#BUROEats: 7 Most Instagram-worthy cafes to visit in Melaka
Take a break from sightseeing
The cafe culture in Melaka is quite different from that in other parts of Malaysia—and it is no surprise that the local fascination with quaint brunch-style restaurants is causing them to pop up all over the state. From Western favourites like sandwiches and bagels to local delights like your beloved nyonya laksa, these cafes have everything you might want and more.
They’re everywhere too, so to help with curating your to-do list for your next trip over, here are our favourites that you simply have to dine in.
1. The Daily Fix Cafe
When thinking of cafes in Melaka, The Daily Fix Cafe comes to the mind immediately. Famous for their local flavours, the cafe’s pandan gula melaka and durian pancakes are crowd favourites, but other flavours—such as the expresso pancake with ice cream—stand out as well. For coffee lovers, the cafe also sells a variety of your standard coffee types, as well as a ‘Barista’s Choice’ if you’re feeling adventurous; perhaps you’ll get a taste of the Gula Melaka Latte. Not a fan of coffee? Not to worry, they also sell cakes, pasta, tea, and more. Far from just your run-of-the-mill coffee shop, The Daily Fix Cafe has a charming atmosphere where you can admire the 1800s decor and trinkets on the second floor while waiting for your pancakes to be made to perfection.
Address: No. 55, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Hours: 9.45am - 5.30pm daily
Call: 013 290 6855
2. Sin See Tai
Sin See Tai is a homey bakery and roastery renowned for its coffee and dessert, and it's the second concept store of The Daily Fix Cafe. While they serve coffee in-house, you can also get fresh coffee beans at the counter or order for delivery. If you’re bringing kids along, don’t worry—they sell non-caffeinated drinks and juices as well. While the menu is small, they do offer a variety of Japanese and Western meals, as well as an array of mouth-watering pastries and cakes. After walking the streets of Melaka, Sin See Tai is a comfortable respite with its cosy vintage atmosphere (and much-needed air conditioning).
Address: 18, Kampung Jawa, 75100 Melaka
Hours: 10am - 5.30pm daily (closed Tuesday)
Call: 016 221 6855
3. Nikkō & Yōryō
This Japanese fusion restaurant in Lorong Bukit Cina does the most enchanting latte art out there. The gorgeous design of the cafe makes any picture you take aesthetic, and the food served is both Instagram-worthy and delicious. On the menu is an array of treats, including cheesecakes, desserts, and coffee, but the real speciality is their matcha drinks. Reviews describe the staff to be warm and friendly, with the cafe itself having a calming atmosphere.
Address: 62, Lorong Bukit Cina, Kampung Bukit China, 75100 Melaka
Hours: 11am - 8pm daily
Call: 012 750 9460
4. The Upper Cafe
While the exterior may seem unassuming, the inside of The Upper Cafe boasts lots of greenery that really adds to the tranquil environment, creating a vintage vibe within the whole cafe. Enjoy a variety of coffee, Western food (such as pasta), and desserts, including cakes and brownies. This coffee house takes pride as one of Melaka’s crowd-favourites, and one of the best for food, so it's a must-try in the city.
Address: 52, Jalan Temenggong, Kampung Banda Kaba, 75000 Melaka
Hours: 12pm - 10pm daily
Call: 012 679 9231
5. Eat at 18
Eat at 18 is located in the courtyard of The Opposite Place, but welcomes both hotel guests and walk-in visitors. They are famous for their artisanal breads (baked daily on-site) and sandwiches but also offer a variety of seasonal organic dishes, pastries, chocolates, cakes, freshly squeezed juices, and coffee. If you’re looking for something a step up, Eat at 18 has got you covered with their specially curated wine list, served by the glass or bottle. The ambience is rich and homey, allowing you to catch your breath and enjoy the experience.
Address: 18, Jalan Hang Lekiu, 75200 Melaka
Hours: 9am - 5pm daily (closed Tuesday)
Call: 06 281 4679
6. The Stolen Cup
Looking for some handmade pastries and bread to start off your day? Selling a variety of viennoieries, this little spot boasts more than your ordinary cafe menu. In addition to golden-brown pastries, you can order a refreshing cold brew, their much-raved gula melaka latte, tiramisu cake, western breakfast platters, as well as local dishes. Located only a minute's walk away from Jonker Street, The Stolen Cup is a convenient stop on your itinerary—if you're looking for a hearty meal with a warm ambience, this delivers.
Address: 12, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
Hours: 9am - 5pm daily (closed Wednesday)
Call: 017 789 5205
Situated within walking distance of the Sam Po Kong Temple, Locahouz is at the intersection between tradition, culture and modernity. The lovingly restored historic building is rife with traditional Peranakan decorations, giving it that quintessential Melakan feel, while creeping vines and potted plants add a soothing vibe. Step in for their coffee, which is both aesthetic and robust, as well as their diverse continental menu.
Address: No 8, Jalan Bukit Cina 75100 Malacca City, Malacca, Malaysia
Hours: 10am - 5pm daily (closed Wednesday)
Call: 019 636 6005
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