lurvethelife: Dreamz Bakery: The Strand, Kota Damansara.
Yes, I’ve kinda ran out of post title ideas. Might as well keep it short and to the point.
It all began when I found out that there was a promotion at the Nadeje outlet at Sunway Giza. I got a few friends and went to Kota Damansara after school. Unfortunately, we gave up queuing and decided to go to Dreamz Bakery at The Strand instead.
That was my second visit to The Strand and I was not too familiar with it. We took quite sometime before we located the place. And we made it by foot! The Strand is within walking distance from Sunway Giza but I’d still advise you to take a car together with a navigating system as you may get a little lost if you are unfamiliar with the place.
We managed to get to Dreamz Bakery somehow.
I didn’t do much research this time and I certainly didn’t expect it to be this cozy!
A piece of advice though: You wouldn’t want to put on complicated footwear as you have to remove them prior to entering the place.
They also sell knick-knacks of all sorts near the cashier. The shelves are full of cookies, sweets, and also various decorative items. I didn’t bring much money out that day so I decided to not get anything from the shelves. :/
We got a table by the windows so there is enough light and also, it’s a very comfortable space and you get to sit cross-legged on the floor (with cushions, of course). They don’t have chairs with back support there. Some people are uncomfortable with that whilst some others are OK with it. It differs.
Dammann Frères Earl Grey – RM8.90
We wanted to have coffee but unfortunately, the water rationing problem in KL and Selangor areas made it impossible for us to get our coffee. We opted for tea instead. It’s been so long since I last had an Earl Grey. Their teapot and teacup are stackable (wow because I havn’t seen a proper teapot for so long).
Passion Fruit Earl Grey Tea – RM6. 90
Crème Caramel – RM6.90
Well, to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of their crème caramel as it was a little dry for me. Perhaps I’m more of a crème brûlée kind of person..
Spaghetti Carbonara – RM12.90
Coincidentally, we all felt like having some pasta so we ended up ordering 3 plates of spaghetti carbonara. I don’t regret it a bit as it is considered quite cheap and it is full of mushrooms, and also with prawns. I’d definitely go back for more carbonara. I mean, how could I say no? :3
Tiramisu Layer Cake – RM9.90
Nothing extremely special but I love the artsy camera at the side of the plate.
Matcha and Choco Plaid Cake – RM8.90
It’s my first try at plaid cakes but it was pretty good and the flavours go well with each other. I like the matcha squares better compared to the chocolate ones though.
Oreo Cheesecake – RM8.90
One of my all-time-favs. I remembered my first cheesecake and it was an Oreo flavoured one. Still love it now. The Oreo cheesecake here is pretty decent and good.
Typical photo shooting sessions in between mouths of food.
Anshi and I decided to leave a short note after taking a look at the photo/note wall. We flipped through books in order to find a blank page but we only succeeded in finding half-pages. Well, losers can’t be choosers. So…
Short. and simple. Hahahaha.
“Candid” shots, credits to Anshi. OK, I’m laughing my head off. There are funnier ones but well, it’s not professional enough. *evil laugh*
For those who like to take selfies, there are also some props (mainly spectacle frames) to add in some fun to your photos.
It’s a lovely place to gather with friends and family members too. We would’ve stayed longer if we weren’t on foot (and had to make our way to Sunway Giza for more food before it got dark).
Some other friends of mine missed this opportunity so perhaps we’ll be back for more 😀
Food: 7. 5/10
(for reference only)
No 32-1, The Strand,
Jalan PJU 5/20D, Pusat Perdagangan Kota Damansara.,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor,
Operating Hours: 12pm – 10pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Tel.: 012-200 3441
Art student by day, everything else by night.
13 Malaysian Bake Shops To Order Korean Minimalist Style Cakes
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In the wise words of Coco Chanel herself, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” Perhaps this in combination with the global cult status given to the South Korean wave – thanks to catchy K-pop tunes and binge-worthy K-dramas – has led to the creation and massive success of the Korean minimalist cake trend.
Clean yet imperfect, rustic yet refined. Unsurprisingly, this eye-popping, pastel-hued trend has reached our shores and filled up our Instagram feeds with its simplistic beauty. In fact, this craze has been a saving grace for some of the local bakers affected by the pandemic. So, why not take a bite of this beauty and #sapotlokal?
Whether it’s a celebration or a solo ‘treat yo’self’ moment, here are 13 Malaysian bake shops that let you have your Korean minimalist cake and eat it too:
The guaranteed crowd-pleasing favourite widely-known in the local Korean minimalist cake scene is none other than Melur Cakes, founded by pastry expert Yasmin Zulkefli. Located in Dataran Wangsa Melawati, they’ve successfully executed many eye-catching and intricately-detailed cakes, making them the go-to for a taste of this trend. Their calendar design is one of the most popular ones. With an array of heavenly flavours to choose from, pre-order yours a week in advance (closed on Mondays) then proceed to collect it at their store or have it delivered to you via Grab.
