Contrary to popular belief, KL and Penang aren’t the only places in Malaysia with cool cafes. In fact, the folks in Ipoh have stepped up their game, making full use of Ipoh’s beauty and historical buildings to help their café’s flourish. Here are 10 Cafés in Ipoh you should check out the next time you’re visiting.
1) Petit Mary Pâtisserie
Located in Taman Teh Teng Seng, Petit Mary is open daily, and serves up breakfast, brunch and sandwiches. Lovers of baked goods will certainly appreciate this quaint little café, for they have quite a spread. If carbo-loading is not on your agenda and you just want a thirst quencher to get through the Ipoh heat, be sure to try out their ice cold drinks too.
2) Coffeeright Place
Start your Ipoh travels right with a hearty breakfast and a cuppa at Coffeeright Place. Pair up your morning beverage with a croissant, pasta or even assam curry laksa – if you want something local! Find them at Jalan Kampar, they are open every day except for Tuesdays.
3) Pâtisserie Boutique
Sometimes all you need is a delicious plateful of pasta to get your day on track, and here, you’ll definitely get that. Besides this, they also have homemade pastries. Their signature products include Chocolate Cheesecake, Bailey’s Tiramisu Jar, Musang King Cheesecake and Avocado Cheesecake, among others. They also have comfort food like scones, tarts, pot pie and pound cake.
4) Cafés De Eight
Café De Eight has been around since 2014, and this café maintains the colonial styling for pure nostalgia of days gone by. Still, it seeks to be different from the rest, so it also serves as a place where customers can bask in the cosy atmosphere. There are books available to read, as well as postcards for you to send out! The walls are adorned with familiar film sequences, like Forrest Gump on his bench. It will definitely be a memorable experience.
5) Espressolab Ipoh Garden
Yes, the Espressolab name is now widening its reach beyond Kuala Lumpur, with their Ipoh Garden branch. In addition to the usual brews to keep your bodily caffeine levels at their peak, they also have food items, like Salted Egg Croissant, cakes for those days when your sweet tooth is crying out for a treat, and Cold Brews to get through the heat. Find them at Jalan Canning Estate.
6) Burps & Giggles
If you’re venturing to Jalan Sultan Yussuf, stop over at Burps & Giggles if you need some lunch. They serve up pastas, burgers and hearty meals to keep any tummy full. This charming little café closes at 6PM daily so be sure to pop in before then for your fix. Note that they are also closed on Tuesdays. If you still have space after your meal, try out their desserts, which certainly look tempting.
7) Zakka Loft
A cold ice-cream on a hot day is just the kind of sweet treat Zakka Loft can conjure up, and if that’s not enough, then there are other charming factors too. From the interior that harkens back to simpler days in our country, to the calming presence of artists at work. This place invites people of all walks of life to sit back and enjoy their surroundings.
8) The Roquette Café
Come and enjoy a good brew at The Roquette Cafe, located at Jalan Sultan Yusof. If you have more time to spare, have a slice of their cakes too. They have interesting flavours like Lime Mousse Cake, Matcha Chocolate Cake, and other cool cakes. If you want something a little heartier, they also serve meals.
9) STG Tea House Café
A meal at STG Tea House seems to be unlike any other cafe, with unusual choices on their menu like tea smoked chicken leg. They are based in a colonial mansion, so it is quite an experience for those who would like to take in that atmosphere. Be sure to browse through their Facebook and check out the reviews for a taste of what’s to come though.
10) Jose & Deli
Jose and Deli is open from 8 AM until 10 PM daily, which means you will have ample time to spend here. Whether you need a hearty breakfast, a solid lunch or a hefty dinner, you will certainly find it here. In addition to Western-style dishes, they also have some that are fusion-inspired and lighter fare like sandwiches. Find them at Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar.