A historic café not to be missed:
Facing Kuala Lumpur's old market Medan Pasar, the humble Sin Seng Nam coffee shop quickly became popular. Opened in 1928 by the Hainanese immigrant Choong Yoo Ying and his two brothers, it wasn't just a place to savour a favorite brew. It was a place to meet friends, conduct business, relax and enjoy life. Also the brother's uncompromising Hainanese cuisine became extremely popular.
As Kuala Lumpur progressed, also banks and courthouses cropped up near the coffee shop, together with more shophouses and offices. Its clientele grew, and the patrons not only included petty traders, miners and gamblers from nearby casinos, but soon also judges, businessmen and members of government - mirroring the entire spectrum of society.
After 85 years, Sin Seng Nam finally closed after serving its last meal on February 28th 2013. Extensive refurbishment was required in order to restore the now 100 year old building to its former glory.
But instead of allowing a modern day business to occupy the strategic location, it was decided to restore the coffee house - keeping everything exactly as it used to be, complete with the historic photograps on the walls, and not radically change anything - the Hainanese kitchen included. And in 2014 the new, Cafe Old Market Square was born.
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