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With dripping heart shapes to watercolour-esque paintings, Green Aprons by Farzanah Razali dares to experiment with delicately simple designs. Based in Seremban, these home-baked beauties come in popular flavours such as rich chocolate and red velvet, and sizes beginning from six inches and up. What’s more, they’ve also stepped outside traditional bounds to offer two-tiered cakes in the same theme – perfect if you’re looking for a larger treat!
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Another aesthetic feast for the eyes (and taste buds) is undoubtedly the delightful concoctions made at Ophelia Bakes. Founded by wife-and-husband duo Nabila Asyiqin and Aiman Asyraf, these delectable beauties come in simple-yet-Insta-worthy designs that draw inspiration from calendars, paint smears, paintings, and flowers. Choose between classic flavours like chocolate, butter, Nutella, and coffee with sizes ranging from five to nine inches.
Aside from baking their popular Swedish almond cakes and cupcakes, they’ve recently set their sights on creating vintage Korean cakes too.
Tiny Baker in Pink
Diving headfirst into the trend with a matching dine-in backdrop to complete the pastel-hued minimalist aesthetic, Tiny Baker in Pink located in Kota Damansara definitely ticks all the boxes. Especially with its added touches of elegant, fairy-like rusticity.
Apart from their old school vintage-designed cakes and other café goodies, they’ve tapped into the Korean minimalist cake market with their own releases. Especially popular are the new chiffon cakes with flavours like earl grey, chocolate Oreo, and matcha strawberry, together with their small bento cakes. Although they’re not accepting dine-in customers until further notice due to COVID-19, they’re still taking orders for for self-collect or delivery.
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With perhaps the most diverse and extravagant flavours, Street Bake in Cyberjaya is your best bet for some delectable luxury cakes. From Lotus Biscoff and black forest to pandan nisang (screwpine and palm sugar) and carrot cake, their six- and eight-inch home-baked Korean minimalist cakes are mouth-watering must-haves. To enjoy some bit-sized decadence, go for their five-inch Bento cakes for RM30 with flavours like Victoria sandwich, chocolate Nutella, and lemon – each one just as delicious as the last.
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With perfectly-executed and colourful designs to surely put a smile on anyone’s face, the Korean minimalist cakes offered by Shah Alam-based Tiga Chamcha are certainly to die for. Choose between vanilla or chocolate and place your orders at least three to four days in advance before your desired date (except Mondays) to ensure you get to try this tasty treat.
Apart from their typical sizes, feel free to opt for one or more of their four-inch bento cakes. If you’ve got extra room in your tummy for more goodies (because let’s face it, there’s always room for dessert), order their cookies, doughnuts, cheese tarts, and other confections for your feast.
Cake by Su
For those of you residing in the northern states of Peninsular Malaysia, fret not, as you can still join in on the fun thanks to the creative hands over at Penang-based Sugar Amors. Founded by Phang Xue Min, this designer cake shop recently began dabbling in Korean minimalist cakes after mastering their intricately-decorated, stunning tiered cakes and other rich goodies like cakesicles and doughnuts. With their chunky white lettering against soothing pastel hues, their cakes are definitely crowd-pleasers. Also, feel free to spring for their four- and six-inch bento cakes that can be accompanied by character designs if so desired.
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If you adore flowers as much as we do, you’re bound to get a kick out of the underrated aspect of the trend offered by Cushy Candy founded by Nur Hidayah Kamarudin: simple floral-patterned cakes. Aside from the usual paint smears and calendar designs, we can’t get enough of their lavender and cherry drawn double chocolate Nutella cakes. We can bet you’ll feel the same.
They’ve also released the square-sized bento versions that are priced at just under RM20. They’re equally as pleasing to the eye and tummy, as well as our wallets.
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Cake by Reen
While there’s no harm in giving in to the temptation of picking up some heavenly brownies and pavlovas, there’s nothing quite like surprising your loved ones with the soft hues of Korean minimalist cakes. From pastels to vivid tones, take your pick between their four-inch bento cake or six-inch regular-sized cakes. Note that the calendar design is only available for the latter. Whether you choose to dig into their red velvet or chocolate Nutella flavours, you and your recipients will be utterly delighted.
