This Side Of Paradise
Grace Lim | 29 Sep 2017 00:30
Damansara Heights in Kuala Lumpur recently made it to Lonely Planet’s list of “10 of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods to visit right now”

What do Florence’s Borgo San Frediano, Seoul’s Seongsu-dong, Coppenhagen’s Vesterbro, London’s Tooting, and Kuala Lumpur’s Damansara Heights have in common? These are places travel guru Lonely Planet deems as some of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods last month. In fact, Damansara Heights is the only spot in Southeast Asia to be given the honour.

For some of us living in Kuala Lumpur, it was even more surprising considering nearby Bangsar and Mont Kiara are better known for their vibrancy. Curious as to why Damansara Heights, one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in Kuala Lumpur, stood out for Lonely Planet, we do a little exploring.

Sasha Sabapathy, culinary director of the Huckleberry Group, describes Damansara Heights residents as savvy and well-travelled, which is a key reason the F&B group’s restaurants and bars are located there.

“We opened Mezze about a decade ago in the then-quiet nook of Jalan Kasah. We were one of the first restaurants in the area,” she says.

Another outlet, Huckleberry Food & Fare, opened in 2015 in Plaza Damansara. Huckleberry After Dark was launched a couple of months later, followed by Skullduggery, a hidden cocktail den created by Sasha’s brother. Their latest venture, Birch, is located in the newly-opened Damansara City Mall.