It is always a good idea to go for a weekend respite with your family or friends to unwind from work and get away from the fast-paced lifestyle of the city. An underrated neighbouring city bursting with rich history and culture that some of us may overlook is Malacca.
Contrary to popular belief, there is more to this UNESCO World Heritage Site than you may think. While history buffs might fall in love with the rustic charms Malacca can offer, the activities go far beyond just admiring ancient cultural sites.
Give this Malaysian city a chance the next time you are thinking of going on a short trip! You may be pleasantly surprised at what you can find there. Here are 12 Tips On What To See, Do & Eat There.
DAY 1 IN MALACCA
1pm: The Daily Fix is a charming, vintage cafe that is hidden behind a souvenir store at Jonker Street. The cafe serves a menu featuring fusion mains and desserts, complete with house brews and tea. Go for their signature pancakes which come in both savoury and sweet flavours!
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#2 TRY THE FAMOUS KEBLANG ORIGINAL COCONUT SHAKE
3pm: Cool off from the sweltering heat with the Keblang Original Coconut Shake which is an extremely popular roadside stall visited by both locals and tourists. Expect to queue for their coconut shakes with ice cream and nasi lemak.
#3 TAKE OOTDS AT MALACCA’S WHITE SAND DUNE
5pm: No time for the Sahara Desert? No problem! This hidden attraction in Malacca has recently been gaining attention on social media for looking almost similar to a white sand dune or desert (it is actually a land reclamation project).
Depending on traffic and weather conditions, Padang Pasir Keblang Meleka is about 15 to 30 minutes drive from Malacca’s city centre. Take your OOTDs against the breathtaking landscape!
DAY 2 IN MALACCA
11am: Chicken rice balls are iconic in Malacca and one of the most renowned shops you can find there is Chop Chung Wah. The trick to skipping the infamous long queue under the hot sun? Visit them in the early afternoon during the weekdays!
12pm: Religious structures of various faiths are widely respected by the locals in Malacca. You are more than welcome to stop and take a look at the many worshipping places that are located around Jonker Street.
Some of the more well-known ones include the red Christ Church, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Kampung Kling Mosque and Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple.
#6 PAY A VISIT TO THE BABA NYONYA HERITAGE MUSEUM
2pm: Learn more about the Baba Nyonyas and how they contributed to Malacca’s trade industry by visiting the museum. There are daily time slots where you can go for guided tours.
#7 DESIGN YOUR OWN SNACK AT MAMEE JONKER HOUSE
4pm: Feeling a sense of nostalgia? We feel you. Mamee Jonker House is a museum featuring everything Mamee-related here including t-shirts and soft toys. Make some time for the Mamee Cafe and Mamee Gallery as well.
6pm: Located along Jalan Taman Asean, The Huskitory is about 15 minutes drive away from the city center. The cafe-cum-pet shop is home to more than 20 huskies so expect only chaos from a bunch of extremely excited dogs. Dog lovers have to make it a point to visit this cafe!
Interested to find out more? Read our review here.
DAY 3 IN MALACCA
11am: Boasting vintage vibes and a sunny courtyard, Kaya Kaya Cafe is an excellent place for breakfast if you want to skip the crowd at Jonker Street. Fuel up for the day with their Kaya Breakfast!
2pm: It is easy to tell that Hoe Kee Chicken Rice is a strong competitor against Chop Chung Wah by the large lunch crowd. Unlike the latter, Hoe Kee Chicken Rice has more variety on the menu which includes sides such as vegetables and soup.
4pm:Spend your afternoon at Backland Coffee with a cuppa and some desserts. We love how spacious the cafe is, with comfortable sofa chairs and floor-to-ceiling window panels that allow natural sunlight to filter in.
This coffee sanctuary is a welcoming place for those who wish to rest their weary feet from a day of shopping at Jonker Street.
#12 DROP BY DATARAN PAHLAWAN MELEKA MEGAMALL
6pm: Who says Malacca does not have modern entertainment? Hop over to this bustling megamall which has everything a shopaholic would want from a shopping spree—fashion, retail and branded goods. You can also find a karaoke studio, 3D Art Museum and Kiddie Rides for the little ones.
Penang is another neighbouring Malaysian city you have to explore and you can plan a trip there with only S$250.