Food in Malacca is every foodie's dream. This Malaysian city is perfect for finding new gastronomic experiences. There are many different cuisines to choose from, including Indian and Chinese. The city's best restaurants are on Jonker Street, which is also famous for its sights.
This is the main feature of "culinary tours" in Malacca - you can combine the pleasure of tasting and walking through the most colorful places of the city with their unforgettable atmosphere.
It's a very uncomplicated name. It is clear that the restaurant is located on Jonker Street, building number 88, in a neighborhood that is often referred to as "Chinese. The restaurant is famous for its desserts and original snacks. Thanks to its unusual interior with antique elements and numerous paintings and posters, Jonker 88 is known among locals and tourists as a "cafe-museum".
What to try? Cendol, a special kind of rice jelly, and Nyonya Asam laksa, a noodle soup with thick broth, a perfect combination of Malay and Chinese culinary traditions.
Where is it88 Jalan Hang Jebat
Hours of operation: Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
2. Ku Loong Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant
Rice balls with chicken is considered one of the culinary highlights of Hainan cuisine. At Ku Loong Kee Chicken Rice, these rice balls are made according to an old signature recipe that originated in the Malay city of Yipoh. The delicacy can be described in two words: simple and delicious.
What to try? Naturally, the chicken rice balls that gave the restaurant its name are Chicken Rice Balls.
Where is it located: Plaza Pandan Malim Business Park69, Jalan PPM 8, Kampung Balai Panjang
Hours of operation: 10-30 to 16-30 (Wednesday is a day off).
3. Calanthe Art Cafe
A very cozy and quiet place where local artists gather to create, discuss art, and drink coffee. The latter is excellent here! Kalanta offers a choice of 13 types of coffee made according to the traditional recipes of 13 Malaysian districts. The interior and the bohemian atmosphere of the place deserve special attention.
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What to try? Coffee, a refreshing cucumber and lime juice, and the signature fish in a spicy sauce.
Where is it located: 11, Jalan Hang Kasturi
Hours of operation: Sunday to Wednesday - 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday - day off.
4. Donald and Lily's - Donald and Lily's Restaurant
Here guests are treated to authentic Nyon or Peranakan dishes whose recipes go back to ancient Chinese gastronomic traditions. The restaurant is quite popular, it is often mentioned in tourist brochures and travel guides, and there was even an article about it in the Times magazine.
In general, don't be surprised if this place has too many visitors who want to experience the authentic hits of traditional Malay cuisine.
What to try? Taukwa Rojak (peculiar cakes with fruit and vegetable filling), classic Nyonya Laksa soup, and starchy Mee Rebus noodles.
Where is it located: Ground Floor, No. 16, Jln KSB 1, Taman Kota Shah Bandar
Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (except Mondays and Tuesdays).
5. Nancy's Kitchen - Nancy's Kitchen snack bar
If you're in the Jonker Street neighborhood, check out this cozy café, which is a family-run business - several generations of the same family have run it for years. Old recipes are handed down through the generations, but they're not kept a secret. Nancy's Kitchen even offers master classes for novice cooks.
What to try? Sek bak meat, squid with vegetables Sambal sotong petai, original Popiah rolls with a variety of fillings.
Where is it:13, Jalan KL 3/1b, Taman Kota Laksamana
Hours of operation: from 11-00 to 17-00 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 11-00 to 21-00 on Friday to Sunday (Tuesday is a day off).
6. Kedai Kopi Juat Lye
Behind the untranslatable name is a quiet and cozy restaurant, not too popular among visitors - it's mostly locals who gather here. But the food served here is so delicious that you will definitely want to come back again. It's a great place to have breakfast, escaping from the city noise and too busy "tourist trails".
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What to try? Shrimp Mee, Roti Bakar sandwiches with local coffee, spicy Nyonya Laksa noodles.
Where is it located: 371G, Taman Peringgit Jaya
Hours of operation: from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (except Mondays).
