The word kopitiam is synonymous with Malaysians, given how like so many things in Malaysia, it originates from a mixture of our local cultures: kopi, the Malay word for coffee, and tiam, meaning ‘shop’ in Hokkien. Founded from a humble stall along Lorong Panggung, Ho Kow Kopitiam counts itself as one of the old names in the business in KL, with over 6 decades of history (60 years, if you are not counting).
While no longer run from its original stall along Lorong Panggung, Ho Kow Kopitiam is presently located along Jalan Balai Polis, a stone-throw’s distance from Petaling Street. Its current location offers modern comforts, but without losing out on any of that vintage, old-school flair.
Most incredibly, you can still see the owner himself behind thick-framed glasses clearing up tables, looking like a Malaysian version of Carl Fredricksen from the movie Up!.
Proof of the kopitiam‘s popularity can be seen in how lines form quickly at the bright-green storefront leading into the shop-lot. Our advice? Come between 9 AM and 12 PM so that you don’t miss out on the food, as menu items are on a first-come-first-serve basis! Siapa cepat, dia dapat.
Address: 1, Jalan Balai Polis, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Daily (7:30 AM – 3:00 PM)
Contact: 03-2856 8287