Ipoh is the capital city of the state of Perak in Malaysia. Despite being the capital city, it has a laid back vibe and  many retirees decided to retire in this city. The late Yasmin Ahmad had thrust the city into the limelight when she shot her famous movies in the city. There are many things to try in Ipoh but what I am sharing are some of the top things to try in the city.

Stay at M Roof Hotel, Ipoh

There are many places in this city that fulfill the criteria of being hipster. Once, I stayed at M Boutique Hotel and I could feel the hipster environment of the hotel. Now, the boutique hotel has a full-fledged hotel called M Roof Hotel and this hotel is the epitome of hipster hotels in this city. The interior design is very unique and you will not want to get out of the hotel once you are inside!

Ipoh Famous Breakfast Spot at New Hollywood

When I heard about New Hollywood, I wonder what is so special about this old-style restaurant? It seems like nothing special until I saw rows of rows of Chinese food with patrons consisting of multiracial Malaysia. New Hollywood is a truly 1 Malaysia restaurant where everyone put ethnicity aside and just enjoy the food.

Enjoy the Colonial and Pre-War Architecture of Ipoh

Colonial and pre-war buildings are abundance in Ipoh and they are all in good condition. It is a good idea to have a walkabout along the old town area after breakfast, especially when it is not too hot. Take some photos because they will surely look good!

Lunch at Nellie’s at Ipoh Old Town

Nellie’s is a restaurant at the city’s old town where all the hipster buildings are. Nellie’s has local food and Western options. At first glance, I was shocked to see the price as it is on a higher side. Wait until the food come because the portion can actually be consumed by two persons! The taste? Splendid! The ambiance? Superb!

The famous Ipoh Iceball

Just outside Nellie’s is the famous Iceball Stall called Bits & Bobs. Iceball or Ais Kepal in Bahasa Malaysia is the grandfather of Ais Kacang. It is hard to find nowadays but thanks to Bits & Bobs, younger generations can now get a taste of it.

So, what are you waiting for? Drive up to Ipoh or take the ETS today!


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We are Khai and Amira, Malaysian travel bloggers behind Kaki Jalans. Our travels have taken us to almost all the countries in Asean and several countries in Europe. We are still actively travelling and adding to this list.


  1. Wah, terimakasih sudah kasih rekomendasi terbaik Khai. Jadi makin gak sabar untuk jalan ke sana.
    Btw, ada bus kah untuk ke Ipoh, atau sebaiknya naik train saja?

    • Sama-sama Bart! Bas ada tapi stesen basnya sedikit di luar pusat kota. Di Medan Kidd. Tapi, ada Grab kalau mau jalan2. Lebih mudah, naik ETS dari Kuala Lumpur. Keretapi laju yang punctual.

      Terus sampai di pusat kota lama dan bangunan stesennya juga indah sekali. Kapan mau ke Ipoh? Nak ikut! Hahah

  2. Thanks for the recommendation! Ipoh has been one of my bucket list for a short trip since there is a direct flight from SG to Ipoh. The old town somewhat reminds me of Penang. Great food and architecture!

    I realised that you have migrated to wordpress.org. No wonder your post is not on my WP reader. Nice layout! 🙂

    • Oh there is a direct flight? Awesome then! Ipoh might remind you of Penang but imagine a less-crowded and less busy Penang. That is Ipoh for you!

      Yup, just migrated as I noticed that my storage is almost full and after thorough calculations, it is cheaper to migrate than to upgrade. Thanks a lot bro!

      Eh, let me know if you plan to go to Ipoh. I want to join you, seriously!

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