Ba Lin Roof Garden

If there is an award for roof top bar or cafe on Borneo Island, Ba Lin Roof Garden in Sandakan will definitely be high on the list of winners. Located on the eighth floor of Nak hotel, the beautiful Ba Lin Roof Garden is a secret that is dying to go public. The cafe and bar open daily from the late afternoon until midnight. Take a lift from the ground floor of Nak Hotel and head straight up to the seventh floor where the lift would stop. Then one would have to walk up another floor to the eighth floor where a small wooden door awaits. The small wooden door acts like a password, once inside guests will pretty much feel that they are ushered into a fantasy world unlike any other places in Sandakan.

Well designed furnitures, special rooms, pockets of small garden and the rooftop views are surely going to get the guests attention. The Ban Lin Roof Garden is designed in three levels, where each level is placed on top of the other while becoming smaller in size. For drinks, guests are served with cocktail, wine, liquor, whisky and beer. Non-alcoholic drinks like soft drinks, coffee and tea are also available. To fill up the stomach, a simple western menu with items like burger, spaghetti and sandwich will do the trick. But the best things up at Ba Lin Roof Garden are the evening and night views, where guests can marvel at nature and chat the night away.

Starbucks Coffee

Coffee was first discovered in the highland of Ethiopia, and was first consumed in the 9th century. From Africa it is spread all over the world, and today this black beverage is one of the most popular drink around. For many people a cup of coffee is their first drink, after getting out of bed from a good night sleep. Because of the undiminishing demand for better coffee, brewing high quality coffee has become a big global business.

Big Apple Donuts & Coffee

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Donuts fever has finally hit our shore, with Big Apple Donuts & Coffee having open 3 outlets in Kota Kinabalu City, there are a lot of donuts to go around. The donuts are baked fresh every hours or so to ensure customers have a fresh supply of crunchy and tasty donuts. These donuts also come with a variety of different mouth water toppings, ranging from name like Hot Berry, Duren Duren and Kiwi Blitz, just to name a few.

Kedai Kopi Jeong Hin

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Jeong Hin Kopitiam is a great place to have buns and “pau”, especially during tea break. Whether is it because of the British influence from the colonial time, or is it because people nowadays like to have tea. KK Lites are very fond of their tea break. Kopitiams that serve simple food like buns, pau and other nibbling food are very much in demand around 3pm to 5pm.

The Olde Station Kopitiam

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coffee and toast bread with butter and kaya

Original coffee from the colonial time, and the ever popular toast bread with butter and kaya, these two items are the most memorial food and drink from the Olde Station Kopitiam. These two are also the must have products here.

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the olde station kopitiam

Walk into any Olde Station Kopitiams and immediately one is overwhelm with the strong smell of burn charcoal. The burn charcoals are still used to toast the white bread here.
The Olde Station Kopitiam has already opened 2 outlets in Kota Kinabalu, one in City Mall and another one in Warisan Square. The third Olde Station Kopitiam is scheduled to open in 1Borneo on March 2008.

Coffee Culture from Abroad

Not so long ago, when we, KKlites, want to have a good cup of coffee, we would just visit our good old Kopitiams. Then we have only two choices to make, namely Kopi O, which is a cup of hot coffee or Kopi Ping, which is coffee with ice cubes. Both of these are priced under RM 2.00 to this day. Since last year that situation has changed dramaticly with the invasion of the gournmet coffee companies from abroad. Today we have Starbucks Coffee, Coffee Beans and Teas, and San Francisco Cafe, and I believe more cafes will be opening up soon in other new Shopping Malls. Thanks to these cafes we KKlites have to thinkle a bit when ordering our coffee this day, since we have more choices now, not just Kopi O and Kopi Ping.

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Kopi Ping

Popular coffee drink from these cafe joints are Latte, Ice Latte, Mocha Iced Blended, just to name a few. If you need a surprise, go for “Coffee of the day”, and the drinks come with 3 different sizes too.