NEW Star Anise Café 82 Jalan Kampung Cina, Kuala Terengganu (012 964 6480/www. facebook.com/staranisekt).
An afternoon of wandering in Kuala Terengganu’s merciless sun has us seeking refuge in the cool depths of Star Anise Café, a hipster-looking space with a signboard that might make you think you’re walking into a spa. Star Anise’s olive green walls, muted lighting and wafts of good strong coffee all make a pretty failsafe combination. The beans are sourced from Kuala Lumpur, and meals such as nasi dagang are available in the mornings only. The side door leads to a beautiful little alley with old handpainted Chinatown shop signage. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Sat–Thu, 10am–1am. Fri, 3pm–1am. $
NEW The Vinum Xchange 221 Jalan Bandar, Kuala Terengganu (09 638 1353/www.facebook.com/ thevinumXchange).
A mix of coffee and cocktails, the Vinum Xchange is your mat-sallehfriendly hangout with exposed light bulbs, tall wooden stools and a small selection of pastries. The crowd consists of young locals and welldressed backpackers looking for a pint. The wall of wines will appeal to thirsty tourists in conservative Terengganu. Healthier drink options include yoghurt smoothies and Dilmah teas.
Daily, 11am–3pm, 6pm–10pm. $$