Like a great cup of a smooth and aromatic blend of coffee, Malacca’s cafes assimilate Malaysia’s modern cafe culture with its heritage roots in perfect symbiosis. A tradition among locals, cafe hopping is a great way to scout great coffees, decadent food and trendy trysts, while also being a great complement to endeavouring in Malacca’s rich heritage.
Here are the 10 Best Cafes to Visit in Malacca!
1. Mods Cafe
Have a throwback along with your cup of joe as Mod’s Cafe serves up its coffee from a vibrant orange 1978 Volkswagen Combi Van, parked inside its cozy cafe along Jalan Tukang Emas! Having a bright red giant in-house coffee roaster, this cafe is a coffee aficionado’s safe haven. You could get your fix of Espresso & Cappuccino here, among other coffee classics, unique house blends and delectable desserts.
Address: 14, Jalan Tukang Emas, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Contact: +601 27564441
Website: MODS CAFE FACEBOOK
Highlighting great coffee as well as local artists, plan a visit to Locahouz Cafe while you’re exploring Malacca’s lively street art scene. Vintage in their interior design, admire all the local artworks on display on the walls among the many vintage heirlooms and historical memorabilia. You’ll be pleased to know the art pieces are on sale if you happen to be interested!
Serving warm hearty meals, indulge in local favourites like their juicy tender Pork Sandwich and also their moist Red Velvet cake. Wash it down with a glass of Orange Beer or an extremely refreshing glass of Pomelo Orange Soda; made from fresh oranges with hints of red pomelo and topped off with fresh mint leaves.
Address: 8, Jalan Bukit Cina, Kampung Bukit China, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10.30pm – 6.00pm (closed on Wednesdays)
Contact: +60 19-679 3993
Website: LOCAHOUZ FACEBOOK
3. Calanthe Art Cafe
Taking pride in serving 13 unique coffee blends from Malaysia’s 13 states, have a taste of Malaysia from a humble cup of coffee. Surrounded by wall art murals, antique furniture, rattan chairs and quirky art works, Calanthe Cafe is Malacca’s warmest and most inviting hangout spot, popular among both locals and tourists.
Besides serving great cups of coffee, Calanthe specializes in perfecting local dishes. You should try their Laksa Nyonya, Claypot Chicken Rice and Honey & Black pepper Chicken Rice.
Calanthe Art Cafe And Restaurant
Address: 11, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75250 Melaka, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Contact: +606-292 2960
Website: CALANTHE ART CAFE FACEBOOK
Serving up a slice of heaven in between thin layers of soft crepes and a generous spread of cream filling, Nadeje is the place to get your sweet tooth satisfied. They’ve since opened multiple outlets around Malaysia, but locals swear by the original Malacca outlet serving the best Mille Crepes you can find anywhere!
Taking Mille Crepe to the next level, be amazed by their wide selection of flavours like Banana Chocolate, Green Tea, Tiramisu and a famous local Chendol Flavour made with Gula Malacca. Not in the mood for exotic flavours? Their original Mille Crepe layered with homemade vanilla filling, of Tahitian vanilla beans and fresh cream, will surely hit the spot!
Address: G-23B, EG 4 & EG 5, Ground Floor, Mahkota Parade, 75000 Melaka
Opening Hours: 11.00am - 10.00pm
Contact: +60 6-283 8750
5. Kaya-Kaya Cafe
A wonderful gem near Joker Street, have a respite at Kaya-Kaya cosily furnished cafe with rattan chairs, recycled wood and metal furniture. Dine comfortably among rustic exposed brick walls in the front of the cafe, or have your coffee with a side of sunshine in their small eclectic courtyard at the back of the cafe among art murals and greenery
A favourite breakfast spot among locals, Kaya Kaya is famous for their fluffy pancakes, but while you’re here, excite your palette with their Kaya Cheese Toast; coconut jam with a slice of cheese on perfectly toasted bread. The taste is unconventional, but like PB&J, it’s a match made in heaven!
KAYA KAYA CAFE
Address: 32, Jalan Tukang Besi, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 8.00am - 8.00pm (Closed every Wednesdays)
Contact: 018-984 5351
Website: KAYA KAYA CAFE FACEBOOK
6. Plat Kitchen
Known for their fusion food, expand your palette at Plat Kitchen; mixing local ingredients into western recipes. It’s a quiet cozy place and you’ll find the theme of navy blue walls calming to the eyes.
Pasta lovers should definitely try their Ah Ma’s (Mother’s) Sambal Heti Pasta; A spaghetti dish with dried shrimp sambal (spicy sauce) topped with shrimp dumpling skewers wrapped in pandan leaf. Others would find great delight in their varied choices of open sandwiches, all-day breakfast menu and mains. A great finish to your meal would be their signature Sizzling Brownie topped with a rich vanilla ice cream! You’ll want seconds!
