Melaka Raya needs no introduction to Malacca’s urbanites and regular visitors, as it is well-known as the definitive one-stop destination for a plethora of dining, entertainment, shopping and accommodation options. The area is host to some of Malacca’s better bars and nightlife, plus it’s only a short walk to the historic centre and Chinatown.
Regarded by some as Malacca’s core, this area consists of two shopping centers’, a medical centre, two serviced apartment hotels and a 5-Star international class hotel as well as a slew of banks, restaurants and sundry stores.
Malaccan cuisine mirrors the city’s motley, multi-cultural DNA. Peranakan cuisine is the most popular type of food here, but there’s also Portugese Eurasian food, Indian, Chinese, Indonesian and more. Melaka Raya is known as an area that boasts plenty of dining options along its streets and offers a surfeit of fare to suit every palate and budget. The area is home to a variety of restaurants that specialize in international cuisine as well as local specials.
Hotels house posh, five-star restaurants while the streets are littered with fast food joints, restaurants, open-air cafés and kopitiams, to create a gastronomical haven in the middle of Malacca. During the day, local fare such as chicken rice ball and Nyonya cuisine are a favorite amongst locals.
Visitors should try the pong teh chicken and Malacca cendol at Restoran Nyonya Makko which is simply mouth-watering or the new Jetty over the river in front of Holiday Inn has a number of semi-up-market restaurants serving satay celup and Western food.
Melaka Raya offers endless choices when it comes to after-dark entertainment. There are plenty of good nightspots in the area but there are a few that stand out exponentially. Pure Bar – located in Melaka Raya – is the hottest nightclub in Malacca at the moment and is especially crowded during the weekends. The hotels lining the street also have their own trendy watering holes and nightclubs as well as karaoke lounges can be found in abundance here. Between Mahkota Melaka and Holiday Inn is The Jetty – which plays host to a stretch of stylish pubs, restaurants and karaoke lounges – that stays open well into the night.
On Friday and Saturday nights, Jalan Hang Jebat turns into the not-to-be-missed Jonker Walk Night Market and offers almost everything from kitschy knick knacks to genuine traditional handicrafts. Jalan Hang Jebat is also known for its antique stores which offer great bargains, however Melaka Raya also has two fully air-conditioned malls in the area. The first is the four-storey shopping complex in Melaka Raya – "Mahkota Parade"- which was built and opened in the mid 1990's. This complex is especially popular with locals and houses food outlets, camera stores, bookshops, souvenir kiosks, a bowling alley & a Cineplex. The more upscale Dataran Pahlawan houses a slew of upmarket designer stores and restaurants on the ground and upper floors and a craft and souvenir market in the basement portion.