1. Vintage Café Ipoh
Vintage Café Ipoh is located in the heart of Ipoh Old Town. For this reason, the owners (Davin and Mac) decided to capture the essence of the neighborhood in their cafe, hence its name “Vintage”.
Setting foot into the cafe, one would indeed be taken back to the 1940’s, when the building was constructed. The owners had decided to keep the structure as original as possible, in order to maintain the theme and ambiance.
Vintage Cafe, Ipoh serves an extensive Western fusion cuisine, fine tuned to suit local taste buds. Today being my first visit, I only requested for the chef’s signature dishes. We’d have plenty of time to explore the rest of the menu on other occasions.
- Candlelight Dinner
- Birthday Cake Reservation
- Private Catering Events
- Wholesale Cakes
2. TWT Cafe Tea Warmer Treat
Opening Hours: Daily 1 pm – 9:30 pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Contact: +6016-266 9207
Cuisine: Western and fusion
- Food is just ok but portions can be large.
- Quite pricey.
- Beautiful food presentation though.
3. Six And A Half Café
But it is a very cool place to hangout with friends – away from the crowds!
Six and a Half cafe has a selection of cakes and pastries to choose from at the counter.
You can also order some mains.
But their specialty is coffee:
The matcha coffee (RM 12.50) was great – more bitter than sweet.
And the slice of carrot cake (RM 7) we ordered was not too sweet and very filling.
Opening Hours: Daily 9 am – 6:30 pm (Closed on Thursday)
Contact: +605-549 2399
- Not halal;
- The WiFi is free and fast.
4. Plan B Cafe
Plan B a brand under the rampantly-expanding BIG Group already has 5 branches around Malaysia. A very laid-back yet industrialized feel; largely contributed by the clever mix of earthy tones, red brick walls, various steel and stone elements, plus quirky (a word to best describe any of the Plan b restaurants, actually) addition of light bulbs powered by exposed wires and ceiling fans hanging from extra height.
5. Petit Mary Patisserie French Cuisines
Orders are taken downstairs but customers can sit downstairs as well as upstairs.
A variety of desserts to choose from.
Note: The other cafe on this list (Purple Moon Lover) serves similar desserts. They have the same management.
Opening Hours: Daily 9 am – 8 pm
Contact: +605-547 1328
Cuisine: Western, vegetarian options, Asian fusion
- Pork free and alcohol free.
- Can be a little pricey, but the service and food quality makes up for it.
- No WiFi.
- The bread is good.
- They can be a little over-enthusiastic about clearing the tables so please let them know if you need to vacate your table for a while but haven’t finished your food or drinks yet.
- Plenty of tables though a bit cramped. Therefore, it’s possibly crowded on a weekend so expect some noise.
6. Ninety One
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10 am – 6 pm, Weekend 9 am – 7 pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Contact: +6017-508 7291
Cuisine: Some Japanese, some western. Desserts available. They have some unique cake flavors.
- Delectable coffee to be had here.
- Fantastic ambiance
- Has its own parking slots for customers unlike many of the cafes in Ipoh.
- If you like large portions of food, you probably won’t get them here.
You won’t think much of the cafe from the outside but on the inside:
It’s actually kind of cute with the little wooden kopitiam tables and stools.
The food is affordable and simply tasty!
And this is as authentic as it gets:
There are local Malay chefs preparing the dishes (e.g. char kuay teow, laksa, har mi)!
At the counter, there are an assortment of local kuih here – curry puffs sell out extremely fast!
Expect fresh coconut milk in the desserts too! Speaking of which, the bubur caca is exquisite!
Opening Hours: Open everyday (except Monday) from 9am to 6pm
Contact: +605-545 6186
Cuisine: Local and Nyonya flavors
- If you need more back support (the little kopitiam stools don’t quite cut it), there are plastic chairs
- Save the environment and use a container to bring back some kuih -you probably won’t be able to resist buying some!
- Bit crowded at lunch times especially during the weekend
8. COMO Cafe and Dessert Bar
OMO Cafe and Dessert Bar is located inside Palm Hotel at Falim, right opposite Aeon Big. The cafe could only host around 10 tables of 4 pax each and is run by 2-3 youngsters at the front liners.
9.Aud’s by JJ Cafe
Located in the heart of Ipoh – Old Town. A rustic and heritage cafe located in the heart of Ipoh, a refurbished, cozy environment that offers peace of mind, good food and drinks humbly created by Audrey and the team.
We believe in the philosophy of simple home cooked dishes that are delicious and delightful, paired with a good cup of specialty coffee, or an honest glass of neat and sugar free smoothies.
At Aud’s Cafe, we also adore the idea of ‘LET US COME TO YOU’, we are more than glad to provide the following services :-
- Food Boxes, Birthday and Party Gift Packs.
- Mobile Coffee Bar – a small pop-up coffee bar with refreshments for your wedding, training, meeting or simply anything!
- Private Function, Events at you premise.
10. Burps & Giggles
Situated along Jalan Sultan Yussuf, right next to Ipoh Kong Heng, Burps and Giggles occupies a colonial-era shop house that used to be a dressmaker’s store. Locating the place can be quite a challenge as there is no obvious signage on the facade but if you spot the words “U.S. Peter”, then you’ve found it. The interior design is totally mesmerizing with giant murals that are eye-catching and creative. There is also a quirky mix of antique and contemporary decor and furnishing populating the space, that will transport you right back to the 1980’s.