Hobby Cafes in the Klang Valley

29 August 2018

Spend your time productively at these hobby spaces in the Klang Valley.

Hobbies are a dying art these days. The idea of spending time and money on a personal project purely out of love is unheard of in this day and age – especially when it’s so easy to waste the day away streaming TV shows or scrolling through social media. Luckily, there are still spaces in Kuala Lumpur where you can get your hands dirty and discover a new hobby. Here’s a nifty guide to where you could find these places.   

Maker’s Habitat

Sewing these days is often viewed as a hobby of the elderly, but at Maker’s Habitat, such stereotypes don’t exist – everyone is there to creatively express themselves through the art of sewing. Here, they’ll provide you with modern computerised sewing machines, sewing tools and even a selection of fabrics. They also have classes throughout the week if you want to delve into specific aspects of sewing such as bag making and dress making.
Address: Maker’s Habtitat, E-1-5, Block E, Plaza Damas, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Open Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm. makershabitat.com

Wira Games and Hobbies

Opened five years ago, Wira Games and Hobbies has established itself as the go-to place for the popular miniature tabletop game Warhammer 40,000. Run by players of the game themselves, this shop has cultivated a close-knit community of Warhammer enthusiasts through the meet-ups and tournaments they host. If you’re unfamiliar with the game and don’t have miniature models of your own, don’t worry because the staff will be happy to show you the ropes.
Address: Wira Games and Hobbies, 51-1, Jalan SS 15/4, SS 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor. Open Wed-Mon, 2pm-10pm.

A Touch of Clay

Tucked away in the suburbs of Segambut, A Touch of Clay is a space where you can quietly focus on your craft. Walk into the space and you’ll be greeted by the affable Cheah Yeow Seng, a ceramic artist with over 20 years’ experience, who will lead you into a dimly lit room filled with old ceramic sculptures left by his students. At A Touch of Clay, there are three pottery wheels where you can make your own ceramic wear. Or if you prefer the creative freedom, ditch the wheel and make a sculpture of your own.
Address: A Touch of Clay, 8 Jalan 1/60b, Taman Segambut Damai, 51200 Kuala Lumpur. Open Tue-Sun, 10am-1pm. www.facebook.com/A-Touch-of-Clay-209022219271823/

Me.Reka Makerspace

A self-proclaimed “alternative education hub”, Me.Reka Makerspace embodies the “woke” and entrepreneurial spirit of millennials. From a textile lab that utilises discarded material to a fully equipped wood and metals lab, Me.Reka Makerspace has everything you need to develop a hobby that’s fun, impactful and marketable. Other labs in Me.Reka include a VR lab where you could design things using virtual reality and print it with the 3D printer, an electronics lab to do coding and programming, and a design lab. Aside from that, you can also learn something new at the classes and workshops they regularly host.

Address: Me.Reka Makerspace, Lot 1C, Level G1, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-8pm. www.mereka.my  

46 Fans Café

46 Fans Café is the home of Dronsta, a small but enthusiastic group that specialises in micro drones, miniature versions of drones. According to Samad, the founder of the group, Dronsta is probably the first micro drone community in the country. Aside from offering services such as micro drone customisation and drone videography, Dronsta regularly organises micro drone races around town. If you’re new to the sport, customers can buy their first micro drone at the café and test it out at their micro drone track there.

Address: 46 Fans Café, 137 Jalan SS 17/1a, SS 17, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open every day, 8am until late. www.facebook.com/46fanscafe

By Eijas Ariffin

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