Cafes in Sandakan that you should visit

by Susan Chang

More cafes are opening in Sandakan town. These are some of the popular cafes visited by the locals and tourists.

Sandakan Town Centre

One of the most popular tourist destination is Balin Roof Top Garden & Bistro which is located at Nak Hotel at Sandakan Town center. You can enjoy your coffee or cocktail with beautiful sunset and city view on the roof top. They also served delicious western cuisine at a reasonable price which makes it one of the best places to hang out and chilling in Sandakan.

Balin Rooftop, Nak Hotel
Balin Rooftop, Nak Hotel
Balin Rooftop, Nak Hotel
view from Balin Rooftop, Nak Hotel

at the ground floor of Nak Hotel is San Da Gen Kopitiam which serve local Sandakan and Malaysian favorite food. You can find the popular UFO tart and even the famous Yap Kee Cincau (Leong Fun). More information about San Da Gen Kopitiam at

San Da Gen
San Da Gen Kopitiam
San Da Gen
UFO Tart at San Da Gen Kopitiam

English Tea House also another popular spot for the locals or tourists. Their menu offers traditional English cuisine and Asian dishes. Besides of their delicious dishes, it also a perfect place for a garden wedding! The Agnes Keith House is just situated next to English Tea House. You can have a coffee break at English Tea House after visiting the Agnes Keith House. Their Scones and High Tea Set is a must!

English Tea House 

Address: No.2002, Jalan Istana, Sandakan.

Contact: 089-222544

Sandakan June 2015

More new cafes are coming up in Sandakan especially at the IJM area, it is hard to list out all of them. But there are 5 Cafes you should not miss.


Bakersfield Espresso Cafe offers a wide range of cakes, homemade ice cream, and gourmet coffee. All the desserts are freshly made by the owner and you can realize that his Tiramisu is a bit different from the ordinary Tiramisu cake that served by another cafe. Now the cafe also doing lunch & dinner promotion sets on weekdays (promotion set serve with free drinks & dessert), why not go and have a try?!

Address: Lot 117, Bandar Utama, Phase 8, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
photo by Bakersfield Espresso Cafe

UP CASE Cafe offers coffee, dessert, and western food. What makes them special is they also offer a pure vegetarian meal. With the slogan of, the “Your Meal My Case”, the owner makes sure every customer have a pleasant dining experience in their cafe. Highly recommend their Spinach Pasto Spaghetti with fried chicken chop and Cheesy Baked Rice, which is very big portion and affordable price! For dessert, you must try their rainbow crepe, you can’t find at another place at other cafes!

Address: Lot 57/58 Bandar Utama, Lorong Avanue 3, IJM.

Contact: 089-667121 / 014-3594778

Photo by Up Case Cafe

Urban Cafe & Rock Paper Scissors Cafe are owned by the same owner but located at a different area. Both of them served freshly brew coffee and fruit-based cakes. The creative part is their cakes named after the cities. “Manila” is mango cheesecake, “Delhi” is jackfruit cheesecake and “Jakarta” is Banana cheesecake.

Address: Lot 151, Ground Floor, Block G, Lorong Avenue 5, IJM.

Contact: 089-238426

Sandakan foods June 2016
Avocado Cake at Urban Cafe

Crowd 99 Cafe is famous because of their soft-serve ice cream. This cafe always launches some new flavor of ice creams such as Matcha, Mango Yogurt, Yuzu, Avacado, Nagomi Azuki(red bean) and Black Volcano (black sesame). It is a very good place for dessert after having your seafood dinner at the restaurant nearby. Besides, you must try their homemade cream soup. Very rich and creamy soup with a combination of garlic bread…Yum! So far the cafe got 3 flavor of soup – Broccoli, mushroom and pumpkin flavors.

Address: Lot 52, Avenue 2, IJM.

Contact: 089-660869
Sandakan foods 2016

Chokolatte, The coffee ministry is a Korean concept cafe serving a variety of delicate dessert and cake. Nice cafe with great ambiance.

Address: Lot 43-GF, Jalan Dataran B.U. 4, Utama Zone 3 Commercial, Jalan Bandar Utama, Mile 6, North Road

Sandakan foods June 2016

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