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Hi, I'm Estan Cabigas, a freelance photographer from the Philippines and available for work and collaboration within the ASEAN region. TenZeroFour is my Architecture and Interiors website and blog.

A surfing themed cafe in Kuching

The heat was taking its toll on me while going around the museums in Kuching that I entered Plaza Merdeka Mall to cool off as well as to have some food. I was famished from all the walking. While looking for a place to eat, I saw this well designed cafe with a surfing theme:

Boardriders Café is a fusion of the Hawaiian Islands’ thrills and culture, with a touch of Japanese elements. You will witness the harmony of these two worlds together, from the food we serve to the ambience that surrounds you.

The cafe facade is modern and looks formal but once you get inside, the interior is interesting and hip but sort of over the top. The decor is colorful and fresh and reminds you of the tropics, the sea and the surfer lifestyle. But there seems to be too much going on and shelves are too crowded. Some decor looks caricaturish.

It’s a visual riot, from the black and white flooring to the walls. Competing with all these are potted plants and colorful orchid flowers on vases atop tables. Although there are so many things in the interior vying for attention, the plush furniture that are placed against the walls provide a respite.

There is a liberating area though. At the cul-de-sac, where the seats are comfortable, provides rest from the visual clutter. The toned down setup makes you focus more on the colorful drawing at the end wall. Boardrider’s Cafe, a themed cafe by surfing apparel store Quicksilver has three branches: two in Kuala Lumpur and one in Kuching.

Boarder's Cafe

Boarder's Cafe

Boarder's Cafe

Boarder's Cafe

Boarder's Cafe

Boarder's Cafe

Boarder's Cafe

Boardriders Cafe
Plaza Merdeka Mall
Kuching, Sarawak
Malaysia
https://www.facebook.com/boardriderscafe