Top 10 Cafes in Kota Kinabalu

Top 10 Cafes in Kota Kinabalu
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Cafes in Kota Kinabalu are aplenty, attracting people from all walks of life with their cosy atmosphere and good food, regardless of local or international cuisines. If you’re searching for some cafes to visit in KK itself, check out the Top 10 Cafes in Kota Kinabalu right here!

1) Chiu’s – The Modern Local

Chiu’s – The Modern Local

Chiu’s – The Modern Local offers a cosy cafe environment and good food, consisting of an eclectic range of fusion dishes to choose from. Look forward to comfort food like Chiu’s Beef Rice Bowl and Chiu’s Pesto Chicken Spaghetti! Meanwhile, meat lovers can look forward to the likes of Chicken Schnitzel and BBQ Chiuken (Chicken) Burger. The latter even eschews the usual potato fries commonly paired with the burger in favour of a more robust, hand-cut purple sweet potato variety.

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2) Ampersand Specialty Coffee & Co-workplace

Ampersand Specialty Coffee & Co-workplace

Looking for a work-friendly cafe where you can comfortably get things done while enjoying a cuppa? You might want to put Ampersand Specialty & Co-workplace on your list! Expect plenty of power outlets and high-speed WiFi to get you connected — good enough for digital nomads and freelancers. Not to mention its retro-chic interior makes the cafe an ideal hangout spot as well. Their menu covers mostly coffees and other refreshments like teas and cold-pressed juices. For some light bites, look out for their seasonal waffles and cakes.

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3) Woo!


The predominantly white-wall interior coupled with plenty of windows and wooden furniture defines Woo!’s warm and inviting interior. Modern and laidback, it’s perfect for hangouts with anyone and everyone! Comfort foods are aplenty here, covering delectable choices like Duck Breast Ulam Rice, Spicy Korean Seafood Pasta and Beef Brisket Tacos. Also start your day fresh with their wholesome breakfast menu too, with their toast varieties ranging from baked pumpkin/avocado mash to sauteed mushroom and the good old-fashioned ham & cheese. For those who prefer something heavy and fulfiling, try their Woo! Breakfast and Pulled Beef Open Sandwich, with the latter consisting of a 24-hour slow-cooked beef brisket.

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4) October Coffee House

October Coffee House

Good coffee is what October Coffee House does best, offering handcrafted brews from espressos to lattes prepared by their skilful baristas. They also serve mouthwatering cake selections — perfect to complement your favourite cuppa! If that’s not enough, October Coffee House’s overall rustic interior exudes a sense of cosy vibes that makes this cafe an ideal place for some me-time moments or chilling out with friends.

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5) Nook Cafe

Nook Cafe

Experience a feel-good vibe at Nook Cafe, thanks to its bright and inviting interior. The largely neutral and understated decor helps too, creating the kind of cafe environment that is both relaxing and comfortable. Menu-wise, expect the usual susepcts like Fruity French Toast, Ayam Percik and Grilled Cheese Sandwich. If you have room for more, don’t forget to end your meal with their signature Jungle Book waffle — an irresistible sweet combo of chocolate chip waffle topped with sliced bananas, peanut butter cream and dark chocolate shavings.

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6) Biru Biru Cafe & Bar

Biru Biru Cafe & Bar

Instantly recognisable for its bright blue facade, Biru Biru Cafe & Bar has been around for years. Health-conscious eaters might want to check out their signature poke bowls and smoothie bowls — both of which are favourites among many patrons. But their menu also diversifies from all-day breakfast and sandwich varieties to mains like Biru Biru Burger (Beef/Lamb) and Chicken Quesadillas. Don’t forget to end your meal with their sinfully delicious Biru Biru Signature — a waffle dessert drizzled with Gula Melaka syrup and a scoop of refreshing coconut ice cream. By night, Biru Biru switches to a bar mode, where you can expect an array of innovative cocktails concocted by their in-house bartender Jason.

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7) THE BEAN Cafe Lounge

THE BEAN Cafe Lounge

The BEAN (an acronym for “Be Elegant And Natural”) Cafe Lounge offers customers a mix of cosy ambience and feel-good foods under one roof. It’s an ideal hangout spot for catching up with friends or simply for getting some work done! They serve mainly caffeinated beverages and some light bites, namely all-day breakfast meals and sandwiches. Also, do try some of their cake selections and The BEAN Cafe Lounge’s signature Custard Butter Toast. | FB: thebeankk | IG: @thebeankk

8) One Roof Cafe

One Roof Cafe

One Roof Cafe offers an array of fusion foods from Teriyaki Chicken Kimchi Fried Rice to the classic Spaghetti Bolognese and Mee Mamak. But if you prefer a light bite, don’t miss out their signature croissant varieties — a hearty combination of freshly-baked croissant mixed with the likes of ham & cheese or scrambled egg.

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9) Tamaha


With just a look at Tamaha, it’s hard not to get impressed by its fashionably chic interior, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural sunlight to help brighten up the cafe. In other words, this is undoubtedly an Insta-worthy spot! You will also find a spiral slide that actually connects to Opis upstairs, which happens to be a co-working space. When it comes to the menu, expect assorted fusion foods like Classic Carbonara and Crispy Salted Egg Chicken with Rice. And if you are here with your friends, look out for their share-worthy Party Platter — a tummy-filling combo of lamb chop, buffalo wings, tuhau wings, sausages and criss-cut fries. | FB: tamaha.kk | IG: @tamaha.kk

10) The B Side

The B Side

The B Side is all about minimalism, with predominantly white brick walls and hanging lights largely defining the cafe. Apart from its inviting interior, do try their signature matcha beverages regardless of latte or affogato, where they only source the finest Kyoto Matcha available. Their menu covers everything from all-day breakfast meals to rice bowls, pastas and burger varieties.

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