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Best known for its Jonker Street Night Market and historic charm, there is also a multitude of coffee shops and cafes in Melaka to enjoy.
Melaka’s coffee shop and cafes are mainly based in old school colonial style buildings, often blessed with courtyards and huge open spaces (plus incredible air-con to escape Melacca’s heat).
Most of the better known Melaka coffee shops are based along Jonker Street but there are also some hidden gem cafes in the side-streets.
From brews with views to coffee shops with classic camper vans, here is our guide to the best coffee shops and cafes in Melaka (all of which are open as of December 2023).
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Best Coffee Shops and Cafes in Melaka
1. French Brown
Located on Jonker Street, Mother Brown is a vast warehouse style coffee shop that is renowned for its sweet treats and patisserie selection.
We opted for a sticky burnt caramel French canales (delicious) and macaroon to accompany our coffees and were not disappointed.
A cute Melaka coffee shop, French Brown has a small seating area up front next to the coffee counter plus a huge seating area in the rear, amongst all the coffee storage vats (so the cafe smells incredible).
We had lattes at French Brown and both were served with little heart flowers in the foam.
Other sweet treats available include chocolate blueberry and pistachio apricot croissants, cinnamon buns plus Lemon Pound cake – delicious.
Monday to Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday to Sunday: 9am – 5pm
French Brown patisserie and coffee shop, 98 Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka 75200.
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2. The Daily Fix
One of the cutest Melaka cafes that we visited (and a pioneer of the Melaka coffee scene) is the The Daily Fix cafe located at the back of a souvenir shop on Jonker Street.
The Daily Fix has a very trendy interior and serves some really yummy lunches including pasta (e.g. smoked duck spaghetti) and burger dishes.
Out front, there is also a small gift and craft shop that also sells luxury ice-creams. Such is the popularity of the The Daily Fix Melaka coffee shop, it is the only cafe we visited where you have to wait to be seated.
The Daily Fix is a great place for a caffeine fix but we didn’t love their warm lunch food – instead, we’d recommend opting for sweet treats or their breakfast options like pancakes or their famous big breakfast.
Daily: 8.45am – 5.30pm
The Daily Fix, 55, Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka 75200
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3. Mods Cafe in Melaka
Definitely one of the coolest coffee shops in Melaka we visited, the Mods Cafe is tucked away in a side-street very close to the Cheng Hoon Teng temple.
As you enter Malacca’s Mod Cafe, the first thing you notice is the huge great VW campervan in the middle of the coffee shop, very much the centerpiece of this music themed coffee shop.
The music theme continues with vinyl records on the walls, a huge drumkit, a VESPA style motorcycle plus tables painted like the Mod / British RAF logo – very Quadrophenia.
Retro AF, we opted for a hot latte and iced latte at Mods Cafe Melaka. This place is a little more expensive than most cafes in Melaka but the theming and unique experience inside make it worth it.
Kudos too for the great playlist that includes a nice blend of old and new music (its ages since we last heard Fever Ray and The Cranberries!). We liked this coffee shop as it is really quirky and not too busy, unlike a lot of the other coffee shops in Malacca.
Thursday to Tuesday: 10am – 6pm
Mods Cafe 14, Jalan Tokong, 75200 Melaka
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4. The Stolen Cup
This quirkily named coffee shop in Melaka is a sister branch of nearby French Brown coffee shop so if you’ve been to that one before, you may get a sense of deja vu as most of the bakery products are the same (which isn’t a bad thing).
With a rustic interior and friendly staff, this is a nice Melaka coffee shop to whilst away some time in drinking coffee or tea and indulging in French patisserie style treats like canales (nom!) and tiramisu.
A great place to people watch or grab a spot of lunch, you’ll like this Melaka coffee shop a ‘latte’ (sorry not sorry).
Thursday to Tuesday (closed on Wednesdays): 9am – 5pm
The Stolen Cup, 12, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
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5. Heesan Kopi
If you are looking for a lovely latte art or a huge coffee shop packed full of quirky memorabilia, then time to hit up Heesan Kopi.
One of the larger Jonker Street coffee shops in Melaka, Heesan Kopi is an air-conditioned haven with a large sitting area both inside and a small (uncovered) roof terrace outback. There are also some really nice murals on the walls inside – arty as!
We didn’t try the food at Heesan Kopi (we stayed for drinks) but it is a popular spot serving sumptuous dishes like duck aglio e olio spaghetti and eggs benedict. We really appreciated the latte art – our hot latte had a seahorse ‘etched’ into the foam.
The only (minor) thing that we didn’t like about Heesan Kopi is that as well as selling coffee and food, they also had a lot of toys and tourist tat displays they were trying to sell which made the front area seem really cluttered and commercial.
Note that Heesan Kopi accepts cash or e-pay via QR code; they do not accept debit / credit cards.
