Friday, June 23, 2017

Foodie Friday: Lifestyle Cafes in Kota Kinabalu

Let's take a break from my Australia travelogues and time for nom nom.

Lifestyle cafes in Kota Kinabalu are springing up like mushrooms after the rain. There are more and more options of these cafes opened lately and honestly to say, it's kinda hard for me to chase up sometimes. Some of these cafes are specialise in producing the best cup of coffees in town and some of them do serve from breakfast to dinner. Some I even patronised over and over again for their good  and delicious food. 

October Coffee House
[Serve pastries, desserts and beverages]
October Coffee House - Jalan Gaya

For your information, based on the survey done by Sabaheats for Favourite Coffee Cafe in Kota Kinabalu, October Coffee House ranked as the No. 1 best coffee in town. They even beat the international coffeehouse chains such as Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Well done, October Coffee House!

Up to date, October Coffee House has three outlets located at three different locations;
i) The Peak Vista, Lorong Puncak 1, Tanjung Lipat, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Opening Hours: 11am until 10 pm (Closed on every Wednesday)

ii) Jalan K.K. Bypass, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Opening Hours: 11 am until 12 am

iii) Latitude 6, Off Jalan Lintas (Opposite Taman Iramanis)
Opening Hours: 11 am until 12 am

The Coffee Lab By Frankie Interior Design
[Serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts] #nonhalal 
KK Cafe - The Coffee Lab

What we like about this cafe is not just they serve great coffee and affordable desserts, but they do also served scrumptious main meals for lunch and dinner hour. Imagine Japanese cuisines such as Chicken Katsu Do, Curry Chicken Don and Oyakodon are available here at reasonable and lower price.

Address: Lot 10, Ground Floor, Taman Soon Kiong, Lorong Bernam 3, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 10:30 pm, Saturday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (Closed on every Sunday)

Joe Sun - Food & Coffee Co. - Damai
[Serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, coffee and non-coffee drinks]
Joe Sun - Food & Coffee Co 00 (2)

Majority of the food served in Joe Sun are extraordinary and pretty unique, not the kind of typical meals you found in any restaurants or cafes. Absolutely beyond your wild imagination. Beside their signature dishes such as Chicken & Waffles, Ultraman Ham Dan Chiu Yan, they even served Ramen Burger sandwiched with beef party, Lobster Fettuccine, Soft Shell Chilli Crab Pasta and more. Making you wanna go back for more food adventures. Not forget to order a beautiful cup of Rainbow Latte to kick start your day.

Address: Lot 47, Ground Floor, Block D, Lorong Pokok Kayu Manis 2, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. (In between Maple and Nok Thai Restaurant)
Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily (Kitchen closed at 8:00 pm)

Sharikat Biru-Biru - Jalan Dewan (Nearby Gaya Street)
[Serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts]
KK Cafe - Sharikat Biru-Biru

This cafe offers mixture of local touch with western food. For example, they served tomato pasta with tuhau, a Sabahan Kadazandusun delicacy made from wild ginger. These fusion meals will surely tickle one tastebuds to the max. To end your meal, don't forget to order their signature dessert - Waffle with Coconut Ice-cream with Gula Melaka. I guarantee you will be back for more.

Address: 24, Jalan Dewan, Kota Kinabalu.
Opening Hours: 8 am to 12 am daily

Nook Cafe - Jalan Dewan (Nearby Gaya Street)
[Serve breakfast, lunch, desserts, coffee and non-caffeine drinks]
KK Cafe - Nook Cafe

Besides serving wide selection of tasty hearty breakfast and brunch and sandwiches, do try their mouth-watering pancakes and waffles such as Choc Kinabalu Waffles and Jungle Book Pancake pair with a cup of premium specialty coffee.

Address: No 8, Lorong Dewan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Opening Hours: 9 am to 11 pm (Closed on every second Wednesday of the month)
Instagram: look.for.nook

Woo! - Jalan Dewan (Nearby Gaya Street)
[Serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, coffee and non-caffeine drinks]
KK Cafe - Woo copy

One of their signature dishes are the crispy and crunchy tarts especially the Belgian Dark Chocolate tart. Not forget to pair with hot green tea latte. If you are looking for instagram-worthy cafe, this is one the place to be. With a minimal, modern yet classic interior, there is an airy with a huge window at the back looking over green jungle.

Address: No 7, Jalan Dewan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Opening Hours: 9.30 am to 11.30 pm daily

Print Cafe - Jalan Dewan (Nearby Gaya Street)
[Serve desserts, coffee and non-caffeine drinks]
Print Cafe 04

So far, Print Cafe is the only cafe that serve a 3D art coffee. Besides coffee, they do serve a selection of cakes, waffles and pizzas. While enjoying the coffee and food, you can spend your time playing Jenga along with your family and friends.

