Ipoh White Coffee - Best Coffee In Ipoh

As Ipoh is the birthplace of Ipoh White Coffee, you have to try a cup of the comforting aromatic beverage while you are here!

In fact, visiting an Ipoh coffee shop is one of the things you must do in Ipoh!

For the best coffee in Ipoh, refer to this list of kopitiam (coffee shops in the local lingo) that serve up authentic Ipoh White Coffee!

Table of contents:

Let’s get this straight:

Why Is It called White Coffee?

You might think the name is referring to the color but white coffee actually gets its name from the way it is prepared:

Unlike other methods, the beans for white coffee are roasted with just palm oil margarine.

Instead of being roasted together with sugar and wheat as well as margarine.

This gives the coffee a more distinctive taste!

Breakfast at a kopitiam is incomplete without a cup of Ipoh White Coffee
Breakfast at a kopitiam is incomplete without a cup of Ipoh White Coffee – photo credits to simmei1025 (Instagram)

The Origin Of Ipoh White Coffee

There are a couple of coffee shops (Sin Yoon Loong and Nam Heong in particular) that have long been competing for the honor of being labelled as the pioneer of Ipoh White Coffee.

Enjoy a cup of Ipoh white coffee at a kopitiam
Enjoy a cup of Ipoh white coffee at a kopitiam – photo credits to iamfrankytan(Instagram)

But it can be agreed that Ipoh White Coffee came from Ipoh Old Town or more precisely, Jalan Bandar Timah (formerly known as Leech Street).

Best Ipoh White Coffee Shop

Every kopitiam has their own special way of preparing pak ko pi (Cantonese dialect for white coffee) so try to sample the coffee at a few of these places, if you can!

By the way, Ipoh White Coffee goes along great with any of the best Ipoh food!


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1. Sin Yoon Loong

Having being in action for more than 80 years, Sin Yoon Loong has a good claim as being the pioneer of Ipoh White Coffee!

Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee Shop
Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee Shop – photo credits to isuannl (Instagram)

Ambiance-wise, this is as traditional as a kopitiam gets! Their coffee is aromatic and smooth with a rich taste!

They have a second branch which opens at 7am but is just as crowded!

Tip: Avoid driving if you can! Finding a parking space is a nightmare any day of the week!

Recommended dishes:

  • Soft-boiled eggs on toast
  • Roast pork (sells out in the morning)
  • Wan ton mee
  • Chee cheong fan with curry

Address: 15a, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 6am to 5:30pm every day except on Sundays (6am to 1pm)

Second branch: Medan Bendahara 2, Taman Taiping, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Halal: No

2. Kedai Kopi Nam Heong

For a strong rendition of Ipoh white coffee, you can try this local kopitiam. The maiden branch is on Jalan Bandar Timah.

Nam Heong Ipoh Old Town White Coffee
Nam Heong Ipoh Old Town White Coffee, Ipoh – photo credits to jennychee.ly (Instagram)

There is lots of good food to be had here, especially their egg tarts fresh out of the oven!

Their second trendier branch is over at Ipoh Soho but not as popular! Although if you like coffee with a milky taste, then you might prefer the one at this branch!

Nam Heong in Ipoh
Nam Heong in Ipoh – photo credits to lizsoong (Instagram)

Recommended dishes:

  • Egg tarts
  • Soy milk
  • Muah chee (rice flour topped with crushed peanuts)

Address: 2, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 7am to 5:30pm

Second Ipoh branch: Nam Heong Food Court, Solo Ipoh at Blok B, 2-14 Soho Ipoh, Jalan Sultan Iskandar Shah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Halal: No

3. Xin Xiang Er Nong

Like Nam Heong, this kopitiam offers a strong version of Ipoh white coffee with pretty clear taste of evaporated milk and just a hint sour!

Iced coffee at Xin Xiang Er Nong
Iced coffee at Xin Xiang Er Nong – photo credits to daryune (Instagram)

This is not a bad spot for lunch too! Their curry mee is tasty!

