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10 Best Cafes In Melaka (Instagrammable & Delicious)

10 Best Cafes In Melaka (Instagrammable & Delicious)

As a Malaysian who loves coffee, visiting the best cafes in Melaka was something I looked forward to for a long time.

Finally, I got the chance to visit a handful of famous cafes in Melaka when touring the city with my best girlfriends. 

Most of these cafes are located along Jonker Street itself (or a 2-5 minute walk from the street) so you can easily explore these cafes.

This is convenient as most of the food and historical spots are closely situated around Jonker Street and Dutch Square, the area is also known as Chinatown Melaka.

So if you’re planning to tour around the city, be sure to include these cafes in your itinerary for your breakfast, lunch and dinner!

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Coffee In Melaka (Local Coffee VS Western Coffee)

A little bit about the type of coffee to expect in Melaka, there’s local and western coffee.

Western coffee is the usual coffee you get served at cafes (lattes, flat whites, espressos) these are the more expensive coffees when compared to local coffee.

Local coffee in Melaka is different from local coffees around Malaysia (also known as kopi)

There are 13 states in Malaysia and each state serves their coffee slightly differently from each other. 

If you are only visiting Melaka and want to try coffee from other states, checkout Calanthe Cafe’s special 13 states coffee. 

Local coffee in Melaka consists of coffee, sugar, salt and margarine. It is less acidic compared to coffee in other states. Margarine in coffee is unique to Melaka. 

I personally really liked how Melaka’s local coffee tasted.

10 Best Cafes In Melaka (Instagrammable & Delicious)

1. The Daily Fix

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The Daily Fix cafe is a breakfast and brunch cafe located right in the middle of Jonker Street. At first, we didn’t notice the cafe as the doorway leads to a souvenir shop. Then, I noticed a sign that said “The Daily Fix Cafe”.

As you walk into the souvenir shop, you’ll find the cafe located at the back of the shop. 

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Since we went at peak hour (11AM on Saturday) it was packed and we had to wait for 40 minutes to get a table. 

Was it worth the wait? 

YES. Absolutely! All of us enjoyed our meals. The food was delicious and I personally loved the coffee.

Some of the meals we had at The Daily Fix Cafe:

  • The Daily Fix Big Breakfast (RM26/USD5.84)
  • Carbonara Pasta (RM21/USD4.72)
  • Buffalo Chicken Burger (RM23/USD5.17)
  • Chocolate Chip Pancakes (RM15/USD3.37)

While waiting, I bought an iced vanilla latte (less sweet) and I loved the taste of their coffee. 

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Me not minding waiting because I had good coffee!

It was only then I found out that they roast their own coffee beans as the cafe was founded by a couple who shares their love for coffee! 

I enjoyed my big breakfast. However, wasn’t a fan of the pancakes – they were quite dry (needed more chocolate sauce and chips in my opinion).

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Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Image by Brewing Writer
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TDF Big Breakfast – Image by Brewing Writer

The Daily Fix is definitely an appropriate name for this cafe, I’d go back here just for the coffee.

Tip: If you visit this cafe with another person (or a group of friends) take turns to wait in line so that some of you can explore the shops along Jonker Street while waiting.

📍Map || 55, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka || ⏰ Mon-Sun, 9.45AM-5.30PM

2. Geographer Cafe

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Geographer cafe is another cafe located in the middle of Jonker Street. 

It is a corner shop lot that is very easy to spot because of its unique exterior.

It has tables outside the cafe – where you can sit, chill and have some drinks while you people watch and see the sun fall while the night market comes to life.

This cafe serves a wide variety of local fusion food. 

However, the pizzas are popular here (we didn’t get to try them personally because they weren’t available on the day we went).

What’s great about this cafe is that they offer a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options. It would be a good place to dine at while exploring Jonker Street.

Some of the meals we had at Geographer cafe:

  • Nasi Goreng Kampung
  • Pesto Pasta

📍Map || 83, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka || ⏰ Closed on Wed, 12PM-1AM

3. Heesan Kopi

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If you’re looking for an instagrammable cafe in Melaka, Heesan Kopi is the cafe to visit.

The art on the walls of Heesan Kopi looks a lot like the street arts you find around Melaka city. 

So if you want to take some pretty photos without having to be in the hot sun, this cafe is a must to dine at.

This cafe has a mix of local and western cuisine. 

It is situated a couple of shoplots away from Jonker Walk World Heritage Park which is convenient after walking the long and sunny street.

This cafe is quiet and relaxing compared to other busy cafes in Melaka, it is a great spot to chill on a sunny afternoon.

Overall, my friends and I had a good time taking photos at this cafe and taking a break from exploring the city.

📍Map || 100, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka || ⏰ Mon-Sun, 10AM-6PM

4. Calanthe Art Cafe

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Calanthe Art Cafe is a local fusion western food cafe that is hidden in an alley near Jonker Street.

It is one of the most aesthetic cafes in Melaka as every wall and corner is filled with art.

