12 Instagrammable Spots (Near Muslim-Friendly Eateries) In Ipoh For A Photo-Worthy Getaway


Iyesha Maria •  Jul 05, 2019

[Updated 16 Mar 2020]

Ipoh has always been a favourite for locals and international travellers to visit. And with its amazing array of stunning attractions and tasty food, it really isn't surprising that this charming town is a hit with many ?

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But hey, why not combine all the amazing photo-worthy attractions and the best food in Ipoh into one trip? And you can do it all with our compilation of 12 super picturesque spots in Ipoh that are near 17  Muslim-friendly food ? You'll be posing for an #OOTD and taking snaps of your #foodie shots during your entire trip!

1. Market Lane

Formerly known as Second Concubine Lane, Market Lane is one of the three popular Concubine Lanes that were rebuilt when the town burnt down in 1892. Take a leisurely stroll down this nostalgic path and enjoy its old-time charm. Find an array of colourful umbrellas hanging on top, shading you from the heat, or snap some unique shots by the many murals on the street - its an easy and great start for your photo trip to Ipoh!

The other two Concubine Lanes (now known as Lorong Hale and Lorong Panglima) are worth a visit too and have similar vibes to the heritage Market Lane ?

Address: Market Ln, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 24 hours

Nearby Muslim-friendly eatery:

Laksa Saranghae

Cuisine: Malaysian 

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Mon-Sat; 4.30PM-11PM

Address: G. Pachaiy & Co, Jalan Sultan Yusof, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Contact: +6018-297 7813

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2. Ipoh Railway Station

A prime example of colonial architecture in Ipoh, the Ipoh Railway Station is a sight to see with its British colonial architecture with a touch of Indian architecture since its architect was a British who served in India before being posted in Malaysia! The railway station was initially designed to be a hospital before it was converted into a train station instead. Head there during the day to capture the beauty of the all-white structure, making a gorgeous backdrop for your #OOTD ?

Currently, it is an active train station that is operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM).

Fun fact: The Ipoh Railway station was used as one of the shooting locations for the film Anna and the King, which starred Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat!

Address: Ipoh Railway Station, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Contact: (+605) 254 0481

Nearby Muslim-friendly eatery:

Plan B

Cuisine: Malaysian/Western

Halal status: Uses halal-certified ingredients

Opening hours: Sun-Thu; 10AM-11PM, Fri-Sat; 10AM-12AM

Address: No. 75, Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Contact: +605-249 8286

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[P.S. Love train rides? Here are 5 spectacular train journeys in Malaysia for an amazing girls trip!]

3. The Narrow Alley at de Cafe & Rest House

You won't have to spend much time here since it's only an alley, but you probably would anyway since you can get plenty of amazing shots in this picturesque location ? The alley is lined with wooden planks as a walkway, with plenty of greens on the ground and moss on the walls. And with its old-school layered glass windows? It will surely give your photos an ambience of a beautiful abandoned building!

Address: (Cafe address, the alley is next to the cafe) 35, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Nearby Muslim-friendly eatery:

Mee Daud Mat Jasak

Cuisine: Malaysian

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Sun-Thu; 3.30PM-10PM, Fri-Sat; 3PM-10.30PM, (closed on Mondays)

Address: No 1 &, 2, Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Contact: +6019-441 0096

4. Funtasy House Trick Art

Add a funky twist to your photos at the Funtasy Trick Art House in Ipoh ? With over 35 spots for you to choose from which gives plenty of illusions from size perspectives, or seem like you're in a hot air balloon travelling around the world! Enjoy and have a blast posing away at all their exhibits, and your friends who will be scrolling through your Instagram feed will surely be amazed... or confused?

Address: 16, Jalan Market, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: Weekdays 9am - 6pm, weekends 9am - 8pm

Contact: 05-255 0007

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Nearby Muslim-friendly eatery:

Miker Food

Cuisine: Malaysian/Thai/Western

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Sun, Tue-Fri; 5PM-12AM, Sat; 5PM-12.30AM (closed on Mondays)

Address: Jalan Padang, 30020 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Contact: +6011-1030 0033

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5. Kong Heng Square

We can't have a list of photo-worthy spots in Ipoh without including Kong Heng Square - this location is iconic for its old-school yet modern charms! It's a fairly large square with plenty of spots that are pose-worthy, from traditional windows painted in white and blue framed by lush greens, to the modern interior of Plan B cafe, where you could stop by for a quick meal too ?

Address: Kong Heng Square, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Nearby Muslim-friendly eatery:

Sri Kedah Masakan Utara

Cuisine: Malaysian

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Mon-Tue & Thu-Sat; 6PM-12AM, Sun; 9AM-12AM (closed on Wednesdays)

Address: 6, Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Contact: +6017-545 0267


6. Panglima Kinta Mosque

The beautiful Masjid Panglima Kinta is believed to have been the first mosque built in Ipoh! The attractive mosque boasts a unique architecture inspired by Neo-Classical and Moghul design giving it its unconventional looks. With its bright sky blue and white colours and beautiful arches, it is surely a beautiful place for stunning photos ?

Address: Jalan Masjid, Kampung Kuchai, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 24 hours

[P.S. Are you a fan of stunning mosque architecture? Here are 15 beautiful mosques around the world that prove Islam embraces all cultures]

Nearby Muslim-friendly eatery:

Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah at Kedai Kopi Yong Suan Cafe Setinggan

Cuisine: Malaysian

Halal status: Muslim-owned (please note that while Kedai Kopi Yong Suan is not Muslim-owned, the Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah stall specifically is).

