From colourful tiles to secluded inner dining nooks, this relaxing cafe in a 1920s building has a strong whiff of Ipoh's glory days. Considering the setting, breakfasts are good value (from RM5 for eggs, toast and white coffee). Lunches include generous portions of prawn fried rice, curry noodles and smoky-but-sweet stewed pork. Service is unrushed compared to elsewhere in town.
Lim Ko Pi is also a good dessert stop: choose between cendol (shaved ice with green noodles and coconut milk), sago pudding heaped with ice and sugar syrup, or wickedly fatty custard on a bed of caramel.