Regardless of how many times you’ve been here, Malacca will make you appreciate its exceptional mix of antiquated structures and modern living with amazing sights! This small town is a renowned traveler destination with a rich social legacy, resulting to the frontier administer of Portuguese, Dutch and British. Customary culture were carried on by the Baba and Nyonya who are relatives of the Chinese representatives of Ming Dynasty where they emigrated from China and settled here. Here are some hidden gems recommended by yours truly who was born and raised in this historical town which I call home:
1. Bibik House Chendol
Cendol is a must when you visit Melaka. You can get the best Cendol from Bibik House. Once you try their cendol, you wouldn’t have any desire to eat other cendol. They only sell 2 types of cendol here- the ordinary one and the other one with durian enhance. Each table have a little jug of gula Melaka where customers can add as much gula Melaka into their cendol. Unlimited gula Melaka! They also sell locally made food in packages such as crackers, sweets, pineapple tarts, curry powder and just to name a few. How nice is that? You can buy souvenirs at the same time you eat cendol. This little shop is located right next to 7-Eleven.
Price: RM 5 for normal & RM 6 for Durian flavor
Address: 121, Jalan Hang Jebat,75200 Melaka. (Opposite Jonker Street Stage)
-Mondays to Thursdays (10.30 am-8 pm)
-Friday-Sunday (10.30 am-12 am)
2. Baba Charlie House
Melaka is the home for Baba Nyonya so, it is no wonder that there are so many Baba Nyonya restaurants in Melaka. Nyonya cuisine is another must when you visit this historical city, but you should also try Nyonya kuih. Baba Charlie is famous for that. Baba Charlie is located in the residential area and while you’re here, you get to see how the kuih are made.
Address: 72, Lorong Tengkera Pantai 2c, Kampung Tengkera Pantai Dua, 75200 Melaka
Business Hours: 10.30 am-3 pm, closed on Thursdays
Phone number: 019-666 2907
3. The Fat Bee
I am sure you have heard of Daily Fix cafe at some point as it is one of the famous cafes hidden behind a souvenir shop in Melaka. Daily Fix is becoming mainstream as everybody knew about that cafe. However, if you think that Daily Fix food is delicious, then you should also give The Fat Bee a go too! I highly recommend you to try The Fat Bee’s Squid Ink Pasta.
Address: The Jetty, No12A, Exit Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz, Melaka
-Sundays to Thursdays 11 am -12 am
-Fridays and Saturdays 11 am- 1 am
Phone number: 06-283 3696
4. Mr & Mrs Jones
This little pub located in Jonker Street is worth the visit especially when you just want to chill and have some drinks with your buddies. You know you are going to have a good time when the place exudes a cozy vibe with music playing while you’re chugging your drinks. The owner of the pub, Mr.Jones can be seen sitting at the Grand Piano singing songs for all his customers. If you love to sing and would love to sing, you are free to sing your heart out here as they open their stage to the public as well.
Address: 3, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Business Hours: 7 pm -1 am, closed on Wednesdays
Phone numbers: 016-234 4292
5. Nasi Lemak at Restoran Ming Huat
The nasi lemak from this restaurant not quite the same from the ones we usually have. Generally, nasi lemak is consist of fragrant rice, anchovies, nuts, boiled eggs, sambal, and cucumber. This particular store, however, is like a nasi lemak ala mix rice edition as customers can add more sides onto their nasi lemak, such as chicken rendang, beef rendang, sambal cockles, fried fish, and fried chicken are the popular dishes there. A must try!
Address: Jalan Ujong Pasir, Melaka, 75050 Malacca
Business hours: 6 pm – 11 pm (or when the food finish), closed on Fridays
Header image source from here.