Opening hours: Sun-Fri; 9.30AM-6PM, 9.30AM-5PM

Address: 2, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Contact: +605-254 4314

7. BookXcess Ipoh

Book lovers, this one's for you! In collaboration with Kong Heng, the large local book retailer, BookXcess now operates within what was formerly known as United Asian Bank at Kong Heng Square. The bank was one of the busiest banks in Ipoh during its days. This is definitely one spot you do not want to miss ? The bank’s original architecture has been well maintained and the vintage vaults and safe deposits in the basement floor have been converted into unique bookshelves creating a surreal atmosphere for a bookstore. Not to mention it has been decorated with vibrant pop art too ?

[P.S. Want to know more about BookXcess Ipoh? Here's why this old bank is a book lover's paradise!]

Address: No. 91, Jalan Sultan Yussuf (Belfield Street), 30000 Ipoh, Perak.

Opening hours: 9am to 10pm daily

Contact: +603-2726 2438


Nearby Muslim-friendly eatery:

Deen CT Corner Cendol

Cuisine: Cendol

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Mon-Thu & Fri; 12m30PM-6.30PM, Sun; 11.30AM-6.30PM (closed on Fridays)

Address: 21 B, Jalan Musthara Al Bakri, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Contact: +6016-535 035

Book Xcess is also walking distance from Miker Food (listed above under Funtasy House!).

[P.S. Are you an avid reader with a fascination for libraries? Check out these 11 stunning libraries and bookstores you need to visit around the world]

8. Ipoh Town Hall

Designed by A.B. Hubback (who also designed the railway station), this all-white colonial building is worth visit! The Town Hall was built in 1916 once served as a post office and even as the police headquarters. With its heritage charm highlighting Malaysia's colonial era, the Ipoh Town Hall is not one to be missed ?

Address: 2700, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Nearby Muslim-friendly eatery:

Konda Kondi Cafe 

Cuisine: Western

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Wed-Mon; 6PM-12AM (closed on Tuesdays)

Address: 183, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Contact: +6016-492 9660

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9. Catch A Toy x Rainbow Box

Don't be surprised if you suddenly see bright pink doors and neon lights in the middle of one of Ipoh's heritage lanes. Catch A Toy x Rainbow Box gives your photos a different element in comparison to the usual old-time charms of Ipoh. This all-pink shop is the place to visit if you love games such as claw machines where you can 'catch you toy'!

P.S. That pink vending machine is actually a door!

Address: 53, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: Thursdays to Tuesdays 10am - 6pm,  closed on Wednesdays

Contact: 018-660 1014


Nearby Muslim-friendly eatery:

Restoran M Salim

Cuisine: South Indian

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Sat-Thu; 6.30AM-10PM, Fri; 6.30AM-1PM, 2PM-10PM

Address: 75 jalan bahru off jalan tokong, Ipoh, Perak 30250

Contact: +605-255 5786


10. Sam Poh Tong

Also known as the Cave Temple, the Sam Poh Ting is a picturesque class of its own with its intricate details and nestled among lush greens ?Spend time exploring the tranquil and scenic beauty of the temple which also has a magnificent pond full of Japanese carps and tortoises. And find plenty of amazing crafts of Buddha statues in various forms.

You can also get an amazing view of Ipoh town from the higher area, an open cave, of the temple but you'll have to climb up 246 flights of steps which usually takes about 30 minutes or so.

Address: Kampung Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm daily

Contact: 05-255 2772

Nearby Muslim-friendly eatery:

Restaurant Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung 

Cuisine: Malaysian

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Open daily; 3.30PM-2AM

Address: 43-45, Jalan Ali Pitchay, Taman Jubilee, 31650 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Contact: +605-254 4318

11. Tasik Cermin

A beautiful oasis that's hidden within the limestone hills of Ipoh, Tasik Cermin can be said to be a hidden gem! Enjoy the tranquil area that is perfect for a photo opportunity with its still water and reflections of the hills and greens ?

Address: Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5a, 31350 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: 24 hours but we suggest you visit when there's plenty of daylight

Nearby Muslim-friendly eatery:

Assam House

Cuisine: Nyonya

Halal status: Halal-certified

Opening hours: Tue-Fri; 11.30AM-3PM, 6PM-10PM, Sat-Sun; 11.30AM-3PM, 6PM-10.30PM (closed on Mondays)

Address: 2 & 2A, Medan Gopeng 2, Jalan Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

Contact: +605-313 2223

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12. Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village

Once entering this little 'village', you might take you have taken a step back in time into ancient China! The park is built around a beautiful lake and nestled within the iconic limestone hills of Ipoh. Enjoy plenty of activities from picnic spots, trishaw riding, cycling and plenty of photo opportunities with paraphernalia and art installations that will take you back in time! If you're travelling with parents or any elderly, perhaps they will enjoy it too as it'll give them beautiful memories of their childhood ?

Address: 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5a, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 5pm, closed on Sundays

Contact: 016-559 3499


Nearby Muslim-friendly eatery:

Restoran Bintara Ampang Ipoh

Cuisine: Malaysian

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Open daily; 5PM-1AM

Address: Laluan Sri Ampang 12, Kampung Sri Ampang, 31350 Ipoh, Negeri Perak

Contact: +6019-555 8387

[P.S. Is China on your travel bucket list? If it is, check out this Muslim-friendly guide to discovering the hidden gems of Chongqing in China!]

And there you have it, amazing photo-worthy spots in Ipoh together with its finest nearby food ? It's time to call up your foodie friends (who will double as your personal photographer) for an awesome getaway to Ipoh!