We have lost count on the number of coffee places blooming around the country. No matter you are a youngster, corporate professional, housewife, student or retiree, there are times you will want to take a short break to hang out with friends and family in a place with great ambience and relaxing music playing. While many people may have the mindset that trendy cafes can only be found in big cities like Kuala Lumpur, we are here to tell you that there are many hidden gems all over Malaysia that serve good-quality coffees and awesome desserts in the nice cozy settings. Here are the list of Top 10 Cafes to Hang Out Beyond Klang Valley you should not miss!
1. Chaiwalla & Co. Container Café
Operated since Dec 2012, Chaiwalla & Co. Container Café breaks the frame of traditional business, being the pioneer of operating bubble tea business in an eye-catching construct of converted cargo container. Chaiwalla means tea boy in Hindi and the use of this name was inspired from the main character in the award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. Beautifully refurbished and giving it a vintage modern look, one can sip tea/coffee and just chill. 'Honest tea' is Chaiwalla's tagline, though we thought that 'hipster tea' seems equally apt.
Chaiwalla & Co. serves a variety of drinks such as original Thai milk tea, Chrysanthemum tea and Vietnamese coffee. Customers are able to choose a beverage base of tea, milk tea, coffee or fresh milk, flavours (caramel, winter melon, vanilla & more) as well as fillings (including basil seeds & Nata de coco). Not forgetting, you get to select your preferred sweetness level too! Drinks aside, Chaiwalla also offers some delicious quick bites such as black pepper chicken pies with diced vegetables and meat slices, tuna puffs for seafood lovers and brownies. With its ambience and menu variety, it's not surprising that Chaiwalla & Co. has become one of the top hangout places for tourists and locals in Johor.
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Lot 2810, Tan Hiok Nee Street, 80000 Johor Bahru
Mon - Thurs: 12:00 – 00:00
Fri - Sat: 12:00 – 01:00
Sun: 12:00 – 00:00
2. Burps & Giggles
Ipoh’s forte has always been the incredible plethora of street food, while quality high-tea sessions in hotels or all-day cafes/bistros are harder to come by until Burps & Giggles came on board in August 2012. The café occupies the stretch of old shop lots at Kong Heng Square and serves Western, Asian and sweet treats. Founded by Dexter Song, who spent a few years working in finance and logistics in Melbourne before returning to his hometown, this café aims to bring part of the familiar Aussie-style café concept into Ipoh. A huge part of Burps and Giggles’ charm is its DIY décor and bohemian chic, which hope to maintain the heritage and nature of the shop lots while adding a bit of modern twist and updating the décor.
From Western-style quiches to local flavoured chicken curry pie, the “laidback” fare at Burps & Giggles is a hit with both local residents and tourists. A must-try item on the menu is My Jammy, which consists of Angue beef patty, jalapeno, cheese, tomato jam, onion and tomato, with add-on thick cut fries. For coffee lovers, this place serves typical favourites such as espresso and cappuccinos, made from a Bristot blend. With this new burst of activity, Burps & Giggles has changed the Ipoh’s F&B scene, from a sleepy town to a new hipster place.
93 & 95 Jalan Sultan Yussuf, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Mon: 10:00 – 19:00
Wed - Fri: 10:00 – 19:00
Sat - Sun: 08:30 – 20:30
No trip to Penang is complete without a visit to China House. Housed neatly in a compound of three heritage buildings, Chinahouse is a large space comprising of shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries and theatre. The cafe serves all-day breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Diners can whet their appetite at the casual cafe Kopi C, formal dining room of BTB Restaurant, an outdoor courtyard, the Canteen & Bar and a private dining room.
At Kopi C, there are many dishes to savour alongside an array of rich cakes and pastries displayed on an extremely long table at its bakery. If you haven't already heard of the glorious cakes by Beach Street Bakery, perhaps it's time to grab a slice of their Tiramisu. Absolutely delicious, and you definitely wouldn’t want to miss this! On the other side of the café, the Canteen offers a platter of drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) to suit your fancy taste buds, or you could go Asian fusion with BTB's creative menu.
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153 & 155, Lebuh Pantai and 183B, Lebuh Victoria, 10300 George Town, Penang
Mon - Fri: 09:00–00:00
Sat - Sun: 09:00–01:00
4. Earthlings Coffee Workshop
Earthlings Coffee Workshop is one of the latest additions to the coffee scene in Kuching. Managed by a dedicated team of coffee professionals, Earthlings aims to serve the best quality coffee in town. Their fresh quality coffee beans are sourced from different origins, treated and brewed prudently with different methods to extract the quintessence of every bean into a cup for everyone to explore and enjoy. Situated at one of Kuching’s more iconic malls, the coffee workshop consistently sees great patronage with many afternoons bustling with customers.
As the coffee industry is just sprouting in Kuching, the partners of Earthlings have worked hard to educate people who are truly interested in the industry. They also have their own roasting machine, which makes it all the more exciting for this cafe to expand in future. Coffees aside, the café also serve other light food such as pies and cakes.
