Where to go for breakfast in Ipoh? You might be asking yourself this if it’s your first time traveling to Ipoh!
One can hardly blame you! After all, isn’t breakfast the most important meal of the day? Even more so, if you plan to spend the whole day wandering Ipoh Old Town!
And Ipoh being one of Malaysia’s food capitals, you do not want to miss a golden opportunity to try Ipoh food!
15 Best Breakfast In Ipoh
Stay with us here, there are a lot of places to cover!
This post is divided into a few sections:
Local Breakfast Spots In Ipoh
Undeniably, kopitiams are where you should start if you want to taste some authentic local food and Ipoh white coffee at affordable prices!
1. Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong
Do not let appearances deceive you! This rather simple coffee shop is actually widely known as the birthplace of Ipoh white coffee!
Thus, you will often see local patrons as well as tourists crowding the coffee shop!
Pair you coffee with roti bakar (toasted bread with butter and kaya spread) or roti goyang (toasted bread with 2 soft-boiled eggs on top). Or chee cheong fun.
There aren’t too many choices for food here but you can order from next door if you please!
2. Nam Heong White Coffee
Nam Heong White Coffee has been running for 60 years (that’s 10 years less than Sin Yoon Loong) and they pride themselves as one of the founders of Ipoh white coffee too.
Unlike Sin Yoon Loong though, they’ve gone commercial and you can see their branches in some other Malaysian states.
But the original branch on Jalan Bandar Timah is still going strong!
They serve local fare like curry mee, char koay teow, some dim sum, baked char siew pau and egg tarts which are worth trying together with their Ipoh white coffee!
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3. Restoran Thean Chun
Close to Concubine Lane and Kong Heng Square:
Restoran Thean Chun’s kai se hor fun never fails to draw daily crowds! Don’t forget to try the pork satay, caramel custard, poh piah, and chee cheong fun too!
Escape the throngs of tourists by coming in before 9am!
4. Chang Jiang White Coffee
As long as you come here before the lunch crowd does, you should be able to find a slot in their car park and a table!
The interior of this café showcases a modern twist on traditional kopitiam style – very photogenic!
Their food is pretty good and their Ipoh white coffee is highly commendable. You can even buy their 3-in-1 or 2-in-1 packets to take back home as gifts!
5. Restoran New Hollywood
Restoran New Hollywood is one place in Ipoh where you can find typical Chinese hawker dishes that are halal!
You can try local dishes like:
- Fried koay teow
- Nasi lemak
- Curry mee
- Wantan mee
- Yong tau fu
- Pan mee
- Chee cheong fun
- And more!
6. Loke Wooi Kee Café
Loke Wooi Kee Café is a hawker food center on a corner shop lot that has been in operation for many decades.
What do they have here?
The most notable dish here is the kai se hor fan (shredded chicken noodle soup or 鸡丝河粉).
But you will also find:
- Fried kuay teow
- Peanut pancake, apam balik (大块面)
- Fruit rojak
- Hor Hee (河嘻) – You cannot easily find this Teochew-style dish with thick rice noodles, broth with extras like fried fishcakes and fish balls!
- Their signature 7 Up float (mixture of red syrup, 7 Up soda with vanilla ice-cream on top)
7. Kedai Kopi Nam Chau
Just a stone’s throw from Thean Chun, is Kedai Kopi Nam Chau – another old-school coffee shop that opens for breakfast and lunch.
The dry curry noodles are what they are famous for! Other than this, they have the usual breakfast items:
- Soup noodles
- Sesame buns
- Kaya-butter toast with soft-boiled eggs on top
- Iced cham (an equal blend of tea and coffee)
- Ipoh white coffee
8. Restaurant Moon De Moon
Restaurant Moon De Moon’s kai se hor fun (shredded chicken noodle soup) has a strong fan base. There is usually always a long line of hungry customers who want to have it for breakfast!
Be prepared to wait at least 20 to 30 minutes at peak times (~9am) regardless if it’s a weekend or public holiday! Sometimes, it can take 45 minutes for your bowl of noodles to come!
A bowl of the delicious broth only costs RM5! With adequate portions, though you may want to request more soup (at additional cost). Try their unique hock chew fish balls with minced meat too!
