Top 10 Cafés in Kota Kinabalu

There are numerous cafés in Kota Kinabalu, and the number grows every year. The selection of coffee shops, each with its own distinct design concept, never fails to impress the locals and entice them to visit these cafés. Each café in Sabah offers a variety of coffee, non-coffee drinks, and signature dishes, allowing both locals and tourists (too) to experience a new type of café each time.

Here are the top 10 cafés in Kota Kinabalu for you to visit and enjoy a coffee.

1. Nook Café

The bright and inviting interior of Nook Café creates a feel-good atmosphere. The predominantly neutral and understated decor contributes to the café’s relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. Menu items include Fruity French Toast, Ayam Percik, and a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Address: 19, Lorong Dewan, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu

Operating hours: 8 am – 7 pm daily

2. October Coffee House

October Coffee House specialises in handcrafted brews ranging from espressos to lattes prepared by their skilled baristas. They also serve delectable cake selections to go with your favourite coffee. If that isn’t enough, October Coffee House’s overall rustic interior exudes a sense of cosiness, making this café ideal for some me-time or hanging out with friends.

Address: 13, Lorong Dewan, Pusat Bandar

Operating hours: 9 am – 10 pm daily

3. Woo!

Woo! stands out with its welcoming interior, which features an open space concept and white walls for a minimalist, airy aesthetic. Tall windows provide a beautiful view of the greenery and foliage in the back while allowing plenty of sunlight. Thanks to the fast and reliable WiFi available, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy a good meal.

Address: 7, Lorong Dewan, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu

Operating hours: 9 am – 6 pm (Monday closed)

4. The B Side

The B Side is all about minimalism, with white brick walls and hanging lights dominating the space. Aside from the inviting interior, try their signature matcha beverages, whether latte or affogato, where they only use the finest Kyoto Matcha available. Their menu includes all-day breakfast to rice bowls, pasta, and burgers.

Address: 21, Lido Plaza, Jalan Nosoob Hungab

Operating hours: 10 am – 11 pm (Monday closed)

5. Kudos Bistro

Fragrant mushrooms, gleaming eggs, and a crusty side of buttery toast sound like the ideal breakfast. At Kudos Bistro, you can have your perfect little morning. Don’t forget to finish the meal with a glass of fresh orange juice or coffee.

Address: City Mall, Lot S-0-12, Ground Floor Block C, Jalan Lintas

Operating hours: 11 am – 8 pm daily

6. Biru Biru Café & Bar

This place is difficult to miss, with its bright blue walls owning up to its name, and it should not be overlooked. Biru Biru Café (also known as Sharikat Biru Biru, as seen from its main entrance) exudes nostalgic backpacker vibes and a cosy charm that makes perfect sense given its location beneath a backpacker lodge.

Address: 24, Lorong Dewan, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu

Operating hours: 12 pm – 12 am daily

7. The Bean Café

The BEAN (an acronym for “Be Elegant and Natural”) Café Lounge provides customers with a cosy atmosphere and feel-good foods all under one roof. It’s a perfect hangout for catching up with friends or simply getting some work done. They primarily serve caffeinated beverages and a few light bites, including all-day breakfast meals and sandwiches.

Address: Lot 8-1, Lido Plaza, Jalan Kobusak

Operating hours: 11 am – 10 pm daily

8. Ampersand Specialty Coffee & Co-workplace

Ampersand is tucked away down a side street near a cluster of hotels, hostels, and cheap eateries, and it’s not the easiest place to find, which is caused by the lack of exterior signage. There are plenty of tables and counter space to work at, and the space is modern with a sleek industrial design.

Address: 6, 23, Jalan Berjaya 3, Bandaran Berjaya

Operating hours: 10 am – 6 pm (Monday to Wednesday & Sunday) & 10 am – 12 am (Friday to Saturday)

9. One Roof Café (Luyang Perdana)

One Roof Cafe serves fusion cuisine ranging from Teriyaki Chicken Kimchi Fried Rice to Spaghetti Bolognese and Mee Mamak. If you prefer a lighter bite, don’t miss out on their signature croissant varieties — a hearty combination of freshly baked croissants mixed with ingredients such as ham and cheese or scrambled egg.

Address: Jalan Tasik, Luyang Perdana

Operating hours: 9 am – 9 pm daily

10. Tamaha

Tamaha’s fashionably chic interior is difficult not to be impressed by, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural sunlight to help brighten the café. In other words, this is undeniably an Instagram-worthy location. There is also a spiral slide that connects to Opis, which is a co-working space, which is located upstairs.

Address: 1st Floor, Shop No. 6, Lot 10731, Jalan Masjid Lama, Bandaran Berjaya

Operating hours: 10 am – 9 pm daily

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