Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and along Jonker Street it takes plenty of forms – whether you are looking for a traditional nasi lemak or more healthy offerings like sandwiches and fresh fruit juices. Ranging from places where you can get a full meal for less than RM10 to spots where you’re sure to spend a lot more, we decided to give you five good reasons to get out of bed early in the morning. Here are our five favourite Jonker Street breakfast spots – the best way to start your day in style (and with a full tummy)!
You can smell the aroma of coffee from a long way away when you’re walking towards Mods Cafe, and upon stepping inside, you’ll notice an eye-catching vintage Volkswagen camper van posing as its coffee work station. The rest of the decor follows the same 60s – 70s suit, with vinyl records on the wall and music from the glorious era, and while a cuppa is slightly more expensive compared to other Jonker cafes, it is certainly worth the price, as Mods owners painstakingly roast their own beans and are adventurous enough to serve exotic blends to customers each day. Never mind the art, we’re thankful enough that people are brewing quality coffee early in the morning! Pair it up with their homemade food such as bruschetta and cheese cakes, and you’re good to go!
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 daily except Wednesdays
- Address: 14, Jalan Tokong, Malacca
- Tel: +6012 756 4441
Calanthe Art Cafe
Just off the alley from The Baboon House is Calanthe Art Cafe, specialising on Malaysia’s 13 states coffees and nyonya laksa. Breakfast is only served at weekends from 08:30 to 11:30 though, and with a limited menu (offering only Western breakfast and local favourites such as nasi lemak with choices of tea, coffee and teh tarik), but if there’s one thing to love about Calanthe, it is its vibrant atmosphere, thanks to its funky decor (think rattan furniture hanging from the ceiling and hand-painted walls) and commendable service.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday 12:00 – 23:00; Friday 12:00 – 24:00; Saturday 08:30 – 24:00; Sunday 08:30 – 23:00
- Address: 11, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Malacca
- Tel: +606 292 2960
Kedai Kopi Chung Wah
If you fancy starting your day the same as the locals do, head over to Kedai Kopi Chung Wah for a plate of freshly-made chicken rice balls. One of Malacca’s more unique dishes, chicken rice balls not only provide you with all the protein that you need to kick start your morning off, but the dish is also substantial enough to last you the whole day! A word of caution though: the queue for this chicken rice goodness might be long, as Chung Wah is immensely popular, so get there early to bag a seat.
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:30 – 15:00
- Address: 18, Jalan Hang Jebat, Malacca
- Tel: +606 286 0121
The Baboon House
Sure, everyone loves coffee to kick start their day, but how does coffee with an atmosphere sound to you? The Baboon House is a cafe with a great laidback vibe – complete with an open-air courtyard and greenery snaking up the walls, spacious seating arrangements, eclectic furnishings, and the owner’s adorable pet dog and cat! We highly recommend the ultra creamy Vietnamese drip-coffee with any of the homemade hamburgers, although the combination might be a bit too heavy for breakfast. The cafe opens at 10:00 and this dish definitely feels right for brunch.
- Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday – Friday 10:00 – 17:00; Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 19:00
- Address: 89, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Malacca
- Tel: +606 283 1635
Focusing on healthy fare, Limau-Limau Cafe is known for fresh and pure fruit juices (with no sugar and water added), milk shakes, fresh fruit juices and lassi drinks. Breakfast starts at 09.30 and is served until 12:00. It centres on sandwiches, yoghurt and pancakes, together with Lavazza coffee and fresh fruit blends. The cafe also has a quiet environment and quirky decor (expect to see mismatched mirrors and interesting artwork gracing the walls), and together with the free Wi-Fi and the open-air balcony, it is definitely one of the best places to hang around and bask in the Malacca air.
- Opening Hours: 09:30 – 18:30 Monday – Thursday; 09:30 – 21:00 Friday & Sunday; 09:30 – 23:00 Saturday
- Address: No. 9, Jalan Hang Lekiu
- Tel: +6012 698 4917