Johor Bahru In 48 Hours — 15 Tips On What To See, Eat And Do Across The Causeway


It is no secret that our friendly neighbour just across the causeway has become our number one destination for a quick yet affordable getaway.

Johor Bahru is known for being a cafe-hopper’s paradise but aside from that, there are a plethora of other things to do. Instead of rushing a day trip just to be stuck in the causeway traffic at the end of the day, why not consider staying for a night or two? Not only are the things here cheaper because of the exchange rate, the city also has incredibly affordable accommodation!

From feasting on lok lok to feeling like a kid again at Legoland Malaysia, here is our Johor Bahru Guide on what to see, do and eat the next time you cross the causeway.

Penang Bak Kut Teh


Malaysian bak kut teh is known for its distinct herbal taste, which is opposed to Singapore’s peppery rendition. If you’re a foodie like us, it is a must for you to try some of this soupy goodness when you cross the causeway.

A good place to get a taste of Malaysian bak kut teh in Johor Bahru is at the famous Restoran Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh that is right opposite KSL mall.

Restoran Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh
43, Jalan Serigala, Taman Abad
80250 Johor Bahru
Johor, Malaysia
Daily: 8am – 8pm

jb cafes collage


Johor Bahru is an established cafe paradise and there are a plethora of cafes to visit for some seriously good food. The cafe nosh here is also way cheaper than what you can get in Singapore, so that means you’ll have more money to splurge on shopping and other activities after a good meal!

jb city square


The shopping begins once you cross the Malaysian checkpoint at the famous City Square Mall and Komtar JBCC. Here, you have everything you can ever need and want under one roof and many people love to come here to run errands, watch a cheap movie or to have a good meal. These two malls alone are a shopaholic’s idea of heaven!

City Square Mall
106, 108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru
80000 Johor Bahru
Johor, Malaysia
Daily: 10am – 10pm

80000 Johor Bahru
Johor, Malaysia
Daily: 10am – 10pm 

Chang Foot Massage


Johor Bahru is home to a number of cheap massage parlours to relax and loosen up those tight muscles. We recommend getting a foot massage after a hectic day of running around and exploring Johor Bahru. 

One place that you can check out is QS Reflexology & Therapy. It is conveniently located in KSL Mall, so you can pop by once you’re done with a tiring day of shopping.

QS Reflexology & Therapy
GE-006, Ground Floor & L2-01a
KSL CITY, 32, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad
80250 Johor Bahru
Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +65 +60 7-331 1898
Daily: 10am – 10pm

Lok Lok Petaling


There is something oh-so-addictive about street food in any shape and form and here in Johor Bahru, we are completely obsessed with lok lok — skewered sticks of meats and vegetables which are deep-fried to a nice golden brown. These can commonly be found along the streets of Johor Bahru and make great late-night snacks!

Jalan Tan Hiok NeePhoto Credit: mulan_in_singapore 


The famous and gorgeous streets of Jalan Tan Hiok Nee are rich with history and are definitely worth exploring on your next trip to Johor Bahru. Here, you can find lots of cafes, old school local eateries as well as pretty, colourful, Instagram-worthy buildings. They even have guided heritage walks for people who are curious about the roots and beginnings of the area.

Jalan Tan Hiok Nee
Bandar Johor Bahru
80000 Johor Bahru
Johor, Malaysia

Go Kart Jurong


For the more active ones out there, you can always try your hand at go-karting. Race along the track with your friends in tiny cars and see which one of you is the better driver! It’s also a great experience for kids who are interested in driving but are too young to do so.

You can have a go at go-karting at Permas Go-Kart Club.

Permas Go-Kart Club 
Jalan Bunga Matahari, Taman Plentong Baru
81750 Johor Bahru
Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +60 19-711 1733
Mon to Fri: 10am – 6.30pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 6.30pm

Legoland MalaysiaPhoto Credit: Legoland Malaysia 


Unleash your inner child at Legoland Malaysia. This family theme park is filled with exhilarating rides that are great for both children and adults. We also adore all the breathtaking, detailed lego structures which are reminiscent of our childhood. You’ll never know; you may even end up having more fun here than the kids!

