A cafe with a pink, heart-shaped maze in Sabah


It isn’t enough for cafes to serve superb coffee and meals nowadays. As more of us are looking to fill our ‘grams with cool shots, a lot of cafes have been putting extra thought into their premises’ aesthetic – take 1Heart Maze Cafe, for example.

This industrial-style cafe in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, has a full-blown maze in the shape of a heart attached to their building. The maze’s dreamy pink walls, and various photo spots including one with pink converging steps, look similar to that one iconic set in Squid Game.


A huge maze in the shape of a heart


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Image credit: Sabah Bah Ini

1Heart Maze Cafe’s heart-shaped maze is a stunning oasis of pink right outside its doors – it’s even said to be the largest maze in Sabah. 

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Image adapted from:
@khusbuponamchand and @missnatasha.lew

Though the bubblegum pink walls of the maze bring to mind the staircases in Squid Game, this maze exudes a cheerful vibe and serves as a dreamy backdrop for photos.

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Image credit: @wesleysamson_

Wandering through the maze is made more enjoyable with different photo spots located at every turn. There are quirky quotes, including one that says ‘With love and patience, nothing is impossible’, on the fairy-floss pink walls. Various props for you to pose with, such as a corner with mirrors and an all-pink phone booth, are other photo spots waiting to be discovered within the maze. 

heart maze cafe - girls
Image adapted from: @khusbuponamchand and Arisha Olga

Patrons will have to pay an entrance fee (RM40/adult) to explore the vast maze, which is inclusive of a meal and drink from the cafe. Meals and drinks for kids can be purchased a la-carte too, with discounted entrance fees (RM5/kid) for children aged 5 to 11 years old.

Those aged 4 and below will get to enter the maze for free.


A chic industrial-style cafe



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Taking photos here is not limited to the maze.

1Heart Maze Cafe has various Instagrammable spots located at the cafe, or the entrance of the maze, too – including a vibrant blue-and-pink bubble wall, and a concrete staircase leading up to a rooftop area.

Here, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the heart-shaped maze with all its twists and turns – it’s also a great place to strike your best pose with the entire maze as your backdrop.

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Image credit: Xandra Sandra

Once you’ve explored the maze to your heart’s content, refuel with some food and drinks inside the cafe.

Minimalistic and trendy, the cafe boasts concrete counters and cement floors that give off a chic yet rustic vibe. 

heart maze cafe - inside
Image credit:
@denny_lim98

If you prefer fresh air as you dine on your meals, opt for the outdoor bar seating. Do note, however, that these seats are limited.

heart maze cafe - foodImage credit: 1Heart Maze Cafe

Patrons will have a choice of meal and drink with their maze entrance fee.

The cafe serves a mix of Asian and Western favourites, including dishes such as Chicken Curry Rice, Fried Chicken Burger, and Grilled Chicken

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Image credit: Thirteen

All that wandering will likely leave you parched, so pair your meal with your choice of caffeinated or non-caffeinated beverage – Cafe Latte, Caramel Latte, Honey Lemon, and Chocolate or Cappuccino Ice Blended are some drink options available here.


A cafe with a heart-shaped maze in Sabah


1Heart Maze Cafe is a one-of-a-kind cafe that bundles good food with an exciting heart-shaped maze to explore. Whether you’re a cafe-hopper or an avid photographer, the cafe’s plethora of photo spots will likely thrill you – just try not to get lost while you’re wandering through the maze to discover them. 

Address: Jalan Kionsom, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Opening hours: Wed – Mon 12PM-11PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
Telephone: 014-653 9697
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Cover image adapted from: @wesleysamson_, 1Heart Maze Cafe and @khusbuponamchand

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