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81 Cafes to Visit in Ipoh

It’s a new year, new beginning and more new cafes to visit in Ipoh.  Last year, when I wrote 34 Cafes to Visit in Ipoh, I thought that sounded like a big number for small town Ipoh and that number might reach a plateau soon.  I was so wrong.  In 2014 itself, at least 40 new cafes opened.  You still get the boutique cafes and the crossover cafes.  This time, there are also cafes that are not as boutique, but food is good and reasonably priced.  You get a few cafes with unique food creations, but the cafe menu in general is still mostly predictable – the usual pasta, sandwiches and burgers.  You are not going to get anything like “Provencal Four Seasons Salad” or “Croissant with Roquefort and Gorgonzala”, but just try asking for the signature dish and you might be pleasantly surprised. **2017 update** This post was written a few years ago, you should double check if the cafe is still in business before going to avoid disappointment.

The list is in three sections.
Section 1 : The latest 39 cafes that opened in 2014 Continue reading

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81间怡保特色咖啡屋/Cafe攻略秘籍

新年新气象,也多了更多的新cafe可造访。 去年我写了34 Cafes to Visit in Ipoh, 我觉得34间咖啡屋对怡保来说似乎足够了,应该不会再开太多间了,结果却令人大跌眼镜的在2014年又开了最少40间。  2014年的cafe仍然是花样百出,精品,浪漫,DIY, 复古 等等; 应有尽有的同时,也多了许多回归简约, 少了铺张,价钱可爱点的cafe。 食物方面的变化不大,有几间cafe有亮眼的表现,不过大多数是猜得出的意大利面,汉堡,三明治之类的。 一眼望去如果不知道点什么的话,可以询问有没有招牌菜,通常会有意料不到的惊喜。

这篇攻略秘籍分成三部曲. (英文版可参考这里 –> 81 Cafes to Visit in Ipoh).
第一步曲 : 39 间 2014 年最新最潮cafe。 Continue reading

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Museum Obchodu @ Cesky Krumlov

The Trade Museum ( or C. K. Kupecký krám a Muzeum Ochodu) in Cesky Krumlov is a tiny museum that entails a history of trade, showcasing items from the 19th century. I thought it was a boutique store selling some vintage stuff at first because I didn’t see the museum sign.  I only realized that it was museum when I saw most of the things were displayed with a glass shield.

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Pilsner Urquell Brewery @ Pilsen Czech Republic

 

The Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Pilsen is a fascinating place to spend a couple of hours at.  Pilsen is pretty close to Prague and many visit it as a day trip, either by bus or by train.  The bus takes about 1 hour to reach, while the train takes 1.5 hours to reach.  Taking the bus might be faster, but the bus station in Pilsen is about a 25 minutes walk to the brewery while the train station is about less than 10 minutes walk.  Both options may take more or less the same time though I found the train way rather easy as I didn’t have to orientate myself too much to get to the brewery when I reached Pilsen.

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Karlovy Vary @ Czech Republic

Karlovy Vary is a gorgeous spa town located in Western Bohemia of Czech Republic, it is also where the annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is held.  With pastel-colored buildings, winding river and boutique shops, there’s everything to love about this immaculate town set at the foot of the hill.  I like the sound of it too because every time I say it, it reminds me of lovey dovey.

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Pawn Shop Museum @ Macau

“Pawning” is an integral part of Macau’s cultural history which dates back to the Qing Dynasty period.  Macau was blessed as it was never involved in wars and it was the place where the mainland Chinese sought refuge during the Sino-Japanese War (1938 – 1945). It was about the same time that pawn shops started to flourish as refugees traded in their valuables in exchange for cash, and the Macanese frequented pawn shops during this period of economic decline.  The “Tak Seng On” Pawn Shop Continue reading

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Castle Hill @ Budapest Hungary

Spending a day in Castle Hill gives you an ultimate Budapest experience.  Historical sites, castle, museums, funicular rides, cafes, quaint little houses, underground tunnels and stunning panoramic views are all conveniently accessible with the buses (16 & 16 a) that circulate around the hill.  All you need to do is hop and hop off at your desired location.     The places of interest include :  Continue reading

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