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Top Choice Desserts in Taiping

Ansari Famous Cendol

Creamy and sweet with generous amounts of green noodles and gula melaka (dark coconut-sugar syrup), shaved-ice desserts have been dished up at Ansari since 1940. This third-generation seller gets our vote as the bes…
Top Choice Museum in Taiping

Muzium Perak

With many of Perak's museums in dire need of more funding, Taiping's well-maintained Muzium Perak stands out. Parts of the pristine, whitewashed building date to the 1900s and inside are diverting displays about nat…
Gardens in Taiping

Taman Tasik Taiping

Taiping's centrepiece is a 64-hectare expanse of lagoons and grassland east of town. Created in 1880 on the site of an abandoned tin mine, the gardens owe their lush greenery to Taiping’s annual rainfall – thought t…
European in Taiping

Triple Shot

An eclectic menu, from Malaysian kopitiam classics via fish 'n' chips to bacon bruschetta and the occasional 'paleo' option, keeps things interesting at this trendy cafe. Many of the loyal punters are here purely fo…
Cafe in Taiping

DoubleTap

Catering to hip, laptop-wielding locals, Double Tap has a warehouse aesthetic (bare brick, beamed ceiling) and serves Western-style coffee (at Western prices…a flat white for RM8). It’s a chic place to linger over h…
Church in Taiping

All Saints Church

Consecrated in 1887 this timber church is one of the oldest Anglican churches in Malaysia and is still used as a place of worship. The Gothic-inspired ensemble was designed by Australian architect George A Lefroy. S…
Zoo in Taiping

Zoo Taiping & Night Safari

Animals are always happiest in the wild, but Taiping's zoo is a well-maintained space managed by conservation-minded staff. Elephants have shade and space to bathe in dust and water, while other creatures such as li…
Food Hall in Taiping

Larut Matang Food Court

Busiest and best at lunch, this gritty court is half Chinese and half Malay. Look out for local favourite Omar's Popiah stall, where you can chomp on large rolls of crisp veggies wrapped in a wheat pancake.
Hawker in Taiping

Pusat Makanan Taman Tasik

This lakeside hawker court and coffee shop has a good selection of stalls serving dishes from curry mee (yellow noodles submerged in spicy broth) to ikan bakar (chargrilled fish) and oyster omelette.
Hawker in Taiping

Pusat Penjaja Taiping

Nasi ayam (chicken rice), laksa and fruit-festooned ice-blended drinks are served up at this bustling, great-quality food court.