Visiting another country for holidays might be a luxury that most working adults are deprived of due to time and budget constraints, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t get away! Located just a 45-minute car journey away from Singapore is Malaysian city Johor Bahru, where a paradise of heavenly street food and unbelievably cheap retail therapy deals await.
From shopping at Johor Bahru City Square, eating at Meldrum Night Market to the various transportation methods available, here is a brief guide on a Day Trip to Johor Bahru.
When it comes to café hopping in Johor Bahru, most Singaporeans find themselves guilty of only exploring hipster street Jalan Dhoby. But there are actually several more exciting cafes in this Malaysian city waiting to be discovered – so long as you are willing to venture further out.
Specialty coffee shop and patisserie Vanilla Bean is a pretty new face in Johor Bahru’s luxurious integrated marina, Senibong Cove. The cosy third-wave café has a menu that includes Asian-inspired waffles, espresso beverages, artisanal cakes and a splendid selection of all-day brunch items.
The proximity of Johor Bahru has made the capital of the Malaysian State a popular weekend getaway destination for many Singaporeans.
To our surprise, the city has seen the opening of numerous impressive cafes, most of which are specialty coffee shops that serve a delectable variety of brunch items and splendid desserts.
We shortlisted a couple of reputable cafes that have been making waves online and offline. From specialty coffee shop Faculty Of Caffeine to Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe, here is a Guide to 10 Cafes in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Despite the sliding Malaysian Ringgit currency, Johor Bahru’s cafe industry is still booming rapidly. Johor Bahru’s hipster street, aka Jalan Dhoby, is the best place to explore the various Malaysian cafes – do proceed to sample the city’s street food thereafter.
If you are sick of the overrated pricey cafes in Singapore and itching for a weekend day trip, we would highly recommend visiting newcomer The Replacement – Lodge & Kitchen in Johor Bahru. It can be accessed within a 10-minute walk from the Johor-Singapore Causeway and is characterised by its all-white interiors, potted plants and minimalistic furnishings.
Definitely one of the hottest cafes in Johor Bahru now!
Are you sick of the ubiquitous cafes in Singapore? Perhaps it is time for café hoppers to start looking across the Causeway. The growth of hipster coffee shops has extended beyond Singapore’s national borders and spilled into nearby Malaysian city Johor Bahru.
There is even a street in Johor Bahru unanimously coined by visitors as ‘Hipster Street’! The stretch of road is called Jalan Dhoby and is home to several up-and-coming cafes.
And Bev C Cafe has stood out effortlessly with its unpretentious entrance and homely rustic interiors. Technically speaking, Bev C is not just a café, but also a fashion boutique store. The shop house loft is simply sleek and sick (in a good way) – we love every part of it and will definitely be back.