Some local fusion food we tried at Calanthe Art Cafe:

  • Creamy Curry Butter Chicken With Rice (RM15/USD3.37)
  • Calanthe Spices Chicken With Rice (RM14.80/USD3.32)
  • Asam Pedas Fish With Rice (RM18.50/USD4.16)
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Asam Pedas Fish With Rice – Image by Brewing Writer
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Creamy Curry Butter Chicken – Image by Brewing Writer
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Calanthe Spices Chicken With Rice – Image by Brewing Writer

This cafe also serves the best coffee in melaka (referring to local coffee in Melaka). Besides quirky props and unique art pieces, this cafe serves 13 different types of local coffee (one from each state in Malaysia).

Being a Malaysian, I was impressed and also intrigued. I have never tried coffee from all around Malaysia.  

I just knew that I had to get the Melaka local coffee which consists of coffee, salt, sugar and margarine. 

I personally loved the taste of this. Margarine is unique to Melaka’s local coffee, something I never knew!

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If you’re looking for a cheap cafe in Melaka that serves great local food, coffee and is instagrammable, Calanthe Art Cafe is one you cannot miss out on.

📍Map || 11, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75250 Melaka || ⏰ Closed on Tues, 9.00AM-10.30PM

5. The Stolen Cup

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The Stolen Cup cafe is located at the beginning of Jonker Walk, which is great if you want to stop by for breakfast or brunch before you explore Jonker Street and historical sites nearby.

This is one of the best cafes in Melaka for pastries! They have a variety of them. One of their popular pastries is the salted egg yolk croissant. 

The Stolen Cup is also known for their gula Melaka Latte (special sugar unique to melaka) – something I regret not trying on my trip to Melaka but will definitely pick it up the next time as it is recommended by many.

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Image from @thestolencup on Instagram

As for aesthetics, it is similar to most of the Melaka heritage shop lots turned into cafes. The interior is artsy and vintage.

📍Map || 12, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka || ⏰ Closed on Wed, 9AM-5PM

6. Backlane Coffee

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Backlane Coffee is one of the more quiet cafes in Melaka for some alone time or if you’re taking a break from being a tourist in the area.

The cafe is called Backlane Coffee because it is situated at the back lane of Jonker Street. 

With its large windows staring out into the lane, the cafe has great lighting and a cozy ambience. 

Although popular for its coffee and mains, this cafe also has a wide variety of desserts – from cakes to macaroons. 

With great lighting and great food, this is definitely a cafe to add to your cafe hopping Melaka list.

📍Map || 129, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka || ⏰ Closed on Wed, 10AM-6PM

7. Locahouz

Locahouz is a cafe inspired by Malaysian cuisine. 

However, its interior and exterior showcases a traditional Chinese home (as it is located in Chinatown Melaka), with lanterns, props and lots of plants.

There’s dishes such as Pumpkin Mantao Burger and Signature Butterfly Pea Flower Nasi Lemak with Ayam Berempah.

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Image from @locahouz on instagram

A unique thing about this cafe – they serve instagrammable coffee beverages with different variations of floral taste (eg: Oolong Rose, Chrysanthemum Cappucino)

It is also a pet friendly cafe in Melaka if you decide to bring your pet along.

📍Map || 8, Jalan Bukit Cina, Kampung Bukit China, 75100 Melaka || ⏰ Closed on Wed, 10AM-5PM

8. Alley No.5

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Onde-Onde Cheesecake – Image from @alleyno5 on Instagram

Known for their variety of cheesecakes, Alley no.5 is every dessert and coffee lover’s dream. 

Famous cakes to try at this cafe are Gula Melaka Cheesecake, Onde-Onde Cheesecake, Lemon Glazed Buttercake and Matcha Cheesecake.

It’s also super aesthetic with lots of green plants. If you love reading with a cup of coffee, this cafe in Melaka would be a great option to explore.

However, this cafe is not air-conditioned. If you’re looking for a cooling place to chill after a long day of exploring Melaka city, this might not be the best cafe in Melaka for you.

📍Map || Jalan Kampung Kuli, 75200 Melaka || ⏰ Temporary Closed

9. Cofeology Cafe

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Image by @cofeologycafe from instagram

Cofeology cafe is the best halal cafe in Melaka. It is also a great cafe for a group of friends or family to dine at.

One of the famous desserts to try at the cafe is their speciality, waffle tower. True to its name, it is a tower of waffles, ice cream, sauces and fruits! 

They also have their own cold brew flavoured latte. If you’re not a fan of coffee, they also have pressed juices. 

This best cafe in Melaka is inclusive not only because it’s halal but it has something for everyone!

📍Map || 21 – 23 Cofeology Grand Boulevard, Jalan Bukit Beruang, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Malacca || ⏰ Mon-Sun, 12PM-10PM

10. The Coffee Jar

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The Coffee Jar is a tiny coffee shop with it’s own little roastery. Although it has not a lot of seating area, it is a cozy and calm cafe to have coffee at.

It also gives of hipster vibes – something many cafes in Melaka do anyway because of the decor and shop lot houses they’re situated in.

If you’re looking to chill with a cup of coffee alone for some me time, this little cafe is a cozy coffee companion.

📍Map || 38, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka || ⏰ Closed on Tues, 9.30AM-6PM

I had a great time exploring these best cafes in Melaka. My personal favourites were The Daily Fix and Calanthe Cafe. The next time I visit Melaka, i’d go back to TDF just for the coffee and explore The Stolen Cup for the gula Melaka latte!

10 Best Cafes In Melaka (Instagrammable & Delicious)

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