I love airports. Well, most of them, anyway. I would tell you about the few airports that I hate. But that would be a whole different story from this.
One thing is for sure, I like Penang International Airport (PIA). I don't like it because it is newly renovated and upgraded. Nor do I like it because of the services available there.
I like PIA because it has become a familiar transit point, having lived in Penang these last three years. Familiar because of my monthly commutes back to Kuala Lumpur (KL), and numerous visits there to help send off or pick up fellow commuters to and from KL.
These days, I like PIA even more because of Kaffa Espresso Bar.
The first place you see as you drive up to the Departure Wing, Kaffa is my new favorite cafe, my hideout. With my laptop and an unfinished travel anecdote, I imagine that I am in some cozy, vintage cafe tucked somewhere in Paris. Talk about being highly imaginative! :P
If you prefer coffee to soda hands down every time, or if you are a sucker for vintage interior designs, or if you're an old soul, and your dad kept telling you that you were born in the wrong era because of your strange music choice, or even if you are just someone who hates walking in the hot tropical sun, you will like Kaffa.
Let me tell you why in 6 nouns and many adjectives:
Coffee - delicious Salted Caramel Macchiato (hot/cold) - sweet and salty at the same time!
Ambiance - snug, comfy window seats, quaint - with vintage furniture, pinball machines!
Patron parking - right in front of the cafe, and free!
Service - prompt, attentive, friendly...did i say prompt??
Price - Starbucks-like price - none of those overpriced-bcoz-im-in-the-airport charges!
Location - convenient, easy access - without having to drive all the way out to town...
So, will you Kaffa? ;-))