7. East and West Rendezvous Restaurant
It's not on Jonker Street itself, but it's not too hard to find. In any case, your efforts and time will be fully repaid. This restaurant is said to serve the best dumplings made of rice flour.
What to try? Original oriental dumplings Nyonya Chang, Cendol rice jelly dessert.
Where is it located: 52 Lorong Hang Jebat
Hours of operation: from 9-30 to 17-30 daily.
8. Geographer Cafe
The street leading to this cafe is an open-air museum in itself - it draws tourists past old houses to an amazing building that seems to have descended from the pages of the chronicles.
"Geographer" is very well located, because it is literally a stone's throw away from the oldest mosque in Melaka, the ancient Chinese Temple and the night market Jonker walk. The overall ambiance evokes thoughts of an Oriental fairytale, but the bar at Geographer Cafe is quite modern and Western. In particular, you can drink beer here.
What to try? Nasi Goreng is fried rice, a symbol of Malay cuisine.
Where is it located: 83, Jalan Hang Jebat
Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday through Friday), 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday.
9. The Daily Fix - The Daily Fix Cafe
The Daily Fix claims to be the best café in Malacca, so it's always crowded. Within half an hour of opening there is literally "nowhere to go". The very interesting interior with elements of antique design attracts lovers of antiquity, and gourmets appreciate the local snacks. The prices of the dishes range from RM 10-20 (150-300 rubles per serving).
What to try? Pandan pancakes (usually made in the morning) and spaghetti Carbonara.
Where is it located: 55, Jalan Hang Jebat
Hours of operation: From 9-00 to 23-30 on weekdays, from 8-30 to 23-30 on Saturday and Sunday.
10. The Baboon House - The Baboon House Diner
The best place in Malacca for fast food lovers. "The Baboon House is famous for its succulent burgers and coffee and its wide selection of alcoholic beverages. The Baboon House is notable for its gallery-like interior. Prices are quite democratic, which is very nice considering the really high quality of service.
What to try? Chicken burger (price - RM 13.80), beef burger (RM 14.80).
Where is it located: 89, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Kampung Bukit China
Office hoursFrom 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesday is a day off).
11. Hard Rock Cafe
The magnificent view of the sea, the special atmosphere and really good music are great "spices" for a delicious meal. Does it take anything else to fully achieve nirvana? The name emphasizes that this cafe is a place for "live" music bands.
There's enough room to dance to the music of rock legends in between culinary experiments. Hard Rock Cafe is never empty - tourists and local music lovers gather here. The cuisine is quite "European".
What to try? Caesar salad, Malay-style Mexican nachos, classic steaks.
Where is it located: 28, Lorong Hang Jebat
Hours of operation: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
12. Aunty Koh Cendol - Auntie Koh's Diner
This place serves desserts made with coconut milk, rice, and palm syrup. In particular, Cendol is a specialty of Malaysia, which is very pleasant to snack on in the heat. Aunty Koh Cendol is not a flashy place; here the refreshing dessert is sold takeaway, right from street stalls.
What to try? Cendol and Tai Bak desserts.
Where is it located: 5113, Jalan Batang Tiga, Kampung Bukit Rambai
Hours of operation: only on weekends, officially from 11:30 to 14:30. However, by 2 p.m. there may not be any desserts left, as they are usually sold out by 12:30.
13. Bikini Toppings - Bikini Toppings Cafe
The café owes its naughty name to the design of its main dish. A local "highlight" is ice cream in the halves of coconut shells. There are many kinds of this delicacy here (including original ones made according to their own recipes).
It can be said that in Bikini Toppings many guests and residents of the city just escape the heat of the day. There is also a wide range of soft drinks, dairy dishes, jellies and other desserts on the menu of the cafe.
What to try? Drinks and desserts made from coconut milk - cocktails and ice cream.
Where is it located: 46, Lorong Hang Jebat
Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friday through Tuesday), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Wednesday), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursday).
