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Traditional kopitiams, or coffee shops, are a cultural icon of Malaysia and its peninsular partner Singapore. They’re a place to relax at a table at any time of day—traditional kopitiams are open during the day, while Indian-Muslim-run mamak stalls may not open until 5 p.m., and often run all night. They’re neighborhood gathering places for all cultures: coffeehouses without machinery or fancy imported beans. Even the term kopitiam is multicultural—kopi is Malay for coffee, while tiam is Hokkien for shop.

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