I’ve passed by Cafe Take a Break VIP Lounge in Ipoh Garden South a few times, and assumed it’s a (dodgy?) bar as there are lots of bars in the area. At a reader’s recommendation, I gave it a try, and proved that assumptions are never a good thing.
With the addition of Nadia Sugar & Spice located in De Garden, there is now a chic halal cafe to hang out in Ipoh. A mixture of Malay food and western food are served here.
Tammy’s Kitchen is buried deep in the residential area in Ipoh Garden East, just a little further up the Citrus Restaurant. It is unbeknownst to me all these years because the furthest I go in the area is Citrus. Continue reading
When I first drove past the Tea Bones Cafe on Hugh Low Street, I thought it was “T Bones” and immediately linked it to a steak house. When I walked into the cafe, it was very oriental with a strong scent of Chinese herbs, and obviously no sizzling steak is going to be served. It was till I saw the menu with bak kut teh, drunken chicken, I realized it is “Tea Bones” and it is a literal translation from the two very crucial ingredients of tea (“teh”) and bones (“kut”). Continue reading
Looking very similar to a Malay kampung house, Thumb’s cafe serves a mix of Malay and Western cuisine. Continue reading
The cafe scene in Ipoh is more vibrant than ever, with all sorts of new boutique cafes or hipster cafes popping out so fast that it’s hard to keep track. In the beginning of 2012, there were barely 10 cafes in Ipoh to do a Top 10 List and now at the beginning of 2014, there are more than 30 cafes to sample. The cafes never fail to amaze me with their individualistic, sometimes themed interior decoration such as Parisian, child’s play, Korean, nostalgia, vintage and heritage. Some cafes have amusingly incorporated spa, hair saloon, DIY classes, ukulele lessons, art gallery, custom bikes or politics, serving more than just coffee and cakes. Continue reading
The BED Cafe, short for Bread, Espresso, Dessert, is quite a cute and unusual name for a cafe. I can imagine a bar or night club called “Bed”, and I think I remember seeing a night club somewhere on the internet which uses big beds for seating instead of the conventional tables and chairs. If you hear a Ipohrian say “Let’s go to BED” – that probably isn’t as naughty as it may sound. Continue reading
42 Foodies is an Italian Restaurant hidden behind the Petronas gas station in Fair Park. The homey restaurant carries a range of pastas, pizzas, burgers, salads, appetizers and main courses. Continue reading
The Khizanat Cafe located opposite the French Hotel is a cafe / events venue / art gallery all in one. Being on the first floor sometimes has the disadvantage of people being lazy and not wanting to walk up the stairs, the cafe has decorated its wall with funky art which might arouse the curiosity in people to explore the cafe more. Continue reading
In clashing colors of red and white, Lim Kopi is a fashionable “kopitiam” that’s hard to miss on Hugh Low Street. The cafe has a fun name – Lim Kopi (啉咖啡), where the pronunciation of “Lim” (林) refers to the surname of the owner, at the same time the written word of “Lim” (啉) refers to the action of drinking.