Address: No 12, Jalan Dewan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 10.30 pm daily

Mosaic Cafe, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
[Serve lunch, dinner, desserts, coffee and non-caffeine drinks]
KK Cafe - Mosaic Cafe copy

Operating under Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, Mosaic Cafe is ideal for lights snacks, pizza, drinks and freshly baked cakes and breads. There are two things I personally recommend to try in Mosaic Cafe - Rainbow Latte and homemade ice-cream.

Address: Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kinabalu
Opening Hours: 10 am to 11 pm daily

The B Side - Lido Plaza
[Serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, coffees and non-caffeine drinks]
KK Cafe - The B Side

B Side consider as one of the earliest cafe set up in KK town. So most of the times, my friends and I love to hang out here especially for their wide variety of food. By far, their most popular dish is the soft shell crab pasta which is ordered by almost every table. Aside from a selection of pastas, B Side also have breakfast options including pancakes and French toast.

Address: Lot 21, Ground Floor, Lido Plaza, Jalan Nosoob, Penampang
Opening Hours: 10 am to 11 pm on every Tuesday to Friday
                           9 am to 12 pm on every Saturday and Sunday (Closed on every Monday)

Teddy 'N' Me - Lido Plaza
[Serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, coffees and beverages]
KK Cafe - Teddy N Me

The cafe is reminiscent of a doll house with its white-washed furniture and full with fluffy teddy bears display at each and every nook. It claimed to be one and only with the teddy bear cafe theme in KK town. They used to serve light meals only but now, they have extended their menu from serving eggs Benedict to Spaghetti Carbonara, Japanese Curry Beef Rice and Grilled Chicken. Don't forget to try their homemade buns, breads and waffles when you visit this cafe.
[Latest Update: Unfortunately, they are permanently closed now.]

KK Cafe - Teddy N Me 01

Address: Lot 15, Ground Floor, Lido Plaza, Kg Kobusak, Jalan Nosoob, Penampang
Opening Hours: 8 am to 10 pm on every Thursday to Tuesday (Closed on every Wednesday)

Ice Dream Cafe - Lido Plaza
[Serve breakfast, desserts, coffees and beverages]
KK Cafe - Ice Dream Cafe

A cafe that specialise in producing their own gelato and ice-cream using the fresh local fruits without using any whipped cream, eggs and preservatives which means it's more healthier to consume compare to conventional ice-cream. Besides waffles topped with homemade ice-cream which is their specialise, they also served all-day breakfast, coffees, non-coffees and fresh juices too.

Address: Lot 11, First Floor, Lido Plaza, Jalan Nosoob, Penampang
Opening Hours: 10 am to 11 pm daily

Furball Heaven - Lido Plaza
[Serve desserts, coffee and non-caffeine drinks]
KK Cafe - Furball Heaven

One of the two dog cafes in town where you can bring along your furkids while chilling coffee and cakes. What if you don't have dogs but love to play with them? Don't worry as this cafe has its own adorable and friendly in-house dogs.

Address: Lot 9, Ground Floor, Lido Plaza, Jalan Nosoob, Penampang.
Opening Hours: 11 am to 11 pm

Inch Cafe Movement - Tanjung Aru 
[Serve specialty coffee, non-caffeine drinks and desserts]
KK Cafe - Inch Coffee

Besides specialise in coffee, their waffles claimed to be the best one in town. From their menu, they served Sabah Tea Waffle (only available on weekend) which using Sabah's very own tea in the form of ice-cream, Apom Balik Waffle, Banana Waffle and Caramel Waffle. Another thing I like about their coffee is they have variety of latte - Rose Tea Latte, Chai Latte, Masala Chai Latte and Green Te Latte.

Address: 1B, Perdana Park, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 2 pm to 10 pm (Closed on every Monday)

Crown's Coffee Corner - Tanjung Aru 
[Serve breakfast, lunch, coffee and non-caffeine drinks]
KK Cafe - Crown Coffee Corner

A cosy and simple cafe situated at the ground floor of Crown Hotel serving good and cheap coffee with simple and comfort food like toast, Korean Shin Ramyun and fluffy Pandesal Hot Buns.

Address: Crown Hotel, Jalan Pinang, Pekan Tanjung Aru.
Opening Hours: 7 am to 6 pm (Closed on every Sunday)

Puppucino Cafe - Plaza 333
[Serve lunch, dinner and desserts]
KK Cafe - Puppucino Cafe

You can now enjoying your food and drink with your furkids. One of the two dog cafes in town, this cafe owner has this very cute and fluffy Corgi with the name of Tedy which is so hyper active. Unfortunately, they are permanently closed now. Tedy, I miss you so much!

Address: 1st Floor, Lot 15, Plaza 333, Block B, Kobusak Commerial Center, Penampang (Just above Fook Yuen)
Opening Hours: 3 pm to 12 pm daily

the 1985 Cafe - Plaza 333
[Serve breakfast, pastries, desserts and beverages only]
KK Cafe - the 1985 Cafe copy

This is one of my favourite cafe that I love to spend my time here. What to expect from this cafe? Besides coffee, they served two types of breakfast and various selection of pastries. One of the most recommended is Avocado cake. Currently, they are serving three different choices of freshly baked croissants - tuna, chicken ham and egg. Oh boy! I love their croissant that I'm looking forward to come back for more.

