There are plenty of must-try desserts in Malacca that will most definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. With a cultural background of Malay, Chinese, Peranakan (Straits Chinese), Portuguese, Dutch and British influences, Malacca is home to a plethora of unique dishes that are simply irresistible. One of the best places in Malacca to enjoy these delicacies is the ever-popular Jonker Street, which houses rows of quaint cafes, bustling bars, hawker stalls and local restaurants.
Made with fresh ingredients, such as fresh coconut, palm sugar (gula Melaka), and local fruits, most of these well-loved snacks are served ice-cold which make for refreshing treats on a scorching afternoon in Malacca. From gula Melaka cendol to brightly-hued Nyonya kuih, make your way to this historical state to savour our list of the 5 best desserts in Malacca.
Gula Melaka cendol is the quintessential Malaysian dessert. It is made with shaved ice, coconut milk, pandan-flavoured starch jelly and heavily drizzled with palm sugar (gula Melaka). Priced at RM3 onwards, it has a fragrant and creamy aftertaste thanks to the perfect balance of the palm sugar and fresh coconut milk. You can also opt for extra toppings such as red beans, peanuts, grass jelly, and durian (if you’re feeling rather adventurous). While there are plenty of dessert stalls and cafes that offer gula Melaka cendol, we highly recommend Jonker88 Museum Cafe in Jonker Street. Established in 1977, it’s well-frequented for its homemade durian cendol and signature Nyonya laksa (noodles with sweet coconut milk soup).
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:30 – 17:30
- Location: 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, Jonker Street
Coconut milkshake is a tropical concoction of fresh coconut, ice cubes and vanilla ice cream. With a thick and creamy consistency that’s similar to a smoothie, it makes for the perfect thirst quencher during sweltering afternoons in Malacca. The best place to get your hands on a coconut milkshake is Klebang Coconut Milkshake, which is accessible within a 15-minute drive from Malacca City. A small stall (for takeaways) is set up by the Jalan Klebang Besar road, while a narrow alleyway leads to a spacious al fresco dining area. A glass of coconut milkshake at Klebang Coconut Milkshake is priced at only RM1.50 and RM2 for an added scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
- Opening Hours: Saturday – Thursday 12:30- 18.30, Friday 14:00 – 18:30
- Address: Jalan Klebang Besar, Malacca
- Tel: +6013399 4061
Nyonya kuihis a variety of steamed desserts that’s popular amongst the Straits Chinese community. Commonly found in Jonker Street, these treats often come in attractive shades of pink, green, blue and orange. One of the must-try Nyonya kuih is the ondeh-ondeh, which is a smooth and chewy combination of glutinous rice flour and pandan extract, covered with copious amounts of fresh grated coconut. Best served warm, ondeh-ondeh also contains melted palm sugar (gula Melaka) filling that provides a delicious caramel-like flavour with each bite. We highly recommend getting your fill of Nyonya kuih at the ever-popular Nancy’s Kitchen on Jonker Street, which also serves other delicacies such as Nyonya popiah, pineapple tarts, and Nyonya cendol.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 17:30
- Address: Jalan Hang Lekir, off JalanTun Tan Cheng Lock
- Tel: +606 283 6099
A fluffy pastry filled with velvety and fresh durian cream, durian puff is another unique Malaccan dessert that’s very popular amongst fans of Southeast Asia’s ‘king of fruits’. This delicacy is priced at only RM1.50, making it one of the cheapest treats to enjoy after a day of exploring Jonker Street’s antiquated shophouses and century-old temples. Served straight from the refrigerator, it is also compulsory to pop the whole durian puff into your mouth as biting it in half will definitely cause a messy spillage onto your clothes. For authentic durian puffs and ice-cream, Taste Better Stall in Jonker Street is one of our definite must-visits.
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:30 – 17:30
- Address: Jalan Hang Lekir, Jonker Street
Putu piring is a traditional Malay snack that’s shaped like a flat plate. A popular dessert during Ramadhan season, it is made by filling a combination of rice flour and palm sugar into small metal dishes before steaming them for a couple of minutes. Once cooked, the cakes are then placed on a banana leaf and sprinkled with grated young coconut. The best putu piring can be found in a humble-looking stall called Putu Piring Jalan Tengkara, which is accessible within a six-minute drive from Jonker Street. Priced at RM1 each, we love how the fluffy cake is generously filled with fragrant gula Melaka while the coconut provides a crunchy texture to the ensemble.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 18:30 – 22:30
- Address: 252, Jalan Tengkera, Malacca
- Tel: +606 282 1505