Hi guys! I’ve been having this idea of a project for a very long time, which is to do a monthly post dedicating to cafés that I’ve visited. Since I am a hardcore – everyday coffee drinker, this project is definitely a way for me to share my love for coffee as well as cool cafés in KK (Kota Kinabalu) that you can visit. Not forgetting to all you Instagrammers, the cafés that I shall be featuring in my blog series are all “Instagram-worthy”!
I’m posting the first entry to my monthly post of “Indulgence of Cafe Hoppin’ with Jess (KK City Series)” this month as July is my favorite month! I know the name of this project is quite a mouthful to read but I feel that it suits the purpose behind this project of mine, which speaks about indulging coffee, the heavenly liquid and also me hopping café to café to be blogged about.
The café that I’m featuring in this month’s series is the The Workshop, located in Australia Lane, KK. The Workshop is exactly the opposite of SaltXPaper, one of my favourite stationary stores and a few steps from October Coffee House and Sharikat Biru-Biru! The exterior of The Workshop is very ‘hipsterly’ cool as there is a red bicycle hanging on the red-brick wall! Went there a few weeks ago with Clarence since I’ve always wanted to have a café date with my man. Surprisingly, he does know a thing or two about coffee as he used to work as a part-time barista during his university years!
I love the interior of The Workshop because of its high ceiling and even though the furnitures are not really matching with each other but I still find it very cohesive and it makes the cafe feels very cosy! The cement flooring, the mixture of red-brick and white walls give a ‘lofty’ vibe to the café, which I really love because I have such a huge thing for anything industrial looking interior!
I also love the contemperary chandelier in the middle of room, it completes the whole ‘lofty’ vibe that I mention earlier. Even the selections of arts are well thought of because they add colours and focus point on the wall; I was particularly intrigued by the ‘Wall of Doors’ because I never thought that doors can be used as art in such way.
There is also a counter, where you can sit as you watch your coffee is being prepared by the barista. Plenty of seating areas suit for 2 and even up to a group of 8 people.
There is even an outdoor seating area at The Workshop and it looks so romantic at night because of the fairy lights surrounding the area.
The prices for the food and drinks are standard compared to other cafés that I’ve been to. The good thing about the café is that besides from cakes and desserts, there are also real food on the menu like burgers, salads if you are opted for a heavier meal. But Clarence and I ordered coffees and cakes because we were quite full at that time. Clarence ordered Mocha and a slice of ‘Sweet Dreams Baby’, a chocolate cake made of dark Belgian chocolate; I ordered Cappucino with extra shot because double shot is for the sissies and a slice of ‘Great Balls of Fire’, a three layered cheese cake with fruit and chocolate bits. Our drinks are delicious but the cakes unfortunately are not made by them as I’ve eaten cakes with the same taste from a different bakery in Lintas, which I need not to mention. It would be so good if the café bake their own cakes but probably they do not have the skills hence selling the marked-up price cakes.
I would say that I really like the ambience there, although it can be pretty crowded inside the cafe but I guess it’s because we went there on a Sunday. But if you prefer a little bit of privacy, go sit at the outdoor area as it will be less people there because people prefer sitting inside the café for the air-condition. The outdoor area is an open space with fans so you won’t get sweaty. The music selections are great too, Clarence and I were singing throughout the entire café date!
Can’t wait for my next café sesh and rest assured it will be a cool and exciting one too!
Till next post, Jess x