Daily: 10am – 5:30pm
Heesan Kopi, 100, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
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6. Old Mark Cafe
A short taxi ride / Grab out of town (or approx 35 minute walk from Jonker Street), the Old Mark Cafe is a highly rated Melaka coffee shop that is famous for its fluffy souffle pancakes.
We can honestly say that the souffle pancakes at Melaka Old Mark Cafe are the fluffiest and wobbliest we’ve ever had and were delicious.
We ordered the strawberry pancake and tiramisu pancake and they were only 18 MYR; so cheap compared to the coffee shops along Jonker Street.
We visited on a Sunday afternoon and Old Mark Cafe was quite busy but not full. We’ve read that some weekends you may have to queue but based on our experience, it was definitely worth it.
As well as standard coffees and lattes, Old Mark Cafe also has special blends and takeaway coffee bags – we really liked their homemade sparkling lemonade too.
Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm – 7pm
The Old Mark Cafe, 39, Jln KSB 11, Taman Kota Syahbandar, 75200 Melaka
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7. The Cat Palace (Melaka Cat Cafe)
Close to The Old Mark Cafe and a little way out of downtown, Melaka’s cat cafe The Cat Palace is well worth a visit. We’ve been to a few cat cafes in our time and this is the best of the bunch.
The cats are well looked after, appear happy and well fed, plus all the cats have been rescued from the streets. There are even several blind cats that they care for too.
The Cat Palace cat cafe in Melaka is very cheap compared to most other cat cafes – you can have unlimited time with the cats and a hot drink for only 25 MYR per person.
Alternatively, you can enjoy 30 minutes with the cats for just 8 MYR but you must buy a hot drink – for instance, we had an Americano and a latte plus 30 minutes with the cats for 32 MYR (just over £5 / 6 Euros / $6.80 USD).
Cat treats are available for around 4 MYR and we liked that the owners were always on hand to ensure the cats were being looked after and not scared by visitors.
The staff at Melaka’s Cat Palace were so friendly and most importantly, the cats seemed very chill and at ease with the attention.
Although cat cafes aren’t for everyone, we enjoyed our coffee and cat session here and would highly recommend the Cat Palace (some would say it is a ‘purrfect’ thing to do in Melaka).
Wednesday to Sunday: 11:30am to 9pm
Fridays and Caturdays…sorry Saturdays: 11:30am to 10pm
NO 42, JAYA, 1, Jalan KLJ 1, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka
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8. The Coffee Jar
Located a little away from the hustle and bustle of Jonker Street, this popular Melaka coffee shop entices you in with the smell of freshly brewed coffee (it surely beats the smell of stinky tofu that sometimes emanates from Jonker Street).
The Coffee Jar is a cosy and charming cafe in Melaka split into two areas (one kinda retro, the other a little more modern) with a wide mix and blend of coffees, including pour over coffee, filter fineness and matcha lattes.
Desserts and sweet treats are also available like burnt cheesecake and lemon cheese tart, the perfect accompaniment to your caffeine fix.
Wednesday to Monday: 9.30am – 6pm
The Coffee Jar, 38, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
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9. Backlane Cafe
Hidden away at the rear of a clothing and gift shop near to the Jonker Street stage, Backlane Cafe is a respite from the likes of The Daily Fix or French Brown if you don’t want a coffee shop teeming with tourists.
With a focus on good coffee and hearty food, this is a nice place for a peaceful piccolo or a more laid back latte. Check out their owl iced latte which even comes with owl shaped ice-cubes; ‘twit too’ cool!
Thursday to Tuesday: 11am – 6pm
Backlane Cafe, 129, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka
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10. Zus Coffee Jonker Street
The Melaka coffee shop that shines brightly like a beacon during the Jonker Street Night Market, Zus coffee is the only chain coffee shop on this Melaka cafe list (kinda like a Malaysian Starbucks).
It started life in 2019 and already has over 300 coffee shops across Malaysia.
We’ve included it as it is only one of the few Melaka coffee shops that stays open until late – usually closing around 10.30pm at night, in case you need a late evening caffeine boost after the Jonker Street Night Market madness.
If you download the Zus Coffee app, first time users can also get ‘buy 1 get 1 free’ on their first instore coffee order – bonus beans!
Additional Melaka Zus Coffee shops can be found at MITC, Aeon Mall and Element X at Hatten City.
Daily: 7am – 10.30pm
Zus Coffee Jonker Street – No 38, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka
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Our final cafe in Melaka…
11. Sand Brewed Hainam Coffee
For a rather different Melaka coffee experience, head to Jonker Street Night Market every Friday through Sunday evening and look for the Sand Brewed Coffee stall, usually set up along Jalan Tokong near to Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.
Their traditional Hainam coffee is made using two types of coffee bean (Robusta bean & Liberica bean) and it is then roasted with sugar and butter inside, giving it a caramelised finish. It is then boiled in pots convecting heat through the sand allowing total control of the heat.
Creating sand brewed kopi coffee in sand at Jonker Night Market since 2021, a cup of Hainam coffee costs around 10 MYR and is freshly brewed to order.
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