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10 Best Kopitiam Spots in Johor Bahru [2023]

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Kopitiam Spot Johor Bahru

Kopitiam Spot Johor Bahru

If you’re looking for a delicious cup of coffee and some good Malaysian food, you need to check out the 10 Best Kopitiam Spots in Johor Bahru. These ten restaurants serve up some of the best traditional Malaysian cuisine in the city, and they’re all perfect for a quick meal or a relaxing afternoon out with friends. So what are you waiting for? Start exploring Johor Bahru’s kopitiam scene today!

1. Restoran Hua Mui

Key ServicesKopitiam Spot, Coffee shop, Malaysian Restaurant 
AddressNo. 131, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
Phone 07-224 7364
Operating hoursDaily 8:30am – 6pm(last order 5:30pm)

The Restoran Hua Mui in Johor Bahru is a wonderful example of an old-school restaurant. Since 1946, it has been serving the original Hainanese chicken chop in Johor Bahru, according to legend.

The Hainanese Chicken Chop is the star dish at Restoran Hua Mui. The fried chicken chop, which sits on a savory sauce with peas and potato wedges, was crispy without being oily. The first cut down the centre revealed a juicy and succulent core, proof that it had been brined correctly before being cooked.

The batter was flavorful, with prominent egg and milk tastes coming through—which is remarkable since most fried chicken batters tend to be milder.

Key Differentiators:

  • The Original Hainanese Chicken Chop
  • 75 Years Of Inheriting The Spirit, Consistent
  • Inheriting delectable recipes

Customer’s Review:

Popular food place in JB. Delicious foods and drinks. Ayam merah is a must to try.

Pankour Coffee Roastery

2. Fang Yuan Kopitiam Sentosa

Key ServicesKopitiam Spot, Coffee shop, Restaurant 
Address38 Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone +60 7-336 1520
Operating hoursDaily 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursday Closed 

One of the oldest and still well-functioning kopitiams in Johor, Fang Yuan Kopitiam, has been open for about 60 years.

It’s the ideal spot to get a cup of coffee made from fried coffee beans, which is best matched with butter coconut roasted bread and half-cooked eggs to traditional Malaysian breakfasts such as nasi lemak, wanton mee, and chee cheong fun.

The unique thing about this kopitiam is that it offers wonderful charcoal grilled toast with a wide range of sauces to choose from, such as butter and kaya, sweet butter and sugar, savory boiled egg and mayonnaise, famous peanut butter and jam, and much more.

A contemporary type of kopitiam, this one was erected in a more sanitary environment. The Fang Yuan Kopitiam has expanded its menus to include local breakfast and lunch options, since they are open until 5:30 p.m.

Key Differentiators:

  • Rengit Hainan Coffee since 1948
  • Freshly Made daily
  • Halal eatery

Customer’s Review:

Loved the food, the eggs, toast and the coffee were great!! The staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the food.


3. Sunshine Coffee

Key ServicesKopitiam Spot, Coffee Shop, Chinese Restaurant
Website https://www.facebook.comSunshine-Coffee
Address1, Jalan Beladau 19,Taman Puteri Wangsa, 81800 Ulu Tiram, Johor
Phone +60 19-713 3494
Operating hours7:00 AM – 4:00 PM Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat,
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM Sunday

Restaurant Sunshine is one of the most well-known kopitiam restaurants that serves breakfast. On weekends, Restaurant Sunshine hires extra personnel to help prepare food and serve it to customers. Everything is meticulously and methodically done.

One of the most popular beverages is Hainanese coffee. The richness and smoothness of Hainanese coffee make it superior to typical kopi. Their signature nasi lemak, which features simple ingredients with little taste and a coconut scent, is another famous item on their menu.

Key Differentiators:

  • Must try their Hainanese coffee
  • Serves signature nasi lemak 
  • Sunshine has “everything” for breakfast, with something for everyone

Customer’s Review:

I brought my grandma and while waiting, the boss took a stool over for her to sit down. Very attentive and caring! Food was good and service was great. Reasonable pricing. There’s usually a wait in line.