Other dishes available here:
- Dry curry noodles
- Chee cheong fun
- Nyonya kuih
- Fried bean curd skin (Fu Pei)
- Yong tau fu
- Iced cham or milo
9. Kedai Kopi Keng Nam
Only open for breakfast and brunch, Kedai Kopi Keng Nam is yet another traditional coffee shop that serves dry curry noodles and is easily swarmed with customers from 8am!
Do go as early as you can manage to avoid potentially bad service from the stressed-out operators!
Other must-try items that they serve:
- Chee cheong fun (Chili or mushroom sauce)
- Yam cakes
- Sticky rice with kaya (Pulut kaya) – you can’t find this one everywhere!
- Ipoh white coffee – Get the iced version!
10. Medan Selera Stadium
Medan Selera Stadium is home to a sizeable hawker food center with stalls serving excellent local food!
There are two honorable mentions that are open during the day:
Min Chee Wan Tan Mee At Stall No.36
This family-run stall only serves one dish – A very humble version of wan tan mee. What you’ll notice with this wan tan mee is the pleasantly springy texture!
It tastes a little different compared to other wan tan mee around Ipoh. You have to try it for yourself!
Fai Kee Noodles – Fish head noodles! At Stall No.43
The long queue is enough to tell you how tasty their fish noodles and milky broth are!
Add on fish cakes or fried minced pork patties (or both) for a truly hearty breakfast!
Ipoh Dim Sum For Breakfast
We have a post just on Ipoh dim sum restaurants so be sure to check that out if you’re looking for more options (including halal)!
But for this post, we’ll just mention two!
11. Restoran Chooi Yue Dim Sum
Clearly even 3 shop lots is not even enough to contain all the business that this dim sum shop receives! Tables often spill out onto the road!
If you get in early enough, you can have a table inside the restaurant in a more comfortable environment!
Their budding popularity lies in their impressive assortment of quality dim sum is both yummy and affordable! The head chef has over 10 years of experience in preparing dim sum!
12. Canning Dim Sum
Canning Dim Sum will change skeptical minds that a pork-free dim sum restaurant will never come close to one that serves pork!
The lovely new dim sum shop is just next to Restoran New Hollywood strategically luring Malay customers over with their pork-free dim sum!
You can see that they put effort in presenting their delish dim sum!
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Western Breakfast In Ipoh
If you’ve already had a chance to try a traditional Ipoh breakfast, you can go for a western-style breakfast for a change of taste!
Ipoh has its share of western restaurants and cafes – some of which do open in the morning!
13. Aud’s by JJ Café
This secluded Ipoh cafe serves a worthy Eggs Benedict and pulled pork or avocado and egg sandwiches!
Most of their mains feature pork! Including their pasta and burger!
Drinking water is free-flow but you absolutely have to try their ice cube espresso and avocado smoothies!
14. Girlie’s Café
Housed in a refurbished old shop lot, this dessert and pastry house doubles as a café.
For brunch, they offer a variety of croissants and sandwiches. You can get the set which includes soup of the day as well as a beverage.
Their available cake flavors vary day-to-day – their burnt cheese cake and watermelon cakes are worth trying!
Their substantial beverage selection includes western coffee, tea and non-caffeinated beverages too!
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15. Artisan Handmade Bread
There’s always some new item on the menu to be excited about!
The chef/ owner Sam Lau is very passionate about food, creating both local and western meals that will satisfy your taste buds!
Do try their Croque Madame and sourdough bread!
If you are vegetarian or vegan, just let the chef know!
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Getting Around Ipoh
Which is one way of avoiding having to drive altogether! Something which is not very convenient in Ipoh especially during lunch hours or weekends!
Aside from this, you’ll have the additional benefit of a personal and experienced Ipoh-born guide to show you even more local food spots that most tourists aren’t aware of!
It’s only too easy to be overwhelmed with all the numerous foodie locations in Ipoh!
Don’t stop at just local kopitiam food though!
Ipoh has plenty more up its sleeve like western food and dim sum that will make your first decision of the day – breakfast in Ipoh – an unforgettable one!