Address: 596, Jalan Melaka Raya 10, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11.00am -12.00am | Weekends 10.00am - 12.00am
Contact: +60 6-288 0528
Website: PLAT KITCHEN FACEBOOK
7. Limau-Limau Cafe
Limau Limau Cafe is a hidden gem, tucked along a quiet street behind Jonker Walk. It may not be visible from the street as it is surrounded by plenty of bushy plants and cars in front of the cafe. The cafe is unbelievably charming with lots of old school photo frames, wooden furniture and memorabilia. Loaded with plenty of artworks, books and a huge chandelier hanging on the ceiling, the setting is perfect for a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy street.
Located opposite Malacca’s heritage Kampung Kling Mosque, Limau-limau is a quaint cafe that manages to charm visitors with its almost random assortment of decorations of old school photo frames, artworks, books and a huge chandelier hanging from the ceiling. This place oozes quirkiness, yet everyone agrees it’s one of the cosiest places to enjoy a couple of hours worth of conversation away from Malaysia’s scorching heat.
Quench your thirst with one of their cooling glasses of fresh exotic fruit juice or sample their healthy breakfast menu of wholemeal sandwiches, focaccia and ciabatta bread. A great bet would be to order a mango and chicken focaccia or dragon fruit and chicken sandwich!
LIMAU LIMAU CAFE
Address: 9, Jalan Hang Lekiu, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
Contact: +60 12-609 9088
Website: LIMAU LIMAU CAFE FACEBOOK
8. The Daily Fix
The most popular cafe in Malacca hides at the back of an Antique shop (their mum’s) in Joker Street. Often sighted on Instagram for their eclectic mix of green foliage and antique ornaments like old school radios, tableware and their wall of beautifully decorated plates, people frequent here for the chilled out ambiance as well as their local fusion food. It does get crowded during peak hours, so do get there before lunch, or expect to wait in line before being seated.
They’re famous for their sweet and savoury pancakes; indulge in their fluffy Pandan Pancake drizzled with Gula Melaka, Durian Pancake or their Salted Eggyolk Pancake. If pancakes don’t tickle your fancy, they have other great selections on their menu of pasta, salads and an All-Day breakfast menu.
The Daily Fix Cafe & Restaurant
Address: 55, Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonkerst), 75200 Malacca City, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10.00am - 11.00pm | Weekends 8.30am - 11.00pm
Contact: +6 06-283 4858
Website: THE DAILY FIX FACEBOOK
Head on to attractive terracotta coloured Straits Cafe for some homemade Peranakan delights. While you won’t find an Instagram-worthy Cafe with its minimal setting, you’ll definitely leave with your tummy happy, sampling their authentic Peranakan dishes like Nyonya Laksa, Pai Tee, Mee Siam along with their variety of kueh kery including Pang Susie, Fried Ang Koo and Apom Berkuah; a Peranakan version of Pancake served with gula malacca and banana jam!
STRAITS AFFAIR CAFE
Address: 53 Lorong Hang Jebat (Inside Cheng Ho Museum) Melaka, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Weekdays (Except Wednesdays) 11.00am - 8.00pm Weekends 11.00am - 6.00am
Contact: 012-605 6490
Website: STRAITS AFFAIR FACEBOOK
10. Unicorn Cafe
Another great place to sample authentic Baba Nyonya, Unicorn Cafe aims to serve you the best Peranakan Cuisines, and in that they deliver! Getting rave reviews for their menu, try their Nyonya Popiah; a wrap filled with turnips, bean sprouts, egg and diced beancurd, Asam Babi; succulent pork slices drizzled with rich sweet-sour tamarind sauce and their ever sought out Nyonya Laksa. For dessert, cool off from the sun with their Cendol Durian; shaved ice with Coconut Milk & Gula Malacca sauce, topped with fresh durian flesh. But do note that anything you pick from the menu would be a great choice!
Address: 626, Jalan Melaka Raya 10, Malacca, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 4.30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
Contact: +60 16-342 5365
Website: UNICORN CAFE FACEBOOK
A different kind of attraction
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, I say the same could be said about Malacca and its rich food culture! Whether you’re looking for great coffee, great food or great heritage, these cafes serve you all three! You will find a unique experience in these cafes; each highlighting their own take on Malacca’s cultural history; something rare to find in cafes around Malaysia that would opt for more trendier settings. A great addition to experiencing Malacca, try squeezing a few of these food spots into you itinerary on your next visit to Malacca!
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