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10 Halal Cafes In Kuantan You Need To Visit On Your Next Weekend Getaway

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Shahida  •  Jul 30, 2020

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[Updated 31 May 2021] Coffee lovers in Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast don’t have to worry about travelling all the way to KL anymore to cafe-hop. With so many hipster cafes mushrooming everywhere in Kuantan, this quaint coastal town is quickly growing as one of the best destinations for cafe hoppers in Malaysia. Be prepared to be overdosed (with caffeine)!
1. Pull A Shot Specialty Coffee
Established in 2015, Pull A Shot Specialty Coffee is Kuantan’s hidden gem that perfectly caters to third-wave coffee enthusiasts. Sourcing their beans from Coffeehead Roastery — their own in-house roastery — this cozy cafe offers a carefully crafted espresso-based menu as well as single-origin! There’s also a variety of beans to choose from if you would like to brew yourself a cup of great coffee at home. Halal status: Halal ingredients are used. Address: A-245, Ground Floor, Jalan Air Putih 2, Kuantan, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang Opening hours: Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun; 9AM - 5.30PM & 7.30PM - 11PM (closed on Thursdays) Facebook| Instagram P.S. Check out these 6 awesome beachfront resorts in Kuantan for your getaway!
2. Rasa Sayang Cafe
 If you’re a fan of Kula Cakes’ famous Mango Cheesecake, you definitely need to visit Rasa Sayang Cafe! Here, you can pair their heavenly desserts with great coffee, which also includes traditional Asian coffee like Vietnamese coffee. Feeling adventurous? Go for their unique Yakult-based drink menus like Pandan Yakult and Honey Lemon Yakult! Don’t forget to admire every little trinket on display in the cabinets that will surely make you feel nostalgic. Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: A-25 Lorong Seri Kuantan 80, Kampong Kuantan, Pahang Opening hours: Daily 10am - 10pm Facebook | Instagram P.S. Planning a road trip in the East Coast? Be sure to check out this 5D4N Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu itinerary!
3. about: Espresso & Brew Bar
From espresso to hand drip single origin, it’s all about that excellent cup of coffee at about: Espresso & Brew Bar. With plain white walls, black metal grills and minimalistic decor, this family-run hipster cafe takes their coffee very seriously! Their experimental coffee mocktail series, which includes a combination of espresso ice cubes, ginger ale, a slice of grapefruit and thyme, is the perfect way to unwind after a long week. Don’t forget to also order their signature charcoal waffles with salted egg sauce and ice cream to go with your coffee! Halal status: Halal ingredients are used. Address: 57, Lorong Seri Kuantan 65, 25250 Kuantan, Pahang  Opening hours:  Wednesdays to Mondays, 12.30pm - 6pm & 8pm - 11pm (closed on Tuesdays) Facebook | Instagram P.S. Check out this hidden private pool resort facing the beach in Kuantan!