The Tee Bakers
Looking for an affordable after-meal nibble? Other than sinfully rich chocolate brownies, Kota Damansara-based Bakey Bites churn out mini Korean minimalist cakes that have proven to be rather popular. Ideal for two (or one as a more indulgent treat), these little four-inch cakes only cost RM15, and come in an array of delightful flavours like chocolate Nutella, pandan gula Melaka (screwpine with palm sugar), and red velvet. Available in four different sizes, you can also order a seven-inch cake for larger gatherings.
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eat • play • life: Donutes @ Kota Damansara
Being the first cafe in Klang Valley that operates 24 hours whole day long, Donutes has previously commenced its business in Puchong. Recently, the business is being expanded to Kota Damansara, and there goes the second outlet which situated nearby the mamak shop Kayu.
As illustrated on the tree branches wallpaper, Donutes started its very first branch in Kaohsiung since 1989, and further expanded to Taiwan, and now… to Malaysia.
|Toilet here is clean.|
|There’s TV for ur entertainment,
and a 24-hr wifi facility.
To ensure that every customer could secure a seat and enjoy a relaxing dining experience here, Donutes sets the simple rules:
Beverages sold are clearly listed on the menu board, or u could get their menu items through the brochure-like menu list.
Cakes are magnificently displayed.
|Cakes are sold in slices..|
|. ..or in whole.|
Donutes sells fresh breads too, but up to 2am only.
Breads are freshly baked daily at three different hours:
Besides that, Donutes sells small bites like Taiwan pineapple tarts, Hawaii tarts, as well as the macarons.
Likewise how others branded coffee shops operate, Donutes has the merchandise area selling their thermo flasks and coffee beans.
To avoid delay in service, Donutes supports self-service with all the food and beverages ordered to be collected from the counter once your number is called.
Donutes coffee basically tastes like normal white coffee. Therefore, you could go for other ice blended or herbal tea if you are not fond of a white coffee taste.
|Coffees like its signature Donutes coffee, caramel macchiato,
latte etc could be obtained here.
|Other beverages such as grape fruit tea, jin xuan tea,
and apple plum smoothis are available too.
Cakes and breads taste not bad at all. And I like how they are clearly illustrated – every pastry is drawn on the price tag with the ingredients labelled on.
|Angel cake with honey flavour filling.|
|Cheesy cheese balls|
|Lemon sauce & honey swiss roll|
|Lime chocolate cake|
|Mango panna cotta|
Upon the grand opening of Donutes, PJ-ians who crave for a midnight coffee or cake session could now heading to this branch. Nomore headache on question like “where else to get a nice cafe at late hour like 2am?” =P
Address: Jalan PJU 5/13 Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya.
Operating Hours: Daily – 24 Hours
Tel: 03-6143 7262
Dreamz Bakery @ The Strand, Kota Damansara
This month is
a busy month for me because we are busying to prepare for the next market that
we are going to sell our handmade products. Facing the computer for more than
10 hours, but no matter how busy I will still take a break. I always choose to
have tea break or looking for nice foods in my break time. So today will introducing
to you a place for hi-tea. It is Dreamz Bakery at Kota Damansara. I think my
blog looks more like food blog now. Too much food posts, but who doesn’t love
own by a pair of young couple at The Strand, Kota Damansara. I saw them on TV
before. No doubt, it’s really a nice place to have a cup of tea. As you can see,
the interior design is very nice and cute.
Oh, there’s a handmade corner too. I felt this place like a home
and I don’t wanna leave this place. ><
to spaghetti, this place is famous for their cakes. From what I saw, most
people recommended their cakes. Well, it tasted really good. Strongly
recommend. And I like their tea pot! It’s a Mickey with flower print! *melted*
conclution, it’s really a nice place. But this place a bit difficult to look up.
Remember, Dearmz Bakery is at upstairs of a shop. Happy hunting!
Perdagangan Kota Damansara,
Tel: 012 – 200 3441
Open from 12 PM – 10 PM.
Bonjour Garden @ Kota Damansara – Mimi’s Dining Room
It’s hard to miss this green house looks alike structure when you pass by Kota Damansara, luring you to have a peak inside.
Bonjour Garden, a visually attractive bakery cum cafe.
The glass house was tastefully decorated with pot plants and I adore the feel of natural light flow in naturally through the glass panels.
The quirky decors hanging in the bakery ~ Assorted of kitchen utensils!
Wide variety of patisserie and boulangerie display graciously in baskets, so inviting and make me wanna grab every each of them!
Further in is the dining area features lush greenery, fountains and dangling lamps.
The soothing and rustic ambiance with wooden furniture surrounded with plenty of plants.
Benches with comfy cushions seats right beside the water feature.
Photo courtesy from Coffee & Bread
The ordering counter.
