1. S&T Dessert House
S&T Dessert House’s extensive menu includes full meal sets as well as beverages, ranging from invigorating cold to nourishing warm tong sui (desserts). The black and white mochi is at the top of the list of must-try desserts; divinely fragrant and chewy, these bite-sized glutinous dough balls make every bite delightful.
Address: 159, Jalan Kwa Su
Operating hours: 11 am – 9 pm
2. Double Tap Café
DoubleTap Café features delicious café food, aromatic gourmet coffee, and gorgeous latte art. Everything on the menu is beautifully plated, including the pasta, sandwiches, rice dishes, breakfast sets, and more. Among their extensive menu of café food, the black pepper chicken chop is one of the best in Taiping. During peak hours, however, service tends to slow to a crawl.
Address: 79, Jalan Barrack
Operating hours: 9 am – 10 pm
3. Yinn’s Patisserie
Yinn’s Patisserie is a seamless blend of old-world charm and new-age elegance, with a distinct Peranakan interior mixed with contemporary kitchenware. Crowd favourites here are the delectable 4-inch cakes with seasonal designs. In terms of beverages, the rose-flavored latte is a fan favourite due to its strong aroma. If you’re looking for dainty gift sets, their giant cream puffs are a great option, with classic flavours like chocolate and strawberry, as well as more unusual flavours like Rose Lychee, Oreo, and Lotus Biscoff. Prices are mid-range, and the ambiance is flawless, making it an excellent choice for casual hangout.
Address: 57, Jalan Barrack
Operating hours: 12 pm – 8 pm (except Wednesday)
4. Triple Shot Bed & Coffee
Another great Taiping café to hang out with family and friends is Triple Shot Bed and Coffee, which serves delicious made-to-order coffee. This hipster, chic café specialises in full-bodied brews and artisanal matcha beverages, as well as all-day breakfast sets and delectable cakes. The soft lighting, strewn across ample space, exudes a cosy vibe that certainly invites you to stay a little longer than you planned.
Address: 46, Barrack Road
Operating hours: 10 am – 7 pm (except Wednesday)
5. Tik Toast Café
Tik Toast Café debunks the myth that sandwiches are boring by serving a variety of hearty and creative sandwiches. You can personalise your sandwich by selecting the bread, sauce, filling, and side snacks. They also serve high-quality coffee that has a full-bodied flavour and an amazing aroma. For the environmentally conscious, please be aware that the coffee is served in disposable paper cups rather than coffee mugs, making it easy to sip on the go if you need to leave quickly.
Address: 1, Jalan Lim Teong Chye
Operating hours: 7 am – 5 pm
6. Monday Brew Café
This café serves decently good Korean staples like Japchae, Kimchi Spaghetti, Korean Chicken, and Rabokki, along with sandwiches, pasta, and cakes. Wash down the authentic Gangnam delicacies with a refreshing boba milk tea, which is also a crowd pleaser. The interesting art décor sets the tone for a creative yet relaxing interior, with several private sections available for an intimate group lunch, as well as board games.
Address: 46 & 48, Jalan Birch
Operating hours: 12 pm – 9 pm
7. Rainy Corner
The Rainy Corner café, located next to Taiping’s Lake Garden, serves the sunniest fusion food within its cosy interior. This new kid on the block offers a good mix of western cuisine, Japanese cuisine, Chinese dishes, and a variety of beverages. The Kimchi Chicken Chop Burger, Cheesy Chicken Chop, and fried American Ginseng Noodles are all unique dishes that are sure to please.
Address: 31, Jalan Maharajalela
Operating hours: 11 am – 3 pm & 4 pm – 10 pm (except Tuesday)
8. La Promise Bakery & Café
This café, which serves a variety of tasty cakes and fusion food at reasonable prices, serves delectable treats from morning until night. As you enter this minimalist café, a cake display chiller takes centre stage, displaying a signature of delicious homemade cakes. Choose from 16 flavours as your base, and let the experts customise the design to your whims and fancy. This cake specialist’s growing popularity is a testament to its gourmet prowess, aided by a sparkling clean and extremely comfortable environment.
Address: No 1, Susur ILBP/1, Jalan Istana Larut, Business Park
Operating hours: 11 am – 10 pm
9. Locs & Thyme Florist Café
Locs & Thyme Florist Café is a popular halal restaurant that serves popular dishes with a local twist. It is frequented by both locals and tourists. While the menu is rather limited, the chef curate’s new dishes on a regular basis to spice things up.
Unusual favourites like the Kacang Pool (bulls-egg afloat in a flavorful bean gravy) make a hearty breakfast that’s also suitable for brunch. Meanwhile, authentic Assam Pedas Siakap with rice and Laksa Johor are local favourites. For a more global experience, African dishes like Chicken Egusi allow you to savour the world’s delicacies without ever leaving your seat.
Address: 12, Jalan Lim Teong Chye
Operating hours: 10 am – 6.30 pm (except Monday)
10. Chio Café
Their soy garlic and spicy Korean chicken wings are marinated to perfection and pair well with their signature Lotus Biscoff Milkshake with salted caramel or the creative spin-off, the Lotus Biscoff Latte. Chio Café, with its modern chic ambiance and readily available board games, is a dreamy setting for a get-together with great food and company.
Address: No 50, Jalan Kota
Operating hours: 1 pm – 10 pm