Before visiting Malacca, I knew that it was an historic, World Heritage-listed city and that it was located on the banks of a river, with a waterwheel and boats on the river (not to mention its Dutch colonial heritage) lending it an Amsterdam-esque vibe. But after staying for a few days, one of the highlights for me (along with the beautiful street art), were the number of cool cafes, great places for retreating from the tropical heat and relaxing with a cool juice or an evening beer, maybe staying for a meal. Here’s my favourite five!
1. The Daily Fix
Hidden away at the back of a souvenir shop on popular Jonker St (officially known as Jalan Hang Jebat), keep an eye out for the quirky sign out the front. Inside is a relaxed oasis stretching between two indoor courtyards, with tables both large and small. The smoothies are delicious, plus their food also looked awesome (lots of review recommend the pancakes!) Just keep in mind they close at 5:30pm, as they can’t stay open later than the shop you enter through.
Address: 55 Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker St)
2. Geographer Cafe
The Geographer Cafe is a well-known landmark, spread over two floors on a prominent corner of Jonker Street. It’s great for people watching, especially if you get a seat on the street front, ideally under the cool mist that was spraying when I visited. There’s plenty of alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic drink selections, plus an extensive food menu (with a mix of Malaysian, Asian and Western food options).
Address: 83 Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker St)
3. Calanthe Art Cafe
At first glance, I thought that this cafe was called “13 States Coffees”, but that’s just advertising that they have coffee beans from every state in Malaysia! Definitely one for the coffee buffs, it’s also a great restaurant to head to in the evening. (It’s open late every night, except for when it’s closed all day on Thursday.) There’s lots of tasty Malaysian dishes on the menu; I especially recommend the laksa clay pot!
Address: 11 Jalan Hang Kasturi
4. Backlane Coffee
Backlane Coffee is another cafe on Jonker St that’s hidden away back from the street. Enter either through a small arcade, or from the back lane. There’s lots of different coffee options available, plus they also offer delicious hot chocolates. Luckily then the air conditioner is set to an extra cool temperature! And the retro air chairs are deliciously comfortable to sink into for a leisurely conversation.
Address: 129 Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker St)
5. The Baboon House
However, my absolutely favourite cafe in Malacca has to be The Baboon House. Its an ancient half-wild house, with plants growing everywhere, even out of the walls, and small ponds and tanks of goldfish wherever you look. Make sure you keep on going all the way down the back to explore! I just went to have some refreshing drinks, but wish that I had of come for lunch, as their burgers looked amazing. Just be warned there is a no photo policy (so I only have the one photo from the exterior).
Address: 89 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Heeren St)