We discussed for numerous times about the invasion of coffee culture in Ipoh since a year or so back, spearheaded by the Ipoh old town rejuvenation exercise and influence from neighbouring cities like Penang and Kuala Lumpur perhaps.
Earlier this year, we witnessed a paradigm shift in our ‘yum cha’ marathon; an extremely common practice during Chinese New Year. Youngsters and even families flocked to cafes instead of modern kopitiams (eg. the Old Town White Coffee outlets) or hawker spots. But then again, what can you do in Ipoh aside from continuous eating/drinking/catching up sessions, and where else to go but air-conditioned establishments to avoid the heat?
Fast forward ten months later, and I admit that I am a bit surprised to see that most (if not all) of the new blood in Ipoh café scene still possess a resilient staying power; amidst my initial reservations on sustainability and survivability against the Ipoh hawker heroes.
Just recently (about two weeks back), PT Grande opened its doors for business in Ipoh Garden South; an area that has stayed out of the limelight for a while. Read the rest of this entry »