Recommended dishes:

  • Chap fun (Fondly known as economy rice – you get a plate of rice and choose from a medley of dishes)
  • kai see hor fun (Flat white rice noodles in a yummy prawn broth sprinkled with chopped spring onions and shredded chicken. Sometimes with beansprouts too!)
  • Curry mee (Noodles and curry – there’s a wet and dry version)

4. Yee Hoi Coffee & Food Manufacturing Sdn Bhd

This 50-year old shop at Pasar Besar Ipoh still sells their unique and delicious coffee blends to the masses!

Yee Hoi Coffee Stall
Yee Hoi Coffee Stall – photo credits to parallelyooniverse(Instagram)

You can literally smell the coffee before you enter the shop!

Choose between robust and Arabica beans, whole or ground. Instant coffee powder (Fine) is available too!

Coffee packages by Yee Hoi
Coffee packages by Yee Hoi – photo credits to shiezter (Instagram)

Take a packet home or have a fresh cup of Ipoh white coffee there! Or both!

Address: C62, Pasar Besar Ipoh, Jalan Laxamana, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 8am to 4pm (Closed on Mondays)

Halal: NA

5. Chang Jiang White Coffee

You cannot go wrong with a cup of Ipoh white coffee here at this incredibly charming kopitiam!

The café is located in a small bungalow with limited parking spots!

Chang Jiang White Coffee
Chang Jiang White Coffee – photo credits to ngcheewan (Instagram)

The husband and wife duo, Kong Kin Loong and Foong Choa Mun have been running this shop since 2015 and clearly know how to prepare an excellent cup of coffee!

They get their beans from a variety of sources – Liberica (Klang), Robusta (Indonesia) and Arabica (Vietnam).

Chang Jiang White Coffee Ipoh (長江白咖啡)
Chang Jiang White Coffee – photo credits to labay914 (Instagram)

Their perfectly balanced white coffee is already smooth but it has a layer of foam on top for extra smoothness!

There is a fragrant aftertaste too!

Iced coffee at Chang Jiang White Coffee (長江白咖啡)
Iced coffee at Chang Jiang White Coffee – photo credits to khaijeng (Instagram)

3-in-1 white coffee sachets are available for purchase at the shop.

As for food, they have a wide selection of Chinese food.

Recommended dishes:

  • Signature noodle dish with chicken feet
  • Toast bread with kaya
  • Minced meat noodles

Address: 7 Jalan Windsor, 30250 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm

Remarks: Might be closed during the first week of Chinese New Year

Halal: No

6. Aneka Selera Restaurant Kam Wan

Fancy a cup of Ipoh white coffee at night? This is the place for you!

Aneka Selera Restaurant Kam Wan is a hawker center that makes for an awesome all-in-one spot to try local food (including seafood) as well as Ipoh white coffee.

The coffee here is robust but has just enough milk added to offset the bitterness!

Recommended dishes:

  • Chee cheong fun
  • Claypot chicken rice
  • Popiah

Address: Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 5:30pm to 11:30pm

Remarks: Free parking around the center! Quite crowded at night.

Halal: No

7. Dong Café on 22 Hale Street (Closed)

A relatively new player in the Ipoh café game, 22 Hale Street opened back in 2017.

Lovely Food Presentation at Dong Cafe at 22 Hale Street
Lovely Food Presentation at Dong Cafe at 22 Hale Street – photo credits to Dong Cafe Facebook

Along with their rich Ipoh white coffee, you can also enjoy their incredibly beautiful ambiance in an air-con environment.

There’s also a gift shop and Ipoh heritage gallery that you can explore!

Details from 22 Hale Street on Facebook:

Admission hours: 11am – 6pm daily (Closed on Wednesdays)
Final Admission: 5:30pm

For the Heritage Gallery upstairs:

Admission by ticket:
Self-guided tour: RM10
Guided Tour: RM15
Guided Tour Schedule: 11:00, 14:00, 16:00

Profits from tickets sold are used for the upkeep of the building and further research.

Their nyonya menu is small but tasty!

