Sarawak’s Miri gets few tourists, compared to Kuala Lumpur and West Malaysia. However, the area offers a laid-back feel, easy access to four national parks and is just a bus trip away from Brunei. Discover our favourite cafés and coffee shops in Miri to suit every personality and taste.
Chapter One Cafe’s modern interior is divided by quiet and not-so-quiet zones. This design allows customers to choose what experience they’d prefer, from enjoying a little alone time to relaxing in a more social environment. Drinks include old favourites like cappuccinos, iced coffee and a selection of tea. Adventurous palates and curious visitors can try their unusual varieties such as a beetroot latte (it tastes much better than it sounds!). If the weather is wet and gloomy, head to this coffee shop in Miri. You can catch up with your book, hang out with friends or make full use of the cafe’s board games.
Often rated as one of the best boutique coffee shops in Miri, Mel’s attracts a broad spectrum of customers, from students and hipsters to office workers. The café aims to make their customers feel at home with its cosy environment and relaxing ambience. The menu features both Western and local dishes, including Malaysia’s national dish: nasi lemak. We recommend Mel’s Coffee Shop for anyone looking to combine a coffee break with a meal.
For a tea break or brunch, check out Sau Pau Cafe on Jalan Permaisuri. This local-style coffee shop is one of the highest rated spots in Miri for its selection of pastries, cakes and bun-like pau. Grab a seat, order a drink and choose one or two freshly made pau for a light meal. This café serves a variety of snacks, including their signature Sarawak Sau Pau, curry puffs and custard tarts.
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Ming Cafe might sound like a small Chinese-owned café, but the reality couldn’t be further from its name. The Western-style coffee shop-cum-pub offers casual dining (think, pizza and burgers) as well as alcoholic drinks and coffee. Come in the afternoon for lunch and a coffee and return later when it transforms into a buzzing bar. Try the Bornean delicacy stingray with a coffee or glass of locally produced rice wine.
Brewhouse provides a cosy environment to enjoy high-quality coffee and a selection of freshly baked cakes. Baristas blend premium coffee beans to create mouth-watering signature brews. With a classy atmosphere and some of the best coffee in Miri, we recommend this café for coffee-lovers and those with a date. Or if you don’t want a caffeine injection in the evening, chill out with a beer or sip on a glass of brand name whiskey.
The speciality at this Chinese-style coffee shop in Miri is the Foo Chow noodles. Locals often come here for a coffee and bowl of stir-fried noodles bathed in soy sauce. Expect a Kopitiam experience with foldable tables and plastic stools at rock-bottom prices. Check out this café-restaurant in Miri to have a local experience and try some of the city’s most delicious noodles.
Regulars consistently rate Koffee Brick as one of the top coffee shops in Miri for its high-quality drinks, attentive staff and comfortable interior design. Coffer-lovers can choose from an extensive menu of drinks made using freshly ground beans. Or ask the trained baristas for their recommendation if you want to try something different. The Japanese-inspired menu provides a decent selection of Asian food too. This makes an excellent place for a morning caffeine fix before a day of sightseeing.
After opening its doors in 2016, Cafeine Port has quickly grown into one of the top cafés in Miri for millennials. Covering two floors and serving some of the city’s best lattes, it often attracts a mixed crowd. The highlight is their high-quality coffee and tea with a slice of cheesecake. Anyone looking to unwind in a comfortable environment, hang out with friends or meet new ones will appreciate this café.
For a local-style breakfast and Hainanese coffee, check out the highly recommended WZT Café. Apart from excellent coffee and tea, the café is also a favourite place to get breakfast in Miri. The vendors cook a selection of rice and noodles dishes, and a decent-sized meal costs a few ringgits (about 0.50 USD). We suggest WZT for budget-travellers looking for a cheap breakfast and local iced coffee (kopi ice). Take note that it’s a popular spot and gets busy early in the morning.
Located inside Centre Point Phase II Commercial Centre, I Prefer Original combines a café and a restaurant specialising in Malaysian cuisine. Apart from a selection of tea and coffee including the recommended white coffee, customers can order their favourite local dishes. Expect a combination of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Sarawakian dishes and affordable drinks. This is a local’s favourite place to eat, hang out with drink and enjoy good food.