The giant fan on the ceiling but it can’t help much, I felt quite warm sitting in the open air cafe on that scorching afternoon.
Share the similar concept with Marchè, we were given a Guest Card once we were seated. An order chit will be given after each order and please attach all the order chit with the Guest Card and pass to the cashier when check out.
Flat White (RM 7. 50+)
Cappuccino (RM 6.50+)
It taste quite bland according to my friend.
Vanilla Mango (RM 7.00+)
Classic Caesar Salad (RM 15.00+)
It had all the necessary requirements of a good Caesar Salad~ Romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, black olives, hard boiled egg, crunchy croutons, and a sprinkling of shaved Parmesan cheese completed the appearance of it. A minor grumbling here, I wish the dressing could be a little more 😛
Margarita Pizza ~ Small (RM 10.00+)
The thin crust base was smothered with plenty of melted cheese with the basic ingredients of tomato sauce, tomato cubes and herbs. It was definitely undercooked and rendering the pale looking pizza.
Aglio Olio Seafood (RM 24. 00+)
Portion was big with decent amount of seafood however it was a tad too bland and oily.
Aglio Olio Mushroom ~ Small (RM 10.00+)
This version outshone the previous pasta by miles with al-dente spaghetti sufficiently coated with garlicky sauce infused with chili flakes, herbs and mushroom slices.
Grilled Beef Sandwich (RM 23.00+)
A piece of lean grilled beef with sliced tomato, onion, lettuce, sandwiched in a ciabatta with a side of golden brown potato wedges. No complaint from my friend, I assumed it should be quite delicious 🙂
Mozzarella Cheese Steak (RM 28.00+)
Huge portion with 2 big slabs of steak lusciously topped with melted cheese and sliced mushrooms drenched in black pepper mushroom sauce. Despite being slightly overcooked the steak was toothsome and the accompanied side of grilled(?) vegetables also executed well.
Chocolate cake from the bakery, attracted by its look and the taste was equally good too, very intense chocolaty flavor.
Verdict: Good environment and the food taste wise but I’ll make sure my 2nd visit is going to be after sunset 😛 The bakery is like a treasure which I would like to come back to discover more!
Central Park Building,
Jalan PJU 5/13, Dataran Sunway
47810 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: +603-6140 7587
Mon – Fri: 9.00am to 11.00pm
Sat & Sun: 9.00am to 12.00am
CHEESY LAVA TART @ HOKKAIDO JAPANESE PASTRY HOUSE, KOTA DAMANSARA
Japanese Baked Cheese Tart- yeah, that’s
the current craze amongst many of us around Klang Valley of late. But do you
know that actually the very first batch of these cheesy bakes craving actually
comes from Hokkaido Japanese Pastry House, an
independent bakery located at Dataran Sunway, some time early of the year, way
before the actual frenzy started?
I personally love the many toothsome
pastries that are freshly and earnestly baked from this Japanese patisserie.
And yeah, this is not my first time visiting it and definitely not gonna be the
final one. At the point of finally penning it down, it’s already been numerous
returns before I eventually found the time to imprint it vividly onto my humble
blog of Carpe Diem!
I’m still very much missing its Caramel Danish that always run out of
stock whenever I happen to drop by to try my luck- all the way from Cheras (= As
such, I consider myself very lucky to be still able to grab hold of some
lusciously baked Lava Cheese Tarts
before they are sold out again!
The alluringly promising Cheesy Lava
tarts are yours at only MYR 4. 30 per piece.
The golden filling is gooey, moist and
cheesily beckoning with its smooth texture, daintily encased within a buttery
crust. The fact that the bakery is not a franchise, thus ensuring optimum
quality is maintained all-time, and those moreish pieces are sold at a
reasonable price (compared to several others franchise) but come with bounty
indulgence of the cheesy melting gratification, really wins my heart. And
therefore, I’ll definitely grab mine whenever lady’s luck is at my side and
even recommend to my visiting friends who are in town for a short vacay.
Feedback from them- the tarts are simply to die for!
Do give it a try whenever you’re nearby
and best to come before 6pm to avoid disappointment when the tarts tray are
emptied again. Just my two-cents, honest pastries that capture my taste bud and
hope you guys would enjoy it too!
Cheers for now and follow us at Carpe Diem for more ‘food-ful’ discoveries! ❤ℒℴѵℯ❤
35-1, Jalan PJU 5/10, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810 Selangor.
: +603 6145 0588
Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 830am – 10pm
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雪隆美食|| Dreamz Bakery @ Kota Damansara 温馨蛋糕店
Dreamz Bakery 一間紅遍雪隆的Cafe。當年 它家的千層蛋糕非常紅!
