The historical town of Melaka offers a vast array of cafes and restaurants for travellers to relax and enjoy meals. Let these cafes on the streets of Melaka take you back to nostalgic times.
The Daily Fix
This charming vintage café is situated among the traditional heritage buildings along Jonker Street. Walk past the handicrafts shop and you will be welcomed by a tranquil and nostalgic ambience. The café is decorated with traditional antique items including table lamps, comfy chairs, and colourful plates hanging on the wall. Visit the art exhibitions by making your way up through the wooden stairs wrapped in colourful strings. Delicious treats such as pandan pancake with gula Melaka syrup, brownies, and sandwiches are also available.
Calanthe Art Cafe
Calanthe Art Café is the only café that serves Malaysia’s 13 states’ coffee. It is situated within the narrow alleys of Jonker Street. Get away from the bustling town filled with tourists and relax with a cup of their hand-brewed coffee. The café is decorated vibrantly with hand-painted walls, vintage rattan furniture, and cute little trinkets on shelves. If you are a coffee enthusiast, then you must try their wide range of coffees, including unique blends such as green tea coffee, Jealousy (rich espresso blend with mint paddy syrup), Cendol Ice Blenz, and Pink Lady. You can also opt for delicious Malaysian food like Nyonya laksa.
Kaya means ‘rich or wealthy’ in Malay and it fittingly describes the essence of food, culture, and lifestyle in this café. The café serves wholesome Western meals including all-day breakfasts, pancakes, and pasta. The red brick walls, vintage artefacts, and furniture evoke a sense of nostalgia. We suggest ordering Kaya Breakfast (scrambled eggs, toasted bread slices, sausages, mushrooms and greens), Grilled Chicken Chop, Mushroom Omelette, and Melaka Elvis (pancakes with banana and homemade kaya or palm sugar spread).
Backlane Coffee offers up another opportunity for some quiet time away from the crowds. Fill up your tummies with classic breakfast sets, pizzas, and panini. You cannot miss out on their specialty desserts and coffees, too. The café’s interior has a vintage touch as it’s decorated with antique items and wooden furniture, making for a calm atmosphere to chill out with friends. Have a bittersweet delight with a cup of coffee and some yummy cakes like Blackberry Mousse Cheesecake, Lemon Lime Meringue, and Salted Caramel Tart.
Limau-Limau Café has a unique atmosphere marked by a classy chandelier, artwork designed by local artisans, and relaxing jazz music to soothe customers. Prices for Western dishes are affordable with a wide selection of sandwiches to try. We suggest savouring Mango and Chicken Foccacia or Dragon fruit and Chicken Sandwich. You can also try the banana pancakes drizzled with honey and served with two huge scoops of vanilla ice cream. Quench your thirst with freshly squeezed fruit juices. Coffee, tea, and beers on tap are likewise available.
Geographer Café is one of the most popular spots to chill and get a taste of the nightlife in Melaka. The places is a yellow-walled, two-floor, pre-war Malaccan shophouse along Jonker Street. It has a laid-back atmosphere with great food and music. Enjoy Western and Malaysian delicacies, especially a mouthwatering bowl of Nyonya laksa. Enjoy their classic Glua Melaka Layer Tea – made of three layers of caramel, smoothed steam milk, and red tea. If you are in the mood for a night out with drinks, head over to the bar and check out signature cocktails like the Geographer Delight and the Cherish Melaka.
Locahouz is managed by two sisters who showcase their heritage through food and the café’s interior. It is situated near one of Malaysia’s oldest Chinese temples. The café’s interior depicts the sisters’ family history, such as their late grandfather’s 80-year-old bicycle at the entrance, their mother’s sewing machine, the Lim clan’s rotary phone, tableware, and many other antiques. Enjoy yourself a cup of coffee served in kopitiam-style cup coupled with savoury steamed sticky rice with chicken and mushroom. Try their Western dishes such as the popular ciabatta sandwiches and grilled chicken with couscous.
Eat at 18
Eat at 18 is a tranquil café set in the calming courtyard of The Opposite Place. The café serves comfort food and artisan breads made with fresh ingredients and organic produce. Take your pick from various choices of delicious sandwiches, seasonal organic dishes, and fruit juices. Satisfy your dessert cravings with cakes, pastries, and chocolates. Check out the mini garden beside the dining area and be amazed by the wall covered in morning glories and lush vines. You can also book private rooms to enjoy great quality time with friends and families.
The Fat Bee
Drop by The Fat Bee (at The Jetty) to satisfy your hunger after exploring the sandy deserts at Padang Pasir Klebang. Bright lighting and colourful modern interior complement the comfortable and peaceful atmosphere. The café has an extensive selection of food and drinks on their menu such as pasta, pizza, and Asian dishes. We suggest trying the interesting pizza flavours like Duck & Apple Pizza and Green Rendang Chicken Pizza. Beat the hot tropical weather with refreshing juices or relax with a cup of tea.
Khaki Coffee Bar
Another great find for coffee enthusiasts is the Khaki Coffee Bar. It is situated in the commercial space of Taman Melaka Raya. As you push open the wooden glass door, the heavenly aroma of freshly brewed coffee quickly draws you in. Note that the seating space is small with only three small wooden tables and a bar with a work station. Try their special filtered coffee with fresh coffee beans and crème brûlée. Here you can also buy various coffee beans to take home with you. You can even sign up for a barista training course to learn about running your own café.
The retro Mods Café is located near Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. The highlight of this café is the bright orange 1978 Volkswagen that is the café owner’s work station. The café is surrounded by wooden planks and brick walls with a couple of tables and chairs and intriguing decorations on the walls. There are more than 30 types of drinks to choose from. One of the best drinks to try is their bittersweet Espresso Affogato. Delight your palate with delicious Tiramisu that has hints of rum and coffee powder.
The Baboon House
The Baboon House serves authentic gourmet burgers and aromatic coffee. This café makes you feel relaxed because of its open-air courtyard and spacious seating area. Enjoy big portions of burgers and sandwiches with homemade chicken, beef, and pork patties. We recommend eating the signature Baboon Beef Burger and Oriental Chicken Burger. Light eaters might want to try the Baboon Green Salad topped with pork bacon and chicken. There are also fresh fruit juices and smoothies to quench your thirst. End your meal with freshly baked muffins and Vietnamese coffee.