Millie Chin (Milliefujii)

4. Wee Hoi Kopitiam

Key ServicesKopitiam Spot, Coffee Shop, Restaurant
Address6, Jalan Kacang Panjang, Gelang Patah, 81550 Gelang Patah, Johor
Phone +60 16-776 6110

Without preservatives, Wee Hoi Kopitiam’s meals are made from real, fresh ingredients. This is one of the reasons people love to dine here. The shop produces around 700-1100 buns each day, but they will be depleted in hours.

The preserved vegetable bun is one of Wee Hoi Kopitiam’s most famous buns. The preserved vegetable bun is hearty and not overly salty, with moist, not excessively salty preserved greens wrapped in a fluffy, airy, snowy-hued slightly sweet bun. With a lively bounce, the bun had excellent bite and mouth feel.

Their popular bun is their peanut bun. The peanut bun has a generous filling of finely ground roasted peanuts with just a little bit of sugar. Do try out Wee Hoi Kopitiam’s buns if you enjoy buns.

Key Differentiators:

  • Reasonably price
  • Varieties of buns selections
  • Made with real, fresh ingredients without preservatives

Customer’s Review:

The coffee is good, very distinctive taste, the bitterness and sweetness blended in an unusual way, very unique. The soft boiled eggs are good too, toast are average.

Ken Loi

5. Sang Heng

Key ServicesKopitiam Spot, Coffee Shop, Restaurant
Address7, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

Sang Heng is a type of restaurant that does not have a menu. So all you do is go in, inquire about what they’ve got, and pick something out. Select the size, describe the sort of noodles you want, and whether you want it dry or soup.

They serve all varieties of noodles. If you want, there’s also some Wu Xiang behind there. The fishballs in this restaurant are homemade, but the pork balls are purchased from a store.

Plus, Sang Heng’s soup is the power. It includes pork socket bones, shrimp, anchovies, dried sole fish, and other ingredients. The broth has a medium body with layers of savoriness and sweetness.

If you enjoy noodles, you must try Uncle Ah Seng’s delectable old school Teochew mee. Noodles of this quality are few and far between in Johor Bahru or Singapore now.

Key Differentiators:

  • Varieties of food selections
  • They have all kinds of noodles
  • Reasonably priced yet delicious

Customer’s Review:

Nice noodles with many varieties to choose . The soup very delicious, must try the special braise duck and yam spring roll.


6. Jumpa Selalu

Key ServicesKopitiam Spot, Malaysian Restaurant
AddressNo.173, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone +60 11-5750 5290
Operating hoursDaily 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Thursday Closed

Jumpa Selalu is one of the most Instagram-worthy locations to wear your outfit. But this isn’t all you’ll find here. Jumpa Selalu is notable for its classic steamed bread, which comes with a kaya spread and butter. Jumpa Selalu is the place to go if you want to recapture your childhood memories. In addition, try their Nasi Lemak or Mee Siam dishes!

Key Differentiators:

  • Serving Traditional Local Chinese Foods
  • Instagram-worthy
  • Notable for its classic steamed bread

Customer’s Review:

Nice ambient place. Coffee here is a must.


7. Fendi

Key ServicesKopitiam Spot, Malaysian Restaurant, Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant
AddressBlok 5 Flat Taman Cempaka 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone +60 19-784 9600
Operating hoursDaily 6:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Fendi offers Breakfast and Brunch Restaurant with a smaller Roti Canai size than most in the early 1990s. Despite its tiny stature, it instantly fills your tummy! There is lots of substance in just a few layers when chewed, despite its appearance of being little and flat. The crispy exterior and fluffy interior are what can be described! Many individuals have recommended their roti bawang.

Key Differentiators:

  • Reasonably priced yet delicious
  • Establishment of over 2 decades
  • Roti Bawang here is also a must-order

Customer’s Review:

Great food!