沒有人不認識它家 (沒有誇張 是事實來滴)
溫馨舒適的CAFE, 精緻的甜品, 服務員友好
裝潢有家的味道, 讓在這繁榮的城市有個空間 好好放鬆
這是第N次光顧了, 之前沒好好拍照 不能開文 (懶惰懶惰!!)
Dreamz Bakery位于Kota Damansara, Encorp Strand Mall對面, FRKL21服飾店樓上
光看招牌 就能感受 家的溫暖 ღ
2010經營到現在, 一對年輕的情侶 勇於將他們的夢想成真, 創造屬於他們的Dreamz Bakery
據説, 男主人是負責烘培蛋糕甜品, 而女主人負責設計, 墙上画板上绘满了她的作品
一步一脚印 向夢想前進 ♥
踏進門口, 精美的蛋糕在冰櫥裡等著你 (╹ڡ╹ )
親朋親友的生日 也能向它家訂購蛋糕 (好像可以指定想要的造型蛋糕喲 )
櫃檯旁的小角落 則是小孩子的天地 也是我們童年的回憶啊 ( •̀ ω •́ )
餅乾零食, 貼紙, 小游戲 等等
小小的空间让人很舒适, 家的溫馨啊 ❛◡❛
附上menu 讓大家參考參考 xp
分隔了2個區, 分別是高脚椅區, 榻榻米區
榻榻米區完全是熱門區!! 很幸運 當天我們成功”霸占” 呵呵
和♥ 的人 舒服地 依賴在一起 真好呀 ✿
店裏的設計,裝潢擺設, 墙上的插画 等等 每一个角落都能感受到他們的用心
Matcha Chocolate Cake | RM 10. 90
格子海绵蛋糕 一格抹茶, 一格巧克力
被它精緻的外觀誘惑而點了, 蛋糕綿密松软 不會太甜
Toast Sticks + Homemade Ice Cream | RM 18.90
一層一層 像磚頭塊的吐司 叠起來, 非常香氣!
可惜 比起在曼谷品嘗的味道 還差少許 ( 嗯 我想念泰國了“淚奔)
它家提供的是 自製的冰淇淋, 有不同口味 可選擇喲
我們選擇 Oreo Mint口味 棒棒的!! 甜不會膩, 偏愛Mint ♥
由於 還沒到晚餐時間, 我們衹點了一份主食 大家sharing ♥
Lemon Sauce Chicken Rice | RM 18.90
炸鷄香脆 口感不錯 肉不會乾巴巴 , 搭配 香噴噴的飯 TA喜歡 ♥
Chocolate | RM 10.90
Mango Fresh | RM 10.90
店里的裝潢和好滋味的甜點 讓光顧的人 都幸福滿滿 ❛◡❛
show 自戀照時刻 (不喜 請往X 按下去 xp)
opps 對了 這裏有提供玩具給小孩子玩耍, 好讓媽媽好好enjoy下午茶
Dreamz Bakery & Cafe
Add: No 32-1, The Strand, Jalan PJU 5/20d, Pusat Perdagangan Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya,Selangor, Malaysia.
Business Hour: 12:00PM – 10:00PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
還記得 N年前和朋友們的老友聚會, 我們啊可是認識了足足10年了!! 10年來的不容易呀 所以也特別珍惜
生活的繁忙 雖然讓我們少見面 但絕不 影響感情, 幾時再來個 老友聚會?! 朋友呀 來約我唄 xp
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90,000 Opening of the first gourmet restaurant for cats by GOURMET A La Carte
Done! July 26 and 27 within the framework of the festival “Oh, yes! Food!” the opening of the first gourmet restaurant for cats from GOURMET A La Carte. All tables were booked in advance – there were a lot of people who wanted to show their pets.
The menu of the first restaurant for cats includes four masterpieces of gourmet cuisine GOURMET A La Carte:
– with chicken, a la Perline pasta and spinach;
– with beef a la Jardinière and carrots, tomatoes and zucchini;
– with turkey and garnish a la Ratatouille, green peas and carrots;
– with salmon a la Florentine and spinach and green beans.
While the cats were enjoying culinary masterpieces from the menu offered by the waiters, their owners and other guests took part in master classes on cooking 4-course gourmet cuisine, led by the famous chef Yuri Rozhkov. The opening was attended by celebrity guests, among whom were Anastasia Stotskaya, Margarita Mitrofanova, Alexandra Balakireva and Ilya Varlamov.