Nasi kerabu at Dong Cafe at 22 Hale Street
Nasi kerabu at Dong Cafe at 22 Hale Street – photo credits to bangsarbabe (Instagram)

Recommended dishes:

  • Nasi Kerabu
  • Bubur cha cha

Address: No. 22, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 11am to 6pm (closed on Wednesdays)

Halal: No

8. A Jie Cafe 阿洁白咖啡茶坊

A cosy air-conditioned space with vintage kopitiam vibes:

A Jié Cafe 阿洁白咖啡茶坊
A Jié Cafe 阿洁白咖啡茶坊 – photo credits to fiee_517 (Instagram)

This is a great spot for a freshly prepared cup of smooth coffee!

The home cooked dishes are worth trying!

A Jié Cafe 阿洁白咖啡茶坊 in Ipoh
A Jié Cafe 阿洁白咖啡茶坊 in Ipoh – photo credits to maykwan (Instagram)

Recommended dishes:

  • Pork porridge
  • Toast with kaya
  • Nasi kerabu
  • Traditional Hainanese black coffee

Address: 61, Persiaran Tokong, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 9:30am to 5pm (Closed on Mondays)

Halal: No

9. Kedai Kopi Ah Chow

Got a thing for Bailey’s? The kopi o kosong here tastes similar!

Ah Chow kopitiam is well known for its alcohol-laced white coffee served in dainty china cups!

Ah Chow alcoholic Ipoh White Coffee
Ah Chow alcoholic coffee – photo credits to fongameng(Instagram)

You will often find a crowd here so it’s best to know what you want before you order!

Tip: The alcohol content isn’t as strong as in Irish coffee but if you don’t want much alcohol taste, you can always opt for the iced version.

This version of Ipoh white coffee is on the sweet side – which is great if you like your coffee that way!

Address: 31 Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 6:30am to 1pm every day except Sunday when they close at 2pm instead.

Halal: No

10. Kedai Kopi Nam Chau

It may well be their curry mee that draws the crowd but Nam Chau also serves a creamy cup of white coffee (or smoky black coffee if you prefer)!

Kedai Kopi Nam Chau
Kedai Kopi Nam Chau – photo credits to jimmmyyy (Instagram)

The coffee is neither too bitter nor too sweet with well balanced portions of milk and coffee!

Address: 54, Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh, 30000, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 7:30am to 3:30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Halal: No

11. Restoran Sin Lean Lee

Restoran Sin Lean Lee is another typical plain kopitiam that prepares a robust white coffee which you can order hot or with ice!

Either way, the coffee flavour will be strong!

Strong Ipoh White Coffee
Strong Ipoh White Coffee – photo credits to haw_wil (Instagram)

While you’re here, don’t forget to try their “golden” char kuay teow.

Golden char kuay teow at Restoran Sin Lean Lee
Golden char kuay teow at Restoran Sin Lean Lee – photo credits to xinying920(Instagram)

These are flat noodles fried with beansprouts, shrimp or cockles and egg. It’s the Sunnyside up on top that gives the dish its name!

Address: 15, Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 6am to 2pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Halal: No

12. Lim Ko Pi 啉咖啡

Firstly, you’ll probably spot this red building from the road and you will be wondering where you can park!

Parking doesn’t deter the would-be patrons of this café though!

Exterior of Lim Ko Pi cafe in Ipoh
Exterior of Lim Ko Pi cafe in Ipoh – photo credits to nicholelee__ (Instagram)

Best to have someone drop you off here or you can park in a back alley a few lanes away and walk over if you’re not lucky to get one of the few parking spots on the same lane!

The name of the shop directly translate to “drink coffee” from the Hokkien dialect and that’s what you should do!

Lim Ko Pi
Lim Ko Pi – photo credits to xblondaholik (Instagram)

Enjoy a cup of smooth, sweetish and aromatic white coffee in the quaint kopitiam. Which by the way, is pretty Instagrammable too!

Recommended dishes:

  • Curry noodles
  • Soft-boiled egg and kaya toast
  • Garlic fried rice
  • Mee Jawa
  • Ice kacang
Note: Their spicy dishes are realllllllly spicy!

Address: 10, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm (Closed on Mondays)

Halal: No

13. Moon De Moon

Don’t say you weren’t warned!

