Ipoh nightlife has always been a topic pondered by many. While the ravishing city offers a lot of places to visit during the day, there are also many exciting things to do when the sun goes down.
Here are 10 things you can do in Ipoh at night:
Table of Contents
- Eat Authentic Ipoh Food
- Hit the Bars, Pubs & Nightclubs
- Enjoy The View From Ipoh’s Rooftop Bars
- Heritage Buildings at Night
- Kinta Riverfront Ipoh
- Bulatan Amanjaya (Meru Raya Park)
- Visit the Night Market
- Night Park & Hot Springs
- Visit an Amusement Park (MAPS Perak)
- Go For a Movie
Eat Authentic Ipoh Food
Since Ipoh is known as the food haven of Malaysia, the number one best Ipoh nightlife activity on the list is eating food. There are certain hawker stalls and restaurants which only opens when the sun sets in Ipoh. You may choose from local Ipoh food all the way to western cuisines.
Tong Sui Kai hawker street
For local food, head down to the Tong Sui Kai hawker street. Tong Sui Kai means “Dessert Street” in Cantonese. The street comprises a stretch of food stalls selling deserts and other meals. Famous food to try here includes mixed fruits ABC, rojak, noodles and many more.
Address: Jalan Sultan Ekram, 30300 Ipoh
Opening hours: 5.30pm – 1.00am (varies for each stall)
Ipoh Chicken Rice
Ipoh’s bean sprouts chicken rice is a must-try dish when you visit Ipoh. You may try it at Lou Wong Chicken Rice Restaurant or Ong Kee Bean Sprouts Chicken Restaurant as these are the two best restaurants for Ipoh chicken rice.
A few other nice places for dinner in Ipoh:
- Durbar at FMS – This is one of the oldest restaurants/bars in Ipoh. It has been revived after 11 years of abandonment. Now, it provides some delicious Hainanese and Western cuisine. This place is pork-free but serves alcohol.
- Plan B Ipoh – A cozy place to hang out and taste a vast variety of dishes. The staff and waiters here are so friendly that they’ll recommend the perfect dish for you based on your preferences.
- Miker Food Ipoh – A hipsterrific restaurant located along the Kinta Riverfront. Miker Food provides a rare combination of pizzas, western and Malaysian cuisines.
Hit the Bars, Pubs & Nightclubs
If you prefer to exchange culture over the clinking of glasses, you may visit one (or more) of these recommended bars and pubs in Ipoh.
Brick & Barrels (Live Music)
Nested among the street of bars along Jalan Lau Ek Ching, Brick & Barrels is one of the coolest bars in Ipoh. It has amazing dishes with a wide range of beers offered to enjoy over some live or DJ music.
Location: 28-30, Jalan Lau Ek Ching, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh
Opens: Tue-Sun (4pm-1am), Monday (Closed)
Atas Speakeasy Bar Ipoh
Ipoh’s most talked about speakeasy bar, Atas, is surely the best place to hang out at night. A cozy less crowded place with delicious food and classy booze can be found here. Atas is a perfect selection for good conversations and board games.
Location: 183a, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh
Opens: Sun-Thur (6pm-11pm), Tue (Closed)
Healy Mac’s Irish Bar Ipoh
If you prefer a place to chill instead of a dance club, Healy Mac’s Irish Bar should the perfect selection. This Irish bar provides the best ambiance to have a quality conversation with a touch of Irish feel and comfort. It has won a lot of awards and therefore assured of a wonderful experience.
Location: 2, Jalan Persiaran Greentown 4, Greentown Avenue, 30450 Ipoh
Opens: Sun-Thur (12pm-1am), Fri-Sat (12pm-2am)
Other Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs in Ipoh:
Enjoy The View From Ipoh’s Rooftop Bars
There are 2 nice Rooftop bars with a great city view. The MU Hotel Rooftop Bar and The Deck Gastrobar At Weil Hotel has a stunning aerial view of the Ipoh city.
Read all about it here: Enjoy the Nightlife with Ipoh’s Top 2 Rooftop Bar
Heritage Buildings at Night
The British had a major influence on the city back in the colonial days. Ipoh has preserved its colonial charm. Some of these buildings are more beautiful at night under its lights. A few buildings worth visiting at night include:
- Ipoh Railway Station
- Dewan Bandaran Ipoh (Ipoh Town Hall)
- Birch Clock Tower Ipoh
- Riverwalk Bridge
Stroll Through Parks
Night walks in parks around Ipoh have been one of the activities loved by both locals and tourists. Below are some of the top happening places to have a relaxing walk at night:
Kinta Riverfront Ipoh
Along the riverbank, you’ll find many shops and food stalls. On certain weekends, there would be events such as Ipoh Food Festival and live bands are held here. It is definitely a lovely place to unwind after a tiring day.
Location: Jalan Lim Bo Seng, 30000 Ipoh
– Within walking distance from Ipoh town area
– There’s a hipster barbershop called Ipoh Barber & Comber along the Riverwalk
– You may also rent a bicycle to ride along the riverbank
Bulatan Amanjaya (Meru Raya Park)
Slightly further away from the Ipoh town is Meru Raya Park (formerly known as Bulatan Amanjaya). Meru Raya Park is the biggest roundabout in Ipoh. The huge space on this roundabout has been used for several activities such as jogging, stage events, kids playground, and cycling.
Location: Bandar Meru Raya, 31250 Ipoh
There are also bicycle rides (2 – 4 person bicycles) and food stalls surrounding the place. On the weekends, you may see a lot of people gathering just to hang out at this park.
Visit the Night Market
Night markets can be found in many places around Ipoh, being it in the city center and also the residential areas.
