Unlike Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur, Melaka (or Malacca) is quite tamer and smaller. But, this actually works to your advantage since it will only take a day or two to complete whatever it is that the city offers.
The UNESCO heritage site provides you with a glimpse of the past because Melaka is actually one of the cities in Malaysia that was heavily colonized by European powers. Although the country has gained complete independence ever since you will still find remnants of the past scattered all throughout the city.
Even if you can find plenty of historical sites, there are modern and contemporary things that you can find in the city as well. There are amazing nightspots for partygoers and girl escorts and the city is also teeming with plenty of different food establishments as well.
In this article, I will go over some of the top things to do in Melaka, Malaysia.
Take Photos of Some Street Art
You can find many different street arts scattered all over the city. That is because the local government actually encourages artists to showcase their artistic flair.
Anyway, you can either walk around the city to find different wall arts or you can just take a cruise down the Melaka River to do the same thing (the only difference being that you are well-rested as you cruise along).
Visit the Best Cafes
Melaka is filled with a lot of specialty cafes that really look amazing. That is because the owners of such cafes make it a point to showcase some of the amazing art that Malaysians can come up with.
I suggest that you go to the Navy Navy Café as they specialize in breakfast meals, as well as their infamous smoothie bowls. Vegetarians will surelylove this place because of that.
Do keep in mind that the special cafes in Melaka are filled with a lot of people so you may have to wait in a long queue if you want to get in.
Visit Some Museums
There is a reason why UNESCO awarded Malacca as one of their heritage sites and that is mainly because of the historical remnants that you can see everywhere in the city.
To find out more about the colonization of the country, you can visit popular museums such as the Maritime Museum, the Sultanate Palace Museum, and the Dutch Square.
Have a Taste of the City’s Great Food Culture
Malaysia is rich in its food culture as the cuisines that you can find are heavily inspired by other Asian countries, as well as some European influences as well.
You can go to Jonker Walk to find some amazing Portuguese tarts. The city is also filled with Nyonya eateries that serve Peranakan cuisine as well.
Take a Trike
Melaka is not filled with a lot of cars so public transportation by way of vehicles is not that great. However, you can go around the city by riding some tricycle rides instead.
These trikes are amazing because they look like different cartoon characters. I happen to ride on a trike that has an overall Hello Kitty design and the experience is just exhilarating.
Explore the Night Market
Jonker Street is quite tame during the day, but come nighttime, the street turns into a bustling night market. Here, you will find not only stalls that sell you a lot of cheap goods but they also sell some amazing food as well.
Be sure to visit the Jonker Night Market when you are in Melaka. I promise you, you won’t regret it.