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Opening of OldTown Heritage Centre in Ipoh

The renowned Halal-certified kopitiam chain, OldTown White Coffee, has unveiled its new Heritage Centre in Ipoh, located along Jalan Panglima, adjacent to Concubine Lane.

façade of the OldTown Heritage Centre during the day
façade of the OldTown Heritage Centre during the day
a painting of the OldTown Heritage Centre
a painting of the OldTown Heritage Centre

The opening was marked by a vibrant display of arts and cultural events, as well as an evening soiree celebrating the ‘Artists Heritage Collaboration Project’.

cultural music extravaganza
cultural music extravaganza
the art of coffee
the art of coffee
interactive information at the tip of the finger
interactive information at the tip of the finger

The festivities began with introduction of the project, an initiative by OldTown White Coffee aimed at transforming the Heritage Centre into a ‘living’ heritage site. This project allows artists to display their work, honouring the rich legacy of Ipoh white coffee.

vintage coffee brewing station
vintage coffee brewing station
evolution of the coffee cup
evolution of the coffee cup
miniature kopitiam
miniature kopitiam

The Heritage Centre spans three floors of a neo-colonial building, including an eco-friendly Earthcare Cafe, the OldTown Heritage Gallery, besides a retail outlet. Visitors can delve into the history, plus heritage of Ipoh white coffee.

batik-painting activity
batik-painting activity
Dawn Liew, CEO of Kopitiam Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd. (4th R) and management, along with artists from the Artists Heritage Collaboration Project
Dawn Liew, CEO of Kopitiam Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd. (4th R) and management, along with artists from the Artists Heritage Collaboration Project

Meanwhile, the Earthcare Cafe serves as the brand’s flagship farm-to-table dining concept, featuring a new menu that highlights ethically and locally sourced produce, such as free-range eggs from cage-free chicken farms.

Dawn Liew, CEO of Kopitiam Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd. (3rd R) with artists from the Artists Heritage Collaboration Project
Dawn Liew, CEO of Kopitiam Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd. (3rd R) with artists from the Artists Heritage Collaboration Project
Dawn Liew, CEO of Kopitiam Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd. (4th R) alongside lucky draw winners
Dawn Liew, CEO of Kopitiam Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd. (4th R) alongside lucky draw winners

“The OldTown Heritage Centre is more than just a spot for enjoying great coffee and food. It’s a celebration of our shared history and values, as well as a platform for fostering community and environmental stewardship,” said Dawn Liew, CEO of Kopitiam Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd.

Melinda Looi (3rd L) with Dawn Liew, CEO of Kopitiam Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd. (2nd R) while models parade Melinda's fashion creations
Melinda Looi (3rd L) with Dawn Liew, CEO of Kopitiam Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd. (2nd R) while models parade Melinda’s fashion creations
OldTown White Coffee merchandise
OldTown White Coffee merchandise
Earthcare Cafe offers OldTown White Coffee's flagship farm-to-table dining concept
Earthcare Cafe offers OldTown White Coffee’s flagship farm-to-table dining concept

“The Centre’s location along the historically significant Heritage Trail means we must honour the existing traditions that have shaped the area, which is reflected in the Heritage Centre’s architecture and operations,” she added.

assorted beverages
assorted beverages
Creamy Prawn Tom Yum Spaghetti
Creamy Prawn Tom Yum Spaghetti

As part of its cultural preservation efforts, OldTown White Coffee has collaborated with various artists for the Artists Heritage Collaboration Project. They included:

Melinda Looi – A celebrated fashion designer who designed the iconic brown coffee cups for OldTown White Coffee in 2009. She has created a limited edition commemorative OldTown Heritage Tote Bag in conjunction with the Centre’s opening.

Chuen Mun Wai – One of Malaysia’s last surviving traditional Chinese lantern makers, specially commissioned to create five lanterns for the Heritage Centre, displayed in the Ground Floor dining area.

Chin Choon Yau – A notable mural artist from Ipoh who has painted over 300 murals depicting the cityscapes of yesteryear.

Lim Pui Wan (PicoWorm) – A miniature artist famous for creating highly detailed and realistic dioramas that fit in the palm of a hand.

Jeffrey Lim – A multi-talented photographer, cultural artist, and heritage enthusiast who contributed a vintage coffee brewing station, a collection of antique coffee cups, and a “Traditional Kopi Lineage” photo installation.

Azmi Hussin – A cartoonist celebrated for his quirky depictions of local life and the Malaysian record-holder for the country’s longest single comic strip, “Saga Kami”.

“The Artists Heritage Collaboration Project is an ongoing initiative for OldTown Heritage Centre to support local artists and craftsmen. We will continue to seek out talented individuals to create new installations and enrich our gallery,” added Liew.

Fusion Lei Cha Rice
Fusion Lei Cha Rice
Ginger Chicken Rice Bowl
Ginger Chicken Rice Bowl
Ipoh Bean Sprouts Chicken Hor Fun
Ipoh Bean Sprouts Chicken Hor Fun

“It’s our way of giving back to the community that has shaped our business over the years. Our Heritage Centre now stands as a beacon of creativity, celebrating the best of what Ipoh has to offer, beyond white coffee.”

Nasi Lemak Sambal Scampi Prawn
Nasi Lemak Sambal Scampi Prawn
Matcha Tau Fu Fa
Matcha Tau Fu Fa
1970s kopitiam scene wall mural by artist Chin Choon Yau
1970s kopitiam scene wall mural by artist Chin Choon Yau

The OldTown Heritage Centre opens in time for Visit Perak Year 2024, ready to welcome an influx of local and international tourists eager to experience what has recently been named as one of the world’s best coffees. By combining traditional recipes with a rich historical narrative, OldTown White Coffee’s latest flagship location sets a new standard for heritage businesses, captivating an audience with a taste for the past. View the full photo album on our official Facebook Page by clicking HERE.

Video: Opening of OldTown Heritage Centre, Ipoh

Event: Opening of OldTown Heritage Centre in Ipoh
Venue: OldTown Heritage Centre, Ipoh Oldtown
Date: 23rd May, 2024

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