Malacca (Melaka in Malay) is located in the southern region of Malaysia. It can easily be covered in 2 days, making it a perfect place to spend the weekend and take a break from the hustle and bustle of Singapore.
Spent the first day taking in the culture, Malacca is a multi-religious society with numerous historical building, places and diverse cuisine. We visited the Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum, Christ Church, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Jonker Walk in Chinatown and took a walk around the river.
In terms of food, we started off with chicken rice balls at the famous ‘Kedia Kopi Chung Wah’, then had the best brunch at ‘The Daily Fix’, and drinks at the much raved about ‘The Baboon House’. We continued with the famous and incredibly creamy ‘Hokkaido Icecream’ and had even more amazing dessert at ‘The Bikini Top’. The second day, started off with pandan pancakes at ‘The Daily Fix’, followed by some local food like cendol and nasi lemak. For dinner, we tried the amazing Indian food at ‘Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant’. In the evening we visited the night market at Jonker Walk and tried a little of all the street food the market offered.
The city definitely has a charm and defies those who believe the city has nothing to offer. Though Malacca is very small, it has so much history, culture and amazing food which makes the city a must-visit.
Tips for a weekend trip in Malacca:
- Be very aware of your surrounding and pay extra attention to your belongings (keeping your bag in front of you is always a good idea )
- You can easily buy bus tickets online. Arrive early as buses from Singapore tend to leave early/right on time. A round trip is about 40 $SGD
- It’s pretty hot all year round, pack light clothing
- Food: The street food is a gem and must try – it is the perfect way to try different food the city has to offer. Do the night market at Jonker walk. I highly recommend the pandan pancakes with Gula Melaka at ‘The Daily Fix'(anticipate the long wait for a table on weekends) and having the coconut ice cream at ‘Bikini Top’ plus The Baboon House, and Pak Putra Tandoori & Naan Restaurant