OldTown White Coffee Unveils Spectacular Heritage Centre in Ipoh: A Paradigm Shift in Malaysia’s Culinary and Cultural Landscape

In a breathtaking fusion of history, culture, and gastronomy, OldTown White Coffee has just set the stage for an unprecedented revolution in the Malaysian dining scene with the grand opening of its Heritage Centre. Nestled in the pulsating heart of Ipoh on Jalan Panglima, this neo-colonial marvel is more than a coffee shop—it’s a vibrant living museum that beckons locals and tourists alike to a feast for the senses and the soul.

The grand unveiling of the Heritage Centre was nothing short of spectacular. As dusk fell, the air buzzed with excitement, drawing in crowds eager to witness the inaugural Artists Heritage Collaboration Project. This visionary initiative by OldTown White Coffee seeks to transform the Heritage Centre into an ever-evolving canvas, showcasing art that pays homage to the aromatic legacy of Ipoh’s famed white coffee.

Spanning three exquisite floors, the Heritage Centre is a sanctuary for both food connoisseurs and history buffs. At its core lies the eco-driven Earthcare Cafe, a pioneering farm-to-table concept that diverges from OldTown’s traditional kopitiam fare. Here, diners indulge in ethically sourced delicacies, from free-range eggs to fresh, local produce, setting a new benchmark in sustainable dining.

The OldTown Heritage Gallery invites visitors to traverse the rich tapestry of Ipoh’s coffee culture. Each artifact and exhibit narrates the tale of white coffee’s storied past, offering a deep dive into the traditions that have shaped this beloved beverage. Complementing this historical journey is a retail outlet, brimming with memorabilia and unique keepsakes, ensuring every guest can take a piece of this heritage home.

The launch event was graced by an ensemble of illustrious artists whose works are now immortalized within the Centre:

Melinda Looi, the celebrated fashion designer, returns with a limited edition OldTown Heritage Tote Bag, a tribute to her iconic 2009 coffee cup design.
Chuen Mun Wai, a master of traditional Chinese lantern making, illuminates the dining area with five bespoke lanterns, each a beacon of craftsmanship.
Chin Choon Yau, Ipoh’s mural maestro, captures the city’s nostalgic charm across its walls, weaving a visual love letter to yesteryears.
Lim Pui Wan, aka PicoWorm, mesmerizes with her miniature dioramas, each piece a marvel of meticulous artistry.
Jeffrey Lim, a polymath photographer and heritage enthusiast, curates an antique coffee brewing station and a compelling “Traditional Kopi Lineage” photo installation.
Azmi Hussin, Malaysia’s renowned cartoonist, delights with his whimsical depiction of local life, including a record-setting comic strip.

Dawn Liew, CEO of Kopitiam Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd, eloquently captured the essence of the Heritage Centre: “This is more than a place to savor exceptional coffee and cuisine. It’s a testament to our collective history and values, fostering a spirit of community and environmental stewardship.”

Positioned along Ipoh’s Heritage Trail, the Centre’s architecture and operations pay homage to the area’s rich traditions, creating a harmonious blend of old and new. The Artists Heritage Collaboration Project stands as a testament to OldTown’s commitment to cultural preservation, offering continuous support to local artists and craftsmen.

Opening in perfect harmony with Visit Perak Year 2024, the Heritage Centre is set to become a magnet for both local and international tourists. As one of the world’s best coffees garners global acclaim, OldTown White Coffee’s newest flagship sets a new gold standard, seamlessly blending historical reverence with contemporary sophistication.

Prepare to be captivated, as the OldTown White Coffee Heritage Centre isn’t just a destination—it’s an experience, a celebration, and a homage to the timeless allure of Ipoh’s white coffee legacy.