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04 Apr 2021 - 7 min read

7 cafes in Melaka for good coffee, delicious desserts and more

The historical city is the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway or if you need a change of environment to unwind and recharge.

Melaka needs no further introduction. The historical city is the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway or if you need a change of environment to unwind and recharge. If there’s another reason to visit Melaka, it’ll be the interesting cafes that have sprouted like mushrooms in the past few years.

What better way to take a break from exploring the city than to grab a cuppa, right? Lucky for you, cafes in Melaka are even made more special as most of them are decorated to reflect the age-old traditions of the city and some are located in old Chinese shophouses. This makes the vintage and rustic cafes part of the city’s charm. Wanna know where’s your next coffee break? Sit back, relax and read on!

Sharing Plates

Credit: Sharing Plates ; Facebook

Managed by the same team at Melaka’s institution The Daily Fix, Sharing Plates welcomes diners with an Instagrammable facade of charming pastel green window frames, Peranakan-style ceramic tiles, marble tables and lush greeneries. The Insta-worthy decor is also reflected in their dishes, which are thoughtfully prepared so you’ll be salivating once the food arrives at the table. The menu is slightly similar to The Daily Fix, but as Malaysians say, same same but different. Some of the must-tries include french toast with teh tarik sauce, guacamole on toast, and berry blast smoothies.

Sharing Plates

143, Jalan Bendahara, Melaka

Opening hours: 9.00am – 11.30pm

Price range: $$-$$$

Sin See Tai

Credit: Sin See Tai : Facebook

Another The Daily Fix’s sister cafe, Sin See Tai (which means a “new generation” or “new era” in Hokkien) offers a smaller menu with healthier options. The hole-in-the-wall cafe can only fit 15 diners at a time, so if you want to try the famous waffle and popsicle dish, then be prepared to wait. The dish is an interesting pairing with an icy fruity popsicle of roselle, mango and passion fruit on top of a crispy and sweet waffle. Pair it with a glass of passion fruit iced tea, as the two are a match made in heaven!

Sin See Tai

18, Lorong Jambatan Kampung Jawa, Melaka

Opening hours: 10.00am – 12.00am (Closed on Tuesday)

Price range: $-$$

Backlane Coffee

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For all of you with a sweet tooth, this cafe will be a worthy conquest. The location is hidden away in a back alley and you’ll need to walk through a souvenir store, but it’s far from boring and drab. If you’re looking for something heavy, the cafe serves delicious handmade grub such as classic breakfast platters, pizza and panini. The cafe is also famous for its enticing coffee and desserts such as passion fruit surprise macaron, salted caramel tart and praline mille-feuille. So, grab a seat and enjoy a cuppa!

Backlane Coffee

129, Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka

Tel: 06-282 0542

Opening hours: 9.00am – 11.00pm

Price range: $$-$$$


Credit: Navy Cafe : Facebook

Tired of your usual roti canai and nasi lemak breakfast? Head over to NAVY Cafe and fill up your tummy with a delicious range of smoothie bowls, toasts and coffees. Their signature dish — salted egg yolk French toast is a must-try if you’re a fan of anything salted egg yolk. The toast, covered with breadcrumbs is deep-fried and upon slicing, a molten lava of salted egg yolk sauce will drip on to the plate, creating a pool of deliciousness waiting to be devoured. The food presentation here is also top-notch, perfect for your Instagram feed!


5, Jalan Hang Lekiu, Melaka

Opening hours: 9:00am – 10:00pm (Closed on Monday)

Price range: $-$$

Alley No. 5 Cafe

Credit: Alley No. 5 Cafe : Facebook

Exploring Jonker Street can be quite overwhelming with its antique shops and endless crowd. Well, you can take a breather from all of that at Alley No. 5 where you can chill with a glass of iced latte. Pair your coffee with a slice of homemade cheesecake, and watch the world go by. The cafe also throws underground parties once a month, so be sure to check before you go. Good coffee and great music? Count us in!

Alley No. 5

7, Jalan Kampung Kuli, Melaka

Tel: 016-415 5097

Opening hours: 12.00pm – 9:00pm (Sunday to Wednesday), 12.00pm – 6.00pm; 8.00pm – 12.00am (Friday and Saturday)

Price range: $$-$$$

The Baboon House

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Want to experience classic Peranakan architecture? The Baboon House is the perfect spot for you. With a tranquil open-air courtyard filled with lush greeneries, and spacious seating arrangements which are complemented with eclectic furnishings, the cafe is not short on personality. While waiting for your food to arrive, take the opportunity to browse through the cafe-cum-art gallery and learn about Melaka’s history through the many replicas and artifacts. It’s certainly a cozy spot to unwind and recharge after trudging the narrow and crowded alleyways! The Baboon House serves great burgers and the must-tries include the Baboon Green Salad and Vietnamese drip-coffee. Are you salivating yet?

The Baboon House

89, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Melaka

Tel: 012-639 7516

Opening hours: 10.00am – 5.00pm (Closed on Tuesday)

Price range: $$-$$$

Kaya-Kaya Cafe

Credit: @kaya_kaya_cafe : Instagram

Tucked in a hidden corner of Jonker Street, this quiet and quaint cafe will satisfy those who are looking for some respite from the crowd. The exposed red brick walls and wooden furniture give off a rustic feeling, exuding a calm ambiance. Enjoy a tall glass of iced soya cincau with gula Melaka as well as toast with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon while being serenaded by jazz music. If you still have space in your tummy, try the Melaka Elvis pancake, which is loaded with banana and homemade kaya (coconut jam), topped with peanut butter and chocolate sauce.

Pro tip: Choose a table in the outdoor courtyard and you can admire the beautiful hand-painted wall murals.

Kaya-Kaya Cafe

32, Jalan Tukang Besi, Melaka

Tel: 06-281 4089

Opening hours: 8.00am – 6.00pm

Price range: $$-$$$

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