14. Tengkera Duck Noodle - Duck Noodle Diner
The menu is straightforward. The "highlight" is the firm and fragrant noodles in duck broth, with meat and fragrant herbs. You can order alcohol to go with the main course. The prices are really good - between RM 3.70 and RM 4.70 per serving (around 75-80 roubles).
What to try? Naturally, the noodles themselves in duck broth. And also egg dishes and duck and rice.
Where is it located: Jalan Kota Laksamana 1/2, Taman Kota Laksamana
Office hours7 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Tuesday is a day off).
15. Pin-Pin Hiong - Pin Code Diner
One of the culinary attractions of Malacca. This small place is run by a single chef, an elderly Malay, who cooks absolutely stunning delicacies according to his own recipe.
The place is in demand despite the fact that the service is not too fast - residents and visitors to Malacca are willing to wait to fully enjoy the great taste of the food. During breakfast and lunch hours, you might not find a table available.
What to try? Oyster omelet, Mee Sua soup, pork chops.
Where is it located: 786, Lorong Hang Jebat
Hours of operation: daily from 7-30 to 14-00 (Sunday is a day off).
16. Lung Ann Refreshments
A diner serving many authentic Malaysian dishes. It is owned by an elderly couple who surround each guest with care and attention. Early in the morning here you can get a light breakfast in European style. For example, coffee and toasts. And for lunch you can order chicken or pork dishes according to national recipes.
What to try? Local coffee, Kaya sweet coconut egg toast, pork chops.
Where is it located: 93/807, Lorong Hang Jebat
Hours of operation: daily from 7-00 to 16-00 (weekend - Thursday).
17. Heng Huat Kopitiam
One of the oldest catering establishments that has been operating in Malacca for 75 years. Unfortunately, it is scheduled to close at the end of 2019. Gourmets are served Hainanese cuisine here for very little money. For example, they charge only 4 Malay ringgit (60-70 rubles) for a plate of noodle soup. At the same time, the quality of food is beyond praise.
What to try? First of all, local noodles and dumplings.
Where is it located: No. 3, Jalan Hang Lekiu
Hours of operation: 8-00 to 15-00 (Tuesday through Thursday), 8-00 to 15-00 and 18-00 to 22-00 (Friday through Sunday). Monday is a day off.
18. Low Yong Moh Restaurant
One of Malacca's most popular restaurants was opened shortly after the end of World War II Since 1947, hundreds of locals have been coming here for breakfast and lunch, increasingly joined by tourists. The place is inexpensive, so even with the fast service in the morning hours you have to stand in line for 30-40 minutes. Later on, though, the influx of visitors decreases slightly.
What to try? Traditional Asian fast food - Dim Sum snacks.
Where is it located: 32, Jalan Tukang Emas
Hours of operation: daily from 6-00 to 13-00 (day off - Tuesday).
19. Ban Lee Siang
This "street" restaurant is great for snacking on the run. They serve tiny pieces of baked food strung on wooden skewers, a miniature version of kebab. The dish is made from various kinds of meat, fish, and seafood. The prices are merely a penny: a stick costs about 10 rubles in Russian money. The Ban Lee Siang diner is a local landmark, so you won't have to look for it for a long time; any townspeople can easily show you the way.
What to try? Everything they cook here - but first and foremost a kebab of flavorful chicken.
Where is it located: 53-C, Jalan Ong Kim Wee
Hours of operation: from 4 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
20. Asam Pedas Claypot
Another hard-to-translate name in which you can distinguish a reference to a special kind of rice is Asam Pedas. It is clear that it is difficult to surprise anyone in Malaysia with dishes made of this cereal, but the "feature" of the restaurant is in the peculiarities of cooking and serving. Rice is stewed in special clay pots with different "fillings". You can enjoy your meal indoors (including in cozy isolated "rooms") or outdoors on the veranda.
What to try? Asam rice in pots, fried rice with spices and special Malay flatbread Roti Canai.
Where is it located: 86, Jalan Laksamana 5, Taman Kota Laksamana
Hours of operation: daily (or rather, nightly) from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday is a day off.
