If there’s one thing Malaysians are proud of, it is our local food and drink. In 2016, Ipoh was ranked as one of the top ten “Best in Asia” destinations by Lonely Planet. Coming in at number 6 on the list, it described Ipoh as “Malaysia’s renaissance city whose ‘coffeehouses and heritage houses are staging a long overdue comeback.”
Recently, Ipoh has gained the spotlight yet again, but this time for their coffee. The internationally-known travel publisher Lonely Planet named Ipoh as one of the top three coffee towns in Asia.
According to Says, the recognition was found in Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour book which features 150 different coffee experiences. Lonely Planet worked along side writers and journalists who has a love for coffee, who went on to hunt down the best cafes, espresso bars, roasteries, and plantations in over 35 countries around the world.
The book description of the coffee: “Ipoh’s signature white coffee is famously hot, sweet and almost buttery in taste.”
In the current “Best in Asia” list, Melaka City has ranked in at number 9 as one of the most exciting spots to see over the next 12 months. The website excerpt says:
“The awarding of Unesco World Heritage status to Melaka’s historic core in 2008 put it firmly on Southeast Asia’s tourist map. Since then, scores of heritage buildings have benefitted from makeovers, blossoming into boutique hotels, restaurants and galleries.
“Recently the focus has shifted to the Melaka River; boat rides along this meandering waterway are popular and soon water taxis will connect Melaka Sentral bus station with downtown. Check out the waterfront gallery space Zheng He Duo Yun Zuan, split between two converted warehouses, or rummage for souvenirs at the Trash & Treasure flea market, held riverside every weekend. Then head to the Shore Shopping Gallery, a new upscale mall where the rooftop Sky Tower provides panoramic views across this alluring metropolis.”
Looks like it’s time for a road trip! Head on over to Ipoh for a dose of caffeine before heading for a historically rich holiday in Melaka!