What to do (and eat) at Jonker 88 in Melaka

Jonker 88 is often referred to as the "museum cafe" because of the many old paintings, clocks, and other vintage stuff displayed. Photos: The Star/Ming Teoh

Anyone who has been to or lived in Melaka will tell you how delicious its local delicacies are. A walk around the popular Jonker Street and its tributaries will yield plenty of coffeeshops, cafes and restaurants, like Jonker 88 on Jalan Hang Jebat.

It is listed as a dessert shop, but the menu also serves single bowl mains such as laksa noodles and Nyonya assam laksa.

Why you should go

Like some the heritage houses still left in the area, Jonker 88 has a vintage feel. You will see “antiques” like old paintings, old posters, old clocks, even old coins and money on display. Some might refer to it as a “museum cafe”.

It is also a great dining experience.

How about a cool refreshing bowl of cendol?
Scooping the gula melaka onto the shaved ice for the cendol. Your food is prepared in front of you.

Jonker 88 is located on Jalan Hang Jebat in Melaka.

What to do

Jonker 88 is a good place to sample some delicious local fare. There are single plate mains with rice, but sweets like sago Gula Melaka and ais kacang are the hits. Some desserts even have variations that include sea coconut and durian.

This is a self-service restaurant, so there is usually a queue but it moves fast. It is also crowded a lot of the time, so time your visit or you will have to share a table if you can't wait for your own.

Who will like it

Tourists will probably enjoy Jonker 88 a lot. What could be better than sitting down to something cold and sweet like Melaka's famous cendol after trudging through its streets on a hot day?

Also, if you like checking out items with some historical story to it, you might find some gems here.

Getting there

Melaka is a two-and-a-half hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. And there are plenty of intercity buses that run between Melaka and all the major cities in Peninsular Malaysia.

If you are driving or biking, the GPS coordinates for Jonker 88 are: 2.196824,102.246610. A local bus-stop is nearby at the clock tower, or you can try the taxi service.

Jonker 88 @ 88 Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka. Phone: 019-3975665

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