What comes to your mind when you think of Ipoh? Is it the fragrant white coffee? Perhaps it’s the traditional sticky, flaky biscuits? Or is it the herbal salted chicken? 😋
Whatever it is, it goes without saying that Ipoh is a haven for foodies and up there along with Penang when it comes to food destinations for local travelers. But heritage and historical charm aside, Ipoh has been seeing a rise in cafe culture in recent years. Most of these cafes in Ipoh incorporate a nostalgic theme, which is heartwarming to see. To know that young local entrepreneurs are improvising upon this feature of Ipoh to improve the tourism and lifestyle of the city makes us so happy. Plus, that means more cake for us! 😍
1. Petit Mary Patisserie (Taman Teh Teng Seng, Ipoh)
Pastel paint and elegant desserts make this patisserie appeal to the hearts of women all around. Every minute decor down to the windowpanes exudes a European flair which effectively makes you feel like you’re in a dream and not the streets of Ipoh! Pick from their array of Instagrammable petit fours and nestle down into their plush robin-blue couches with your girlfriends for a relaxing off-day afternoon tea. Don’t miss out on the Tiramisu coffee, a bittersweet marvel dripping to the brim with foam and cocoa powder! 😋
⏰ Opening hours: 9am – 8pm
📍 Address: 83, Jalan Langsat, Taman Teh Teng Seng, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
📞 Contact number: 05-547-1328
2. Zakka Loft (Medan Ipoh Bistari, Ipoh)
If you didn’t already know, “zakka” means “miscellaneous”and it stems from Japan. But in context, zakka is more of a lifestyle and design phenomenon. Think cute, kitschy wooden animal-shaped plates or tin floral containers. Zakka Loft in Ipoh portrays this design beautifully with its regular DIY craft classes, intricate decor and scrumptious menu selections! Come here to indulge in their homemade ice cream and spend some precious time with friends in this WiFi-free establishment. 😍
⏰ Opening hours: Mon : Closed/ Tues – Thurs: 2pm – 10pm/ Fri – Sun: 1pm – 11pm
📍 Address: No 2, Jalan Medan Ipoh 1C, Medan Ipoh Bistari, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
📞 Contact number: 012-480-3591
3. Cafe de Eight (Jalan Koo Chong Kong, Ipoh)
If you’re a fan of old-school movies and novels, this nondescript hidden cafe will surely be right up your alley! Inspired by fiction, murals like a confused Forrest Gump and bookshelves creaking with nostalgic fiction make you feel like you’ve traveled in time. As for the food, Cafe de Eight serves up affordable western dishes like pork burgers and pesto pasta. Coffee options include the classic options as well as more interesting takes like Honey Macchiato. But the real star here has to be the homemade cakes! Generous slices of everything you could possibly imagine from chocolate banana to rose berry cheesecake! ❤
⏰ Opening hours: 12:30pm – 10:30pm/ Thurs: Closed
📍 Address: Jalan Koo Chong Kong, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
📞 Contact number: 05-241-2758
4. Aud’s by JJ Cafe (Jalan Sultan Yusof, Ipoh)
Situated in the heart of Ipoh is a little cafe enshrouded by vines of Ivy. Aud’s by JJ is a rustic nook which claims to believe in the philosophy of simple warm cooked dishes that are delicious and delightful, paired with a good cup of coffee, or a glass of sugarfree smoothie. Their menu includes homely dishes such as braised pork rice but also extends out to dishes like kimchi fried rice and eggs benedict. Lovers of pork will rejoice at this cafe in Ipoh with their Siew Yok pasta, spam fries and porkalicious big breakfasts! 😮
⏰ Opening hours: Fri: 11am – 6pm/ Sat – Sun: 9:30am – 6:00pm/ Mon – Thurs: Closed
📍 Address: 97, Jalan Sultan Yusof, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
📞 Contact number: 05-246-1310
5. TWT Cafe (Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh, Ipoh)
One of the best cafes in Ipoh for a hot cup of earl grey and a perfectly baked slice of cake, TWT Cafe stands for Tea, Warmer, Treat. Located right across Festival Walk, drinks here are emphasized on herbal and floral teas instead of coffee. If you’re hungry, the generous selections of western food such as smoked duck pizza and Iberico pork chops with red wine sauce will ensure your stomach leaves satisfied. But don’t let the savory options distract you from the pastries here! Think lemon cheese mille crepe, slices of delectable opera cake and even the famous zhang zhang bao (Dirty Bun)! 😄
⏰ Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm/ Tues: Closed
📍 Address: Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
📞 Contact number: 016-2669207/ 05-5497176
6. Foods Project Cafe (Sunway City Ipoh, Ipoh)
If you’re craving for simple, classic western food. Don’t just drive by Foods project in Sunway City, go in and have a bite! One look at the menu of this halal cafe in Ipoh will have you drooling and calling your entire contact list! Other than the comforting usuals such as fish and chips or chicken chop, their famous buttermilk platter is an absolute Must-try. Perfect for a wholesome birthday gathering with friends, the platter includes deep-fried chicken, squid, prawns and fish with salty buttermilk sauce made for dipping! 😋
⏰ Opening hours: 5pm – 12am
📍 Address: 1, Jalan Sci 1/7, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak.
