Being one of the more popular states in Malaysia, Ipoh is known to house various heritage sites such as the Birch Clock Tower, and the Old Post Office. With its peculiar combination of colonial architecture and modern buildings, Ipoh gives off the unique feel as if you have been transported back in time. If you are a fan of adrenaline-pumping adventures, Ipoh offers various activities such as water rafting and caving as well. Oh, and of course, who could forget their diverse food culture? Besides their Chicken Rice, Ipoh is also well-known for its Ipoh White Coffee. Due to that, it wouldn’t be surprising that they would have an array of fantastic cafes as well.
So, we have decided to bring you along a tour to some of the best cafes in Ipoh!
1. Burps & Giggles
In the heart of Ipoh at Jalan Sultan Yusof, you will find this café hidden among the shop lots. Bearing a colourful mural on its walls and decorated with bits of everything, you will never get tired of looking at the interior of Burps & Giggles. With calm music playing in the background and comfy seating, this café is where you should visit if you’re looking for a cosy place to chill. In terms of their menu, they mainly serve Western food such and burgers and fish and chips, which have a good reputation among customers as they are delicious, big, and also reasonably priced! Besides serving delicious food, Burps & Giggles prides themselves in serving a good cup of coffee too. Having a creamy and rich taste and served at the optimum temperature, their coffee is something you wouldn’t want to miss.
2. TWT Café (Tea Warmer Treat)
Exuding an elegant feel, TWT café, has a calm, serene atmosphere with a white interior and sleek wooden chairs, making it the perfect destination for those looking for a place to relax. Being an all-rounder café, they serve everything from appetisers to desserts—specialising in Western food with a fusion of local flavours. Though their cuisines may be on the pricier end, their generously portioned beautifully plated dish makes it worth the extra expenditure. Their beverages are another attraction of TWT Café, as they offer a wide selection of drinks, where some customer favourites include their Irish coffee and Matcha Latte. Besides the typical beverages, they also serve a variety of flower tea which is sure to make you let out a sigh of pleasure with a whiff of their fragrant tea.
3. Lim Ko Pi
When you think about food in Ipoh, you can never miss out on their hawker food. At Lim Ko Pi, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds as it serves local delights such as Curry Noodles, White Coffee, Cendol, and Nasi Lemak while also having the cosy Café vibe. Located along Jalan Sultan Iskandar, this café would be the perfect resting spot after a long walk at Concubine Lane. While the interior of this café is beautifully decorated, it also retains some of the nostalgic feels of a local coffee shop. Due to its unique charms, a large crowd of locals and tourists flock to this cafe, making this cafe packed at most times. Some customer-favourite dishes in this café include their Curry Noodles and steamed toast. Praised for its thick texture and flavour, you can never go wrong with ordering their Curry Noodles. Pair that up with their “kao” coffee, and you will have the perfect lunch at Lim Ko Pi.
4. Petit Mary Patisserie French Cuisines
If you’re looking for a cute, homey ambience, Petit Mary Patisserie is where you should go. Having the outer appearance of a sophisticated white two-storey converted house, Petit Mary Patisserie takes homey to a literal sense. Once you step foot into the café, you will be invited by a beautifully decorated interior carrying a European flair and display cases full of cute desserts. It’s not often that you will find a café that is as pretty as this one, where you are sure to be snapping away on your camera. Specialising in cakes, coffees, and pastries, Petit Mary Patisserie is the ideal stop for a mid-day break. With a wide selection of cakes and pastries, you will be spoilt for choice—a walk around the cage showing you the vast selection offered. If you’re no sure of what to get, you could always go for their signatures: Belgium chocolate cake and Mango cake.
5. Aud’s By JJ Café
Located amidst the shop lots in Jalan Sultan Yusof is Aud’s Café. At first glance, it may look grungy from the outside, but don’t let this fool you into thinking that the interior is the same. Brightly lit with a beautiful wooden-themed interior design, Aud’s Café gives off a warm, welcoming feel. Boasting a menu full of tasty and affordable food, Aud’s Café is the ideal stop for lunch. With a menu of Western cuisines with a local twist, some of their must-tries include Siew Yok Pasta and Pesto Marinated Pork Burger, which are sure to bring a smile to your face. If you are a coffee lover, this café will appeal to you too as they serve creamy, fragrant cups of them—one of their customer-acclaimed coffee being the IceCube coffee.
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