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12 Places To Eat In Melaka The Next Time We Can Go On Road Trips Again

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1. Jonker88

First on the checklist of things to eat in Melaka has got to be Jonker88's famous — maybe overhyped, but definitely still essential — cendol.

Slightly different from the ones around town, this cendol is heavy on the coconut cream and gula melaka, but makes for the perfect icy sweet treat after walking around Jonker Street in the hot sun.

What to order:
Cendol, durian cendol, Nyonya curry laksa, asam laksa

Address:
88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka.

Operating hours:
9.30am - 6pm (Daily)

2. Klebang Original Coconut Shake

You have to try the 'special' from Klebang Original Coconut Shake: an ice-blended coconut milkshake with an extra dollop of vanilla ice-cream on top. It's so refreshing on a hot day (read: everyday) with tiny addictive bits of coconut to chew on.

If you can't find a seat, you can also opt to takeaway from its roadside stall and enjoy the shakes while watching the sunset at Klebang beach, a five-minute drive away.

What to order:
Coconut shake special

Address:
Lot 130, Solok Kampung Bahagia,
75200 Klebang Besar, Melaka.

Operating hours:
11am - 6.30pm (Saturday to Thursday)
2.30pm - 6.30pm (Friday)

3. Hoe Kee Chicken Rice

Located on Jonker Street, Hoe Kee Chicken Rice serves one of Melaka's most signature foods you can't miss during your weekend food trip – Hainanese chicken rice balls.

Head there a little earlier to avoid the lunch crowd. If you can't, fret not, because service is fast and food super easy to order, so the wait is usually not as long as it seems.

What to order:
Chicken rice balls, steamed chicken, assam fish, stir fried cabbage

Address:
468, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka.

Operating hours:
9am - 4pm (Daily)

4. Sun May Hiong Satay House

The pork satay at Sun May Hiong Satay House is food that I will personally always go back to. The satay is always juicy, tender, and just nicely charred.

However, the winner has got to be the peanut sauce that it is served with – contrary to other Chinese satay, this sauce is cooked with pineapples, making it slightly sweet and tart. They serve pork innards too!

What to order:
Pork satay, liver satay, intestine satay

Address:
50/52, Jalan Kota Laksamana 1/1,
Taman Kota Laksamana,
75200 Melaka.

Operating hours:
9.30am - 6pm (Wednesday to Monday)
Closed Tuesdays.

5. The Daily Fix Cafe

Hidden behind a souvenir shop on Jonker Street, The Daily Fix Cafe is the perfect place to unwind after a long walk in the sun with its relaxed atmosphere, leafy courtyards, and vintage decor.

They serve great coffee and brunch, but if you only have stomach space for dessert, make sure to try their pancakes.

What to order:
Coffee, pandan pancakes with gula Melaka, eggs Benedict

Address:
55, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka.

Operating hours:
10am - 6pm (Daily)

6. The Baboon House

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If you would like more cafe fare, head on over to The Baboon House, a beautifully-renovated shophouse cafe cum art gallery that provides a cosy escape from Jonker Street.

They serve some of the best gourmet burgers in Melaka with their homemade recipes and quality ingredients – imagine pairing a grilled pineapple slice with a juicy beef patty. Yum.

What to order:
The aloha cheeseburger, pork belly burger, honey mustard chicken burger

Address:
89, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
Taman Kota Laksamana,
75200 Melaka.

Operating hours:
10am - 10pm (Friday to Sunday)
10am - 5pm (Monday to Thursday)
Closed Tuesdays.

7. Nyonya Makko Restaurant

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You can't leave Melaka without eating at least one Nyonya meal.

There are many in the city, but you can check out Nyonya Makko Restaurant in Melaka Raya, which is a popular restaurant among tourists and locals alike for their homey cooking and on-point Peranakan flavours.

What to order:
Pongteh chicken, masak lemak nenas fish, belacan kangkong, cincalok omelette

Address:
123, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka.

Operating hours:
11.30am - 2.30pm, 6pm - 9.15pm (Daily)
Closed on Tuesdays.

8. Capitol Satay Celup

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Capitol Satay Celup has to be one of Melaka's most famed haunts to eat at. However, be ready to line up as people throng this place way before its opening times on weekends.

They serve an array of fresh seafood, vegetables, meat, and fishballs to dip into their signature satay sauce. But if you're feeling fancy, you can order their special premium items such as tiger prawns, abalones, and scallops.

What to order:
Help yourself to whatever your heart desires!

Address:
41, Lorong Bukit Cina, Bandar Hilir, 75100 Melaka.

Operating hours:
4pm - 1am (Daily)
Closed on Monday.

*Worthy alternatives if Capitol is too crowded: Ban Lee Siang or McQuek's Satay Celup.

9. Restoran Tong Sheng

Restoran Tong Sheng is a Chinese seafood 'dai chow' restaurant that serves overall good food, but their cheese prawn bihun has propelled them to fame.

People line up to eat here during peak hours so be prepared to wait for dinner.

What to order:
Cheese prawn bihun

Address:
377 & 378, Taman Melaka Raya,
75000 Melaka.

Operating hours:
5.30pm - 11pm (Daily)
Closed on Mondays.

10. Medan Ikan Bakar Alai (Crystal Bay)

The grilled seafood and nasi lemak bungkus at Medan Ikan Bakar Alai, also simply known locally as Crystal Bay, will be worth your 20-minute drive from the city centre.

Located beside a fishing village, the food court has multiple stalls — all offering fresh seafood. You will have to choose the cooking styles from their menu: anything from grilled, fried with sambal, battered and fried, fried with salted egg sauce, and many more.

What to order:
Grilled fish with sambal (ikan bakar masak sambal), three-flavoured fried fish (ikan masak tiga rasa), grilled squid (sotong bakar), fried battered squid (sotong goreng tepung)

Address:
Crystal Bay, Jalan Alai Perdana 8, 75460 Melaka.

Operating hours:
4.30pm - 6pm (Daily)

11. Kota Laksamana Asam Pedas Claypot

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There are many places to enjoy asam pedas in Melaka, but Kota Laksamana Asam Pedas Claypot is popular as a late night hangout. Tables are opened outdoors on the street, so you can enjoy the nighttime breeze even though they are always packed.

As their name suggests, different from other asam pedas restaurants, this place serves their dish in a claypot, complete with rice, stir-fried veggies, and a salted egg.

What to order:
Asam pedas ikan pari claypot

Address:
86, Jalan Laksamana 5,
Taman Kota Laksamana,
75200 Melaka.

Operating hours:
5pm - 2am (Daily)
Closed on Tuesdays.

12. Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan

Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan may be overhyped, but it is still a dependable and famed late-night supper spot for groups to hang out and enjoy cheese naan and tandoori.

What to order:
Cheese naan (double/triple), tandoori chicken, butter chicken

Address:
56 & 58, Jalan Laksamana 4,
Taman Kota Laksamana,
75200 Melaka.

Operating hours:
5.30pm - 1am (Daily)
Closed on Mondays.

BONUS: Bubble Tea Street at Porto Historia

Melaka does not have a lot of nightlife. So, if you feel like having a place to relax after dinner, head on over to Porto Historia.

The building complex, designed to follow Melaka's architectural heritage, houses all the popular bubble tea brands in the country, including The Alley, Xing Fu Tang, Daboba, The Black Whale, Chatto, OneZo, Heesan Chatei, and I'Milky.

Address:
Porto Historia, Taman Kota Laksamana Jaya, 75200 Malacca.

Operating hours:
Most shops open from 12pm to 12am.

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