Even in the early morning, this coffee shop is often packed which makes the service unreliable at times but doesn’t stop people from coming!

Kai se hor fun is hugely popular at Restoran Moon De Moon
Kai se hor fun is hugely popular at Restoran Moon De Moon – photo credits to myasiankitchen (Instagram)

Their appetizing and affordable local dishes are a hit with both locals and tourists!

Their white coffee comes off as sweet so get the iced version to go with your meal!

Recommended dishes:

  • Chee cheong fun
  • Kai se hor fun
  • Curry mee

Address: 148, Hala Wah Keong, Taman Mirindi, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 7am to 1pm (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Halal: No

14. Kong’s White Coffee Kopitiam (江氏白咖啡)

This is the lesser known branch of the Chang Jiang White Coffee shop on Jalan Windsor.

The Exterior of Kong White Coffee Kopitiam
The Exterior of Kong’s White Coffee Kopitiam – photo credits to google

The ambiance is plain but you can have their thick, creamy and sweet white coffee at almost any hour of the day since they open early and close late!

You can see many people taking away orders of the coffee during the day!

Recommended dishes: Nasi Lemak

Address: 171, Jalan Pasir Puteh, Taman Taiping, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 8:30am to 12am

Halal: No for Kopitiam, Yes for Kong’s product

15. Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Foong Coffee Shop

Sun Yuan Foong Old Town White Cafe (舊街場新源豐白咖啡)
Sun Yuan Foong Old Town White Cafe – photo credits to axellina (Instagram)

Just opposite Kedai Kopi Nam Heong is another breakfast spot in Ipoh!

Pair the iced white coffee with their eggs on toast for a match made in heaven!

Sun Yuan Foong Old Town White Cafe (舊街場新源豐白咖啡)
Sun Yuan Foong Old Town White Cafe – photo credits to yunapng_ (Instagram)

If you’re looking for egg tarts, they have them here too!

Note: Boss supports being environmentally friendly and is all too happy if you bring your own containers to takeaway food!

Recommended dishes:

  • Chee cheong fun
  • Curry noodles
  • Soup noodles

Address: 17, Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm

Halal: No

16. Addon White Coffee Ipoh

Addon White Coffee Ipoh is one of the newer coffee shops around Ipoh Old Town.

But it is halal and has longer opening hours than its peers!

Addon White Coffee
Addon White Coffee – photo credits to sy_rijal10 (Instagram)

You’ll get lovely ambiance and big portions here along with a superb selection of coffee!

Tip: Ask for less sugar in your coffee! All their coffee tends to be sweet!

Recommended dishes:

  • Nasi Lemak
  • Nasi goreng
  • Beef noodle soup

Address: 64, Jalan Raja Ekram, Kampung Jawa, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 9am to 12am

Halal: Yes

17. Ipoh Old Town White Coffee (Ipoh Padang)

Despite there being a couple of Ipoh Old Town White Coffee branches in Ipoh, this one faces Ipoh Padang!

Don’t expect the menu to have anything different from the other branches though!

Oldtown White Coffee Padang Ipoh
Oldtown White Coffee Padang Ipoh – photo credits to w.erikawati (Instagram)

The white coffee here is strong which is great if you need a pick-me-up before starting on a street mural hunt! There are a few around this coffee shop!

Parking can be sparse during busy times!

Note: There are vegetarian options in the menu

Address: No. 3, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Opening hours: 8am to 12pm

Halal: Yes

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Conclusion

We get it. It’s confusing to choose a kopitiam in Ipoh with so many good ones around!

Here’s a summary according to your tastebuds:

  • Sweet and light – Ah Chow, Addon White Coffee Ipoh, Kong’s White Coffee, Moon De Moon, Lim Ko Pi
  • Moderate – Sin Yoon Loong, Nam Chau, Nam Heong, Aneka Selera Restaurant Kam Wan
  • Strong  – Restoran Sin Lean Lee, Xin Xiang Er Nong, Chang Jiang

What is your coffee preference? Do you already have a favourite kopitiam in Ipoh? Let us know in the comments!

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