Need a little inspiration for your next Instagram-fueled meal in Malaysia? These 5 eateries adopt oriental and old-style elements as a reminder our heritage while sprinkling some time-traveling magic over makan sessions. Here’s our list!
1. Daily Fix Cafe
The bamboo blinds, rattan chairs, antique furniture and bicycle greets you at the entrance of The Daily Fix.
The colorful plates decorated on the wall and antique cabinet reminds us of Ah Ma’s kitchen.
There is a kind of nostalgic charm here – it is like going back to the 70s and 80s.
The menu also combines classic brunch dishes with local ingredients for a taste of Melaka, like this pandan pancake with gula melaka.
Daily Fix Cafe
Address: 55, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Opening hours: 9am to 11.30pm (Mon – Fri), 8.30am to 11.30pm (Sat – Sun)
2. Merchant’s Lane
Located in an old heritage building and former brothel along Petaling Street, Merchant’s Lane is a beautiful cafe almost hidden except for this signboard.
The ambiance created by the decor takes you back to pre-war Chinatown.
This fusion cafe boldly offers Asian flavors with a Western twist.
Nowadays, Merchant Lane is well known as a hipster cafe where photographers and Instagrammers flock to.
Address: 1st Floor, 150, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: 11.30am to 10pm (Mon – Fri), 8.30am to 11.30pm (Sat – Sun)
3. China House
China House is a quirky cafe that takes up three lots at a heritage building of Penang. It now houses a cafe, restaurant, wine bar, art gallery, bakery and outdoor courtyard.
In fact, the cafe itself is like a labyrinth, with various vintage concepts in each room.
An iconic shot of China House: the wonderful display of different cakes and desserts. Tempting, aren’t they?
Live band music such as jazz, R&B and soul takes place here every night.
Address: 153, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening hours: 9am to 12am (Sun – Thurs), 9am to 1am (Fri – Sat)
Known to most as the Hidden Bar of Penang, Magazine63 is a speakeasy with a stunning Oriental touch. It might take a keen eye to spot the entrance!
Magazine63 makes you feel like you are stepping into a colonial Chinese bar from another dimension.
Their handmade cocktail brew is bottled in these vintage Chinese pots and to be drank in bowls, as people would do in the past.
If you’re looking for an atmospheric, photo-op-friendly nightlife joint in Penang, this might be right down your alley.
Address: 63, Jalan Magazine, 10300 Georgetown, Penang
Opening hours: 8pm to 3am
At the entrance of PS150, the antique toy counter evokes a sense of nostalgia and yearning for the yesteryears. Inside, there lies the first cocktail bar in Chinatown, KL.
Inspired by Indochinese design elements, the venue features brick walls and red lanterns that add an old-world decadence.
PS150 has a number of signature cocktails that puts an Asian twist on classic drinks. To keep things exciting, there are new concoctions every three months!
Address: 150 Jalan Petaling, Ground Floor, Chinatown Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 6pm to 2am (Tues – Sat), 3pm to 10pm (Sun), Closed on Monday
List and images compiled by Zi Ming Yeo
Words by Rachael Lum