A trip to Malaysia’s southern city of Johor Bahru is always filled with excitement. The tons of hipster cafes, mega malls and delicious food are always drawing us back again and again. But these days, because everybody is going to JB, don’t you just feel like your favourite hipster spots are getting crowded?


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Yes, we feel the same way too! But here’s some great news for you, we’ve uncovered a new hipster spot for you to hang out at. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Spring Labs – the newest kid on the block.


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This retail concept park is still in the midst of being fully opened but hey, that’s the best time to visit right?😉 With the space’s colourful container-themed setting, it’ll make the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos.


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From quirky designs to beautifully decorated walls, Spring Labs is every instagrammer’s dream come true! Check this out, even their toilets are instagrammable!


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Head over to Palladium Cafe and snap a photo with their rustic industrial-themed decor. Though Palladium Cafe is not halal, there’s no harm in taking a few snapshots for your Instagram😝


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Now, if you’re looking for places to fill your tummy, Spring Labs’ insta-worthy cafes will keep you covered. Head over to Tropique Cafe & Restaurant for your brunch fix. With their lovely interior and plenty of sunlight, it’s hard to miss that perfect flatlay shot 😍


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Tropique is currently in their soft launch phase and will only be fully operational in end-March but you can still head down to enjoy their all-day menu and coffee. Take your pick from the chef’s experiments, breakfast platters, granola yogurt bowls and delectable pastas😋

Halal status: Halal-certified ingredients used, alcohol served.


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Another cafe that’ll colour your Instagram feed is 93 Bangkok Coffee. This dessert hangout place serves a combination of Western and Thai sweet treats. Their sticky rice dessert comes in funky colours which is both a treat to the eyes and your tastebuds 😍


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Coffee aficionados, you’re in for a treat! This cafe’s coffee beans are organic and specially imported from the mountains of Chiang Rai in Thailand. Of course, if you’re here for the ‘gram, check out the blue and white striped exterior of the cafe.

Halal status: Halal-certified ingredients used.


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Now that you’ve got brunch food, coffee and those wonderful Instagram backdrops, seems like your day out at Spring Labs is all set! So, there’s no need for you to complain about how crowded your favourite hipster gems are and head over to this new hideout before everyone else does 😊

P.S. We also heard that another halal cafe will be opening at Spring Labs from the first week of April, so definitely one more reason to head to Spring Labs 😉

Address: 1, Jalan Ekoflora 1, Taman Ekoflora, Johor Bahru
Contact: +60 7-364 2552
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