KK Cafe - the 1985 Cafe 02

Address: 1st Floor, Lot 9, Plaza 333, Block A, Kobusak Commerial Center, Penampang (Just above Pick N Pay)
Opening Hours: 9.30 am to 11 pm on Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on every Monday)


Omma's Oven - Lintas 
[Serve breads & buns, breakfast, pastries, desserts and beverages only]
Omma's Oven 01

This cafe specialise in making wholemeal buns and breads. If you are looking for healthier and organic pastries, this is cafe you should head to as the pastries are without any artificial colouring, preservaties and softener. Besides selling freshly baked pastries, they also served all-day breakfast and waffles.

Address: Lot 19, Lintas Plaza, Lorong Lintas Plaza 3.
Opening Hours: 10 am to 5.30 pm (Closed on every Monday)

Scoopee - Coffee & Ice Cream Co. - Lintas
[Serve ice-cream, pastries, coffees and non-caffeine drinks only]
KK Cafe - Scoopee

Another cafe I love to spend my time here after meeting clients and auditors for its cozy and comfortable environment. The highlight of this cafe is their nitrogen ice-cream which they regularly surprised the customers with new and unique flavours such as Salted Caramel Chocolate, Pistachio, Fresh Watermelon, Baby Blue Lychee, Sweet Potato and more.

KK Cafe - Scoopee 02

Address: 21-0, Ground Floor, Block H, Lintas Square, Kota Kinabalu
Opening Hours: 11 am to 12 pm (Closed on every Monday)

Cafe Haru 하루 - Hilltop
[Serve light meals, coffees and non-caffeine drinks only]
KK Cafe - Cafe Haru copy

Another Korean cafe in town. This cafe is operated by a Korean husband and wife who is currently living in KK. It's pretty obvious when browsing through their menu, I spotted few Korean dishes like Tteokbokki, spicy stir fried rice cakes which is very popular in Korea. So far, I only been twice and I'm looking forward to go back to try more of their other dishes.

Address: 7, Lorong Gunung Juo, Taman Far East, Kota Kinabalu.
Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 10.30 pm (Monday to Saturday)
                           10 am to 10.30 pm (Every Sunday)

Haus Cafe - 88 Marketplace
[Serve breakfast, pastries, desserts and beverages only]
KK Cafe - Haus Cafe

Address: Lot 3A, Ground Floor, Block F, 88 Marketplace, Lorong Pusat Komercial 88/1
Opening Hours: 9 am to 11 pm on Wednesday to Monday (Closed on every Tuesday)

Chiu's - The Modern Local (88 Marketplace)
[Serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and beverages only]
KK Cafe - Chiu Cafe 01
The first time my friend and I went, we walked away with disappointment as there are many things were not available. But then, we decided to give another second chance and it's worth for another revisit. Another cafe I found out served simple but unique comfort food like Pan Fried Grouper dipped with Curry Laksa Veloute, Cajun Chicken Thigh Burger and more.

KK Cafe - Chiu Cafe 02

Address: Lot 8, Block D, Ground Floor, 88 Marketplace, Kota Kinabalu.
Opening Hours: 10 am to 11 pm (Closed on every Tuesday)

Tree Monk - Lintas Jaya Uptownship (Nearby Open University)

KK Cafe - Tree Monk Cafe
Latest cafe in town serving not just great coffees, but their desserts making us hard to choose which one we would love to have.

Address: Lot 2, Ground Floor, Block 1 Lintas Jaya Uptownship.
Opening Hours: 12 pm to 10 pm daily

Relax Coffee Cafe - Menggatal
[Serve lunch, dinner, pastries, coffees and non-caffeine drinks only]
KK Cafe - Relax Coffee Cafe 02 copy

Address: G-1-12, Menggatal Plaza, Menggatal, Kota Kinabalu
Opening Hours: 11 am to 11 pm

Cafe De Vie
[Serve lunch, dinner, desserts, coffee and non-caffeine drinks]
KK Cafe - Cafe De Vie copy

If you are looking for the best layer crepe cake, I personally recommend Cafe De Vie. Well of course not as best as Nadaje Mille Crepe but so far, this cafe served the best layer crepe cakes in Kota Kinabalu town. Some of their crepes are very unique like Cempedak, Red Bean Sauce, Plum Crepe cake and more. You can either buy a slice which cost from RM11 to RM13.70 or even the whole 1kg to 1.4kg of crepe cake. 

Up to date, Cafe De Vie has three outlets located at three different locations;
i) Lintas
ii) Metrotown
iii) Pavilion Bundusan

In order to compile more than 20 cafes into one post, it took me months and months to complete this. But can you imagine there are almost 40 different cafes in KK town. Therefore, this post would be updated from time to time once I visit the rest of the cafes. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much for sharing so many beautiful and delicious photos of the lifestyle cafes there. I swear that I really enjoyed all the food I ate in KK during my 2 visits. This is something I have been telling everyone too.

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