4. Coffee Gallery
Coffee Gallery prides itself as the first independent coffee joint in Kuantan. This cozy cafe, which won Kuantan’s Best Hipster Cafe Award in 2016 and recently celebrated their 7th anniversary, serves 100% premium Arabica beans to ensure the quality of their coffee. Watch their skilled baristas in action as they prepare coffee with a variety of brew methods. The best part? All their coffees are priced below RM10. Halal status: Halal ingredients are used. Address: A-17, Jalan Seri Kuantan 80, Kuantan Star City, 25250 Kuantan, Pahang Opening hours: Daily 9.30am - 11.30pm Facebook | Instagram
5. Beanz & Co
 Spacious and cozy, Beanz & Co boasts a huge glass wall that allows natural light in during the day, an extensive patio for those who wish to sit in the sun, as well as various Instagram-worthy spots. Of course, they also serve some of the best coffee in town, and they’re particularly known for their Mix & Match Waffles and the scrumptious chocolate banana toast. If you’re planning a small event, Beanz & Co has enough space for up to 80 pax! Halal status: Halal-certified ingredients used. Address: A-892, 2, Lorong Sri Kuantan 42, Perkampungan Seri Kuantan, 25250 Kuantan, Pahang Opening hours: Daily 12pm - 11pm Facebook| Instagram
6. Nineteen61.Cafe
Just a 10-minute drive away from the famous Teluk Cempedak, Nineteen61.Cafe joined Kuantan’s cafe scene in 2017. Like other promising hipster cafes, Nineteen61 offers many inventive menus like Mac & Cheese with Crispy Turkey Burger, Salted Egg Pumpkin Sandwich, Matcha Affogato and Kit Kat Stick Waffle. The huge glass window provides beautiful natural light, which is great for all your photo-taking needs. Halal status: Halal ingredients are used. Address: B-3, Lorong Sri Kuantan 25, Taman Intan, 25250 Kuantan, Pahang Opening hours: Daily 11am - 9.30pm Facebook | Instagram
7. Java Flava Cafe
 Looking for a place with a warm ambience for a weekend catch up session with friends? With vintage vibes and cozy interior, get your appetite ready at one of the best hipster cafes in Kuantan, Java Flava Cafe! Serving delectable Western diner-style food—most of them made from scratch, Java Flava also specializes in hand-crafted coffee. Don’t leave without indulging in a delicious cup of cappuccino, or perhaps their signature Rose Marie Latte, which is a perfect companion to their incredible Paris Brest! Halal status: Halal-certified ingredients used. The cafe also has a Muslim co-owner. Address: B-1786, Lorong Sekilau 30, Perkampungan Bukit Sekilau, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang Opening hours: Fridays to Wednesdays; 12pm - 7.30pm (closed on Thursdays) Facebook| Instagram
8. The 92s Cafe
Need some authentic wood-fired pizza while you get your caffeine fix? The 92s Cafe is the place to go! This restaurant opened their doors just a year ago, and they’re the first-ever place to serve wood-fired artisan pizzas in Kuantan. Don’t miss the whimsical charcoal-based The 92s Signature, sinful 5 Formaggi which combines five different seasonal kinds of cheese, and their very own Satay Turkey Ham. Sound heavenly, don’t they? 😋 Halal status: Halal-certified ingredients used. Address: A7, Transit Point, Jalan Dato Lim Hoe Lek, Taman Union, 25200 Kuantan, Pahang Opening hours: Daily 11am - 9.30pm Facebook | Instagram
9. 90 Degrees Café & Art
 Already a familiar name among Kuantan locals, 90 Degrees Cafe & Art is super hipster and highly Instagrammable, perfect for those who love a trendy cafe. This artsy place resides in a refurbished classic grocery store made entirely of wood and has two floors: cafe and dining downstairs and community event space upstairs, where they host a monthly art exhibition. Their menu lineup is to-die-for, especially the luxurious Truffle Scramble and their homemade natural ice-cream! Halal status: Halal-certified ingredients used. Address: B-882, Jalan Air Putih, Taman Imbi, 25300, Kuantan, Pahang Opening hours: Wednesdays to Mondays; 10am - 10pm (closed on Tuesdays) Facebook | Instagram
10. Norfa Book Cafe
Formerly known as Maktabah Nursalam, Norfa Book Cafe is a one-of-a-kind book cafe in Kuantan. It was originally a regular bookstore selling books on Islam and faith, and it was upgraded to include a cafe so that people can sit and read while having a cup of coffee. You’re also welcome to enjoy their lunch menu, which ranges from fish and chips to curry noodles! Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: B26 Lorong Tun Ismail 6, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang Opening hours: Sat-Thu; 9am - 6pm (closed on Fridays) Facebook | Instagram If you don’t happen to live on the East Coast, it’s not a bad idea to start planning your trip to Kuantan for your next weekend getaway. Gather up your coffee companions now!