A trip to Malacca is not considered complete unless you have been to Jonker Street. It is a place where you will find a mixture of holidaymakers learning more about the culture of old Malacca and locals going about their everyday lives.
Weekends are when Jonker Street is most lively and you get to join in the bustling night market. Those who are not a fan of crowds can consider heading there during weekdays when the streets are quieter.
For those who are planning to visit Malacca, here are 7 Fun Things To Do At Jonker Street.
#1 TRY THE FAMOUS CHICKEN RICE BALLS
The reputation of Malacca’s chicken rice balls have spread far and wide. Obviously, this is something you have to try even if you are just stopping by the city for a day.
There are a few famous stalls at Jonker Street namely Chop Chung Wah, Hoe Kee Chicken Rice and Famosa Chicken Rice. Try to make your way there early for some of these shops close before evening!
#2 HAVE BRUNCH AT BEAUTIFUL CAFES
With influences from abroad brought back by the locals, many traditional shops have been replaced by modern cafes at Jonker Street. While it is a pity that some of the original stores are gone, we were pleased to see that some of these cafes have retained the culture and bits of history from the past.
#3 SHOP FOR SECOND-HAND ITEMS AT ANTIQUE STORES
Are you looking for vintage pieces or ornaments to spice up your house decor? Jonker Street is the place to go for antiques. Walk down the lane and you will find yourself spoilt with plenty of choices. Who knows, you may even find a rare gem in there!
#4 CHECK OUT MAMEE JONKER HOUSE
Yes, this is a museum featuring your favourite childhood snack! You can get everything Mamee-related here including t-shirts and soft toys. Also, what is a trip to Mamee Jonker House without leaving with some Mamee snacks?
Besides that, you can also visit the Mamee Cafe and Mamee Gallery.
#5 VISIT THE VARIOUS TEMPLES
Some of Malaysia’s oldest temples can be found around Jonker Street and were built more than a century ago! History buffs will enjoy taking a little tour around the different religious temples such as the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Kampung Kling Mosque and Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple.
Do read up on the history of these temples before making your way there so you can fully appreciate these magnificent structures.
#6 BABA NYONYA HERITAGE MUSEUM
One of the most distinguishable culture in Malacca is Peranakan or also known as the ‘Baba Nyonya’. If you are interested to find out more about their heritage and past, visit the Baba Nyonya Heritage Musuem.
The museum is made up of three houses that was first built for a Chinese tycoon and his family. It was later converted into a museum for the public and guided tours are provided at various time slots.
#7 JONKER WALK NIGHT MARKET
Last but definitely not the least, is the Jonker Walk Night Market. Happening every Friday to Sunday, the streets are closed for make shift stalls that sell everything from accessories and souvenirs to Nyonya delicacies. If you really need a reason to visit Malacca, let this be it.