Gerbang Malam is one of the top night markets located in Ipoh’s city center. Started in 2003, this night market has been in operation every single night. There are varieties of stalls selling goods such as clothing, belts, shoes, makeup items, children toys and many more. Besides the market, there are also several famous eateries nearby.
Gerbang Malam Night Market
Location: Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh
Opens: Every night (8pm – 2am)
Language tip: Pasar Malam is the Malay language translation for Night Market
Night Park & Hot Springs
Lost World of Tambun theme park offers tons of night activities such as Luminous Forest, Flaming Percussion show, Tarantula Alley and night petting zoo. There are also natural hot springs and spa to be experienced at night. Lost World of Tambun will be a perfect Ipoh nightlife experience if you travel with your kids.
Ticket prices and more information about Night Park & Hot Springs can be found on Lost World of Tambun’s official website.
Catch a glimpse of activities in Lost World Hot Springs & Night Park:
Visit an Amusement Park (MAPS Perak)
Update(Jan 2020): Movie & Animation Park Studios (MAPS) Ipoh has been closed down permanently.
Read about it here: Ipoh’s Theme Park (MAPS) Is Now Officially Closed Down And Here’s An Alternative
Being known as the first Animation theme park in Asia, Movie & Animation Park Studios (MAPS) Ipoh offers a wide variety of attractions and shows up until late at night. Rides such as the Hyperspin(Image below) are beautiful at night. The place is kid friendly and worth a visit if you have a full or half day.
Movie & Animation Park Studios (MAPS)
Location: Persiaran Meru Raya 3, Bandar Meru Raya, 30020 Ipoh
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs (4pm – 12am) Sat, Sun, Public Holidays (10am – 12am) Wednesdays (Closed)
Ticket Price: Free entrance. Pay per ride
Go For a Movie
The locals simply love going to movies. The cinemas in Ipoh are rather quiet and less crowded compared to cinemas in bigger cities like Kuala Lumpur.
Here are 3 main cinema theatres around Ipoh:
- GSC Cinemas (Ipoh Parade Mall) – One of the main cinema theatres in Ipoh’s city center. It is located on the top floor of Ipoh Parade Mall.
Location: 3rd Floor, Ipoh Parade, Jalan Abdul Jalil, 30450, Ipoh
- TGV Cinemas (AEON Kinta City Mall) – Slightly further away from Ipoh’s city center area but still the best people’s choice for cinema theatre.
Location: 3rd Floor, Ipoh Parade, Jalan Abdul Jalil, 30450, Ipoh
- GSC Aeon Big Falim (AEON Falim Mall) – The latest addition to the list of cinemas in Ipoh. If you have kids, this GSC Aeon Big Falim Cinema is perfect as it has children-friendly halls and movies.
Location: GSC Aeon Big Falim, Taman Mas Jaya, Falim, 30200 Ipoh
Update(Oct 2020): MBO Cinemas (AEON Falim Mall) has been closed down and replaced with GSC Cinemas
Common Questions About Ipoh Nightlife
How to get around Ipoh at night?
Walking and Grab/Taxi are the two main modes of transport to go around Ipoh at night. It would be even easier if you were driving around.
Read also: Getting Around Ipoh – 6 Best Options To Move Around Ipoh
Is it safe to go around Ipoh at night?
Going around Ipoh at night is generally safe. Although there are cases of snatch thefts just as found in many countries, Ipoh is usually quiet at late night. Just keep your valuables and belongings close to you at all times and you’ll be just fine.
Will it rain in Ipoh at night?
It depends. As you know Malaysia is a tropical country where it might rain a lot during the monsoon season which is between mid-October and the end of March.
Summary: Ipoh Nightlife Activities
Being a former tin-mining city, nightlife in Ipoh has very much evolved in the past few years. Many new nightlife spots, eateries, and bars were opened. Now, Ipoh has night activities for all ages.
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i always love Ipoh. it has been more than 10 years i don’t get a chance to go there due to study and far from my house. back in 2006, my family live in perak and almost every week we hangout at ipoh because there are a lot of nice place. btw thanks for sharing 🙂
Ipoh town has changed a lot from 10 years back. Haha.
I guess its time for you to drop by Ipoh 🙂
Wow Ipoh looks stunning with your photography skills! Tak pernah lagi jalan-jalan dekat Ipoh ni tapi nak masukkan dalam list lah sebab banyak tempat boleh pergi. Cantik sangat suasana waktu malam.
Thanks Farhana. But the photographs were not taken by us.
Credit goes to the respective person credited under each photo 🙂
This is the most detailed Ipoh travelling guide ever. Saving this down for my next visit.
Very useful for travellers.
Thanks Jia Shin. Glad that you find this helpful.
Do share it with your friends too 😊
I have been all the places except dessrt street and the pubs.. hihihi i already fall in love everything about Ipoh since i married with orang Ipoh. I will always excited to going back to the hometown and explore more..
There’s always something new to discover in Ipoh. Keep in touch with us as we are on a mission to share more exciting things to do in Ipoh 😃
I love Ipoh Life! It’s peaceful and quiet a small town. Plan to visit them again one day =)
True that! Ipoh welcomes you all year around 😊
And here my friends says that ipoh has nothing.. Whaaaat… I would love to make a 2 days trip to ipoh just to look around and will definitely check out some of your suggestions
Haha yes, many still think Ipoh is a dead town.
You should try a weekend trip to Ipoh 😜
Omg this article came just at the right moment. I was searching for what to do in Ipoh as I’m going to Ipoh in August to attend my bff’s wedding.
Glad that this is helpful, Emi.
Have a great time in Ipoh and send our wishes to your BFF 😊