Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

Kuching: Best Cafes in Kuching

Kuching Guide

The food city of Kuching might be famous for their mouthwatering laksa and kolok mee but one must check out the coffee culture, which is gaining popularity with the lifestyles of the social media savvy generation. While there are international coffee franchises in Kuching, there are a sprouting number of local artisan cafes! Here's a list of my top picks for Kuching Cafes.


Reasons to visit Kuching:

A rich natural diversity of flora and fauna - with a unique cultural experience!

I will let this video from Sarawak Tourism Board do the talking ~~ amazing isn't it? Be sure to check out their page to find out the latest events to help plan your visit!



While not as popular as the food city of Penang as a food destination, Kuching packs a punch with its delicious food and the food there is significantly more affordable than other parts of West Malaysia - making Kuching an unexplored gem for many travel foodies! The Kuching Laksa is my favourite laksa in Malaysia while the Kolokmee is one of a kind that you can't find anywhere else in Malaysia! Oh and don't get me started on their delicious charcoal grilled pork satays and indigenous cuisine!

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For my in depth guide to getting the best food in Kuching within walking distance from the two popular Pandungan street and Carpenter street, please check out my two other Kuching food guides!


Getting there

Malaysia Airlines has plenty of domestic flights from various states to Kuching - so you can easily add Kuching in your Malaysia Travel plans! For good online deals, you can book your MAS Airline flight on Traveloka Malaysia!  By the way - while you are doing your research to travel - don't miss the Traveloka Great Sale where you can get special travel deals without having to queue with the crowds like most travel fairs which can be a big hassle and waste of time. Just sit back and relax at home or at cafes to search for your deals comfortably online! Book from now until 12th September 2016 to get great flight tickets and hotel deals domestically and internationally!  Why queue when it's so much faster and easier online?


Top Cafes in Kuching




Earthlings prides itself as not only a café that has internationally trained and certified baristas, but they also roast their own coffee beans and supply them to local cafes in the region.  It is the favourite place for many to enjoy a cup of coffee tailored to their liking. 



You can choose from different blends for your lattes and cappuccinos but for the true coffee connoisseur, you will be happy to try their great selection of single origin pour-overs.



A great place to chill with friends, having coffee ~ eating cake ~ and take selfies ~



They have two branches but I prefer the branch at Soho East Hq. I would say they serve the best coffee in Kuching.

Address: Sublot 16, Soho East Hq, Lot 188, Lorong 5 Jalan Wan Alwi, 93300 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Phone:+60 82-337 066

Opens: 10:00 am to 11:pm


Sukha Cafe


Sukha is a cozy cafe decorated with tables reconstructed from the sewing machines, bicycle wheels on the ceiling and carefully selected trinkets at different corners of the café.



Happy faces enjoying brunch ~~~



The coffees are up to standard but their quality of café food is the main attraction. They serve very good chicken and waffles; crispy fried chicken served with their signature waffles and their gorgeous looking caramelized apple waffles; apple slices arranged to the shape of a rose on top of waffles.



Be sure to try their famous in house nasi lemak! Fancy having coffee while enjoying a classic Malaysian staple for breakfast!


Address: Ground Floor, Lot 11963, Block 16 Brighton Square,, Jalan Song, 93350 Kuching, Malaysia

Phone:+60 82-454 158

Opens :11:00 am to 10:30pm. Closes on Wednesdays.

Black Bean Coffee & Tea Company


Located at the famous heritage Carpenter Street, this nostalgic tiny café showcases a unique style of coffee. Sarawak coffee beans, which is usually brewed the traditional way in local kopitiams are brewed using espresso machines.



Besides Sarawak coffee, they also serve other Arabica, Liberica and Robusta coffees grown in Java, and Sumatra, as well as premium oolong and green teas from Taiwan.



Marie bought this Cat Mug as a souvenir to remind her about Cat City Kuching!



Enjoy a sip of coffee here after the touristy heritage walk along Carpenter Street.


Address: 87,Ewe Hai Street(carpenter St.), 93000 Kuching.

Phone:+60 82-420 290

Opens: Monday – Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm


Coffee Factory


Coffee Factory might be quite a drive from the city center, located opposite an army camp and next to a music store (owned by the same owner). The spacious two floor café showcases metal mezzanine, reclaimed wood and metal garden chairs decor; a bar like set up at ground level, with a loft-like setting first floor.



They serve a good mix of Asian and Western dishes to pair with the good coffee.



I like the idea of having a cup of latte, while having a spicy Nasi Goreng served with Chicken Satays ~~



~~ of course ~~ a delicious crepe cake as my happy ending!

Address: JT Building, 7th Mile, Kuching-Serian Road, 93250 Kuching.

Phone:+60 82-627 050

Opens: Monday: 1:00pm – 11:45pm. Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00am – 11:45pm


Rusty Bean & Batter


Sporting a vintage décor, you will notice from the warm light bulbs that are scattered throughout the ceiling attached to vintage looking pipes, to the rustic painted wooden furniture in the café.



The café serves an all day breakfast menu concept; poached eggs, sandwiches, waffles, pancakes, and a good selection of coffee, juices and smoothies, which are beautifully presented for all your hip Instagramming pleasures.



*swoons* #foodporn #dessertporn #kuchingcafes

Address:  M42/M43, Level 1, ST3 Shopping Mall, Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, Malaysia.

Phone: +6019-633 8866

Opens: 10:00 am - 12:00am


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Be sure to read my other guides to Malaysia in my travel guides section




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