Zakka Loft is an artsy cafe that is spreading the love of crafts, holding regular DIY classes that teach the making of sock toys, clay figurines, book binding and even holds session for ukulele lovers.
“Zakka” (杂货) is originally a Japanese term which means “all sorts of things” or “many things” that has evolved into a fashion genre of its own, where ordinary things are given a new life and become unique with the addition of DIY touches. “Zakka” involves a lot of DIY but today many zakka-like items have been mass produced to give that DIY feel.
Oooh ! You can even bind your own notebook too!
Zakka Loft has a simple menu that has packaged traditional Hakka dishes like pickled vegetables with pork slices (梅菜扣肉), yam with pork slices (芋头扣肉) and vinegared pork knuckles (猪脚醋) into bento boxes (price ranges from RM 9.9 to 13.90).
The pickled vegetables with pork slices had always appealed to me and it’s a dish that I never get tired of. The dish with the additional flavor of “mui choy” is a perfect dish to go with rice – though I’ve found the dish at Zakka Loft to be inconsistent in terms of saltiness.
My lavender rose tea (RM 5.9) was lightly floral with the natural sweetness that came from stevia leaves, which also gave the drink its characteristic pale green color.
The rainbow cake is one of Zakka Loft’s signature cakes along with the durian cake. The colors of the cake is also arranged in the order of rainbow, each with a distinctive flavor- red for berries, orange for orange, yellow for lemon, green for pandan, blue for mint and purple for bubble gum grapes. It was a whole lot of fun eating the cake because each bite was a different flavor. Sometimes, it was the mint flavor that stood out, sometimes it was the pandan flavor that stood out, which were eventually mixed into a rainbow of flavors.
Zakka Loft’s menu is a little different from others as the food photos are taken with the raw ingredients, breathing some life into the photos.
Zakka Loft has recently expanded, taking over two shoplots next to it. The new section has less zakka elements, one being the cute polka dot curtains at the ordering counter.
The new section is accentuated with rainbow curtains and looks very cosmic with textured blue paint and the way the lighting has been arranged reminds me of orbital paths.
The new section is also spacious with many games scattered around to enhance interaction between people and yes there is no wifi, so talk to each other !
More Info on Zakka Loft
Zakka Loft Facebook Page
Address: No 2, Jalan Medan Ipoh 1C, Medan Ipoh Bistarim 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Opening Hours : Closed on Mondays. 11 am – 9 pm.
Tel : 6013 488 8503