21. Bert's Garden Seafood - Sea Garden Restaurant
The perfect place for seafood lovers. Not only tourists come here, but also Malays themselves - from different parts of the city. It's a very popular place with a huge choice of snacks, nice interior, cozy atmosphere and a great view of the sea. You can taste the delicacies you order, wash it down with a nice alcoholic drink - and enjoy the light breeze.
What to try? Perch with a side dish of red fried rice and spicy sauces, local ice cream.
Where is it located: 2078-C, Jalan Kampung Pinang B, 76400 Tanjung Kling
Hours of operation: daily from 4:30 to midnight (Monday is the day off).
22. Sun May Hiong Satay House
The long local name can be translated simply - it's a kebab house. Well, or "house of kebab". The restaurant has existed for a very long time and has its own clientele, who appreciate the local culinary delights.
The secret to success is a special marinade and a huge selection of sauces. Pork kebabs are the most popular, although chicken is also available. Sun May Hiong Satay House can be quite crowded at lunchtime, so you should arrive early.
What to try? Of course, the Malay pork shish kebab!
Where is it located: 50/52, Jalan Kota Laksamana 1/1, Taman Kota Laksamana
Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (the restaurant is closed Monday through Wednesday).
23. Restoran Tong Sheng - Tong Sheng Restaurant
Rather, it could be called a roadside cafe, an analog of the Indian canteen known as a dhaba. A place for a bite to eat on the street, in between jobs. The prices are low, the atmosphere is very friendly, an excellent selection of seafood. The only downside is that it's too popular, which makes Tun Shen a crowded place during dinner hours.
What to try? Bi Hong cheese, local pies, shrimp, baked crab meat.
Where is it located: No. 377 & 378, Jalan Taman Melaka Raya 6, Taman Melaka Raya
Hours of operation: from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Monday is a day off).
24. Teo Soon Loong
Another seafood restaurant with a very high reputation. The specialty is also spicy pork ribs in pumpkin sauce. The restaurant is cozy but small, so the tables here should be reserved in advance - there may simply be no vacancies.
What to try? Oyster noodles and the original Teochew dumplings.
Where is it located: No.42 & 44, Jalan KPKS1, Kompleks Perniagaan Kota Syahbandar
Office hoursFrom 12:30 to 14:00 and then from 18:00 to 21:00 (Monday is a day off).
25. Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant
A restaurant with Indian cuisine, very popular in Malaysia. It is located under the open sky - you can have dinner and watch the night life of the city.
What to try? Chicken dishes, primarily chicken baked in a tandoor, as well as lassi (an Indian drink like ayran).
Where is it located: 56 & 58, Jalan 4, Taman Kota Laksamana.
Hours of operation: 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday off).
26. Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine - Nonya Heritage Restaurant
The best place in Malacca to experience Peranakan food. The restaurant is modest, but the food here is amazingly delicious. Keep in mind that the local dishes are quite spicy. The regulars at Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine are always happy to chat with the owner, who is friendly and quick on the tongue.
What to try? Chicken fillet in spicy sauce, chili, curry, stew in coconut milk.
Where is it: 75, Jalan Melaka Raya, Taman Melaka Raya
Hours of operation: from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and then from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Monday is the day off).
27. Nadeje - Cafe Hope
A special offer for those with a sweet tooth! The best mille crepe cakes and excellent coffee are prepared here. In general, a lot of recipes for sweet pastries are used in this cafe, and it is not surprising that over the past decade the institution has become extremely popular and has even acquired branches in Wilaya and Kuala Lumpur. However, here you can get not only dessert, but also a complex dinner (at a rather modest price - from RM 10).
What to try? Chicken, rice and egg dishes, and for dessert, mocha coffee and mille crêpe puff pastries.
Where is it: G-23 & 25, Jalan PM4, Plaza Mahkota
Hours of operation: daily from 11-00 to 22-00.
In general, if you consider yourself a gourmand, dream to try new dishes or just like to eat good food - a vacation in Malacca will leave you with the best impressions!