Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka City (also spelled Malacca) is the capital of the coastal state of Malacca, in southwestern Malaysia. This beautiful city is included in the Unesco World Heritage site. At its center, Jonker Street, Chinatown’s main thoroughfare, is known for antique shops and its night market. Nearby, the 17th-century Chinese Cheng Hoon Teng temple has ornate decorations and multiple prayer halls. A green, 3-tiered roof tops the 18th-century, Javanese-influenced Kampung Kling Mosque. Are you curious about the sights of Melaka and what there is to do? Read our best tips and tricks below!

Top 10 things to do:

#1 Jonker Street

Photogapher: Lars Meijer

#2 Stadthuys (Dutch square)

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#3 Admire the street art and graffiti

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#4 Visit The Melaka Straits Mosque

Photogapher: Job Savelsberg

#5 Walk Along The Melaka River

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#6 The Maritime Museum

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#7 Melaka River Cruise

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#8 Visit St. Paul’s Church

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#9 Take a ride in a colourful trishaw

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#10 Christ Church

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Top 3 Restaurants

#1 The Daily Fix Cafe

The Daily Fix is located inside a batik/souvenir shop called Next KK on Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street). The menu includes pancakes, sandwiches, espresso and local coffee, fruit juice + beers.

#2 Mori Tea House

Fully restored since July 2015, Mori Vegetarian Tea House and Residence is a boutique guesthouse combined with tea house hidden on a quiet street of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Malacca.

#3 Geographer Cafe

Laid-back pick serving Malaysian pub eats such as spring rolls & pizza alongside beer & desserts. The cafe was rebuilt from a Dutch building with more than 200 years of history. You must visit!

Top 4 places to stay

The four hotels are divided into different price ranges. From #1 on a budget $ to #4 on a budget $$$$.

#1 Yote 28

Budget: $

Yote 28, a modern youth hostel in Melaka with a friendly and international atmosphere. The hostel is strategically located in the heart of Melaka City Centre, walking distance to all the major attractions (Jonker Street, Stadthuys, Victoria Fountain, Christ Church, St. Paul Hill & Church, A’ Famosa, Melaka Riverside and shopping centres such as Dataran Pahlawan).

#2 Rosa Malacca

Budget: $$

ROSA MALACCA, a designer lifestyle hotel with a ‘STAY EAT and SHOP’ concept, awarded 2018 BCI Asia Merit Interior Design Award, 2020 The STAR Property ‘The Best Interior Design – Contemporary Lifestyle’ Award, 2020/2021 International Asia Pacific ‘Best Hotel Interior Malaysia’ Award and World Luxury Hotel Awards 2021 ‘Luxury Design Hotel – Asia’ Award.

#3 Majestic Malacca Hotel

Budget: $$$

In the spirit of Malacca’s commercial History, The Majestic Malacca provides an ideal location for productive retreats. Conveniently located in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site and only a short drive from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. 

#4 Liu Men Melaka

Budget: $$$$

Set within 600 m of Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca and 1.3 km of The Stadthuys, Liu Men Melaka – by Preference offers rooms in Melaka. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along. 

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