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Top Choice Chinese in Ipoh

Lim Ko Pi

From its colourful tiles to the secluded inner dining chambers, this relaxing cafe has a strong whiff of Ipoh's glory days. Breakfasts are excellent value (from RM5 for eggs, toast and white coffee), while lunches i…
Top Choice Malaysian in Ipoh

Restaurant Lou Wong

Ipoh's culinary pride and joy may not seem like much, with brisk staff and streetside plastic stools. But this is the place to try Ipoh's signature dish, tauge ayam (chicken with beansprouts). Lou Wong has perfected…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Ipoh

Kong Heng Block

During the colonial era, these walls formed the city's large single shop block. Today a cluster of craft stalls has sprung up around this light-flooded atrium in Ipoh's old town. Colourful independent sellers here i…
Cave in Ipoh

Sam Poh Tong

First discovered by a monk in 1890, this cave 5km south of Ipoh now shelters Sam Poh Tong temple, which is still used today by nuns and monks pursuing solitary meditation. The temple contains a reclining Buddha flan…
Chinese in Ipoh

Concubine Lane Tau Fu Fa

A brimming bowlful of tau fu fah (bean-curd pudding) at this hole-in-the-wall canteen is the perfect excuse to linger on historic Jalan Panglima, aka 'Concubine Lane'. Freshly prepared each morning, each bowl is top…
Cave in Ipoh

Perak Tong

Founded in 1926 by a Buddhist priest, this cave temple is Ipoh’s most visited and offers spectacular views. Located 6km north of Ipoh, the temple extends into a warren-like complex of grottoes, with a gleaming 40ft …
Cave in Ipoh

Gua Kek Lok Tong

Buddha statues glint out between shadowy stalactites in this serene temple away from the tourist trail. Three Sages dominate the central cavern, while towards the back a cheerful Chinese Buddha of Future Happiness s…
Indian in Ipoh

Sri Ananda Bahwan Banana Leaf

Some of Ipoh's best Indian food is cooked up in this simple cafeteria in Little India. Mop up chutney and dhal with a fluffy dosa or order the generous banana-leaf special, with mountains of rice and spiced okra. Le…
Chinese in Ipoh

Funny Mountain Soya Bean

Queues form for Funny Mountain's famous bean-curd pudding (tau fu fah) and ice-cold soy-bean milk. Both are made in-house, and the shop closes when its signature curd runs out. The light, refreshing puddings are ser…
Malaysian in Ipoh

Xin Quan Fang

You better come early (seriously, 7am) for the chance to sample curry noodles and pork and bean sprouts. These two dishes are pretty much all Xin Quan Fang churns out, but they are truly excellent, as testified to b…