TV and radio host Margarita Mitrofanova came with her beloved cat Lyusya, and the famous blogger Ilya Varlamov brought out his cat, Martha, of the Savannah breed. Singer and actress Anastasia Stotskaya and finalist of “Star Factory 5” Alexandra Balakireva came to the opening of the first gourmet restaurant for cats from GOURMET A La Carte without their pets.
Alexandra Balakireva, despite the active preparation for the presentation of the video for the song from the new album “Different”, which will be released in September, found time and came to the opening of the first gourmet restaurant for cats from GOURMET A La Carte. Here Alexandra found brides for her cats Styopa and Guri of Maine Coon breed.
Anastasia Stotskaya’s beloved cat – the British fold-eared Lyuska – is now staying at the dacha, but Anastasia assured that next time they will definitely come together.
One of the audience’s favorites was the red-haired green-eyed cat of the world’s largest Maine Coon breed, with which guests of the whole festival came to take pictures. Of course, Fold-eared Britons of various colors and white fluffy Persians did not go unnoticed.
The first gourmet cat restaurant from GOURMET A La Carte was located in the most pleasant, shady area of the park.All guests of the festival took part in master classes of haute cuisine by chef Yuri Rozhkov, tasted dishes, participated in various competitions, received gifts, took pictures with cats and enjoyed the holiday.
Everyone, without exception, was satisfied!
Kuching, Malaysia. Cat City Guide
Kuching is a large city in Borneo, the capital of Sarawak state. Kuching is the starting point for trips to Bako and Kubah National Parks, as well as the Semenggoh Orangutan Nursery.What else to see in Kuching, what to do and where to stay.
Cat City Kuching
The word Kuching is literally translated from the Malay “cat”. Statues of cats are installed throughout the city. Cats have become a symbol of Kuching. At the same time, there are not many cats themselves in Kuching. This name Kuching received thanks to the British who founded this city. Somehow they asked the locals, pointing to the village what it is called in Malay. And they thought they were pointing a finger at a cat sitting nearby and said Kuching.
How to get to Kuching
By plane. A direct flight from Kuala Lumpur with Airazia or Malaysia Airlines takes 1.45 hours and costs an average of $ 50 per person. It is cheaper to fly from Kota Kinabalu by Malaysians, who have 30 kg of luggage and food included in the ticket price. They wrote about our experience of such a flight here.
Upon arrival, your passport is stamped with the name of the state of Sarawak. The validity period of the stamp is up to the date of the general Malaysian stamp.
The easiest way to get from Kuching Airport to the city center is by taxi.The Grab app gives a price of 11 ringit ($ 3). Official taxis are twice as expensive. There are no buses from the airport. Drive 20 minutes.
Where to stay
Hotels in Kuching are inexpensive. Often, even 5-star resorts like the Hilton or Pullman are rented out at ridiculous prices for $ 50-60. We have chosen the rather popular Tune Hotel for ourselves. Air-conditioned room with breakfast $ 20 per day. The hotel is located in the very center, 2 steps from the embankment.
What to see in Kuching
Sights of Kuching, which can be seen in the city itself and in its environs.Allocate no more than one day to explore the city.
- Sarawak river embankment. A pleasant place to walk at any time of the day. Street cafes set up tables in the evening. River cruises are held. On the map
- Assembly building. The visiting card of Kuching, Borneo. A good view opens from the embankment and the suspension bridge.
- Suspension bridge. Climb the bridge, take a picture of the panorama of the city.
- Astana Palace.Just look from the bridge.
- Crossing the river by boat with local residents. Nothing interesting on the other side of the river. Entertainment is the crossing itself, which lasts a minute and costs a penny – either 30 cents, or 50. We gave 1 ringit for two. Depart in front of the Riverside Majestic Hotel.
- River cruise. There are 2 types, cheaper on a small boat from 2 people for 17-19 ringit. And more expensive, on a boat, with snacks, music and dancing for 65 ringits.The first option is for the whole day, the second cruise is once a day at 17.30. Departure in the center from the embankment. Duration is about an hour.
- Sarawak State Museum and other museums. According to tourists’ reviews, it is not interesting. The main museum is under restoration in 2018. Point on the map
- Cat Museum. Also, according to reviews, it does not deserve attention, money and getting to the outskirts. On the map
- Cat sculptures (cat monument). There are several of them, the most famous in the Chinese region: Cats 1, Cats 2, Cats 3
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- Graffiti and street art. In different places of the city. Not only in Penang there is graffiti in Malaysia.
- Park of Culture. Marked on the map as “Reservoir Park”, although the sign says Taman Budaya. Park in the center of Kuching with a pond and large trees. Mark on the map
- India street (Little India). Indian street market. True, Indians are not visible on it, as well as real cats in the “cat city” of Kuching. The assortment is mainly for locals.