7, Jalan Legoland, Medini
79250 Nusajaya
Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +60 7-597 8888
Daily: 10am – 6pm

Johor Premium OutletsPhoto Credit: Klook 


The best place to take advantage of the exchange rate is at Johor Premium Outlets. Not only do they house popular brands such as Nike, Puma and Kate Spade, everything here is heavily discounted. Shopaholics, rejoice!

Johor Premium Outlets
Jalan Premium Outlets Indahpura
81000 Kulai
Johor, Malaysia
Daily: 10am – 10pm

Johor Night MarketsPhoto Credit: M Suites Hotel Johor Bahru 


Besides the abundance of cafes and malls, there are also messy yet exciting night markets. Here, you can find plenty of classic Malaysian street food, cheap clothes and other interesting knick-knacks.

Some markets you can explore are JB KSL Monday Night Market and Taman Munsyi Ibrahim Pasar Malam.

JB KSL Monday Night Market
33 Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad
Johor, Malaysia
(Outside KSL Mall, in front of Coffee Bean)
Mon: 5pm – 9pm

Taman Munsyi Ibrahim Pasar Malam
Jalan Besar, Taman Munsyi Ibrahim
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Sat: 5pm – 12am

Paradigm MallPhoto Credit: Simply Enjoy Johor Bahru (JB) 


Spanning over 1.3 million square feet and seven floors, Paradigm Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in the whole of Johor Bahru with over 500 retail shops for you to explore. Moreover, this massive complex also houses an ice skating rink, a state-of-the-art 16-screen cinema and even an indoor climbing gym!

Paradigm Mall 
Jalan Bertingkat Skudai
Taman Bukit Mewah, 81200 Johor Bahru
Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +60 7-231 3888
Daily: 10am – 10pm



Paintball is incredibly fun, but it can be painfully expensive in Singapore. So what better place to have a paintball battle with your friends than at Johor Bahru? There are a number of affordable options just across the causeway and many of these paintball fields have different and exciting themes to spice up your game.

One place you can check out for paintball is AOV Paintball Trading.

AOV Paintball Trading
PTD114143, Jalan Desa Tebrau
Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru
Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +60 16-760 6184
Daily: 9am – 6pm

Karoake JohorPhoto Credit: Neway 


It’s time to quit belting out those Mariah Carey songs in the shower and up your game to a proper karaoke place! Johor Bahru has numerous KTV outlets across the island with shockingly low prices, making it the perfect destination to practise for the release of your debut album.

We recommend The Rhythm at Mount Austin.

The Rhythm 
55, Jln Austin Height 8/8
Taman Mount Austin
81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +60 11-1558 7777
Daily: 10am – 3am

Johor ZooPhoto Credit: ______ym______doesnt


Animal lovers, fret not, we did not forget about you! At the heart of Johor Bahru is Zoo Johor, one of the oldest zoos in Malaysia. It is home to more than 100 species of animals which include the likes of gorillas, elephants, flamingos and horses. The entrance fee is only RM2, which is definitely a steal! 

Johor Zoo
Jalan Gertak Merah
80000 Johor Bahru
Tel: +60 7-223 0404
Daily: 9am – 6pm 

Johor Beanbag MoviesPhoto Credit: imemily


Watching a movie in Johor Bahru is already very affordable, but something to make the experience even better is doing it on a bean bag. Snuggling with your partner on these plush, comfortable bean bags will definitely make the movie experience even more exciting; you may not want to watch a movie anywhere else in the future!

You can catch a movie on a bean bag at Aeon Tebrau.

Aeon Tebrau
3, Jalan Persiaran Desa Tebrau
Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru
Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +60 1-300-22-2848