Kedai Kopi Kong Thai Lai on Leith Street, still using the blinds from its former Hutton Lane premises (1 January, 2017)
Kedai Kopi Kong Thai Lai (GPS: 5.42043, 100.33325) is a Chinese coffee shop on Leith Street in George Town, Penang. Occupying a pre-war shophouse along the street, Kong Thai Lai is one of those few remaining old-style George Town coffee shops that were once the place for the city's white collar workers to partake their breakfast. Originally located along Hutton Lane until 2016, the coffee shop used to be a favorite haunt for a number of local tycoons such as the late Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew and now Hong Kong-based tycoon Tan Sri Robert Kuok.
Nowadays it is more a watering hole for retirees to while away the day. In addition to drinks, Kong Thai Lai offers half-boiled eggs, toasts and other similar breakfast fare.
Updates on Kedai Kopi Thai Lai
3 August, 2016 The Star reports that Kong Thai Lai will not be closing after all, but will relocate to Leith Street following the eviction order issued by its Singapore owner. the operator of Kong Thai Lai, Mr Tan Jeng Seow, said that rental at the Leith Street premises is RM2,700 per month, five times the rental at his location on Hutton Lane.
26 May, 2016 The Star reports that Kedai Kopi Kong Thai Lai would soon cease operations as the owner of the property is taking the property back.
Photos of Kedai Kopi Kong Thai Lai in its former location
Kedai Kopi Kong Thai Lai (10 March, 2016)
Here I am at Kedai Kopi Kong Thai Lai with Mark Walker, an expatriate who has been living in Penang for many years (10 March, 2016)
Kedai Kopi Kong Thai Lai
6, Hutton Lane,
10050 George Town, Penang.
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