Need a break? Welcome to your ultimate guide to the best weekend getaways in Malaysia: unique places to stay, the best food trails around the country (café-hopping in Johor Bahru!), a handy guide to Ipoh, and the best spots in Klang Valley for a relaxing and fun staycation. Your holiday starts now.
Guide to Ipoh
Start your Ipoh food trail at the beginning of Jalan Bandar Timah, where kopitiam institution Nam Heong is located, the origins of the much-lauded Ipoh old town white coffee. Nam Heong makes tiny delicate egg tarts (on weekends only), pretty good Ipoh-style chee cheong fun with green chillies, and an intense white coffee brew. This also means the crowd can get overwhelming. If the queue gets too much (we’ve been relegated to alley seating more than once; and that’s considered lucky), head to the lesser-known Tong Kee, where tables of well-dressed retirees slurp on homemade yong tau fu (better known as ‘yong liu’ in Ipoh) served with noodles. Order a bittersweet herbal tea egg on the side – another option is to have just the popular tong sui without hard-boiled egg. Among Jalan Bandar Timah’s various kopitiams, the nondescript Nam Chau is a local favourite for dry curry mee, served with plenty of prawns, shredded chicken and, as a final flourish, a generous topping of mint leaves. The white coffee is a pleasant surprise too – it’s thick, creamy and delivers an excellent caffeine jolt. A bit further down the street are Thean Chun and Kong Heng, neighbouring eateries best known for their silky caramel custard, pork satay and sar hor fun (kuey teow noodles with steamed kampung chicken). Be warned that a crowd materialises just as soon as these shops open for business. For lunch, take a short drive over Kinta River to Loke Wooi Kee for its sar hor fun. The sweet broth which comb
The best cafés in Johor Bahru
Going to Johor Bahru for a weekend getaway? Make sure you add 'café-hopping' to your itinerary; Johor's capital city has everything from coffee shops with award-winning baristas to trendy brunch eateries. Here are five of our favourites. For more places to eat around Malaysia, see our list of best food trails. PS: When you return to KL, head to these top KL cafés.