Hill & Heal cafe

Malaysia is home to countless scenic hiking trails. But rarely do they lead to cafes that serve lattes and light bites. Cue Hill & Heal. If you want to be whisked away to a hideaway on a hill, this gorgeous glasshouse cafe in Kluang, Johor, is tucked in a forest amidst trees, next to a stream. 

A serene cafe hidden within Gunung Lambak

Image adapted from: Alex Lai via Facebook

Like something straight out of a fairytale, Hill & Heal is a recently opened cafe housed in an A-frame structure sitting on the gentle hill of Gunung Lambak – a small mountain that stands 510 metres above sea level, with trails popular among locals.

Though its location is discreet – find the cafe next to a suspension bridge at the foot of the mountain – it has quickly gained attention from locals for its beauty among lush greenery. 

Image credit: Alex Lai via Facebook

As it also operates as an event space, this forested cafe is only open from Fridays to Sundays to diners. 

But you’ll want to take on the beginner-friendly trek up to it, as it features seats set on a wooden platform that overlooks the surrounding trees and a stream. 

Image credit: Hill & Heal via Facebook 

While the outdoor area is where most diners beeline to, there are several camping-style seats to be found inside the warm and inviting glasshouse too. 

So, order a cup of latte and pull up a chair – whether you’re sheltered indoors or breathing the crisp air outdoors, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking view of the surrounding scenery.

Image credit: Alex Lai via Facebook

As seats are limited at this cafe, there’s a dining time limit of 1.5 hours so everyone gets a chance to dine here. Expect to wait between 45 minutes and an hour for a seat during peak dining hours, as the cafe has been attracting nature-loving patrons in recent days – we recommend getting here as early as 8am. 

Hot coconut lattes and light bites

Image credit: @johor.foodstagrammer via Instagram

Its serene and calm ambience aside, Hill & Heal serves a selection of drinks that’ll warm your tummy while you observe nature. 

There are some pretty unique drinks to choose from their menu, including Hot Coconut Latte (RM14.90) sprinkled with roasted coconut, and Hot Mint Latte (RM14.90) and Hot Matcha Latte (RM13.90).

Other great options to consider during your visit here are the classic Hot Americano (RM10.90) and Cold Orange Americano (RM14.90) if you want a refresher. 

Image credit: Hill & Heal via Facebook 

This cafe also offers simple yet hearty dishes. Try something off their toast series, all of which is served with crunchy nachos on the side. 

There’s the Beetroot Hummus With Satay Chicken Breast (RM16.90) with pureed beets, chickpeas, tahini, and grilled chicken over toast, and Peanut Butter Banana (RM14.90) for those with a sweet tooth.

Also not to be missed is Nasi Lemak Hummus With Egg (RM16.90) – this beloved local dish has a unique addition of spicy hummus.

A forested glasshouse cafe on a hill in Kluang

Spending time in nature can be the much-needed break we need from the hustle and bustle of city life. At Hill & Heal, you can soak up nature over a cup of warm coffee for a healing time.

Address: Gunung Lambak, 86000 Kluang, Johor
Opening hours: Fri-Sun 8am-4pm (Closed from Mondays to Thursdays) 

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Cover image adapted from: Hill & Heal via Facebook, Alex Lai via Facebook

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