📞 Contact number: 011-2150-5789
7. Happy8 Cafe (Jalan Market, Ipoh)
If you’re looking to impress that special someone, just bring them to this little “garden” in the streets of Ipoh Old Town! Artistic decor and naturalistic ambience is brought to different heights like you’ve never imagined before. Everything is inspired by nature, from the bamboo corridors to the dainty cubes of wood dangling from the high ceilings. And it all began with the owner’s love of refurbishing unwanted scraps of wood and turning them into something magical. The lively cafe of this little bohemian hotel is truly worth a visit. 😍
⏰ Opening hours: 9.30am – 10pm/ Fri – Sat: 9:30am – 11pm
📍 Address: 46, Jalan Market, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
📞 Contact number: 05-243-8388
8. Just Say Cafe (Kampung Jawa, Ipoh)
This new cafe in Ipoh is popular amongst youngsters for mainly three things – birthday celebrations, colorful lattes in skull-shaped mugs and fruity waffles! The decor is also inspired by nature, with potted plants and ferns everywhere you turn. Open till 12 am on most days, the dim, mysterious vibe of the cafe comes out at night and you’ll begin to notice all the quirky decor scattered throughout the cafe. Good food coupled with good companion, basked in the mysterious vibe of this cafe makes for a unique experience! 😎
⏰ Opening hours: 3pm – 12am/ Wed: Closed/ Sun: 12pm – 9pm
📍 Address: 20, Jalan Lau Ek Ching, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
📞 Contact number: 05-242-7177
9. Josephine Cafe & Bistro (Taman Ipoh Selatan, Ipoh)
For those residing in Ipoh Garden, you may or may not know of this trendy upscale bistro and cafe in Ipoh Garden South. The lounge-like interior makes for a classy, refined take on your typical hipster cafe. Perfect for an evening wine and dine session or perhaps for a romantic first date even! Phenomenal wide selections aside, come here for western classics like pasta and indulge in their sinful tiramisu. 😋
⏰ Opening hours: 10:30am – 11:00pm
📍 Address: 39, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Taman Ipoh Selatan, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
📞 Contact number: 05-547-3267
10. Thumb’s Cafe (Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, Ipoh)
This cafe in Greentown, Ipoh is well received by surrounding residents as well as local tourists alike. This adorable concept cafe is the result of the owner’s refurbishment of what used to be an old orphanage. Combining traditional elements like the nostalgic memorabilia thoughtfully placed throughout the premise along with modern elements such as the affordable westernized menu. Thumb’s cafe is a unique place to experience for when you’re craving something a little different for dinner. ☺
⏰ Opening hours: 6:00pm – 1:00am/ Tues: Closed
📍 Address: 133, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
📞 Contact number: 019-776-0618
11. Burps and Giggles (Jalan Sultan Yusof, Ipoh)
Fitting to its name, Burps and Giggles is a quaint cafe suited for an intimate tete-a-tete full of laughter and nothing short of scrumptious cakes. The interior is playfully adorned with all sorts of artful knick-knacks. Along with the colorful murals painted across the walls, this coffee shop in Ipoh is definitely different from the rest. The menu here comprises of good coffee and standard cafe fare of burgers and pastas. 😁
⏰ Opening hours: Mon – Tues: Closed/ Wed – Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm/ Sat – Sun: 9:00am – 9:00pm
📍 Address: 93-95, Jalan Sultan Yusof, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
📞 Contact number: 05-246-1308
12. Patisserie Boutique (Jalan Sultan Yusof, Ipoh)
Enter a Parisian paradise once you step into this cafe. The monochrome interior makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Take a bite of any one of their sinfully good dessert creations and you’ll never want to come back to the present day. For meals, have a go at their all-day brunch selections. As for desserts…just thinking about their matcha lava cakes and salted egg croissants makes us want to drive all the way to Ipoh! 🤩
⏰ Opening hours: 11:00am – 6:00pm/ Wed: Closed
📍 Address: 103, Jalan Sultan Yusof, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
📞 Contact number: 05-241-1385
Look out guys, Ipoh is going to be Malaysia’s next cafe haven but with an old-school twist! Combining modern elements while still retaining the city’s charm, this little city will no longer be known as a sleepy one anymore!
To our dear readers, any other cafes in Ipoh you know of that you’d like to recommend?
Let us know! 😁