Many great restaurants in Malacca are concentrated along Jonker Street. Once renowned for its antique shops, this Chinatown thoroughfare has become one of Malaysia most popular tourist spots.

    Malacca may be known for its Nyonya fare, but you can enjoy a wide range of cuisine at Jonker Street. It has many quaint cafes, bustling bars, and excellent restaurants. Dishes range from chicken rice balls to juicy burgers, giving you plenty of options when it comes to dining in Malacca. 

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    Kedai Kopi Chung Wah

    Kedai Kopi Chung Wah is a traditional coffee shop specializing in chicken rice balls, one of Malacca’s most celebrated dishes. It sits in Jonker Walk, directly opposite San Shu Gong at Jalan Hang Jebat.

    The eatery embraces the typical Malaysian-style cafe decor – wooden chairs and marble-top tables occupy the floor space, with several hawker stalls selling local dishes. Kedai Kopi Chung Wah is one of the busiest restaurants in Malacca, so it's a good idea to get there early in the day. 

    Location: 20, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

    Open: Thursday–Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

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    Limau Limau Cafe

    Limau Limau Cafe is a quirky Malacca bistro with an upmarket ambience. Set opposite Kampung Kling Mosque, it's very popular for whiling away the afternoon with a cold drink. 

    Pasta and sandwiches are standouts, especially the mango with chicken Foccacia or dragonfruit and chicken sandwich. Beverages available at Limau Limau Cafe include a variety of beers on tap, 100% fruit smoothies, brewed coffees and teas.

    Location: 9, Jalan Hang Lekiu, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

    Open: Thursday–Monday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

    Phone: +60 (0)18-781 3760

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    Geographer Cafe

    Geographer Cafe is an award-winning pub with lots of flair for a Malaccan nightlife joint. It occupies a traditional pre-war shophouse in Jonker Walk, housing a trendy bar, quirky decor, and several high tables and chairs. 

    Geographer Cafe offers plenty of space while maintaining a cozy and intimate ambience. For privacy, choose a table in its small courtyard or at its upstairs dining section. 

    Location: 83, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

    Open: Monday–Tuesday and Thursday from midday to 9 pm, Friday–Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +60 (0)6-281 6813

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    Harper's Restaurant

    Harper's Restaurant is one of Malacca’s most well-known resto-bars. It's very laidback with dark wooden floors, cozy chairs, tables set right beside large French windows, along with decorative ceiling fans and chandeliers. The upstairs bar/lounge commands excellent views of the Malacca River.

    Harper's Restaurant serves up an excellent menu of Malay-European fusion fare, with a strong focus on seafood. We recommend the Japanese-style baked salmon with baba ganoush and pickled zucchini. 

    Location: 2 & 4, Lorong Hang Jebat, Melaka Tengah, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

    Phone: +60 (0)6-282 8800

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    Eleven Bistro & Restaurant

    Eleven Bistro & Restaurant specializes in traditional Malaccan-Portuguese dishes. Standouts include the Gula Melaka chicken wings, sambal prawns, and curry dable chicken. 

    You can find this restaurant along Jalan Hang Lekiu, about 200 meters west of Jonker Walk Melaka. Adorned with warm lighting, vintage decor and classy furniture, it's a great place for a romantic dinner in Malacca. 

    Location: 11, Jalan Hang Lekiu, Jonker Walk, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)6-282 0011

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    Cafe 1511

    Cafe 1511 is part of the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum in Malacca. It retains many traditional Peranakan elements, including high ceilings, arched doorways and tiled floors, as well as Southeast Asian ornamental objects. 

    The restaurant serves authentic Cafe 1511 serves Nyonya and Western cuisine. Standouts include laksa (curry noodles), otak-otak (broiled fish cake in banana leaves), and pie tee (savory pastry tart). 

    Location: Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

    Phone: +60 (0)6-286 0150

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    The Baboon House

    The Baboon House is a quaint cafe with a great laidback vibe on Jonker Street. It has an open-air courtyard, with greenery snaking up the walls, spacious seating, and eclectic furnishings.  Visitors are often greeted by the owner’s adorable pet dog and cat. 

    The Baboon Houses is a great place for western specialties with authentic Malaccan hospitality. We highly recommend the creamy Vietnamese drip-coffee, with your choice of homemade chicken, beef or pork hamburgers. You can also browse ethnic crafts on sale or simply relax on a swing chair. 

    Location: 89, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +60 (0)11-1689 8211

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    Hard Rock Cafe Malacca

    Hard Rock Cafe Malacca sits idyllically by the Malacca River, near the entrance of Jonker Street. It has outdoor and indoor dining sections, a bar, and a live stage, with a patterned floor inspired by the Strait of Malacca.  

    Hard Rock Cafe Malacca's Tex-Mex menu consists of sandwiches, barbecued chicken and beef ribs, and burgers. You can also enjoy Malaysian favorites such as seafood char kuey teow (stir-fried flat noodles) and asam pedas (spicy fish stew). 

    Location: 28, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

    Open: Friday–Saturday from midday to midnight, Sunday–Thursday from midday to 11 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)6-292 5188

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    Calanthe Art Cafe

    Calanthe Art Cafe is vibrantly furnished with eclectic and creative touches, such as rattan furniture, hand-painted walls, and little trinkets on shelves. You can find it in a narrow alley just off the well-known Jonker Street in Malacca. 

    Calanthe Art Cafe serves specialty coffee beverages from Malaysia's 13 states. As for food items, you can enjoy local dishes like Nyonya laksa (spicy noodle soup), chicken rendang (dry curry), and batik cake. 

    Location: 11, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75250 Melaka, Malaysia

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +60 (0)6-292 2960

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    Nancy's Kitchen

    Nancy's Kitchen is one of the best places for Nyonya food in Malacca. It has a very homey vibe, so you'll like you've stepped into a friendly neighbour's dining room. Must-tries include the sek bak (braised pork) and sambal sotong petai (sambal squid with bitter beans), served with white rice.

    Popiah (spring rolls), pineapple tarts, and Nyonya cendol (green jelly, coconut milk and palm sugar syrup) are also available at Nancy's Kitchen. It's usually packed during lunch hours, so head there early to avoid a long wait. 

    Location: 13, Jalan KL 3/8, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

    Open: Monday and Wednesday–Thursday from 11 am to 5 pm, Friday–Sunday from 11 am to 3.30 pm and from 5 pm to 9 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +60 (0)6-283 6099

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