Lot No. 45, Ground Floor No. 1, CityONE Megamall, Jalan Song, 93350 Kuching
Mon - Wed: 10:00–23:00
Thurs - Sat: 10:00–00:00
5. Hobo Cafe @ Ganlee & Co
Hobo Café definitely belongs to the category of cafes that will instantly start an Instagram frenzy the moment you walk in. Previously occupied by the Chinese company Ganlee & co on Brewster Road, this place has turned into a great hangout place for hipsters with its cool decorations using old biscuits tins and popping colours. There is a tree decorated right at the middle of the café. And guess what? They have a mascot too! It’s a blue outline dinosaur! If you see this you know where you are. HOBO's the name, Coffee is their game!
If you are looking for a refreshing drink, try their Signature drink - Cold Brew. For light snacks, you may want to go for their French Toast with Strawberry and Cream or the French Toast with Caramelised Banana and Cream. They have recently upgraded their menu, so swing by to have a taste of their frittas grill HOBO style if you are around that area!
146 Brewster Road, Ipoh, Perak
Mon – Sun: 18:00 – 01:00
6. Coffee on the Table
Originally known as Café 55, Coffee On The Table gained fame from their lively 3D coffee art. Teddy Bear, Kitten, Panda, as long as you name it they will waive their magical wand on your cup of coffee. Located at Lebuh Pantai, Georgetown, Coffee On The Table is not just your ordinary café jumping on the bandwagon of café but they are a restaurant serving you with Spanish and Italian Cuisines.
Depicting a musical era of the late 1800s as their theme, Coffee On The Table (COTT) is a suitable place to hang out Thanks to their warm ambience and environment. Often spotting families and friends here, you will also find a large number of coffee enthusiasts at their restaurant as they brew some of the best coffees in town and is the sole practitioner of 3D latte art in Penang.
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164, Lebuh Pantai, 10200 George Town, Penang
Mon - Tues: 11:30–22:30
Thurs - Fri: 11:30–22:30
Sat - Sun: 10:00–22:30
7. The Daily Fix Cafe
Situated in a batik shop of Jonker Street, Melaka, The Daily Fix Café presents itself as a new dimension to the preservation of heritage structure. A charismatic café which infuses creative setup in a nostalgic environment, Daily Fix Café places you in a quirky or rather artistic environment along with items like souvenirs, tableware, antiques and so on. Comes with a natural backyard, The Daily Fix Café is a good venue for breakfast, brunch and some chit-chat with friends.
Their menu serves items like Coffee, Ice Cream Chocolate Brownie and Sandwiches. But what caught our eye is their Pandan Pancake which offers taste of savoury with a touch of sweetness of Gula Melaka. The Daily Fix Café wins the hearts of those who like the feeling of home (of those days).
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55 Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker st), 75200 Malacca
Wed- Mon: 10:00 – 17:30
8. PIK NIK
Fun, cozy and colorful are the words for PIK NIK Everyday. Imagine a huge chalk board with comfortable couch and vibrant pillows, this is where you should go for “Picnic” if you would like to escape from the hustle-bustle of a city. A space filled young and happy vibes, PIK NIK is undoubtedly a perfect place to laze around and to gather your friends.
Located along Jalan Nagore, PIK NIK blends in recycle materials, drawings and wall arts into its look and feel. Using waffle as its key selling point, PIK NIK serves variety of tastes using waffles as its main ingredients. Take Salmon Waffle as an example which is a combo of waffle, smoked salmon, scrambled and eggs, PIK NIK is a complete café which scores in ambience, food and drinks. PIK NIK say “Good Friends Never BoJio”, we say if you jio your Friends, go PIK NIK.
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15, Nagore Road, 10050 Penang
Wed - Thurs: 15:00–00:00
Fri - Sat: 15:00–01:00
9. Selfie Coffee Penang
Love to Selfie? How about having your Selfie on a Coffee? Yes you’ve heard us right. Now you can have your face printed on a coffee. Known as coffee foam art, Selfie Coffee Penang is the first café in Malaysia which has brought coffee to a higher level. So here is how it works. They have a little corner with a phone for you to selfie which upon capturing, they will resize the photo and print it out on top of the foam with cocoa powder (which is roughly the same concept as cake printing systems).
Located at Love Lane, Selfie Coffee Penang is an ideal place for get-together amongst friends or couples as obviously you will be having fun taking photos and comparing with your Selfie Coffees. Not a fan of coffee? You can have hot chocolate or mocha as an option too.
88, Love Lane, 10200 George Town, Penang
Sun – Thurs: 15:00 - 00:00
Fri – Sat: 15:00 - 02:00
Located in Alor Setar and as per suggested by its name, HABIT Art Café is a concept of art, music, and beverages combined. The general idea is to encourage people to take their minds off once you step into this cozy café. A very suitable place for youngsters to relax and chat with friends, HABIT Art Café is also a good place for art lovers. The paintings on the walls are the reason behind the livelihood of this venue. We like how HABIT Art Café serves as a meaningful medium for local artists to display their artwork.
Founded by a husband and wife team Azemer Abdullah and Abidah Bahruddin, HABIT Art Café is located away from the hustle bustle of traffic with a river near its vicinity. This is to ensure a peaceful and fresh ambience for visitors.
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138 Ground Floor, Kompleks Alor Setar, Lebuhraya Darul Aman, 05100 Alor Setar
Wed - Sun: 15:00–00:00
The compilation of this list was made from the accumulation of public votes. To view the result of the Top 15, download Pollbook on App Store/Google Play. Thank you for reading.