — the dark and strong Brewed Coffee (RM8.80) will keep you bright-eyed throughout the morning.

1pm: Chow down on hawker fare for lunch at Restoran Shangri-La

Bukit Damansara - Restoran Shangri-La (2)

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Your lunch spot requires a short drive, but it’s worth it. The corner-lot hawker shop nestled within Plaza Batai is well-loved for its stellar grub, including the incredibly crispy roast meats. But don’t get sidetracked too soon — after all, you’re here for noodles. The Char Kuey Teow (from RM8) comes incredibly close to Penang’s wok hei-laden standards, while Mui Chea’s Pork Noodles (from RM8) will have you thanking the copious amounts of lard. P.s. The joint turns into a bak kut teh spot at dinnertime.

3pm: Freshen up over vegan ice cream at Kind Kones

Bukit Damansara - Kind Kones

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You shouldn’t have to give up desserts, even after that carb-tastic lunch. Cue healthy ice cream at this vegan parlour. Take a slow drive to the busier Jalan Medan Setia block for ice cream at Kind Kones. Must-haves include the sweet Charcoal Vanilla (RM11.80) and the rich, decadent Salted Chocolate Chip (RM11.80) on a Flourless Gluten-Free Waffle Kone (RM3.90). Soak up the bright and minimalistic vibes as you savour your scoops – there’s plenty of time to rest your tummies before the next meal.

7pm: An offbeat dinner party at Aliyaa Island Restaurant & Bar

Bukit Damansara - Aliyaa

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You’re in for a feast at this hour, and you’re going to want a dinner party to join in on the fun. On the menu: Sri Lankan delicacies such as crispy appams, string hoppers and aromatic curries. Expect flavours similar to Indian fare, with unique nuances. Fill the table with the Egg Appam (RM7), the signature String Hopper Kothu with Chicken (RM31) and the Mutton Curry (RM42) that’s spicy and very addictive.

9pm: A rummy toast to end the night at JungleBird

Bukit Damansara - JungleBird

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The day's drawing to a close, but you’re making good time for drinks. Take a stroll around the block towards award-winning rum bar JungleBird. The warm, tropical vibes will put you and the gang at ease as you sip on delicious concoctions. Order the namesake cocktail, the fruity JungleBird (RM45), or The Best Drink in the World (RM35) made with rum, sugarcane and lime – it's bright and refreshing, and an excellent way to cap off a delicious night out.

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