Amir Hamzah Sheikh Mohamed

8. Saleng Tai Chiang Coffee

Key ServicesKopitiam Spot, Malaysian Restaurant, Coffee shop
Address12, Jalan Jelawat, Kawasan Perindustrian Senai 1, 81400 Kulai, Johor
Operating hoursDaily 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Tuesday Closed

The interior of Saleng Tai Chiang Coffee is rather simple, despite its 45-year-old origin. The concrete floor is gray, the Formica tables and stacking chairs are plastic, and the buzzing fans above our heads are bright, comfortable, clean, and cool.

Mr. Wong, the moss, makes all of the coffees. He employs a classic sock approach to brew coffee. Mr. Wong also roasts his own beans on an antiquated soot-blackened spinning drum over a wood fire at the back of the store (inside).

The specialty of Saleng Tai Chiang Coffee is the charcoal grilled kaya toast, which is also highly recommended. The fluffy white bread is charcoaled on all sides until charred. Each toast is individually scraped to remove the char surface. Kaya (coconut jam), margarine, peanut butter, or butter are spread on the toast.

Key Differentiators:

  • All the coffees are handmade 
  • Famous for their freshly charcoal grilled kaya toast
  • Friendly service

Customer’s Review:

Coffee is the best tea room coffee I’ve ever had. It tastes the same when you buy it home and cook it yourself. Recommended!

Ivy Yky

9. Cha Lao Dim Sum

Key ServicesKopitiam Spot, Dim Sum Restaurant, Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant
AddressShop 6 Menara Malpakat, Jalan Dato Sulaiman 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone +60 7-290 3394

The Cha Lao Dim Sum is located in the beautiful Johor Bahru Holiday Villa, which has a sophisticated look. You may really feel like taking it in an ancient tea house with the whole ambience being luxurious and modern, with Chinese elements to add a touch of authenticity!

More than 40 dim sum varieties are on the menu, including siu mai, fresh shrimp dumplings, fried stuffed red chilies, fried stuffed okra, handmade fish siu mai, and golden carbon liu sha bao. They’re fantastic and a definitive must-do for your beautiful day!

Key Differentiators:

  • The environment is both luxurious and contemporary
  • More than 40 dim sum choices are available
  • Must try Luo Mai Chicken, Char Siew Bao 

Customer’s Review:

One of the best Dim Sum in JB. Custard Bun and XLB were great. Enjoyed the carrot cake and chee cheong fun too. Order the Homemade Soya to complete your breakfast! Price is slightly on the higher side but worth it.

Joshua Low

10. Kopilicious

Key ServicesKopitiam Spot, Coffee shop
Address18, Jalan Molek 2/2, Taman Molek 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Phone +60 11-1141 6718

Of course, you’ll need a cup of coffee to help you get spirited in the early morning! On top of the first-class coffee, Kopilicious offers a variety of delectable local breakfasts, such as pan mee, mee siam, nasi lemak, and more.

It’s worth noting that Kopilicious’ unique coffee is fantastic! The scent is robust, the coffee is smooth. A single taste of coffee will swiftly rouse you from slumbering!

Key Differentiators:

  • Top of the first-class coffee
  • Variety of delicious local breakfasts
  • Must try Kopi Beng, Mee Siam, Ayam Penyet

Customer’s Review:

Nice coffee and noodles. Must try!

Edward Foo

Kopitiam Spot Johor Bahru

Kopitiam Spot Johor Bahru is a great place to get your Malaysian caffeine fix. The coffee shop offers a variety of delectable local breakfasts, such as pan mee, mee siam, nasi lemak, and more. It’s worth noting that Kopilicious’ unique coffee is fantastic!

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Rachel Tan is the editor at FunEmpire Media Malaysia. She has over 8 years of experience in the media industry discovering the best local businesses, places and things to do in Malaysia. From lifestyle, entertainment, food, travel, education and more, Rachel is a trusted source to curate the very best Malaysia has to offer.