- Masjid Jamek Mosque.The largest in the state of Sarawak. On the map
- Chinatown, which begins after McDonald’s.
What to see in the vicinity of Kuching
Note that in Kuching you can do without the services of agencies selling excursions. You can easily get to the famous Bako National Park on your own by paying only 3.5 ringits. It will not be difficult to get to another national park in Cubah by bus. Kuching in this regard is a convenient city for tourists.
- Bako National Park. You can go by yourself or take a tour. An excursion to Bako National Park costs about 250 ringit per person (at the Tune hotel). How to get there on your own: from 7 am every hour buses N1 run from the bus station in the India street area opposite the Electra house (point on the map). The fare is 3.5 ringits. Next by boat for 20 ringits per person ($ 5) one way. The entrance to the park is another 20 ringit. Back the last boat leaves at 3 o’clock. You can stay overnight. On site there is a camping and a hostel.
- Semenggoh Orangutan Nursery. See orangutans live. Feeding twice a day. Everyone gets there on their own by bus K6. Stop on the map
- Kubah National Park. Wander through the equatorial forest, walk to the waterfall and observation deck. You can also get there by bus, entrance to the park is 20 ringit. Park on the map.
- National Park and Mount Santubong. You can get there by bus for 20 ringits or take a Grab taxi for 35-40 ringits.
- Sarawak Cultural Village.
- Gunung Gadin National Park
- Tanjung Datu National Park. Tanjung Datu is located at the southwestern tip of Sarawak and all of Borneo. The nearest village is Kampung Telok Melano. It is the smallest national park in Malaysia and also the youngest. It is located next to the Indonesian border. Interesting flora and fauna. Since the National Park is so remote, there are few visitors.A 3-day excursion to Kuching with host families and guided boat trips can be booked.
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Beaches in Kuching
There is a beach in Kuching. More precisely, 20 km from the city. Damai beach is located at the foot of Mount Santubong. The views are beautiful, the hotels are good, but the water is cloudy, shallow and there are jellyfish. For a beach holiday in Borneo, in principle, you should not go. However, we spent 3 days at Damai resort and were very satisfied despite the sea.So we recommend. Read more in articles:
Where to eat in Kuching
The situation with food is not very good. In any case, we are picky in this regard. But we can recommend the following places where it was tasty and satisfying:
- McDonalds. Checked McDuck near the Margarita Hotel. Breakfast from 7 to 10 am. For lunch, in addition to the standard menu, you can take the Malay Nasi McD (I really didn’t really like it). As for drinks, there is the national Teh Tarik. The prices are good, you can eat together for 20 ringit ($ 5).(map)
- The Coffee Garden. European cafe and pastry shop (map)
- Ayam Pak Usu. Indonesian cuisine cafe. Looks like a fast food eatery, but there are delicious dishes. Inexpensive. Cafe for locals. (map)
Kuching reviews and impressions
We were greatly surprised that Kuching turned out to be not only a developed city for its region, but even more convenient and adapted for a foreigner than the popular among tourists Kota Kinabalu.
There are several large and good shopping centers in Kuching, a refined embankment, where it is pleasant to walk both in the afternoon and in the evening, because all the conditions have been created for this. There are benches to sit, lots of street food at reasonable prices. Various river cruises are also held here, both on a huge ship and on small boats. A fountain splashes in the distance, and prayers are heard from the mosque. Kuching Embankment is the heart of the city.
What we liked.The city is clean. After KK on the embankment there was no smell of sewage, we never saw rats and the general view of the buildings around you is more presentable. There are traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and sidewalks, which are not even clogged with anything, however, as in all major cities of Malaysia.
And people! People in Kuching are friendly. Especially taxi drivers. With interest they learned from us the details of our travels in Malaysia and themselves did not go away from answering the questions we were interested in. So, for example, today one of them said that it is better and safer to travel around the Malaysian part of Borneo, because in the Indonesian part, many people want to shake off money from you for every step and less friendly ones.
Our three days in the city passed so relaxed that all we did was sleep, eat, walk around the city and the embankment. We were particularly influenced by Kucing, and instead of going to its national parks, we raided cafes and ate something all the time. Here we are hooked on delicious cakes. Malaysians know how to make baked goods and delicious cakes, which cannot be said about most Asian countries. If you order a cheesecake, it will be a real cheesecake, not a semblance. And since we are still those sweet tooth, at one time we really missed the cakes in Thailand, where the beautiful cakes on the outside were absolutely tasteless masses inside.As in Vietnam, by the way, where we, too, didn’t get an iota of local baked goods and the praised krausans and buns didn’t impress us in any way.
