Melaka is a heritage city, so you should treat it right and visit the city with a purpose – the cultural visit. Yeah, there are some stupid touristic attractions as well. You have upside down house, some pirate ship, and my favorite – shiny rickshaws. Anyway, just skip this nonsense and get around this diminutive city, where most interesting places in Melaka are in foot range. Some are calling Melaka a food paradise, so be prepared for plenty of good food. I recommend you start with a good breakfast somewhere on Jonker Street. Some Roti Canai or enjoyable Kaya toast with some runny eggs on the side. When your belly is full, you can go just straight through the bridge and check the main Malacca attractions. Here you have Christ Church which was built by the Dutch when they were in the power. The whole part of the old city is in red style and you can make some great photos here. The only downside is the groups of tourists which come early in the morning and will be there the whole day.
On the top of the hill, just behind the Christ Church, you have remaining of St. Paul’s Church. This church is the oldest Catholic church here in South East Asia. It was built by Portuguese colonial administrator Duarte Coelho in 1521. On the other side of the hill, you will see A’Famosa. The remains of Porta De Santiago – built by the Portuguese as a fortress in 1511. However, in 1641 the Dutch destroyed almost whole fortress and took control of the area. Close from here, you can visit a lot of museums if you are into it.
You can find Maritime Museum & Naval Museum which is in a recreation of the Flora de la Mar, a Portuguese galleon that sank off the coast of Melaka. My favorite museum is parallel to the Jonker Street – the Baba Nyonya Museum. In it, you can see how a luxurious life in the old days was like. Talking about Baba Nyonya Museum, there is more than just a fancy house.
Make sure you try some food from that era and their most notorious dishes. We recommend the Wild Coriander restaurant, which is near the river. You can have a great walk along the river and stop on their charming terrace along the way. Don’t miss out Pai Tee, Laksa and their Coconut Ice-cream with Gula Melaka syrup. This dessert is divine, and I must admit, one of my favorites. For those who are coconut lovers like me, you have another great coconut dessert. It’s Klebang Coconut Shake. For this one, you will need a Grab or Taxi to get there, but it’s totally worth it. It’s always a good sign when we see a restaurant full of local people. Here they wait in long line just to get the mug of ice-cold shake with vanilla ice cream. And if your sweet tooth still screams for more, go to the Italy Bakery Melaka. They have a franchise all over Melaka and I guarantee, here you will find some scrumptious desserts. Here are the locations of their shops and review from the one we visited a few times. Guilty!
If you are lucky and you are in this city for a weekend, then go a bit further down the river and at the end of “Little China Town” you will get to the Majestic Hotel Malacca. Here they have Gin O’clock every Friday and Saturday, 5pm-8pm. You can try their limited-edition Tanqueray Malacca Gin or some great cocktails with it. The cocktails are a creation of the award-winning barista, CK Kho. In this city, there is another entertainment that takes place on weekends. It’s “Jonker Walk.” Every weekend they close the street for motorized vehicles and bring out all the food stalls and god knows what else stalls. And if you smell something hideous on this walk, that is stinky tofu. It supposed to be tasty, but we just couldn’t bear the smell. Anyway, here you will find so much delicious street food that you for sure won’t be hungry.
What to do in Malacca at night ? If it is weekend make sure you visit Jonker Walk Street for some great street food and souvenirs shopping. Nightlife is not the strong part of this town, but hey you can have your beer and mingle right next to the river. So-called riverwalk with a bunch of great little bars is waiting for you. And if you are looking more for dancing till morning hours, than Mixx Club is a thing for you. Mixx Club is set on the second floor of Mahkota Parade shopping mall.
We hope you got some new idea what to visit in Melaka. Here is also a small map of our recommendations so you can orientate.
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