In need of some spiritual refreshment after shopping, then drop into Jing-Si Books and Cafe on level 6, Gurney Paragon Mall.
Jing-Si Books and Cafe is part of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, an international humanitarian organisation and NGO founded by Master Cheng Yen, a Buddhist nun. The bookshop and Cafe offers an opportunity to sit, read, meditate and reflect whilst quenching your thirst with one of their aromatic brews.
Open from 10am to 10pm, this small bookshop and cafe has outside seating with lovely, large wooden tables and chairs.
Inside is a small area where refreshments are made as well as books for sale or free to read mainly in Mandarin with a few in English. There are also items for sale such as mixed nuts, cocoa powder and job’s tears powder.
All the drinks cost RM5 and include a range of teas and special drinks including my favourite, hot chocolate. Made with cocoa, red beans, brown rice and job’s tears (a grain), this is a lovely, smooth chocolatey drink which is not overly sweet.
This is a nice place to relax, but the only negative is that when sitting outside, there is constant noise from the air handling unit which can be a bit annoying.
If you are in Georgetown, then you can visit their main book shop and cafe which is definitely an oasis of calm and tranquility. It is located in an old colonial building at 31 Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street). Open daily from 11am to 7pm.
There is even a branch on the mainland. Located at 6664, First Floor, Jalan Bagan Ajam, Butterworth. Open daily from 10am to 6pm.