It always rains in Borneo in the afternoon. According to locals, there are no months when there is no rain. So, umbrellas or raincoats should be with you.
Despite the rainy weather and sudden laziness, we saw all the sights and walked around the city. Come too when you find yourself in Borneo.
Kuching or Kota Kinabalu?
It is better to visit both of these cities, allocating a week for each of them. We advise you to take a short trip and visit several places in Borneo. It’s definitely not worth flying from Russia for Kuching alone. At least another must visit Kota Kinabalu.
How we prepare for the trip
- Buying tours on Travelata
- We are looking for tickets on Aviasales
- We rent hotels through Booking, and apartments for Daily rent.ru
- Making insurance on Cherehapa
- Airport transfers via Kiwitaxi website
Kota Bharu (Malaysia) – how to get there, reviews of tourists, main attractions and the best beaches
Since Kota Bharu is not a popular tourist city, all attractions are quite compactly located in the central area – Bandar Kota Bharu. It makes little sense to stop outside of it, except for reasons of transport accessibility and proximity to large shopping centers.
For a general idea of the territory of Kota Bharu, I have indicated on the map all the main areas located in the immediate vicinity of the city center and offering accommodation to tourists.
Read about housing prices in the next section.
Bandar Kota Bharu (1)
This area is the historical center. In fact, this is the city of Kota Bharu. Everything outside the area is more of a suburb. Here, within walking distance from each other, are the main sights of the city.Most of the hotels, cafes and other infrastructure facilities are located here, so the Central District will be an ideal place to stay. The central bus station is also located here, from where you can leave in any direction: both to the suburbs of Kota Bharu and to intercity directions.
In my opinion, the ideal place for choosing a hotel is Jalan Padang Garong Street and the surrounding area – this is the most developed area in the immediate vicinity of Independence Square and the Central Market.
This is the largest and most populous residential area in the city. There are no major attractions here. Some foreigners choose it for their residence due to its proximity to the airport in the north, as well as the city beach Pantai Cahaya Bulan.
Kubang Kerian (3)
The visiting card of this area is the University of Science of Malaysia and the School of Medical Sciences founded with it. Attractions: Masjid Sultan Ismail Petra Mosque and the residence of the Sultan of Kelantan State (Istana Negeri Kelantan).In addition, there are many shopping centers in the area.
Wakaf Che Eh (4)
The area is famous for the eponymous night market, which is the largest on the northeast coast of Malaysia. If you have already been to Kuala Lumpur, then the area is very similar to the capital’s Petaling Street, only the goods and sellers here are mostly not Chinese, but local, Malay.
Wakaf Bharu (5)
This is a small town a few kilometers from Kota Bharu, where the nearest train station is located. If you have purchased a train ticket from / to Kota Bharu and want to stay as close to the station as possible, this is your option. The road to the city center from here will take about 20 minutes by transport.
La ‘s Rasa Ria Resort 5 * De Luxe – Borneo, Malaysia – prices for tours
All rooms are located in the Garden Wing (330 rooms) and the newly built Ocean Wing (90 rooms).
- Garden Wing Deluxe Garden View Room (36 sq.m.) – Overlooking the gardens, sea and beach; duplex rooms; consist of a bedroom, a bathroom and a balcony or patio (on the 1st floor).
- Garden Wing Deluxe Sea View Room (36 sq.m.) – Overlooking the gardens, sea and beach; duplex rooms; consist of a bedroom, bathroom and balcony.
- Ocean Wing Premier Room (90 sqm) – Overlooking the sea; consist of a bedroom, a mini-living room, a bathroom and a terrace with an open bath.
Internet access, satellite TV, direct dial telephone with voice mail, safe, minibar, coffee / tea maker, bathrobes and slippers. Possibility of express check-in / check-out. Ocean Wing Premier Room, Suite: DVD-player, flat-screen TVs.
Coffee Terrace – buffet. Asian and European cuisine. Breakfast is also here. Opening hours: 06: 30-23: 00. Coast – restaurant-bar – Californian cuisine. Opening hours: 18: 30-22: 30. Naan-Flavors of India – Indian cuisine. Opening hours: 18: 30-22: 30. Tepi Laut – on the shore. Buffet: local cuisine, seafood.Opening hours: 18: 30-22: 30. Sampan Bar – on the terrace overlooking the sea. Cocktails, drinks, snacks. Opening hours: 12: 00-22: 00.
Outdoor pool, steam rooms, jacuzzi, outdoor tennis court, gym, horse riding and water sports (canoe, banana, jet ski, windsurfing, catamaran, deep sea fishing), Dalit Bay Golf Club & Spa (including a golf shop).